Selena Zito was one of the few reporters who dared venture out into the heartland of America in 2016 and talk to Americans who were fed up with the DC Uniparty. She used the stories she collected of former Obama voters and Republicans who had enough of the feckless GOP Establishment for her columns and book, The Great Revolt, which you should get if you haven’t bought it already. For telling the truth, she is now getting attacked by the defenders of the ruling class. She responds to these baseless allegations at The New York Post:
Some of the accusations, in addition to being malicious, are just lazy. I stand accused of misrepresenting the socioeconomic standing of people profiled in one article because the headline included the term “blue collar.” Obviously, reporters don’t write their own headlines, so this accusation tells you something about my trolls and the journalists who fell for the trolling.
And what sets her apart from virtually every other journalist:
Many of those who voted for Trump in 2016 are people who stepped outside their comfort zones, whether as an evangelical Christian, a suburban mother, a long-time Democrat or a college-educated Republican. Many have seen their communities collapse while those in power — in both parties — barely seemed to notice, let alone care.
I have no personal stake in Donald Trump; his success or failure is up to him and the voters. But I do have a stake in my integrity as a reporter. I don’t report what I want to happen, or what I wish had happened. I report what is happening. And the Twitter harassment isn’t going to stop me.
If this were a just world, she already would’ve won the Pulitzer Prize.