Cocooned, the wizards didn't see Trump coming
In this column two weeks ago, I suggested it was the fact-checking that worried me the most. I kept seeing these tweets in which the New York Times would be "fact-checking" Trump after his latest performance, establishing that almost everything he said was wrong, the fact-checkers seemingly of the view that they were upholding a worthy tradition of American journalism.
But I felt that for all their diligence, they were still missing certain "facts", the most obvious of which was that they were wasting their time and that of their readers with this self-regarding indulgence.
That the challenge to their civilisation which Trump was throwing down needed something more from them than these statements of the terribly obvious.