One of the more impressive pieces of stunt driving seen in Hollywood is the J-turn maneuver. This is when a car is traveling in reverse, gets cut into a turn sharp enough to swing the car into a full 180, and while under power continues in the same direction, now traveling forward. It requires skill, timing, and precision as you need to both change direction and change gears, and keep the car on roughly the same lane all the while. Here is the move executed by Paul Walker in “2 Fast, 2 Furious.”
It was a technique perfected in the 1970s on “The Rockford Files”.
The reason I bring this up is that we’ve been observing a political J-Turn taking place in the media since the November election. In a surprising, almost whiplash-inducing fashion, the press has whipped their approach to Washington in a similar 180, going from a full-frontal assault on all things executed or spoken by the Trump administration to a full-scale placid approach with the arrival of Joe Biden. The press today is in complete agreement with the new administration and they display this fealty with a casual obviousness.
We saw the signs of this prior to Biden/Harris’ inauguration, with journalists raving about the selection of Jen Psaki as White House Press Secretary and hailing the arrival of adults back to the White House. Psaki promptly proved them correct by passing out cookies to the press one day, then having the Easter Bunny come into the press room on another.
This goes beyond their antics and being enamored with the new administration — the press have effectively declared themselves and the new administration teammates. On Sunday’s iteration of “Reliable Sources,” host and avowed Media Hall Monitor Brian Stelter held an interview with Psaki which would be considered a humiliation of the highest order were our contemporary press capable of registering such emotion with the Biden troupe. Stelter took on the countenance of a four-month-old Corgi rolling onto its back.
His opening question was a lesson in neutered journalism:
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