Opinion: Our buffoonish media loves Mayor Pete’s “racially unjust” roads

by Peter Heck · Dec 26th, 2020 10:59 am

Last Updated Dec 30th, 2020 at 3:31 pm

The day Joe Biden announced that Mayor Pete Buttigieg was his choice to be the next Transportation Secretary, I braced for it. I knew our brave, meticulously objective, facts-first media was going to unleash a flurry of critical analysis, harpooning the Democrat boy wonder for being painfully unqualified for the job.

After all, that's what they've been so reliable in doing for four years. Remember this is the media that courageously sounded the alarm about Justice Amy Coney Barrett being the least experienced potential justice in history. Granted, they weren't exactly right about that assessment. But I'm sure they just forgot that Obama-appointee Elena Kagan had never even been a judge when she was selected. A completely understandable oversight.

These are daring public defenders, speaking truth to power – just ask them. And they know that they helped amplify the Democrat Party's outraged objection to outer-cabinet Trump appointee Betsy DeVos for her obvious lack of qualification to lead the Education Department:

There's no way that our honest and candid media, petrified of democracy dying in darkness, would fail to call these prominent Democrats on the hypocrisy of objecting to DeVos but supporting a goofy appointment like Buttigieg.

And let's not stop with DeVos. National Public Radio went above and beyond the call of duty in notifying humanity that Trump-nominee Kathy Kraninger was unqualified to be the head of a position as uniquely insignificant as the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau:

Recognizing how much more important a cabinet-level Transportation job was, I stiffened in anticipation of how they would professionally undress Mayor Buttigieg for his lack of credentials. Then I clicked on the tweet:

Ohhhh, that's right. How silly of me to have totally forgotten we don't have a serious, legitimate, impartial, free press in this country. We have the Democrat Media Complex.

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That's why the fact that a guy who was largely incompetent in South Bend, Indiana on the singular transportation issue a mayor actually has to contend with – filling potholes – is utterly immaterial to the journalist class. Look at the COVID-19 situation for proof that party is far more indicative of press coverage than competence.

By any objective standard, Governor DeSantis of Florida has run circles around Governor Cuomo of New York. But the former is a Republican, the latter a Democrat. Therefore, Cuomo is allowed to write books about his "leadership," escaping the very scrutiny used to portray DeSantis as a bumbling fool.

Ditto that on the clown show happening in Michigan versus the effective management of a state like South Dakota. Gretchen Whitmer is a Democrat, but Kristi Noem is a Republican. So even though Whitmer's state has a much higher mortality rate than Noem's, you'd never know it by the representation of both in the press. And it's not just Noem. The media narrative has consistently been that Republican governors like DeSantis (FL), Ducey (AZ), and Kemp (GA), have been disasters. Michigan's per capita death rate is far higher than all three.

So, for your own sanity, don't expect Buttigieg's ineptitude to cause even the slightest bit of media consternation. He will be heralded because he, even as a white male, checks off the identity politics boxes and willingly plays the game. For instance, this may be a load of verbal refuse, but the media laps it up:

Sweet heavens, what a symphony of silliness. Racially unjust roads? Seriously? It's the kind of nonsense that leaves rational people more than a little mystified. Like this guy:

I feel pretty confident the answer to that question will prove to be no, but here's something I'm absolutely confident about: our illustrious media won't care either way.


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