In the days leading up to the 2015 elections, bloggers were the new faces of the digital revolution, the stars of social media, and the vanguard of an era of political engagement.
They’d become the social network of choice for many.
But they’d also been at the center of a culture war.
A war that began with social media and ended with the rise of Donald Trump.
As Trump won the presidency, many bloggers found themselves accused of political bias, and their platforms and their followers were attacked by the likes of The Donald, who took the mantle of president and attacked them with an aggressive and sometimes abusive tone.
This wasn’t just a personal attack; it was also a broader attack on the entire media industry.
A culture war ensued.
A media industry that had grown accustomed to serving the public’s appetite for “good journalism” found itself in the middle of an unprecedented battle over what constituted good journalism.
A lot of things were at stake, from the future of journalism itself, to the future for a free press.
What would be considered “good” journalism?
What would the future hold for journalism in general?
What should we do to protect our profession from this culture war?
This was a conversation that was taking place in 2014, before the election.
Before the election, I had a lot of people ask me about the 2016 election, and what they should and should not do if they’re going to write about politics.
I’d always said that we needed to stay away from politics.
It was a long-term plan, and I was pretty confident that the people who were running the show were going to stick with it.
But then Trump won, and it was hard to get people to stick.
They weren’t really interested in politics at all.
They were interested in the election and the country.
So, as a consequence, the 2016 campaign was an interesting time for me.
It felt like an opportunity to really get my head out of the sand, because the world was changing.
In a lot, the media had done a lot in 2016.
They had been front and center for a lot that was going on.
But now, a lot was happening in other spheres, too.
So what happened in 2016 changed the way we think about politics and the media.
It changed the relationship between journalism and politics.
As we move into 2017, the world is changing again.
There’s a lot more to think about than just the news, and we’re going through a really challenging time in the world.
But as I look back at 2016, I think of a time that felt very different from this one.
We had a president who was a racist, a racist misogynist, and a misogynist who wasn’t actually sexist.
We were dealing with a president that, in 2016, said that women’s bodies were nothing but objects, that he didn’t care about women’s rights, that the media should treat women like sex objects, and that he believed that it was OK to be a racist.
It is possible to talk about this year in terms of what’s really happened.
In 2016, we had a presidential candidate who had repeatedly tweeted that women shouldn’t wear pants and who has called women who get abortions and the disabled people “pigs,” “dogs,” “animals,” and “animas.”
We had one of the highest homicide rates in the history of our country, and he said he wouldn’t be president because of it.
And we had an election where more people lost their jobs because of the election than any other year since the 1930s.
We also had a new president who said he would “make America great again.”
And he did, with the biggest tax cuts for the rich in our history.
But in 2017, things changed.
In 2017, we got to see an election that was a referendum on whether or not the country was ready for a new kind of media.
And in 2017 we got a new administration who was so hostile to the press that they were actually blocking access to some of the press organizations that they’ve blocked from getting in.
In other words, we saw a new set of politics that wasn’t about the news anymore.
We saw politics that was about identity politics.
The new politics were about who gets to define what’s “good,” what’s not good, and who is acceptable to what people think is acceptable.
In the end, it’s not about the facts; it’s about who can say who’s good and who can’t.
We’ve seen this before in history.
We have the Holocaust.
We see this again in 2017.
It seems to be happening all over the world in 2017 as well.
But it’s also happening in the United States.
There are a lot different narratives that are going on in 2017 than in 2016; we have a new sheriff in town, a new leader in the White House.
There is a new, more extreme version of conservatism, and