No one at National Review has ever been guilty of this failing, of course, but some conservatives do have a tendency to the grumpy, the grouchy, and the grumbly. Some of us hear “Happy Holidays” and mutter darkly, “The war on Christmas has begun.” Some of us see two men holding hands in the produce aisle and think, “Why must they cram their homosexualist agenda down my throat?” Some of us vow never to return to the movies unless and until John Wayne is resurrected. And sometimes when conservatives call for cultural change, such change actually follows and our response . . . is suspicious silence. Surely they don’t mean it, we mumble. Or this won’t last. Or gotta be some kind of trick.
Stretching back across the eons, conservatives have been asking for more consideration at the New York Times, which is still the most influential news outlet in the United States. A year ago, we got it. Most notably in the opinion department, there has been a change of direction over at Gray Ladyland. Where are the huzzahs on the right?
After the 2016 election, the leaders of the Times realized they had been profoundly misguided about the strength of the Donald Trump movement. Typical of its coverage had been headlines like these: “Democrats, Looking Past Mere Victory, Hope to End the Trump Phenomenon” (August 3, 2016) and “To Flip the House, How Big Would a Clinton Victory Margin Need to Be?” (October 24, 2016). Coverage of then-candidate Trump focused almost exclusively on how unappealing he was.