Senator Elizabeth Warren at Harvard Law School during her time as a professor there in 2006.
Two allegedly liberal bastions of mainstream journalism published hit pieces attacking Elizabeth Warren today. The New York Times ran a front-page piece attacking her for practicing her chosen profession. The Washington Post ran an opinion piece signed by the “Editorial Board”. I’m unwilling to give either piece the publicity of quoting excerpts — feel free to read them on your own.
What we’re seeing is the same demonization of Elizabeth Warren that took down Hillary Clinton, by the same allegedly liberal publications.
I will, however, quote the belated confession by CNN talking-head Jeffrey Toobin (emphasis mine):
The New Yorker and CNN’s Jeffrey Toobin now says he devoted too much attention in 2016 to Hillary Clinton’s private email server, becoming the first big-name journalist to acknowledge having second thoughts about the story since a State Department probe cleared Clinton of serious breaches of rules on Friday.
“I think I got into the trap of false equivalence during the 2016 campaign,” Toobin said. “Comparing Donald Trump’s record of ethical problems with Hillary’s emails lent a misleading impression. And I have to say, I am determined not to do that again to the extent that I can. I am going to try to look at corruption and ethics issues each on their own rather than trying to create some sort of equivalence that isn’t there.”
Mainstream media like the New York Times, the Washington Post, CNN, the New Yorker, and others bear significant responsibility for putting Donald Trump in the Oval Office and for putting the Trumpist GOP in control of the US government.
We see the same players doing the same thing now against Elizabeth Warren. Is it sexist? Absolutely — no male candidate would be similarly pilloried for practicing law. But we should not allow the sexism to distract us from the real driver.
Ms. Warren’s real “sin” is threatening to actually DO something against the wealthy men that own our economy and government. The New York Times is, of course, owned by the Sulzberger family. The current owner, Arthur Sulzberger Jr., has a personal net worth estimated at about $95M — not nearly as much as his counterpart at the Washington Post (Jeff Bezos) but still comfortably over the floor of Ms. Warren’s proposed wealth tax.
Mr. Bezos, owner of the Washington Post and CEO and founder of Amazon, is the wealthiest person in the world. He is also famously anti-union.
As the campaign of Joe Biden continues to collapse, we can expect the onslaught of hit-pieces like this to continue. For both Arthur Sulzberger Jr. and Jeff Bezos, Elizabeth Warren is a potent threat while Donald Trump is good for business.
An actual advocate of working-class men and women who intends to actually DO something about America’s obscene wealth concentration is a clear and present danger. That is especially true if Ms. Warren takes office with a Democratic majority in the House and Senate.
I am interested in how the Elizabeth Warren campaign will handle this predictable aspect of her new front-runner status.