The true new McCarthyism

Ted Rall, who is to the left of Left, reveals today’s dirty little secret:

It feels a little weird to write this, like I’m telling tales out of school and ratting out the Vast Left-Wing Conspiracy. But it’s true: there’s less room for a leftie during the Age of Obama than there was under Bush.

I didn’t realize how besotted progressives were by Mr. Hopey Changey.

I have to admit that I’ve never found Rall amusing, because he’s a Jon Stewart type — vicious, but not witty. I give him big credit, though, for being brave enough here to state the truth about the Obama worship that is stifling the free flow of information.

One of the things I frequently remind people who know (and hate) that I’m a conservative is that I do not want to do away with the old media.  I simply want it to be honest about its prejudices and to engage forthrightly with conservatives.  Right now, the old media uses its still considerable power to marginalize them and, if possible, silence conservative voices.

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  1. Charles Martel says

    There is nothing sadder than a white-hot radical who was making a lot of money off the revolution then and isn’t now. My heart goes out to him. Not.

    However, Rall has a point: He’s been shut out by a cult of personality created by the media. Shades of Kamenev, Zinoviev and Bukharin, betrayed by the regime (only without the executions)!

    Speaking of Stalin: Once Stalin had installed the Terror and had everybody in Russia fearing for his life, a problem arose whenever he gave speeches before the puppet parliament in Moscow. The audience would rise and begin applauding something he said and then never stop. Nobody was courageous enough to be the first to stop applauding and sit down. So audience members would continue clapping for minutes at a time, their palms turning beet red and older people becoming shaky on their legs and short of breath.

    They finally solved the problem by appointing a man who would time the applause, letting it go on for a reasonable duration, then motion to the audience to stop clapping and sit down. Everybody was happy: Comrade Stalin could then continue with his memorable remarks and the audience did not have to fear immediate arrest or the midnight knock.

  2. Lyte Lee says

    It’s called crony journalism.  Rush amusingly refers to them as the “State Run Media.”  The alarming thing is that it’s voluntary.  They don’t have to be coreced into towing the party line facistically defaming the character of their political enemies i.e. Sara Palin.  They do it all to willingly.  That’s where I disagree.  I hope the old media winds up on the ash heap of history and irrelevance because they pose such a threat to democracy and the first amendment in particular.    

  3. jj says

    I can tell you one thing: it isn’t going to change.  I’ll borrow a quote from Bruce Kesler, in your other post about honor and the Jews: “The liberal intelligentsia in New York City believes they are open-minded people…”
     
    The news in this country comes from New York.  (Washington DC doesn’t much like that, and they have trouble accepting it, but it has been ever thus: those guys in Washington are correspondents – the anchors are in New York.)  It is a very liberal place; the networks are very liberal places – and the audience for which they reserve the most concern, and the people whose opinions they take most seriously and value highest are each other.
     
    Dan Rather wasn’t kidding when he used to fight with people over whether or not he was liberal and it bled through – he really believed he wasn’t, and it didn’t.  He wasn’t kidding at all, he was a true believer in his own BS.  Ultimately of course it got so bad that he was the only one – but don’t kid yourself: he was positive that he was balanced, fair, and straight down the middle in his reportage.  They all believe that, because it’s all they ever hear.  They only socialize with a small circle of (mostly) upper east side liberals, the only thing they ever hear from their friends and colleagues is reinforcement, and when that’s all one ever hears, one can hardly help but become a believer.  The newspapers that remain are members of the same pack, get precisely the same reinforcement from the same people, and ride down the same groove.
     
    Somebody, lost in the mists of time – I think it was John O’Hara – once reported that one of the positive things he found to like about Billy Graham was that Graham kept a person on the payroll who had a simple but unusual job.  His job was to keep Graham on the straight and narrow, his head to normal human size, and in touch with his sense of humility.  The way he did this was, once a day – more often if he felt it was warranted – he’d go down to the hall to Graham’s office, open the door, poke his head in, and yell “bullshit!” – however you say that in Baptist.  Then he’d slam the door and leave.  Graham, you see, recognized the danger inherent in being him.  I thought that was a splendid system.  And I can tell you, from experience hanging around them, every anchor who ever lived needed – and needs – a guy like that.

  4. Danny Lemieux says

    ” Dan Rather wasn’t kidding when he used to fight with people over whether or not he was liberal and it bled through – he really believed he wasn’t, and it didn’t.  He wasn’t kidding at all, he was a true believer in his own BS.  Ultimately of course it got so bad that he was the only one – but don’t kid yourself: he was positive that he was balanced, fair, and straight down the middle in his reportage.  They all believe that, because it’s all they ever hear. “

    OMG…and now he’s contributing to this blog, disguised as part of the alphabet!

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    It’s hard to find sympathy for Rall after he’s so viciously mocked our military and Republicans, but I applaud him for speaking up about this.
    The question is, is he willing to do something more than just complain about it? Will he and others like him shut out for not falling in line with the Obama is great and infallible narrative fight for representation of their views, or sit it out because it’s a Democrat? How many journalists have to be pressured by the White House to change stories or denied access after writing unfavorable stories (or op-eds) before they rebel against this administration? It won’t be Fox News that gets the White House to stop their manipulation of the media, it has to come from the organizations that have thus far enabled it.

  6. says

    that I’m a conservative is that I do not want to do away with the old media.  I simply want it to be honest about its prejudices and to engage forthrightly with conservatives.

    I think they understand what you may have missed. If the old media was ever honest about their prejudices, it would be the same as “being done away with”.

  7. suek says

    >>His job was to keep Graham on the straight and narrow, his head to normal human size, and in touch with his sense of humility. >>

    It used to called the Court Jester…

  8. abc says

    Charles writes:  “There is nothing sadder than a white-hot radical who was making a lot of money off the revolution then and isn’t now. My heart goes out to him. Not.”

    I thought you were talking about Glenn Beck.

  9. johnfromcolumbus says

    It may have been Krauthammer that I recently heard mention that the establishment media will stop at nothing to get Obama reelected because his loss will be a blatant repudiation of their belief system in spite of Obama disappointing them in so many ways.  He is their guy to the end, no matter what.  

    I saw this coming, I knew that the naive campaigner Obama would be briefed on the real world once he assumed office and Bush policies would remain.  Those with gaze fixed on reality saw it.  

    My biggest complaint is that Obama and Pelosi are campaigning on being fiscally responsible.  How can they get away with that?

  10. Mike Devx says

    johnfromcolumbus asks: My biggest complaint is that Obama and Pelosi are campaigning on being fiscally responsible.  How can they get away with that?

    Well, John, they don’t get away with it *here*.  After we pick ourselves up off the floor after laughing hysterically for a while, we’ll skewer such obvious lies.

    But you’re probably talking about why the mainstream media doesn’t call them on it.  And that question sort of answers itself, doesn’t it?

    The MSM hasn’t changed a jot since the last presidential election.  Obama will have a billion-dollar war chest to get his message(s) out there.  The MSM will be nothing more than a propaganda mouthpiece for it.

    What *has* changed since 2008 is the American People.  And Obama will have a four-year record that no propaganda can hide.  What will be absolutely fascinating to me is whether enough of the People will swallow all the propaganda, its lies and distortions, solely because the MSM will be feeding it to them as if it were revealed Truth.  Will that playbook actually work one more time?  It’s only a matter of time until the MSM is repudiated and they finally collapse… but will it occur in 2012?

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