Tom Nichols Has No Excuse

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis attends Trump campaign rally in Opa-Locka, Fla., November 2, 2020. (Carlos Barria/Reuters)

Ron DeSantis sometimes panders to his base in ways that I find objectionable. It’s a behavior I expect from — but still lament in — nearly every politician in this fallen world. Tom Nichols, a pundit, has no such excuse though. Here’s how Nichols reacted to 60 Minutes‘s segment on the Florida governor last night:

The irony of it all is that in this instance, Nichols was the angry, resentful person whose confirmation bias led him to buy into what was, in fact, a fake narrative being propped up by a deceptively edited clip. Nevertheless, Nichols pressed on — unchastened and unembarrassed — this afternoon:

Well, yes actually, DeSantis was the victim of a lie broadcast to millions of people and amplified by Nichols himself. Notice that nowhere does Nichols make a substantive case in which he explains what it is that the governor did wrong. It’s all about providing unthinking partisan fodder for his fans — exactly the crime he accuses DeSantis of.

As I see it, we in the press have a pretty simple job: To tell the truth as we see it. We all oftentimes disagree on what that truth is, and we all get things wrong on occasion. That’s alright. My issue with Nichols is not that we disagree, it’s that he doesn’t share my conception of the job.

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