The opinion pieces I see referenced from the NY Times, the New Yorker, Slate, etc seem to have become a sort of genre fiction, like romances or even more, westerns. The reader knows what to expect but enjoys having the repetitive experience, and in the end is reassured that their desires, their intuitions, their values, their heroes and heroines are the right ones. Everything is put nicely in place by the end. The current fashion is that the bad orange man has been banished, and all's right with the world. But that is only one variant. It has been going on for some time. It's the Hallmark Channel for urban liberals. I wonder if opinion pieces in the major corporate outlets have always been genre fiction?