Fault Lines

 

For the last few months, America’s media attention has careened from one controversy to another. In a series of previously ignored video clips, Jonathan Gruber, the architect and intellectual godfather of Obamacare, showed his searing contempt for the intelligence and judgment of Americans. The grand jury decision not to indict Darren Wilson in the shooting of Mike Brown led to long, violent nights of looting and destruction in Ferguson, Missouri and elsewhere. It girl Lena Dunham’s allegations that she was raped by “the campus Republican” while a student at Oberlin looks like a slander case in the making. Official Washington lost its mind for a week in pursuit of a low-level congressional staffer who posted a mildly critical remark about the First Daughters. Rolling Stone’s infamous UVA gang rape story has imploded, and what looked like a story of horrible sexual violence now looks more and more like a complete fabrication.

In each of these stories, two deep and consequential fault lines are evident. These fault lines aren’t about the usual left-right or elite-populist divides. They’re not solely about race or gender. They’re more fundamental — and more dangerous to the nation.

First, the once-honored and vital role of objective journalism in our society is at a crisis point. Members of the media know how reckless, sloppy, and partisan many in their field have become, but like a gambler going all-in, they keep tempting Americans to call their bluff.

The media wonders why a growing number of Americans no longer trust what they see in the news, but it’s not a mystery. The media’s customers have been burned over and over by bias, and by reporters with an agenda or an axe to grind. They’ve searched for news and information, only to be forced to piece it together on their own when the Official Media decides they’re going to ignore a story. Importantly, they’re exhausted by the constant lectures (disguised as news stories) that they’re ignorant racists, fatties, and hayseeds living in Free Market Jesus Paradise and killing the planet with their SUVs and their Walmart fashion sense.

Many reporters and editors loathe how aware people have become of the journalistic process. They can barely conceal their anger at having the public (largely conservatives) challenge what, when, and how they cover the news. Their sins of commission have been understood for decades, with a heavy thumb on the left side of the scale for either cultural, institutional, or ideological reasons. Lately though, the media’s sins of omission are more deadly to their reputation and future — and being called on them has the press in a white-hot fury.

When the media was a kind of hermetic priesthood, they controlled what Americans read and saw. If the Washington Post or the New York Times didn’t cover a story, you could bet it wasn’t going to be on the evening news. If they didn’t cover a story real people were interested in, they could put it down to news judgment. There was no effective recourse and nowhere else to get to the story. They know their business model is under existential threat, but they’ve practically declared war on the majority of their potential customers.

Today, the emergent conservative media isn’t winning ratings and running great stories to spite the legacy media; they’re running great stories because they’re news. The ratings follow. The legacy media largely produces a product they and their friends want. “Another gushing Hillary article? Can’t WAIT!” “Gosh, what Americans really need is another story on how we’re destroying the Earth and how global warming will kill our kids.” “Is Obama a great President, or the greatest President?” Legacy reporters and editors desperately miss that power to mediate the national dialogue. Even the younger ones (looking at you, JournoList and Vox) still dream of a world where they decide the national media agenda.

The second, and more dangerous fault line on display in each one of these stories is the Left’s desire for separate standards and systems across every domain, from the judicial system to public behavior to acceptable speech. It isn’t just the old liberal hypocrisy. It’s more explicit now. Obamacare fanboys want you to ignore Gruber’s admission that the entire rickety construct is built on lies and deception, because their heart is in the right place. “So what if we lied? We fooled you hicks, and what are you going to do about it, impeach the President?” The lie not only isn’t punished; it’s praised.

The racial-industrial complex of activists and opportunists who ignore young black men gunned down in Chicago’s streets move like locusts over Ferguson, pick at the carcass of Mike Brown, and demand a new system where justice depends on how the community feels, and not the facts in the case. In their world, Darren Wilson’s guilt isn’t decided by a grand jury; it’s decided by a mob. To them, he is a criminal guilty of a racist hate crime, and the evidence simply doesn’t matter. They know what they feel and want, the law be damned.

In Ferguson, black-owned stores are burned by black protesters, and it’s covered like a carnival. In St. Louis, Bosnians were assaulted and killed by groups of black teenagers, but we’re told those killings don’t count; hate crimes only flow in one direction. We’re assured one racist boob at a Tea Party rally defines every conservative, but “Burn this bitch down!” in Ferguson is just righteous anger. Tea Party rallies are dangerous, secessionist rebellion. Actual communist agitators organizing shutdowns across American cities are the heartbeat of democracy.

The social-justice complex wants a separate system of show trials, secret evidence, and stacked tribunals where any young man in college can be found guilty of the most heinous crimes of sexual violence without legal process and without the chance to clear his name. Like the Duke Lacrosse case, the men of UVA’s fraternities have had their reputations stained and scarred, but the left demands no penalty for false accusers.

Celebrities want a separate standard, and the media seems willing to grant it to them. Lena Dunham accuses a man of raping her in college, providing such granular detail that finding his name is a matter of a quick Google search, but wants to be free of responsibility for slandering “Barry” because she’s an “unreliable narrator.” After all, she’s a celebrity, a cultural icon, and a darling of New York’s and Washington’s smart young things.

Sabrina Rubin Erdely and Rolling Stone want you to believe “Jackie’s” claims to have been brutally gang-raped without confirmation, evidence, or even the most cursory due diligence. Even as the story falls apart, advocates like Zerlina Maxwell and Amanda Marcotte have shifted to the shopworn “fake but accurate” defense and accuse anyone who dares question the story as a “rape apologist.” That the accusations aren’t real doesn’t matter; they’re useful.

“Jackie” will skate into a Sandra Fluke-style media darling status, but UVA’s young men will have their resumes flagged with, “Oh, he was at UVA in 2013? Pass on that one.” Liberal writers and advocates say all rape claims must be believed without question, lest we discourage other victims from coming forward. The notable exception are victims of rape and sexual assault at the hands of Bill Clinton, Ted Kennedy, Hollywood producers, and any other prominent Democrat. In those cases, the women are just gold-digging trailer-park attention whores.

It isn’t just a double standard for behavior: it’s the evolution from the media covering what’s newsworthy to a combination of ideological cherry-picking and outright click-whoring. Elizabeth Lauten’s Facebook post on the Obama daughters produces screams of outrage and tens of thousands of media hits. Reporters flood the zone, tearing through her high school history, rifling through her trash, and mindlessly repeating charges demanding her immediate termination, all while relegating to page B14 the story of a senior Democrat staffer who pled down charges he drugged and raped at least two women.

The left’s desire for separate legal and social standards is a mortal danger to this country. The moment we have two standards is the moment we’ve abandoned the constitutional and moral grounding of this country. So far, conservatives have largely just grunted, “no” and hoped the madness will pass. It seems unlikely, and the reason traces back to the media’s problem: the political fantasy of the Left is being granted legitimacy by a media unwilling to stop picking sides and playing favorites.

The fault lines in the Republic are real. On one side, the social justice warriors are screaming for the end of a nation where one standard applies to all. On the other, it seems their cheerleaders and enablers are willing to play along until the earthquake comes.

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  1. Profile photo of S Inactive
    S

    A wonderful post, but more discouragement for those of us who follow this stuff and feel powerless to change anything. I’m trying to go to work, support my church, raise two little kids on one income, and generally get through each day. I don’t know how to fight back. I honestly just want a separate country from these people. They are alien to me.

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    • December 9, 2014 at 11:37 am
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    A great post. Wish we could all be that articulate when we are angry. I am happy to have the bigger implications of these stories and trends stated so clearly. Can’t wait for the next conversation at work when someone brings one of these situations up

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    • December 9, 2014 at 12:49 pm
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  3. Profile photo of KC Mulville Inactive

    The level of media deception is being exposed.

    But – infuriating as it might be to see it, and how outrageous their lies have gotten … let’s face it: it hasn’t helped them. For all the media cheerleading, they got whipped in the last election.

    We need to be cautious, of course. After all, they got whipped in 2010 as well. I’m not willing to make any long term predictions. But the media isn’t all-powerful. The public doesn’t trust them. And that distrust is getting deeper and deeper. They’re flailing in response.

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    • December 9, 2014 at 1:28 pm
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    More crying from Brenda Starr. (And if you don’t know what that means you need to follow Rick on Twitter.)

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    • December 9, 2014 at 2:04 pm
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  5. Profile photo of donald todd Inactive

    I had not heard of Lisa Dunham, so I did a quick check on her at Wikipedia, and found this under Personal Life

    “In 2012, Dunham began dating Jack Antonoff, lead guitarist of the band Fun.[27] She has stated that she will not get married until same-sex marriage is legalized.[28]

    Dunham was diagnosed with obsessive compulsive disorder as a child, and continues to take a low dose of an antidepressant to relieve her anxiety.”

    It would seem that she is now marriageable, whether Mr. Antonoff is interested or not. Perhaps her dalliance with a conservative will prove to be an unsolvable problem if Mr. Antonoff learns about it?

    Is anxiety a desirable commodity among the liberal cognoscenti? Is it something one talks about at dinner parties?

    Imagine the following snippet of conversation: “My anxiety is greater than yours. I practice depressing politics, lie about who I was involved with, and am medicated so I can continue doing so.”

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    • December 9, 2014 at 2:18 pm
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  6. Profile photo of donald todd Inactive

    I wrote #5 because it occurred to me to consider who is making the charges, and then make an attempt to consider whether those people are trustworthy.

    In many cases it certainly appears that they are not trustworthy, that they are pursuing an agenda. Of note, that agenda may be a desire for greater name recognition. Anyone who performs wants their name out there. What might be an undesirable recognition today will be largely forgotten tomorrow, but the name will have a bit of recognition which it previously lacked.

    Who in their right mind would ever think of Debbie Wasserman-Schultz if not for her hyperbolic vitriol toward non-Democrats?

    Who in their right mind would ever remember the dummy on Moral Swamp NBC who pilloried Bush 43 until he was let go. Then he was let go by AlGore’s network (nobody watched him) and now he is back to saying abrasive things about sports. He is such a non-entity I don’t even remember his name.

    Maybe Lisa Dunham can achieve a perch on that tree next to Mr. Nameless?

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    • December 9, 2014 at 2:30 pm
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  7. Profile photo of Robert McReynolds Member

    Those of you discounting the media are missing a huge point: they don’t write/say the things they do for the hopes of having you read/listen to it. We are not their intended audience. The intended audience is the administration at UVA. The intended audience is the power base inside DC, NYC, and LA. For here is where the media’s effects are felt. You may not read Rolling Stone, but the professor teaching your daughter’s feminist studies class at State College Tech does and guess what your daughter is going to hear? That’s right, that her campus is mired in a rape culture that is populated with predatory males waiting to pounce. You may not watch Big Bang Theory, but guess who does? Yup, the family that your teenaged son goes over to hang out with his friends. And what does he hear? That while loving and very supportive of her son, Sheldon’s mom is a backwards thinking, barely intelligent Christian from Houston, TX.

    This is part of what Rob Long talks about all the time when he mentions pop-culture in the various podcasts that we are lucky enough to listen to here on Ricochet. The true power is the seductive nature in which the Left can reach all of us on some level when we are seemingly in our most vulnerable state: when we are looking to be entertained or when impressionable young minds are simply looking for knowledge that they haven’t received before. Meanwhile, we bemoan the falsehoods coming out of Rolling Stone or the lack of coverage of a dumb lady’s book that will never be read by Middle America. Folks we are in a fight for our very lives as free people and we keep getting caught up on the overt, simple targets that the Left presents to us while they run a continuous psy-op campaign against us every hour of every day all across the country.

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    • December 9, 2014 at 2:52 pm
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  8. Profile photo of Nick Stuart Inactive

    A very good post. Like many others here on Ricochet and elsewhere.

    The question, which I asked in the comment section of The Hemmingways podcast and will repeat here: What do we people out here in flyover country do about it besides not give the MSM any clicks, viewers, or subscriptions?

    Vote Republican? (ROTFLMAO at my own joke as I watch the GOP “leadership” surrender without a shot before they even are sworn in for the new term).

    What I see happening is the Left pushes, pushes and pushes some more. They never let up. At some point it’s going to go to far, and there’s going to be a hard push back. Can only speculate the form it will actually take. But whatever form it takes it won’t be pretty. I’m not advocating it, I am just predicting it.

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    • December 9, 2014 at 3:44 pm
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    The hysteria around today’s media renders it largely unwatchable. So don’t, and you will be better off.

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    • December 9, 2014 at 3:49 pm
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    The so-called mainstream media is nothing more than democratic operatives with bylines. Expecting them to tell the truth is like expecting that scorpion not to sting the frog, or Lucy to not pull away the football from Charlie Brown. It isn’t gonna happen. I’ve made my peace with their vile deception, as much as I can.

    What really infuriates me is the relentless, fumbling ineptitude of the supposed opposition party. It isn’t news that the leftist media doesn’t like republicans, or is biased.

    I really would have expected, however, that at some point the GOP would have come up with more of a strategy than to curl up into a little ball on the floor, and wait for the kicking to stop.

    I don’t read every news source, or see everything said by every Republican official. But I think I see enough- and as far as I can discern the GOP seems to have had precious little to say about far too much of what has concerned the nation. For example, I can’t recall hearing a single word from any Republican in office anywhere standing up for George Zimmerman’s right to defend himself against Trayvon Martin’s attack. Yes, I’m sure it must have happened somewhere.

    But this was a national story that lasted for months, and the left attempted to use it as a springboard to effectively de-legitimize the entire right to self-defense. This was no small thing, I think, and this was no small story. The media- of course- lied about events- shamelessly, despicably, relentlessly- to advance their political agenda- and the GOP had nothing to say about it. You could read the facts of the case all day long, on the internet, at conservative websites- and millions did. Enough to thwart the left. But millions more did not, and they remain in ignorance or indifference.

    There are myriad more stories like that, and I’m tired of that failure. Abraham Lincoln debated Stephan Douglas, personally, multiple times. He didn’t rely upon back-country pamphleteers to make his arguments for him, or refuse to make any arguments against his opponents at all lest they dislike him.

    Yet that’s the strategy of today’s GOP, as far as I can tell. It isn’t good enough.

    Just look at Ferguson, Missouri.

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    • December 9, 2014 at 4:03 pm
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    Robert McReynolds:Those of you discounting the media are missing a huge point: they don’t write/say the things they do for the hopes of having you read/listen to it. We are not their intended audience. The intended audience is the administration at UVA. The intended audience is the power base inside DC, NYC, and LA. For here is where the media’s effects are felt. You may not read Rolling Stone, but the professor teaching your daughter’s feminist studies class at State College Tech does and guess what your daughter is going to hear? That’s right, that her campus is mired in a rape culture that is populated with predatory males waiting to pounce. You may not watch Big Bang Theory, but guess who does? Yup, the family that your teenaged son goes over to hang out with his friends. And what does he hear? That while loving and very supportive of her son, Sheldon’s mom is a backwards thinking, barely intelligent Christian from Houston, TX.

    This is part of what Rob Long talks about all the time when he mentions pop-culture in the various podcasts that we are lucky enough to listen to here on Ricochet. The true power is the seductive nature in which the Left can reach all of us on some level when we are seemingly in our most vulnerable state: when we are looking to be entertained or when impressionable young minds are simply looking for knowledge that they haven’t received before. Meanwhile, we bemoan the falsehoods coming out of Rolling Stone or the lack of coverage of a dumb lady’s book that will never be read by Middle America. Folks we are in a fight for our very lives as free people and we keep getting caught up on the overt, simple targets that the Left presents to us while they run a continuous psy-op campaign against us every hour of every day all across the country.

    Good points.

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    • December 9, 2014 at 4:16 pm
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  12. Profile photo of Robert McReynolds Member

    Xennady:The so-called mainstream media is nothing more than democratic operatives with bylines. Expecting them to tell the truth is like expecting that scorpion not to sting the frog, or Lucy to not pull away the football from Charlie Brown. It isn’t gonna happen. I’ve made my peace with their vile deception, as much as I can.

    What really infuriates me is the relentless, fumbling ineptitude of the supposed opposition party. It isn’t news that the leftist media doesn’t like republicans, or is biased.

    I really would have expected, however, that at some point the GOP would have come up with more of a strategy than to curl up into a little ball on the floor, and wait for the kicking to stop.

    I don’t read every news source, or see everything said by every Republican official. But I think I see enough- and as far as I can discern the GOP seems to have had precious little to say about far too much of what has concerned the nation. For example, I can’t recall hearing a single word from any Republican in office anywhere standing up for George Zimmerman’s right to defend himself against Trayvon Martin’s attack. Yes, I’m sure it must have happened somewhere.

    But this was a national story that lasted for months, and the left attempted to use it as a springboard to effectively de-legitimize the entire right to self-defense. This was no small thing, I think, and this was no small story. The media- of course- lied about events- shamelessly, despicably, relentlessly- to advance their political agenda- and the GOP had nothing to say about it. You could read the facts of the case all day long, on the internet, at conservative websites- and millions did. Enough to thwart the left. But millions more did not, and they remain in ignorance or indifference.

    There are myriad more stories like that, and I’m tired of that failure. Abraham Lincoln debated Stephan Douglas, personally, multiple times. He didn’t rely upon back-country pamphleteers to make his arguments for him, or refuse to make any arguments against his opponents at all lest they dislike him.

    Yet that’s the strategy of today’s GOP, as far as I can tell. It isn’t good enough.

    Just look at Ferguson, Missouri.

    I have a simple answer to all of this: the DC GOP does not think it is that bad, period. They are safe in their protected enclaves of Washington/McClean, VA. They are protected by never having to worry about actually having to get a “real job” ever again. The very things that we, the Average American, fear and lie awake at night worrying what kind of country will be there for our children they are completely immune from. Their children will never understand what it is like to go to a public school where the children are treated more like inmates than students. They will never have to worry about the amount of debt that they will incur by sending their children off to Yale, Harvard, and Georgetown. They will never have to navigate the abyss of tyranny that is Obamacare. They don’t have to worry about energy prices going up an estimated 40 percent due to restrictive policies put in place at the behest of a wacko, psychotic illusion of man-made Climate Change. None of what we worry about in our upper middle-class lifestyle will ever be felt by the likes of John Beohner’s family or Mitch McConnell or even the mid-ranking members of either party. To them we are the real threat because we seem impatient to protect the country that we grew up in so that our children and their children might have that same opportunity.

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    • December 9, 2014 at 4:31 pm
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    The sense that, for a lot of people, the ends justify any and all means available is becoming more and more palpable. And while these stories bother me, I am even more worried about three somewhat older stories: the Gabby Giffords shooting, the Dark Knight Rises shooting and the Boston Marathon bombing. In each of those cases, there was a rush to blame Tea Partiers on the basis of slender or nonexistent evidence.

    Think about it for a moment. There is a large group of people in influential places who believe that those of us who are Tea Parties are a moment from snapping and killing a bunch of people and willing that to tell anyone who will listen. Consider what happens to a nation when you broadcast repeatedly that people who disagree with you are secretly one step away from mass murder. Honestly, how would you react if you really believed that? And even if you think the MSNBC’s of the world are just trying to rile people up, if they say it over and over, some people are liable to believe it and take action accordingly.

    The tragic comfort I take in all of this is that these folks can’t win because even if they rid themselves of every conservative, their revolution would eat itself. They are only tolerant of each other to the extent that they hate us more and will gladly finish each other off if there are no more of us.

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    • December 9, 2014 at 7:57 pm
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  14. Profile photo of Al Sparks Thatcher

    I find a discrepancy in Rick Wilson’s post. At the beginning he talks about media overreach, where less and less people are taking them seriously. Later on he says, or implies that the liberal media is winning.

    Which is it?

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    • December 9, 2014 at 10:24 pm
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    Xennady:The so-called mainstream media is nothing more than democratic operatives with bylines. Expecting them to tell the truth is like expecting that scorpion not to sting the frog, or Lucy to not pull away the football from Charlie Brown. It isn’t gonna happen. I’ve made my peace with their vile deception, as much as I can.

    What really infuriates me is the relentless, fumbling ineptitude of the supposed opposition party. It isn’t news that the leftist media doesn’t like republicans, or is biased.

    I really would have expected, however, that at some point the GOP would have come up with more of a strategy than to curl up into a little ball on the floor, and wait for the kicking to stop.

    I see this as an apples and oranges argument. On the one hand, you decry the liberal media (apples), and on the other hand you decry inept politicians you share your views with (the oranges) for not being able to fight that media.

    A couple of points. First, it’s conservative media, not conservative politicians that need to counter liberal media.

    That last sentence was simplistic. Ronald Reagan was able to counter the media of his time both as President and as a candidate for President. And that’s the rub. Only then can politicians significantly influence the national dialogue.

    Rush Limbaugh has more influence over the national dialogue than a governor or congressman, including congressional leaders. Amongst the politicians, only the President can equal or exceed him.

    Until we get the presidency back, your complaints about the GOP will always ring true. And if we get someone like a Romney or a Bush, then we’re hobbled in the fight, because they don’t want to fight.

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    • December 9, 2014 at 10:42 pm
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    Al Sparks:I see this as an apples and oranges argument. On the one hand, you decry the liberal media (apples), and on the other hand you decry inept politicians you share your views with (the oranges) for not being able to fight that media.

    A couple of points. First, it’s conservative media, not conservative politicians that need to counter liberal media.

    That last sentence was simplistic. Ronald Reagan was able to counter the media of his time both as President and as a candidate for President. And that’s the rub. Only then can politicians significantly influence the national dialogue.

    Rush Limbaugh has more influence over the national dialogue than a governor or congressman, including congressional leaders. Amongst the politicians, only the President can equal or exceed him.

    Until we get the presidency back, your complaints about the GOP will always ring true. And if we get someone like a Romney or a Bush, then we’re hobbled in the fight, because they don’t want to fight.

    I flat out disagree.

    First, I pointed out that the so-called mainstream media is nothing more than democrat operatives with bylines. It isn’t apples and oranges, anything. It’s a whole barrel of rotten apples (the leftist media and leftist activists/politicians). They coordinate their activities and their message to maximize their political success, plainly, deceitfully, and too often, successfully.

    Yet the GOP can’t seem to notice this or understand it, apparently believing as you appear to that there is a clear dichotomy between the media and political operations. There is not. So the GOP is quite happy to have Candy Crowley as a debate moderator, for example.

    Second, when GOP politicians leave it to conservative media to counter the left they are leaving many millions unaware that any counter exists at all. The leftist media certainly isn’t going to tell the truth. So vasts swarms of people still believe that Trayvon Martin was brutally attacked by a racist Teabagger just because he was black, for example. One potential method for going around the media would be for GOP politicians to make controversial statements, press conferences, etc, that tell the public facts that the leftist media doesn’t want known. Like Reagan did, decades ago. But not today’s GOP.

    Third, I agree Rush Limbaugh has a lot of influence. But I also recall that he was regarded as so loathsome that he was not allowed to become a minority owner of an NFL franchise.

    And there’s the rub. I suspect a key problem the GOP has today is that the party despises the people who vote for it, including people like Rush Limbaugh. The party certainly never seems to do much to a actually represent us, never pushes back when we’re called vile racist scum, never seems fights to back at all, etc, etc.

    They seem quite content with their failure. I am not.

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    • December 10, 2014 at 12:20 am
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    Robert McReynolds:

    I have a simple answer to all of this: the DC GOP does not think it is that bad, period. They are safe in their protected enclaves of Washington/McClean, VA. They are protected by never having to worry about actually having to get a “real job” ever again. The very things that we, the Average American, fear and lie awake at night worrying what kind of country will be there for our children they are completely immune from. Their children will never understand what it is like to go to a public school where the children are treated more like inmates than students. They will never have to worry about the amount of debt that they will incur by sending their children off to Yale, Harvard, and Georgetown. They will never have to navigate the abyss of tyranny that is Obamacare. They don’t have to worry about energy prices going up an estimated 40 percent due to restrictive policies put in place at the behest of a wacko, psychotic illusion of man-made Climate Change. None of what we worry about in our upper middle-class lifestyle will ever be felt by the likes of John Beohner’s family or Mitch McConnell or even the mid-ranking members of either party. To them we are the real threat because we seem impatient to protect the country that we grew up in so that our children and their children might have that same opportunity.

    Absolutely spot on, alas.

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    • December 10, 2014 at 12:23 am
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    Just want to say I’m all for living in a Free Market Jesus paradise. Yes!

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    • December 10, 2014 at 6:41 am
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    Quinn the Eskimo: There is a large group of people in influential places who believe that those of us who are Tea Parties are a moment from snapping and killing a bunch of people and willing that to tell anyone who will listen.

    Just psychological projection. Historically, it’s exclusively the Left that conducts political homicide. And, on occasion, (e.g, Reign of Terror, Terror-Famine in Ukraine, and so on) this becomes mass political homicide.

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    • December 10, 2014 at 6:49 am
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    Al Sparks: #15 “[I]f we get someone like a Romney or a Bush, then we’re hobbled in the fight, because they don’t want to fight.”

    Well said. I do remember that Bush would not defend himself or his administration officials from charges that seemed to have no bearing on truth. It was as though anything the Democrats said would find a place above the fold as their media trotted out the latest accusations, complete with editorializing on the news pages or in the tv news reportage at the beginning of the MSM newscasts.

    Romney did a fold after winning the nomination. After the election he noted that his heart wasn’t in it. Too bad he did not figure that out before destroying his Republican competition.

    We don’t need a winner who won’t defend his own; and we don’t need a nominee who loses heart before the election.

    That said, I hope that there are a lot of middle-of-the-road Republicans beating the tar out of one another during the primaries so that a conservative Republican ends up representing the party.

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    • December 10, 2014 at 7:05 am
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  21. Profile photo of No Caesar Thatcher

    This is the Left as it always has been. However, the 21st c news and information world allows the rantings of their psychos/malcontents/nihilists/destroyers to be amplified in ways they never were in a media world of paper and broadcast TV. There’s a big difference in potential reach between a Facebook page or Twitter, and an obscure socialist worker’s daily newspaper with a circulation of 35.

    Yes the biases of the MSM are more obvious, because they are becoming more desperate and less careful. When you had a broad national audience you were limited in how hard you could push your agenda because of the dictates of said audience. As the media has become more fractured their reporting has become more shrill and narrative-based. Of course, this has created a huge opening for Fox News, which they have wisely exploited.

    The Left’s mask has been ripped off by increased exposure, the unspoken sense that we are at an end of age, and the desperation born of being so close and yet so far. They deserve no understandings. We need to continue to attack them and not give them any benefit of the doubt.

    They need to feel the consequences of their actions, good and hard. To quote Instapundit, “as a great man said, punch back twice as hard”…

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    • December 10, 2014 at 7:55 am
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    In many ways our current state of affairs reminds me of the “Long Weekend” that preceded the outbreak of the Guns of August. I’m not sure what comes next, but a big bubble is popping.

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    • December 10, 2014 at 8:07 am
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    Anyone else stocking up for “social disruption”?

    The way the media cheers on and encourages the rabble that is always tearing away at the walls and foundations of the US appears to be working rather well lately. I’m not sure somedays if I believe in tipping points, but on the days I do, we appear to be getting closer.

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    • December 10, 2014 at 8:11 am
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    Terrific post.

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    • December 10, 2014 at 11:39 am
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    S: I honestly just want a separate country from these people. They are alien to me.

    Very well put.

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    • December 10, 2014 at 12:06 pm
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    Al Sparks:I find a discrepancy in Rick Wilson’s post. At the beginning he talks about media overreach, where less and less people are taking them seriously. Later on he says, or implies that the liberal media is winning.

    Which is it?

    I think Robert nails it:

    Robert McReynolds:Those of you discounting the media are missing a huge point: they don’t write/say the things they do for the hopes of having you read/listen to it. We are not their intended audience. The intended audience is the administration at UVA. The intended audience is the power base inside DC, NYC, and LA…

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    • December 10, 2014 at 2:23 pm
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