“The Guardian who feel they cannot defend her. I don’t know what the logic is any more, yet we have to have articles about some bloke who’s taken HRT and learnt to cry, and an obituary for Peter Sutcliffe.”
Matt Yglesias showed a certain amount of self awareness recently. The younger, he means under 40 or so, peeps who write the newspapers these days – and perhaps even more so all the digital support types these days, it used to be that the printers were off in another building, now they’re not, they’re on the editorial floor – come from a particular caste, background and education. All graduates, near all, even in the UK these days, with a postgraduate in journalism. All living in the big city. A monoculture with the normal problems over feedback amplification of one of those. And with very little direct knowledge of the world outside that monoculture.
If it ain’t cultural studies at college, or diversity training at work – to be extreme about it – they don’t know. They’re actually shocked at even the existence of ideas outside their little puddle, entirely unaware that there are oceans of differences out there.
Not dissimilar of course to varied of the Labour Party who think that everyone really is agreed on that structural racism etc. Which is why they lost the red wall.
That’s what’s happening. In a manner that didn’t used to be true – journalists used to come from anywhere, a modicum of technical training but not years at university – it has turned into a caste, a particular thought bubble.
I had an argument, perhaps discussion, with a comment page editor not so long ago. Offered a piece on the idea that the gender pay gap was caused by kiddies and care, not gender discrimination. She didn’t want it – well, that’s the fate of most offerings to editors of course. But the why was interesting. She was adamant that the opinion simply was not true. Provenly so, untrue. Diversity being a modern watchword but not of opinion.