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Mar 30Liked by Parker Molloy

How sad that this is indeed a brilliant take and not just completely obvious standard practice.

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For real

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Mar 30Liked by Parker Molloy

On this side of the looking glass, simple competence, integrity, and principles appear to be incomparable genius.

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"simple competence, integrity, and principles" have a well-known liberal bias.

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Everyone sees other people’s biases so clearly that it’s amazing they can’t see their own. 🤔

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Mar 30·edited Mar 30Liked by Parker Molloy

He also said that people ask "Why don’t our opinion platforms treat Donald Trump and other politicians exactly the same way."

And the answer is, they do.* That's what's got the Trump supporters in a snit. You have to move heaven and earth to make Trump sound like an even halfway normal human being and/or reasonable politician, and his supporters have become conditioned to expect that special treatment. You could say they're spoiled, delicate and entitled, if you wanted to be cheeky about it, which I do.

*(At my last newsroom job I was asked directly why I wanted to cover Donald Trump differently from other candidates, and I replied that on the contrary, I wanted us to cover him exactly like we would any other source with his track record, in any section of the report. (For example, our sports reporters would never have listened to a word a coach or a manager who lied so often said.)

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Well, yeah, but that's SPORTS, you know, something IMPORTANT where FACTS MATTER.

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Mar 30·edited Mar 31

"Trans people aren’t treated as human beings who have a right to exist in society, but as a problem that needs to be dealt with."

This hit me like a thunderbolt as the perfect description of the problem. Trans people aren't people, they're an issue, like corporate tax rates or drug legalization. To be talked about, sure, but issues don't do any talking for themselves.

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Mar 30Liked by Parker Molloy

as has been said, Cleveland Rocks

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Mar 30Liked by Parker Molloy

The heart of journalistic competence is in Cleveland.

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