The Daily Wire’s Ben Shapiro has been uncompromisingly NeverTrump from the beginning of the billionaire’s campaign; the rift between Breitbart’s positive coverage of Trump (and the infamous Michelle Fields incident) ultimately caused Shapiro to leave for the greener pastures of his own site during the 2016 primaries. And it is likely only because Shapiro has been a regular and consistent critic of Trump that the New York Times felt he was the sort of “safe” conservative they could write about without explicitly calling him the devil and letting their readers know that he was a cancer on the United States. So they wrote a halfway-positive piece about him and his brand of conservatism, which, considering that we’re talking about the New York Times, is still something to behold.
And naturally, it inspired outrage from liberals – including one very famous Hollywood actress.
After Eric Boehlert of ShareBlue – the most godawful liberal clickbait site on the internet – saw the piece on Shapiro, he quickly penned a nonsensical tweet to his 37 or so followers. “This is why Trump is President,” he wrote, apparently missing the fact that Shapiro seldom speaks highly of the president. “NYT writes puff piece on a former Breitbart bottom feeder. Number of critics, liberals, Dems quoted in piece: Zero.”
Oh no, the New York Times wrote ONE article about a conservative without framing it in the context of what the idiots who read ShareBlue think about him? What a travesty. That is CLEARLY why Trump won!
But Boehlert’s inane tweet found a fan in actress Debra Messing, who said the article was not only why Trump won the election but also: “And why I cancelled my subscription to @nytimes.”
Oh, well, they really are “failing” now. Once you lose Eric Boehlert and “Grace,” you might as well sell off your printing presses and ride off into the sunset.
The piece is generally positive, we’ll give it that, but there are at least two sections that Boehlert and Messing apparently failed to read.
“Liberals loathe Mr. Shapiro,” the article states in one part. “They say he is a pugilist who has built his brand on the nation’s addiction to outrage. He is part of an industry that whips up conservatives against the left, they say, and the fact that his audience is mostly young will deepen the divide for years to come.”
That’s not exactly flattery. Then there’s this part, where they quote Shapiro’s insightful comments on the left’s hierarchy of victimhood:
“Way down at the bottom are white straight males. Those are people whose opinions do not matter at all. Because those are the people who are the beneficiaries of the system. They don’t get to talk about the system because they were the ones who built the system.”
Critics say that is great red meat for his audience, but it’s nonsense. Even if straight white males are low on the left’s pecking order, they have most of the power in Washington, in statehouses, in every corporate boardroom. They run America.
Yeah, there’s that weaselly “critics say” disclaimer, but it couldn’t be more obvious that we’re reading the thoughts of the author in this passage. This is hardly what you would expect to find in a “puff piece,” much less an article so rabidly pro-conservative that it can be blamed for Donald Trump’s victory.
But then, we’re talking about people so stuffed into their own left-wing bubble that the New York Times is not liberal ENOUGH for them. It’s probably folly to use logic against them.