I’ve heard this kind of thought exercise is called “what aboutism” now, but here’s a hypothetical: Let’s say at a pro-Trump protest, a female ABC News anchor was harassed so much nearing airtime that she and her crew felt unsafe enough to pick up all of their equiptment and move the location of the show minutes before airtime. Imagine if a male Fox News host basically told her the fear her and her crew felt was imagined or fake. Something like this, for example:
I was broadcasting from the SCOTUS plaza until 11:00PM that night. The protests were raucous; chants, posters and bullhorns on both sides. But I found it very democratic, all-American. I saw pro-choice and pro-life demonstrators arguing—passionately but civilly. I felt no threat. https://t.co/7gwTDgUhEG
— Terry Moran (@TerryMoran) July 10, 2018
Imagine the mainstream media response to a male Fox News anchor belitting the experience of a female ABC anchor in that way. Could that hypothetical male Fox anchor survive the swarm of anger directed his way?
We’ll never know, because the woman who felt threatened was Fox News’ Shannon Bream, and the male anchor poo-pooing her experience works for ABC. It seems the solidarity the press feel for one another in this “fake news” war on the press era doesn’t extend to professional courtesy for Fox News employees.