Rod Dreher got to this point before I was able to do so:
The news media have been seriously distorting public reaction to Trump’s handling of Charlottesville. Whether this is a matter of only seeing what they want to see, or a matter of the talking heads being concentrated among coastal elites of both parties, is a matter of conjecture. True, a slight majority of Americans think Trump didn’t go far enough, but judging from the coverage and commentary, you would have thought at Charlottesville, Trump met his Waterloo. It didn’t happen. Charlottesville is not nearly as big a deal to Americans as it is to the media and coastal elites.
From coverage in the national media (and across the board, here in the Northeast), one would expect the “not far enough” opinion to rate in the 90s. The only quibble I’d make is that Dreher skipped one possibility: Maybe it’s not only that journalists are seeing what they want to see within their coastal elite bubble, but that they actively want to shape the narrative.
Whatever the case, one might fairly suggest that, when it comes to anything having to do with President Trump, journalists aren’t doing their job. That’s true even if they see their “job” in some respects to be advancing their ideology. Consider this, from Dreher:
This is likely to cause them to seriously overreach. If Democrats and liberals only pay attention to the media and to each other on the statue debate, they are going to alienate a lot of people. The hostile media environment has made it very difficult for anybody to speak up for keeping the statues, even though that is a majority opinion in America. So people will keep that opinion to themselves.
Keeping their opinions to themselves doesn’t mean forgetting the issue altogether. Even people who don’t particularly care about Confederate statues will observe the way things work, these days, and may conclude that the country very much needs forces pushing back against the elite zeitgeist. President Trump is currently the most visible manifestation of that conclusion, and I fear there are worse.