I’m seeing an interesting lesson for mainstream media types in RI.
Without naming names, I’m observing an interesting phenomenon on Twitter, recently.
I’ve been saying that the Trump era led mainstream journalists to give themselves permission to ignore everybody with whom they disagree — which is to say, “conservatives.” This has a downstream consequence, though: when you determine to ignore people with whom you merely disagree, you forfeit your ability to differentiate the credibility of people with whom you merely disagree and those who are truly obnoxious.
I offer this admittedly vague point as a lesson for consideration. If your standards for respectability become too tight, you can’t expect the differentiations of “unrespectable” to stay in place. It becomes a big, undifferentiated mass.