Once more, Tim Alberta, the ace reporter from Politico, is Jay’s guest. He has done some of the best writing in the post-election (as in the pre-election). Try this, for instance, and this. He and Jay talk about their home state, Michigan: dramatic hearings; dramatic other things, including a plot to kidnap the governor. They go beyond Michigan, too, to talk about the state of the union, which is far from good. Americans are at one another’s throats. Tim Alberta has done some serious reporting and thinking about it.

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  1. GFHandle Member
    GFHandle
    @GFHandle

    Started to listen but gave up when Tim Alberta started telling us what is in the minds of those Republicans in Michigan with whom he disagrees. Apparently, there is nothing to investigate and anyone who participates in a hearing is selling his integrity down the river for votes from the true believers. Cynical analysis may be correct, but it can also be a lot of hot air.

    The method at play is always the same: assume there is a sensible view (ours) and then look for the madness (or if you are woke the evil) in any deviation. The assumption drives the “reporting.” Jay asked about a hearing I know nothing about. I got no facts, just characterization, explanation. Not so useful. Back to Byron York for me.

     

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  2. DrewInEastHillAutonomousZone Coolidge
    DrewInEastHillAutonomousZone
    @DrewInWisconsin

    Tim Alberta is the sort of person Ben Rhodes was talking about when he said “The average reporter we talk to is 27 years old, and their only reporting experience consists of being around political campaigns. That’s a sea change. They literally know nothing.”

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  3. Bruce W Banerdt Member
    Bruce W Banerdt
    @Bruce W Banerdt

    GFHandle (View Comment):

    Started to listen but gave up when Tim Alberta started telling us what is in the minds of those Republicans in Michigan with whom he disagrees. Apparently, there is nothing to investigate and anyone who participates in a hearing is selling his integrity down the river for votes from the true believers. Cynical analysis may be correct, but it can also be a lot of hot air.

    The method at play is always the same: assume there is a sensible view (ours) and then look for the madness (or if you are woke the evil) in any deviation. The assumption drives the “reporting.” Jay asked about a hearing I know nothing about. I got no facts, just characterization, explanation. Not so useful. Back to Byron York for me.

     

    Sincere thanks for saving me 47 minutes of my life. 

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