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Secondly, during tonight’s podcast, I had a thought that maybe hadn’t occurred to me before. We all know that the media and what I call the opinion-shaping elite (Hollywood, the universities, the newsrooms, etc.) tilt left. That’s something we’ve been battling for decades, and proof — I assert — that our 50/50 divided America is in fact much more intrinsically conservative than many believe.
But tonight’s discussion touched on issues of the Bulwark and the Never-Trump elite, people like Bill Kristol, and other nuevo-leftist former presumed-conservative commentators. Bethany asked, reasonably, if Bill Kristol and his ilk had ever really been conservative. That’s a fair question.
And that’s when it occurred to me that we have a potential problem having to do with the nature of the media and opinion-shaping classes, a problem that could apply as much to Ricochet (though I hope it doesn’t) as to any other (new-)media outlet.
The people who write their opinions for a living, conservative or liberal, have a lot in common with each other.
I want the post-Trump Republican party to be more muscular, more working-class, more cross-cultural (because I believe that the working class is cross-cultural), more rural, more masculine, and, frankly, less educated and credentialed than it has been in the recent past. I want this because I think the conceits of the current opinion-shaping elite are proving themselves to be unworkable and bad for America, and I want a resurgence of a simpler, more common sense, more visceral, and less erudite ‘merica!
Once upon a time, back before j-school, journalists were drawn from that population. Is it possible to build something similar on the internet today, something ruddy and rough and matter-of-fact that harkens back to a simpler time of clarity and rugged self-confidence?
Can we find journalists and pundits who, unlike the sissies at The Bulwark, CNN, NBC, etc., actually have balls?
I think that’s what we’re going to need if we’re going to restore America.
Because right now these clowns are tripping over their pronouns. And that’s no way to run a great country.Published in