Fox News has played an enormous role in de-centering and disempowering the standard media. So it is enormously disappointing, or maybe just revealing, to hear a Fox News Sunday panel trying to explain a lot of things.
Trump’s rise? Okay I’ve had my own troubles on that. But when Fox News trys to carve up the field into “uniters” and “dividers,” they are in enemy territory. Nothing will make sense if you think this way.
Even worse, Dorothy Rabinowitz tries to portray Scott Walker as a “divider” because he endorses a states’ right amendment on marriage:
But I have to say, when you count Walker in the top tier, the more I listen to him, the more I think, he promised for one thing his willingness to go and—were he president, he would announce for having a states vote on whether you could have one man, one woman. This is the kind of polarizing reach out that is not going to play well.
I have enormous doubts about Scott Walker; let me play my cards here openly. But the idea that gay marriage is somehow the main polarizing divide and Republicans need to get with the program? How out of touch can you be, very smart lady named Dorothy?
Commentary like this explains a lot about Trump—even though Trump himself has not showed courage (yet) on the gay marriage issue.
Maggie Gallagher is a senior fellow at American Principles in Action.