Monday, June 6, 2011
My Diabolical Plan to Implode the Media is Nearly Complete!
Notice something lately? Like say, a certain congressman who, having been caught in a silly situation, resorted to smears and tactical misdirection to avoid ever taking responsibility for his actions? During that same week, all the media outlets circled their wagons around this feeb, bending logic and credulity to the service of nut-job pol and party.
Then, suddenly, bam! Not surprisingly the completely improbable Weiner story goes nuclear as he is forced to admit what we all knew was the truth in the first place. Naturally, there is the typical list of casualties for this type of public dalliance: the man, his position and career, his wife, his future. But, as Yoda would say, "there is another."
Yes, it is the credibility of the media itself. It has been hit really hard in these past years. Of course, as self-actualizing Americans of the Oprah Winfrey "capture your dreams" variety we can forgive the media for being a little starry eyed at the Messiah's ascension to the throne. Most people can forgive them for being caught up in the emotion of that historical moment.
But then came the stimulus.
Then the "pass it to find out what's in it" health care bill.
And suddenly all of America is aware of the fact that the media is not the unbiased bastion of free information that we all thought it was. Instead, they are revealed to be idiotic, sycophantic, mouth-pieces. More reminiscent of the agitprop of the reds than any real protection of our rights and responsibilities as free citizens. After years and years of surprised analysts turning their heads at the mysteriously stagnant economy, we know: the folks at the New York Times, CNN, MSNBC, CBS, etc are splendid dupes on a mission.
Then comes word from the Middle East that Arabs have figured it out for themselves: their media has been complicit in the oppression of their own people.
It reminds me of a Chinese saying where the oppression of the foreign invaders is compared favorably to the oppression of their own government under Communism. But oddly enough, it is in China, where there are those intellectual elites with the backbone to question wether mandatory indoctrination in single party group-think is such a good idea.
Journalism requires principles. I mean real principles, not the cocktail principles of the holier-than-thou ivory tower fobs. Unfortunately, the day of real principles has long since faded in this, the twilight of our civilization. Which means that just like the PRC and Arab media, our media is no longer capable of saving us from our greatest threat: ourselves.
But at the very least, the press has been exposed in all its self-serving, incompetent, by-the-numbers impotent glory.
And for once, I enjoy the view as I watch its spectacular decline.