A metaphorical Trump derangement syndrome relapse to some extent may have occurred at the Politico news site.
Some on the left had accused the liberal-leaning political portal of suddenly becoming a right-wing rag after it published one article critical of the Joe Biden-created disaster in Afghanistan.
Intellectually honest, progressive pundit Glenn Greenwald recently noticed, however, that the top-five trending articles on Politico reflected an apparent return to Beltway reporting normalcy.
Hint: None of them are about incumbent President Biden and the various profound public policy controversies engulfing his administration.
In a snapshot shared by Greenwald, the most-read pieces were as follows:
- ‘The No. 1 issue’: Trump whips up election falsehoods after flawed Arizona report
- ‘You’ve disgraced this country’: Judge rips Capitol riot defendant
- McConnell warms to Herschel Walker as primary war with Trump fizzles
- Opinion: Why the Fear of Trump May be Overblown
- DeSantis pulls ahead of 2024 GOP pack as Florida’s Covid cases fall.
Top 5 most-read stories on POLITICO right now, 8 months into the Biden presidency: pic.twitter.com/QyepuBpVes
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) September 25, 2021
Free-speech advocate Greenwald was one of a select group of left-wing journalists who — despite their ideological opposition to Trump administration policies — repeatedly expressed skepticism about Trump-Russia collusion. History has shown that this turned out to be a false narrative pushed by the Deep State, Democrats, and their corporate media allies.
Greenwald subsequently quit The Intercept, a site he co-founded, over its pro-Biden censorship. He has since emerged as a prominent voice for holding the media accountable.
On his Substack page earlier this month, Greenwald — who frequently guests on “Tucker Carlson Tonight”– blasted the media along with Big Tech for suppressing the Hunter Biden laptop scandal, a New York Post scoop, because it would have reflected unfavorably on Joe Biden’s presidential prospects in the run-up to Election 2020.
“[V]irtually every media outlet… began completely ignoring the substance of the reporting and instead spread the lie over and over that these documents were the by-product of Russian disinformation,” Greenwald wrote.
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) September 23, 2021
Greenwald is not the only person active on social media who has noticed that Donald Trump is seemingly living rent-free in Politico’s collective head if the website’s most popular content, which some interpret as clickbait, is an accurate indication.
Here is some of what they had to say (warning for language):
Life w/o Trump is damn near impossible for the MSM business model
— Cary Dunn (@cfdarch) September 26, 2021
— Mike Sullivan (@MikeDSully) September 25, 2021
They (the media) need this ever lingering model of creating strife and division to remain relevant.
Personally I don’t think it’s because they believe in any of the drivel they publish. I think it’s purely a financial decision and they have decided this is what generates clicks
— Consensus Scientist (@Scientistnas) September 25, 2021
Same thing on MSNBChttps://t.co/53OrVyLCWp
— Muneeb Khan (@MUK734) September 25, 2021
They have to keep the narrative going until 2022 at a minimum
— Jerni (@epicJerni) September 25, 2021
TDS seems like it’s gonna be a neverending pandemic at this point.
— Carlos Acosta (@venomous1913) September 25, 2021
It takes at least 9 months to recover from TDS.
— Charley Lavin (@charleylavin) September 25, 2021
I think they have a crush on the orange man. 😍
— Christian Ashliman (@cashliman) September 25, 2021
Like every addict says, “It’s the good shit”
— RomanRussy (@RomanRussy) September 25, 2021
Yes. It is really Politico’s fault. They got hijacked by the corporation for reporting to real about Bernie back in 2016.
— Xeno Parminedes (@XParminedes) September 25, 2021
In other words, no different from what @CNN and @MSNBC have been doing over the same time span. Filling up the trough so the gullible and partisan hacks can feed. While betraying their duty as journos.
— Lecture Cloak (@LectureCloak) September 25, 2021
I wonder if they know how to spell OBSESSION…..
— James Bryant (@JamesBFlorida) September 25, 2021
Greenwald sent out this Tweet on Monday about the Democrats (who many would consider synonymous with the media): “For many Democrats, there is one political issue and only one: Trump.”
For many Democrats, there is one political issue and only one: Trump. He is the beginning, the middle and end. They demand every discussion of everything place him at the center. And the outcome is demented behavior like support for Liz Cheney: pic.twitter.com/Sn0r4JDwSo
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) September 27, 2021
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