The Right Coast
August 19, 2004
The Media Meltdown
By Maimon Schwarzschild
Very thoughtful and reflective piece by Frederick Turner at Tech Central Station on the intellectual and social trends that at least partly explain the systematic press and broadcast-media campaign against Bush.
[M]any young journalists in the great organs of record, rejecting the fact/opinion distinction, turned to the idea of using their new command over the means of information production to [push the country to the left]. Remembering their professors' nostalgic stories of Vietnam protest, and indulgently encouraged by their Boomer editors, they took the war in Iraq as the ideal occasion. They had a villain from Texas with an accent and an apparent ignorance of university manners, the smoldering resentments of the Florida recount, a wealth of horrifc footage supplied by Al-Jazeera, and an expertise in spin provided both by their rhetoric professors and by the advertising profession (laundered through political campaign strategising). How could they fail?
But what could they gain? Perhaps the next election, if the American people realize too late that their informational wells have been spiked. But if afterward at least 40% of the public no longer believes the mainstream press and is, from the moment the election is over, furious about being lied to and vigilant to avenge itself on the perpetrators, the new president will be incapable of pressing home any of the programs desired by the aspiring Boomer professional elites that the press represents. So the gain might indeed be only a trifle.
But then again, it could happen very fast, especially if the Islamist international is emboldened, which it seems to me it almost certainly will be. John Kerry himself is unlikely, to put it as kindly as possible, to be a Reagan of the left: a figure that Americans warm to almost regardless of politics. A really nasty person (we at TheRightCoast don't know any such people) might almost hope for a Kerry victory in November, reckoning that what ensues would probably discredit the American left for a very long time.
Read Frederick Turner's post.