John Ekdahl asked a simple question Tuesday night:
The top 3 best selling vehicles in America are pick-ups. Question to reporters: do you personally know someone that owns one?
This not at all complicated query should generate one of two answers: yes or no. Instead, Ekdahl got hours of contempt, confusion, and rage.
This is very silly question. To wit: The top 3 population centers in America are liberal strongholds. DO YOU PERSONALLY KNOW SOMEONE THERE? — Ben Dreyfuss (@bendreyfuss) January 4, 2017
Frank: No, but I do know people who have escaped them. They tell me of trying to not get raped on their way home from school at 13 years old, on public transportation. They needed a TRUCK!!!
@JohnEkdahl Q: How many of those truck owners use them for the intended purpose? A: Not many unless you count immigrant laborers.— Bob (@lytestreet) January 4, 2017
Frank: By “immigrant,” do you mean “Illegal Alien?” Most of the people I know who own trucks use them for their intended purpose. I used to haul a crew and building materials with mine.
@JohnEkdahl I live in a city. I wouldn’t want to know people who felt they needed to own a pick up in the city (unless they haul bricks)
— John Corbett (@CorComm) January 4, 2017
Frank: Who gives a damn about what you want or who you would “want to know.”
Today in McCarthyism for Idiots: If you don’t know someone who owns a truck, you’re not a real ‘Murican! Bonus freedom points for TruckNutz! — Desdakon (@Desdakon) January 4, 2017
Frank: Now, idiot, YOU GET IT !!! Actually the criteria for being an American is a truck, a firearm, and a dog. You really need more than one, but that’s a starter kit. It also helps if you love JESUS. Also, McCarthy was CORRECT; Your “party” is full of commie-socialist filth…LOOK IT UP!!!
Can we please move off the idea that truck-owning, country music-listening, gun enthusiasts are the “real” Americans — Brandon Friedman (@BFriedmanDC) January 4, 2017
Frank: NO!!! Grow up, get with the program, or move to Europe…
1) this is wrong, 2) many of these are fleet vehicles, 3) they’re geographically concentrated bc duh, 4) this is a dumb question for stupids— Danny Concannon (@Danny_Concannon) January 4, 2017
Frank: And you cannot seem to comprehend the “dumb question,” or formulate an coherent answer.
Owning a pickup makes you more Real American than taking the subway and two buses to your job?Pffft. — Donna Gratehouse (@DonnaDiva) January 4, 2017
.@JohnEkdahl plenty of heartlanders are opioid addicts. Does that mean to report on real Amerikkka you need an oxy habit?
— Jonathan Gitlin (@drgitlin) January 4, 2017
Frank: Do you realize that black people own trucks, and use them for work, and the “kkk” was, and is a dim-o-crat organization? We voted your sorry asses OUT!!! It’s not “Amerikka” anymore, it’s AMERICA.
reporters continually signalling to cons that theyre “real americans and not those awful liberals” produces a lot of the ‘both sides” — Oliver Willis (@owillis) January 4, 2017
Frank: We ARE the REAL AMERICANS…a real American leaves a BIG carbon footprint.
It was a bad faith, rhetorical question that retrenchs disillusionment, suspicion and obscures the truth — Matt Heimiller (@MattHeimiller) January 4, 2017
Frank: Dude, you’re a liberal. Your ilk can in NO WAY relate to, or grasp the truth…If you could, you WOULD NOT BE A “LIBERAL.”
Ekdahl never mentioned guns, immigration, country music, race, or “real Americans,” yet a flurry of journalists and other progressives tried to shame him with each for daring to ask this non-political question. All because they didn’t want to admit that they live in a bubble.
Many Americans, left and right, live in monochrome cultural enclaves. Many of my friends at DC think tanks and my relatives on the farm don’t interact with many people who live different lives than themselves. Admitting this isn’t a black mark on either group; it merely helps us understand our limited perspective.
Since I live in the Phoenix suburbs, I know plenty of people in both groups. The economist PhDs make me feel dumb and the ranchers make me feel wimpy, so I learn a lot from both. Humility is a requirement if you want to learn or write about the many subjects outside your ken. Journalism would be a lot better if our media accepted this truth.