Having reported in the pre-Twitter era, I’m familiar with how things used to work. Members of the media would spout off about objectivity when speaking publicly, yet they’d regularly speak among themselves and develop certain narratives that more often than not reinforced the liberal agenda — in down times before campaign rallies, or press conferences, or stakeouts, or at the bars. I went to Columbia Journalism School and and remember quite vividly how the next generation of journalists was distraught on election night 2000 when Florida was taken off the board for Al Gore.
Now, thanks to Twitter, none of this is hidden. We see all the snark and narrative building happen in real time, and can see how closely the tweets of reporters parallel Democratic talking points for the day. Democrats have lately decided to focus on Kavanaugh’s history of drinking in high school and college, and voila, we suddenly get an avalanche of stories that both A) Misrepresent Kavanaugh’s testimony to claim he denied drinking to excess and then B) Write stories debunking that straw man in an effort to make him seem less credible, thus calling into question his categorical denials of sexual assault.