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We on the right and our counterparts on the left are each convinced that the media are biased, though we disagree about which way the press tilts. Spoiler: It tilts left — it isn’t even close. Worse, it tilts left more blatantly and extremely and unashamedly than it ever has before, at least in my lifetime. Most of our institutions tilt left, our universities and schools and entertainment industry — and, of course, those noble defenders of democracy who elide and dissemble under cover of press passes.
So here’s the problem for our friends on the left. The trailblazing institutions of progressive innovation have outpaced the roughly half of the country that doesn’t think of itself as generally conservative. We on the right think they’re crazy; increasingly, registered Democrats who earn their living in the real world and who are normal people kind of agree, even if they aren’t eager to talk about it. As the gap between the vanguard of the left and the nominal progressive voter widens, the views of the two groups must necessarily diverge: radical ideas can only diffuse through the culture so quickly, and the pop-cultural pace-setters are moving faster than normal people care to keep up, or are even able to keep up.
I think the trans movement is the first conspicuous example of this rift. It’s going to fail, because it demands too much too quickly. No normal person signed on for co-ed locker rooms and the de facto end of women’s sports, but that’s where it will inevitably lead, and with the blessing of the blithely unaware mavens of radicalism. If we can survive the next few bouts of inevitable Democratic governance, I think we’ll begin to see a return to sanity.
The press will be the last to know.