If you can't live without watching MSNBC's Rachel Maddow -- the most-watched anchor in cable news -- or weekends are not the same without MSNBC's Joy-Ann Reid, you are probably thrilled to see a heavy-duty dose of estrogen in major media as we contend with life in Trumplandia.
Writing for Vanity Fair, James Wolcott is far more eloquent in 'Why Women Journalists Are Ascendant In The Age Of Trump': "The me-Tarzan heyday of political broadcast journalism’s “big swinging dicks” (to borrow Michael Lewis’s hallowed term) has entered its twilight phase, a long-overdue development obvious to everyone except those little swinging dicks who keep injuring themselves trying to perpetuate the old swagger."
Large numbers of those "big swinging dicks" congregated at Fox News, who cut its ties with its latest alleged bad boy Eric Bolling on Friday. Bolling was busted in a Huffington Post expose published a month ago by Yashar Ali.
Fourteen sources confirmed allegations that Bolling sent female colleagues at Fox, lewd texts with an image of male genitalia. In filing a lawsuit against Yashar Ali, Bolling turned to Trump's personal lawyer Marc E. Kasowitz.
Wolcott unleashes his commanding vocabulary against Trump's alpha males, writing: "Throughout his entire Fox News career Bolling typified the “gorilla mind-set” espoused by macho paleo blogger Mike Cernovich in his book of the same name, an ode to alpha dominance that found its golden fulfillment in the candidacy and presidency of Donald Trump, the gorilla mind-set being the Wagnerian prelude to achieving what Cernovich heralds in his follow-up book as the “MAGA mind-set”—the inner power of Trumpian transformation that elevates the alphas from the also-rans. Thanks to the flubbering failure of Trump himself, the MAGA mind-set now resembles melted cheese, a glop of congealed ego and spilt religion."
With that, he turns his focus to the new breed of female journalists that include Margaret Brennan, of CBS News. Susan Page, Washington-bureau chief of USA Today. Hallie Jackson, White House correspondent for NBC News; Katy Tur of NBC News/MSNBC; Janet Rodriguez, White House correspondent for Univision; Tara Palmeri, White House correspondent for Politico. Elisabeth Bumiller, Washington editor of The New York Times. Ashley Parker, White House reporter for The Washington Post; Jenna Johnson, political reporter for The Washington Post; Cecilia Vega, White House correspondent for ABC News. And so many more.
If Trump's men pride themselves on being silverback gorillas, as proclaimed by Nigel Farage after the second presidential debate where the Republican candidate Trump literally stalked Hillary Clinton onstage, the new group of female journalists are bonobos. Like Hillary Clinton they have binders full of policy papers and info-rich content, and they run a tight ship with the silverbacks of Trumplandia. It's a clear case of brains over brawn, if you know anything about the lives of apes. Read on at Vanity Fair.