…[The administration is] thinking no one in the mainstream press has asked them a difficult or challenging question in 7 years, so why would they start now…
The biggest problem in our nation is not the Democrats, or the Republicans; it is not the Obama Administration, just as it wasn’t the Bush Administration, and it won’t be future Clinton or Warren Administrations. Our biggest problem is that the press has voluntarily surrendered its freedoms for the sake of idols and ideologies..
Because this is true, our government is either factionalized, fictionalized and bombarded with daily media outrage and indignation, or it is given an utterly free pass, with no accountability required…
I’ve been saying this for a long time. We’ve all been saying if for a long time, but the Anchoress says it especially well (please read the whole thing). I would only add that the press is only one half of the equation; the other half is a receptive audience that lacks the historic and/or critically aware background to evaluate what it reads, or perhaps even to pay much attention.
I read the liberal press’ spin on something, and then I hear it parroted back by a group of acquaintances of mine, who all nod their heads in synchrony and agreement. And yet if I ask them a few questions about something that reflects poorly on liberals or the administration, something only the right has covered, they’ve never even heard of it and don’t want to hear of it. If a tree falls in the conservative forest, does anyone other than conservatives hear it?
Even if you try to mention any particular offense (for example, the recent effort re the FCC monitoring newsrooms, with which I began this post), its significance is only really understood in context. It’s the totality of the picture that is especially alarming. But it’s the totality that is especially hidden, and even if news of one or two suspicious actions of this administration manages to seep through the information barrier, without the whole picture a conservative’s reaction can easily sound paranoid to the liberal listener. That is by design.
Some people wonder why I bother to write about the egregious bias of the press anymore. After all, there’s nothing new there, and what good does it do to belabor the fact? I do it because the press continues to be one of the most important things in our lives, and has the power to shape our future.
In closing, I’ll reprint something I’ve posted here before. It’s the words of the Czech author Milan Kundera, from The Book of Laughter and Forgetting, which he wrote in the late 70s:
Circle dancing is magic. It speaks to us through the millennia from the depths of human memory. Madame Raphael had cut the picture out of the magazine and would stare at it and dream. She too longed to dance in a ring. All her life she had looked for a group of people she could hold hands with and dance with in a ring. First she looked for them in the Methodist Church (her father was a religious fanatic), then in the Communist Party, then among the Trotskyites, then in the anti-abortion movement (A child has a right to life!), then in the pro-abortion movement (A woman has a right to her body!); she looked for them among the Marxists, the psychoanalysts, and the structuralists; she looked for them in Lenin, Zen Buddhism, Mao Tse-tung, yogis, the nouveau roman, Brechtian theater, the theater of panic; and finally she hoped she could at least become one with her students, which meant she always forced them to think and say exactly what she thought and said, and together they formed a single body and a single soul, a single ring and a single dance.