This is one of those cases where we read the tweet, clicked on over to the full article to see if it made any sense in context, and then discovered that no, it didn’t make sense in context.
The piece is by Eric Levitz and was published in New York magazine Wednesday, but here’s the tweet-sized excerpt that New York University journalism professor Jay Rosen decided to pull from the article:
"Our national security agencies and major newspapers cannot report that the sitting president, his party, and the outdated Constitution that undergirds their rule have become threats to liberal democracy in the United States." https://t.co/VkY0KznpaR
— Jay Rosen (@jayrosen_nyu) April 24, 2019
Here’s the bit that comes before that paragraph and calls the Constitution “archaic”:
In sum: The man tasked with executing the laws of our country has no respect for them, and Congress is unwilling to do anything about that because our archaic Constitution was not designed to accommodate political parties of any kind — let alone polarized, ideologically coherent parties — and so the structure of our government has lost its rational basis, and is slouching toward a constitutional crisis.
Wow, takes have become unimaginably hot just because Hillary Clinton wasn’t coronated as everyone expected. Sorry your party’s nominee sucked so much.
— Hal Stierwalt (@textranquilo) April 24, 2019
You teach journalism? “Outdated” constitution? 🤦🏻♀️ pic.twitter.com/Np5hrHrOxY
— Roxie Joyce (@RoxieCorleone) April 24, 2019
— Christie (@RepRepublic) April 24, 2019
Where an NYU "journalism professor" promotes the notion that the media should become activists instead of just reporting the news.
Hey Jay, how y'all just report the news, and let US decide whether Trump is a "threat to liberal democracy?"https://t.co/bZXTYawJJn
— David Henry (@imau2fan) April 24, 2019
Outdated? That document underpins and establishes everything America stands for. If you discard the constitution, you discard with it the greatest experiment man has undertaken, a rule of law and governance for the people, by the people.
— Beans on Toast (@Beanson40358184) April 24, 2019
“Outdated constitution”…….yet these same people scream that Trump is ….wait for it…..a danger to the constitution lol
— Zor-El (@Adam4004) April 24, 2019
They take an oath to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States, of which you are apparently an enemy.
— Brian Cartwright (@blcartwright) April 24, 2019
People that are tweeting this nonsense are the real threat to our country.
— C. Kennison (@ckennison47) April 24, 2019
“Outdated constitution”- wow-
That’s bravely stupid.
— nathan (@nathanBlowup) April 24, 2019
If you regard the president, half the country and the US Constitution as a threat…you might be the one with the problem. Not saying everyone has to agree on everything but get a grip.
— Grant Halstead (@GJ_Halstead) April 24, 2019
The Constitution is what keeps us from descending into mob rule. If you don't believe that, you are decidedly NOT a patriot.
— Michael Nolen (@TheRealGremlich) April 24, 2019
The constitution is never outdated. You just don't like the results and want to change the rules to your liking.
— Tommy D (@ssider1966) April 25, 2019
Socrates could not be reached for comment on direct democracy.
— John (@jake112k) April 24, 2019
The United States is not…and has never been….a "liberal democracy". The United States is a constitutional republic….and the people have no intention of turning our country over to the liars, idiots, socialists, and nuts that are now the face of the DNC.
— Jonathan Smart (@StealthMom007) April 24, 2019
LOL, no. Screw liberal democracy. We're a Republic, and there isn't a damn thing you can do about it.#AllYourDreamsAreDead
— Joe (@JoeFL65) April 24, 2019
We are not a “Liberal Democracy”, America is a Constitutional Republic and no thanks to being “fundamentally transformed” by you lunatics.
— CassityN (@cassity_n) April 24, 2019
"Our national security agencies and major newspapers cannot report that the sitting president, his party, and the lasting Constitution that undergirds their rule have become threats to liberals in the United States."#FIFY
— DJ (@DJNYified) April 24, 2019
You must read this – it's hysterical in every sense of the word, and a powerful illustration of the lib elite echo chamber in action.
Remember, attacks on Trump like this are not attacks on Trump – they are attacks on you and your right to participate in your own governance. https://t.co/hApeHgPjbl
— Kurt Schlichter (@KurtSchlichter) April 24, 2019
Jay, Let's talk just you and me. I have some information for you. Contrary to your belief Trump and team are not the enemy but in fact they are trying to save you. You need to hear from #walkaway and turning point. If you want to believe what the liberal media tells you..fine
— ❌The Main 🇺🇲Infidel🇺🇲 Allah Warned You About❌ (@TxMagaProud) April 24, 2019
— Mike says: Bring on Columbus!!🇺🇸🇮🇱 (@mudflap54) April 24, 2019
I cannot imagine anyone paying to take a class you’re involved with.
— HS Match (@HSMatch) April 24, 2019
The Constitution is more relevant today than it ever was. Journalism died when Obama was elected. You don’t teach journalism, you teach state propaganda methods. You’re a disgrace. 🖕
— Dr-Spygate (@ph_terry) April 24, 2019
People like you are why America hates journalists.
— Matt (@smartmuffin) April 24, 2019
And you wonder why people say journalism is dead?
— GTRxMan (@gtrxman) April 24, 2019
You people aren’t stable.
— Raise the Militia (@BroknSuffragium) April 24, 2019
Trump broke you
— Zapp “Beto” Branigan (@JohnMulkey) April 24, 2019
Resistance bro Ed Krassenstein says Democrats are the ones who adhere to the Constitution https://t.co/Lak6lhwpeZ
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) April 2, 2019