“The Federalist Embraces Anti-Anti Trumpism, Loses Its Way” -Daily Beast

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Summary: ” When I searched, for “The Federalist” right following the shooting of Congressman Steve Scalise and four others in Alexandria, Va., Google pointed out these as the top stories: “NYT Blames GOP When Both Democrats And Republicans Are Shot,” “CNN Botches Basic Gun Fact: Then Refuses To Correct Error,” and “If Liberals Were Fair, They’d Blame Themselves For Alexandria.” The Federalist isn’t monolithic and there are still articles about topics care for “localism,” hot takes about women’ leggings, and essays on, say, G.K. In the summer of 2016, The Federalist’s publisher Ben Domenech delivered one of the almost all insightful warnings to Republicans about Donald Trump. I do not care for the drumbeat of terms like ‘fake news,’ and I particularly did not like the attacks on] Comey, which really do come across, at least to me, as looking like just, accordingly much water-carrying, for Trump.” “But here’s the thing,” Nichols says, “if I wanted to write down a long piece in opposition to those articles and handle my fellow writers, I can. As conservative writer, and talk radio host Erick Erickson told me, “I do think it’s worth covering the ongoing hysteria over with the president daring to just breathe, which they [The Federalist] do. “While I’ve never felt pressured, or censored at The Federalist,” Nichols continued, “the almost all I shall be able to say currently is that on some days, I feel a bit outnumbered but that is probably an accurate reflection of the composition of the conservative movement right about now, just where the Never Trumpers are a stubborn minority.” Aside from attacks on James Comey (and other Trump adversaries), the site has also ratcheted up criticism of liberal media bias. Anti-anti-Trumpism has been defined by The Week’s Damon Linker as arguing that “the president’s liberal opponents are somehow worse than this phenomenally bad president.” Anti-anti-Trumpism’s “home base on the correct is The Federalist—and especially the Twitter accounts of many of its leading writers, and editors, above all Mollie Hemingway and Sean Davis,” Linker observed. This expectation may not be fair but the worry is that carrying water, for Trump might undermine the other smart, and important work these writers do to advance the conservative cause. Launched in September of 2013, The Federalist was introduced for the first time as “a web magazine focused on culture, politics and religion.” But in recent months, the site is increasingly drawing criticism, for concern trolling, hot takes in the vein of a mirror-image Salon.com — exhibit A: Trump’s Aide Is Right: Media Do Need To Shut Up And Listen —and, almost all troubling to conservative fans, adopting an anti-anti-Trumpism stance. Case in point, compare Domenech’s 2016 advance warning about Trump with this tweet sent on June 9, 2017, by senior contributor at The Federalist, and newly minted Fox News contributor Mollie Hemingway: “Trump’s crime was winning an election. “The anti-anti-Trump position is a safe one,” says Mediaite columnist, and conservative talk show host John Ziegler, “because you are giving the Trump cult what they want while you’re also trying to pretend you’re standing on some sort of principle.” “The shift is unmistakable but is it designed to appease funders or advertisers or simply the organic final outcome of changing times and writers’ evolving positions,” asked writer and Rochester, N.Y. But they also run pieces critical of the president.” Fair enough, but Hemingway’s aforementioned tweet is one of numerous that seem to imply that Trump has done nothing at all to warrant legitimate concern—that he’s an innocent bystander in all of this. “The transformation of the Federalist has been pretty dramatic,” says Charlie Sykes, a foregoing conservative radio host who’s writing a book about How the Right Lost Its Mind.”

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