While the mainstream media outlets drum up a semblance of umbrage at the latest revelations of IRS bias, Benghazi cover-ups, and State-sponsored illegal surveillance of the AP I stand athwart all the hand-wringing about hypocrisy and shout, WRONG!!
The media do not have a hypocritical bone in their collective body, collective being the key signature in their song sheet. They, being an entity of power and control, realize that their power comes from holding ranks and holding with those who wield the reigns of power. But, you may note, even when Conservatives sit in legislative or executive power, the Media oppose them mightily. There is no up-sucking.
Now, you can look at it like most do and opine that a thin, meaningless label of hypocrite is the proper indictment, and having so judged, you sit and fume and tweet and blog and watch the follower count tick upward in your stats. You have your finger on the pulse of the problem, so you think: a moral dichotomy, a spiritual schism, a character flaw.
But you’d be wrong.
In the first place, Progressives eschew any actual “choices” while touting their very importance. It’s why an issue such as abortion is such an untenable social arrangement, yet remains firmly institutionalized as a norm: no one can commit to a definition of when life begins. Obama is a master at this game. It keeps one away from values judgment and leaves no inkling, no trace of thought, origin, or morality. It is the passive equivalent of nailing jello to the wall. He likes all his issues this way.
So does the Media.
Can you see that questioning the VALUE of a thing renders doubt in the mind of the inattentive? To erase the absolutes is to leave no trail of the past and no compass for the future. Everything is fair game, free of judgment, and nothing is hypocritical. But I don’t give the Media as a collective much credit for understanding even so much as that. Mostly, they reject values so that they won’t later have to answer to them. It’s sort of pre-paid hypocrisy credits. If I maintain that everything is normal, nothing is abnormal, everyone is okay and no one is a monster, then I can like myself better and sleep smugly, if not soundly, at night.
And even that isn’t the real deal.
The Real Deal is this: The higher-ups in the MSM won’t say much about the abuses they suffer at the hands of the Obama administration because they answer to an extra-political power base. You think the consumer has sway anymore? When the New Media erupted and the Old Media saw their chuck wagon headed over the cliff, they kicked the consumer-based power structure to the curb. They just didn’t tell the consumer. Or their advertisers. They have gladly embraced devils who wield more money and power in just a few hands, rather than put up with the likes of you.
There may be an Invisible Hand in the market place, but the executives of the MSM are no longer licking that hand. They are not in the losing, exhausting game of brands and marketing. They are now in the game of thrones unlike any we’ve experienced in our country before. They will NOT cede power or betray allegiances to their source of income. Oh, they’ll allow awful financial reports about their circulatory health to ease Tea Party types into a hollow sense of accomplishment, but even after all that, the neighbors are still watching the infernal evening news every night.
At its worst, the shark-dead eyes of the MSM’s ambition see everything as colored red, in tooth and claw. Every time the Right hollers, “hypocrite” the MSM’s unblinking ambition sinks its teeth even further into the Republic. At best, it’s a con game of the ages-old redirect: a video, a redaction, a mournful aspersion cast at inanimate objects like guns. “Hypocrisy” is the empty echo of those who aren’t even in the game.
“Hypocrite?” they snort. “What else ya got?”
Thanks to the gracious Sultan Knish for the link to this mish-mash of thought!