The presumptive GOP presidential nominee got support from an interesting place on Sunday, when former George W. Bush Press Secretary Ari Fleischer defended him, while simultaneously taking the mainstream media to task for their snobbish behavior. Fleischer, whose former boss has refused to endorse Trump, argued that the members of the media who seem so put out by Americans who support Trump are simply showing their “disdain for the voters.”
Ouch. I bet the media is feeling the sting from that jab, but Fleischer has a point.
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) May 22, 2016
Brian Stelter: Certainly right underneath the surface, many writers and commentators are mortified by some of the things Trump says. You can call it liberal bias, or you can call it a sense of decency. A sense of how politics are supposed to be done. Or how the campaigns are supposed to be played.
Ari Fleischer: I would never call that decency. That’s not what it is. What it really is, is a Northeastern look-down-your-nose at other people who are different. That’s what is it, Brian.
I can’t tell you how many people in journalism or other places around the Northeast, where I live now, who are absolutely aghast — can not understand how anybody could possibly be for Donald Trump. That is disdain for the voters.
I’ll never be like that. There’s a lot about Donald Trump that I don’t like, and I’ll call him out on it. But I’ll never have disdain for the American people.
That view that you just articulated is disdain for the American people.
Brian Stelter: You have heard it, though? I’m not the only one that has sensed that?
Ari Fleischer: Absolutely. It is rife in journalism because the overwhelming majority of journalists, though they refuse to admit it, are biased. They are socially and culturally liberal and Donald Trump offends them. And they went into journalism to protect the “little guy,” against the big and the powerful. To protect people against those who would offend. So it is intuitive and natural for them to be against Donald Trump.
But it is bias. What I can’t stand about it is the way they look down their nose at people who could be for Donald Trump. That is what is wrong with journalism, and that is why journalists missed the Donald Trump story, because they couldn’t imagine that anyone could be like that.
Manhattan, 85-15 Democrats voting. They voted that way for Kerry, Obama. 85-15. Manhattan, where most journalists are from, and where they are taught, is one of the most narrow-minded stereotypical places you could ever find.