Read the rest of it here, if you have a Wall St. Journal read-for-pay arrangement.
This year’s presidential campaign has caused journalists to lose all perspective, we keep thinking, and they keep proving us wrong by losing even more perspective. The latest example is a breathless Wednesday-afternoon tweet from Dylan Byers, who covers the media for CNN: “just got off the phone with @JeffreyGoldberg, who draf ted The Atlantic’s historic endorsement of Hillary Clinton. Full story TK…”
“TK” is journalese for “to come,” and the story kame as promised a few minutes later, with “Historic” in the headline:
Driven by its staunch opposition to Donald Trump, The Atlantic has endorsed Hillary Clinton for President of the United States, marking just the third time in the magazine’s 160-year history that it has made a presidential endorsement.
Labeling the Republican presidential nominee “a demagogue, a xenophobe, a sexist, a know-nothing, and a liar,” The Atlantic’s editors encouraged their readers to “act in defense of American democracy and elect his opponent.”
So the editorial is “historic” only in the sense that the magazine has been around for a long time. (A headline last year from Scientific American read “Atlantic Circulation Weakens Compared with Last Thousand Years.”)