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The most provocative thing Michelle Wolf said

Few people canada goose black friday sale are likely as surprised that Michelle Wolf’s monologue became a political and media flashpoint as Michelle Wolf. Before she delivered it, she told The Washington Post’s Elahe Izadi that she eschewed comedy for the sake of partisan applause. „[Trump has] gotten comedy into canada goose factory sale a place where it’s turned more into activism, and that’s not where comedy is good,” she canada goose factory outlet said, adding, „And canada goose outlet nyc I think Canada Goose Parka a joke is not good if someone says something and immediately people are cheap Canada Goose clapping because they’re like, 'Yes! That is how buy canada goose jacket I feel, as well!’ ”

Oops. And therein lies perhaps the canada goose store biggest tragedy of the Wolf controversy: It obscured theparts canada goose outlet toronto factory of Wolf’s act that were most worthy of our hand wringing and introspection. Every hour, it’s Trump, Russia, Hillary and a panel of four people canadian goose jacket who remind you why you don’t go home for Thanksgiving. He couldn’t sell steaks or Canada Goose Online vodka canada goose jacket outlet or water canada goose outlet uk sale or college or ties or Eric, canada goose outlet canada goose coats on sale jackets but he has helped you.

He’s helped you sell your papers and your books and your TV.

These lines were canada uk canada goose goose outlet uk much more in keeping with Wolf’s stated goalto cast a light on „people’s thoughts that they sort uk canada goose outlet of had but never vocalized.” And while I disagree with Wolf somewhat, this seems to be a more fruitful conversation than the one we’re canada goose coats having right now.

Wolf isn’t the first to vocalize this idea; none other than Trump himself canada goose uk shop has done so, canada goose outlet black friday too. He Canada Goose online mused (joked?) a few months ago that the media would help him win reelection in canada goose uk black friday 2020 because they will realize how good he is canada goose outlet sale for ratings and business:

Another reason that I’m going Canada Goose Outlet to win another four years is because newspapers, television, all forms of media will tank if I’m not there, because without me, their ratings official canada goose outlet are going down the tubes. Without me, the New canada goose outlet York Times will indeed be not the failing New York Times but the failed New York Times. So they basically have to let me win. And eventually, probably six months before the election, they’ll be Canada Goose sale loving me because they’re saying, „Please, canada goose black friday sale please, don’t lose, Donald Trump.”

Wolf’s lines are a sort of extension of the criticismof canada goose outlet canada the media’s handling of Trump in 2016 specifically cable news’s decision to air large portions of Trump rallies uninterrupted. Plenty on the left have blamed the media for Trump’s election; now Wolf argues/jokes that the mediaaren’t canada goose clearance sale all that disappointed in that outcome.

I’ve long thought this line of argument was Canada Goose Coats On Sale overly simplistic. While canada goose outlet store it might have canada goose outlet online been overkill to run Trump’s rallies without interjection, canada goose outlet store uk fact check or counterpoint, the ideais that canada goose outlet new york city any coverage is good coverage for Trump that Trump’s domination of the day to day story lines was basically a campaign contribution. But that ignores the fact that lots of coverage is canada goose outlet parka quite critical. (In fact, the overwhelming proportion of it was and still is.) And it doesn’t account for the fact goose outlet canada that Trump was the most unpopular newly elected president in modern times, in part because of how he was covered.

Glenn Thrush of the New York Times canada goose outlet in usa put it well:

Except it conflates canada goose outlet reviews covering him aggressively which cheap canada goose uk is jacking readership with abetting him and profiting. Wolf’s argument is Trump’s. „I think what no one in this room wants to admit is that Trump has helped all of you,” she canada goose uk said. „He couldn’t sell steaks or vodka or water or college or ties or Eric, but he canada goose outlet shop has helped you.”

I think plenty of reporters would acknowledge this (and, in fact,do). canada goose clearance But it’s also a reminder that not everything having to do with Trump is the most important thing in the world canada goose and that there will be a world after canada goose uk outlet Trump that we all have to navigate and try to be as successful in as we have been in the Trump era. We should also be wary of the appearance that we’re covering this like a reality TV show and not engaging on substance enough. canada goose outlet online uk Saying we „love” buy canada goose jacket cheap him is perhaps artistic license, but we’ve clearly come to rely upon his antics, to a substantial degree.

That’s a debate worth having and a balance worth Canada Goose Jackets making sure we get right not just the Monday after the White House correspondents’ dinner, but every day.