On the same day that the instantly infamous “vulgar video” of Donald Trump’s bawdy conversation with Billy Bush in 2005 was taking the media by storm, a headline in The Guardian (of an article by Natalie Nougayrède) asked: “We are watching the destruction of Aleppo. Where is the rage?” Well, as soon as the words appeared, we knew where the rage was: all gone to swell the media’s chorus of contempt for Mr. Trump’s self-described locker room language of over a decade ago. And yet no one seemed to have noticed or cared what that said about the media’s sense of priorities, let alone the genuineness of their concern for suffering Syria.

Mr. Trump himself fleetingly tried to make the point during the second presidential debate, held in St. Louis the following day, when he responded to the ine ...