This weekend, the mainstream media was all in a tizzy because of Nick Kristof's column arguing "that we in the media screwed up" on Donald Trump.
As someone who has #headdesked himself repeatedly over Trump's myriad failings as a possible president, I confess that I'm not terribly interested in Kristof telling me to eviscerate Trump's idiotic foreign policy viewsyet again. Rather, I'd suggest a few things in reaction to Kristof's column:
Kristof is really writing about television rather than all news media;
Kristof's complaint about reporters not taking Trump seriously seems about six months out of date;
It's not that the media hasn't fact-checked Trump to death, it's that his supporters remain convinced that Trump is right;
Trump hasn't really expanded his electoral support all that much, so maybe the media might be doing something right?
For opinion writers, there's another problem with criticizing Trump: He's too basic.