Liberals may have been peeved at Jimmy Fallon for his softball interview with Donald Trump, but that's nothing to how conservatives should feel about Samantha Bee, Stephen Colbert, Seth Meyers, and many other late-night "propagandists," writes Ross Douthat. The conservative columnist's take at the New York Times: These TV hosts, together with young Americans and social activists, are responsible for pushing traditionally apolitical cultural arenas to adopt an "overtly left-wing party line." While award shows and colleges have always leaned left, lately they're "being pushed to … embrace the race-gender-sexual identity agenda in full," Douthat writes. "Even the NFL is having its Black Lives Matters moment, thanks to Colin Kaepernick."
Millennials actually find right-wing ideas so "alien" that they aren't even happy with Hillary Clinton, who has "moved further left than any modern Democratic nominee," Douthat says. "For the left, these are clear signs of cultural gains, cultural victory." Outside, though, there's a "feeling of being suffocated by the left's cultural dominance," which is pushing people to vote right. Something similar happened after a cultural shift to the left in the 1960s and '70s, resulting in the Nixon-Reagan eras. If Trump "were somewhat less volatile and bigoted and gross, liberalism would be poised to close its era of cultural ascendance," Douthat adds. Perhaps most alarming for liberals is that "they are still having real trouble putting him away." Read Douthat's full column here. (Read more opinion stories.)