Sometimes it’s fun to imagine that the bad guys can lose. I was reading an article called “Too Few People Want What Joe Scarborough Is Selling.” The premise of the story is that despite all of the support that the left-wing institutions provide for the mainstream media the demand for their product is evaporating.
Here is the salient quote to back this assertion up:
“This might explain an odd exchange on Morning Joe last week, in which Dan Pfeiffer, former senior advisor to Barack Obama, declared that “[i]f you go to Facebook on a daily basis, the posts with the most engagement are from Ben Shapiro, Dan Bongino, and Candace Owens. It is right-wing media content. It dwarfs progressive content. It dwarfs mainstream media content — which is actually, should be the part that should scare us the most, that Ben Shapiro’s Daily Wire has more followers and engagement — many times more — than the New York Times or CNN. That is a problem for democracy.””
So apparently, they admit that even with suspensions, shadow banning and demonetizing of conservative ideas they can’t get anyone interested in progressive writers. And this doesn’t sound wrong. It’s probably true.
But is it enough that the people prefer our ideas? Can we win the culture wars if all the institutions close ranks against us? I think the answer is in the long run, we’ll win. That’s in the same way that eventually the Soviet Union couldn’t keep their lies going forever. Eventually reality seeps in. I guess there’s some comfort in that. But the Soviet Union lasted seventy years. I haven’t got seventy years.
The other exhibit the author provides is the change of strategy at CNN. The new owners are on record as saying they want to turn the company into a straight news outlet. Now you can imagine that Brian Stelter and Don Lemon would be poorly qualified to be retrofitted as shoe leather reporters. Firing them wouldn’t require management to be committed to down the center objective journalism. It would just show that they are tired of flushing money down the drain. But if the bottom line is finally forcing the media to abandon their attacks on half of the people of this country, then I’ll count that as a very promising development.
But is it true? And is it more than a one off? I haven’t heard that MSNBC and ABC, CBS and NBC are turning over new leaves too. Despite the Washington Post finally firing that demented harpy that kept calling all of her peers privileged white folk I doubt that the Post or the Times is reconsidering their editorial policy as it pertains to Left/Right bias.
Well, I can’t say that I’m a believer. But I thought the couple of cracks in the wall provide a glimmer of hope that someday the truth shall set us free. Read the article and see what you think and leave it in the comments.