The Beatification of Beto

Split screen of Beto O’Rourke (L) and Ted Cruz (R). (Reuters/Sergio Flores/File Photos)
The coverage of the Texas Senate race has been driven by what the media yearned to see.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE T he media’s treatment of Texas Democratic candidate Beto O’Rourke wasn’t the most egregiously unfair coverage of the past year — that would be the treatment of Brett Kavanaugh — but it ranks among 2018’s most annoying. The endless glowing profiles of O’Rourke in every publication from Vanity Fair to Spin to Rolling Stone to Town & Country represent the national media’s worsening challenge in differentiating between what it wants to see happen and what is actually happening.

The national media desperately want a Democrat who can win statewide races in the South and someday end up on a presidential ticket. That

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