There have been many, many excuses as to why former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton lost to President Donald Trump in 2016 — the Russians, social media, former FBI Director James Comey, Wikileaks, sexism, people without fast Internet. One excuse that seems to stand out among the others is Sen. Sherrod Brown’s (D-OH) claim in 2017 that — get this — Clinton didn’t have as many media allies as Trump and Republicans have.
I bring this up now because Brown seriously looks like he’s about to announce that he will run for president in 2020. Jim Geraghty of National Review has a series out with “Twenty Things You Didn’t Know About” each of the presidential candidates. On Monday, he published his piece on Brown, and thing 17 caught my eye (even among information like his ex-wife’s domestic abuse claims or his life on the taxpayer dime).
In 2017, Brown claimed in an interview with Dissent Magazine that Clinton lost because the media was against her. When asked about “the image of Democrats” as being “well-off, college-educated people who live in big cities” and Clinton’s role in perpetuating that view “With her Wall Street Speeches,” Brown launched into his bizarre claim:
Yes, and on the coasts. I think that’s what we fight against. I think that narrative is deeper and broader than many people thought before the 2016 elections. I also think it’s a narrative in part created by Fox News. This sounds a bit whiny, but there is clearly a partisan media on the right. There’s Fox and there’s the Wall Street Journal editorial page, which hates deficits when it’s a Democratic president and says we’ll grow out of them now. They are party cheerleaders and enforcers of discipline. Talk radio too. We don’t really have any of that. Now, the New York Times editorial page is liberal, but it is not a Democratic organ.
Really? The Left doesn’t “really have any of that” except for the Times’ editorial page, sort of? It’s absolutely an organ of the Left. The Left also has “party cheerleaders” in Times’ reporters, The Washington Post, CNN, NBC, ABC, CBS, MSNBC, every other major outlet in New York except for the Post and the Observer (whom I occasionally write for), plus a slew of other outlets like Slate, The Daily Beast, the Huffington Post, Buzzfeed, and others.
Brown is correct that the Left doesn’t own talk radio, except for NPR, like the Right does, but they more than make up for it by having the bulk of the media carrying their water.
To say Clinton lost because there isn’t a partisan media on the Left is absurd. The media wasn’t AS supportive of Clinton as it was other Democrat candidates, but they certainly didn’t go to bat for Trump. Instead, they published negative story after negative story, accusing him of racism, sexual abuse, homophobia, transphobia, sexism, and numerous crimes.
Brown may be about to announce that he is running in 2020. Will he make this same excuse when he inevitably doesn’t win the Democrat primary?