The Strategic yet Self-Defeating Hyperbole of “Democracy in Peril” Journalism

Source: Reason
by Matt Welch

“Lopsided media hyperbole about the erosion of democracy is not remotely the most important story about January 6; far from it. America is beset by ongoing problems of populism, political violence, and whackaloonery, and it’s an ongoing disgrace that a significant chunk of a major political party still indulges in the pathologies that contributed to last year’s traumatic riot and disrupted the transfer of power. But the road back from that insanity is not going to be built best by erasing the existence of non-Trumpy Republicans and treating every boring political interaction as a life-or-death struggle for the republic itself.” (01/06/22)