I’ve had quite enough of Donald Trump’s insults, especially now that they are directed against my colleagues and me.
Trump’s recent tweet to the contrary, journalists as a class are not “disgusting and corrupt.” Press coverage of his campaign is not the reason Hillary Clinton is beating Trump in most of the polls. Voters who oppose Trump appear to think he’s a crude narcissist who has no credible policies but does have a frightening contempt for facts, truth and evidence.
It’s not the media’s fault Trump claimed to be against the Iraq War from the beginning when there’s audio of him telling Howard Stern six months before the invasion that he supported going to war. It’s not our fault he attributed a female reporter’s tough questioning to her menstrual cycle. It’s not our fault he denigrated John McCain’s time in the Hanoi Hilton.
The press didn’t badger dozens of Republican defense and security experts into saying Trump is unfit to be president. Republican Sens. Ben Sasse of Nebraska and Susan Collins of Maine are refusing to back Trump for president for their own reasons, not because we told them to.