Willie Robertson sometimes looks a lot like President Donald Trump. No, not in appearance — in talk.
Willie took on the media, a group Trump is often going after.
“It’s been a rough year for the media experts,” Willie said. “It must be humbling to be so wrong about so much for so long.”
Those are harsh words from such a nice guy. But he doesn’t stop there — he has a whole theory about this.
“But I have a theory about why [the media] missed the Trump train,” he continued. “They don’t hang out with regular folks like us, who like to hunt and fish and pray and actually work for a living. Heck, I don’t even know that they know how to talk to people from middle America. I mean, when I tell ’em I’m from Louisiana, they really start talking real slow and real loud.”
Willie and Trump are not alone in this…
ProPublica’s Alec MacGillis completely agrees with that sentiment.
“I am very worried about the disconnect between D.C., New York — the coastal bubbles — and the rest of the country,” MacGillis said. “And I think it’s gotten a lot worse for a couple reasons. One is that the media has consolidated into those places. The numbers tell the tale.”
MacGillis said the country has lost 12,000 in the past 10 years. But, wait — the number of media people in D.C. has doubled. What’s going on here?
“So you really have fewer [journalists] out there who are talking to these people, picking up their concerns,” he said. “Not just their concerns but digging into things where they live, doing the work of accountability and storytelling in the places where they live.”