The Louisville Courier-Journal ran a story about Dr. David Dao, the man roughed up when he was hauled off a United commuter airliner after refusing to give up his seat. The incident and apology from CEO Oscar Munoz is excerpted here, along with a backstory on Dao, who is a local doctor with a past checkered with drug convictions, allegations of forced gay sex, and court ordered anger management treatment.
The descriptions of Dao’s conduct by passengers and airline employees dovetail with what you’d expect from a guy with anger management problems, but evidently the DC media gentry considers that off limits, or bad reporting.
On any other day, national media elites are bawling about the demise of local newspapers. The Courier-Journal is a local newspaper, albeit chain owned as a lot of them are today. But that doesn’t stop these DC guys from telling local reporters what to do.
What chickens**t journalism. His “troubled past” has nothing to do with his being dragged out of his seat on that airplane. https://t.co/jJDpyrTag1
— Brit Hume (@brithume) April 11, 2017
You ran a disgusting hit piece airing a private citizen’s dirty laundry for clicks, and now you want to talk to him? https://t.co/GTlNRHEe6y
— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) April 11, 2017
Morgan Watkins is the local Louisville reporter, who looks to be all of 20. But this is real reporting, not narrative management like the DC columnists practice. It has rough edges and seams. They’re just trying to get by in the lower echelons of journalism. Pretty boy Sean Davis takes her out to the woodshed and wants to tell her how to do her job from the friendly confines of his DC political site. Real class, Sean.
Flashback: Federalist editors defended (then) Julia Ioffe when she said Donald Trump was having sex with Ivanka, and the SNL writer who was suspended for saying Barron Trump would become the first home schooled shooter. These guys are all over the road.
Private citizen assaulted, humiliated by major company. Dirt on private citizen is dug up, and we have the “actually he was bad” news cycle. pic.twitter.com/aOn3UpHE42
— T. Becket Adams (@BecketAdams) April 11, 2017
— The Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) April 11, 2017
There’s more. These are the ones to cross the TL. What a bunch of preeners.
You can bet it will come up during Dao’s lawsuit against United, if he sues. And imagine if CEO Munoz had a past like Dao’s. Think media elites would recuse themselves from reporting it? Think Munoz would have a job at the end of the day?
Every single local newspaper and TV station does this. They get the local angle about the local guy thrust into a national spotlight, right or wrong. Grow up boys. Put your chest thumping about the importance of local newspapers where your mouth is.