What I’m not getting about the NY Times’ coverage of the shutdown is how Democrats are being portrayed as radicals who are shutting down the government. Let’s ignore that Friday night’s continuing resolution wouldn’t have passed even if there were no filibuster.
What’s truly bizarre about the coverage is that the overwhelming majority of Americans, regardless of party, want to fund CHIP (healthcare for children); on DACA, it’s mixed (large majority support the Dreamers, but about half think funding CHIP is more important than DACA), while most Americans oppose the border wall. But it’s not radical to fight for policies many Americans want, especially when the consequences of those policies will affect millions of lives.
I think what might be happening is that the NY Times views its target demographic as gentry class and wealthier (see this NY Times ad to understand where they make their advertising money). Despite all of the Heartland Whisper pieces, a strong core of the Republican Party is and has always been the well-heeled. They like Trump. Compare that to the Washington Post, where much of the audience in the D.C. area is upper-middle class veering towards gentry class. That’s a different demographic and the Post’s angle on things generally seems to reflect that demographic.