Either a political party has a moral center, or it does not.
At present, the Republican Party lacks one. It was also captured by conspiracy and populism. It’s become a far-right party, which leaves very little room for any understanding, or both sides kind of coverage. This has become a standard in American Journalism, and reporters, even at this late hour, continue to ask questions about both sides. I know why people are still doing this. It comes with the training.
One of the things reporters are told from day one, almost, is that there is always another side to any story. We should never just take the words of one side in any given story. In some cases this the case. If there is a demonstration, usually there is another side that does not agree with those taking to the streets. If there is a story at city hall, about development, you always have a side that favors it, and a side against. Those who do not care, usually do not show up. So usually we do have to ask about the two sides. This has led to a bad habit with journalism. We always want to listen to the other side and get both sides of the story.
This has allowed groups like the Proud Boys to get interviews. It’s also let militia types capture local airwaves. After all, there are two sides, right? And now we have radical right groups who are increasingly emboldened. After all, they got their message out at Charlottesville. The former president even referred to them as good people. Now we have an insurrection, that thankfully failed. Not that the people behind it think it failed. It’s a great recruitment opportunity. When combined with the failures of Q to predict the future, it’s the perfect environment to grow the movement.
Republicans missed their chance to push back on this radicalism. They have missed several, in fact. And they continue to double down on the conspiracy. Whether it’s at the state level, where they are censuring more moderate members, or in Congress. It might no longer possible. Especially when Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy decided to do nothing, essentially, about Marjorie Taylor Greene. In fact, half of the conference is with the Congresswoman, and only eleven votes with Democrats to remove her from committees. There was a time when parties took care of people like Greene. But the Party of Trump does not.