Column: Reporters Glorify Themselves Into G.I. Joe

February 12th, 2021 6:26 AM

One of the easiest things to predict about the end of the Trump presidency is that anti-Trump journalists would eventually feel a heated rush of nostalgia about the heroism of their crusade to keep democracy from dying. But it came earlier than expected.

Alexander Nazaryan of Yahoo News wrote a piece for the Democrat-endorsing website The Atlantic titled “I Miss the Thrill of Trump.” He unintentionally caused laughter by claiming “Covering the administration was thrilling for many journalists, in the way that I imagine storming Omaha Beach must have been for a 20-year-old fresh from the plains of Kansas. He hadn’t signed up for battle, but there he was, liberating France.” He added: “This was our Omaha Beach. I, for one, would have rather been in Hawaii.”

Critics were quick to mock the idea that zinging Trump at a briefing was like the opening scene of Saving Private Ryan. Jim Acosta and the rest were all G.I. Joe with a kung-fu grip on the microphone. Reporters do risk their lives in war zones, dictatorships, and terrorist neighborhoods. That’s what makes this kind of prose from Washington-based reporters sound so wildly exaggerated. But it ably illustrates the liberal media’s overwhelming self-regard.

The Atlantic decided to change the “thrill of Trump” headline, which is probably not a sentiment in line with the Trump impeachment crusade. It transformed into “I Was an Enemy of the People,” surely meant with a wink, since The People should always be grateful for heroic journalists.

For a moment, Nazaryan expresses a desire to hold Biden accountable and laments how the new team is “crushingly on message.” But mostly, there are more ridiculous historical metaphors.

Such as: “Nor, outside of North Korea, is a journalist’s job to lavish a country’s leader with hagiographic rhetoric, although the conservative media did its best.”

Somehow, Nazaryan slept through the dominant liberal media’s eight years of Obamagasms. Just recall CNN host Piers Morgan feeling pity for Obama’s uglier successors: “After the perfect Barack Obama, who’s a perfect physical specimen to many people’s eyes, does it matter?”

Now turn back to Nazaryan. Trump is like Osama: “To simply point out that Trump had improbably managed to alight on the correct course of action was to have written a favorable profile of Osama bin Laden.”

And Trump is like Stalin: “We should be grateful that Trump energized the profession. Is that sort of like saying that Stalinism energized interest in Siberia? Maybe, I guess.”

Nazaryan is leaving these rhetorical road apples all over the internet. The Los Angeles Times assigned him to review Andy Ngo’s anti-Antifa book Unmasked, and he leaped for the Nazi-propagandist metaphor: “Every act of violence by antifa, meanwhile, is described so meticulously and ominously that Herr Goebbels would have been proud.”

This is nothing new for this writer. In 2016, Nazaryan tweeted out a black-and-white picture of the Nazis under the caption “Ted Cruz has a strong ground game in Iowa.” 

Liberal journalists sometimes act befuddled at the argument that they are portrayed as wildly opinionated partisans who shouldn’t get to pose as the People’s representatives at press conferences. Alexander Nazaryan is making that argument very easy. No one needs to storm a beach to prove that.