Posted by: Debby Durkee | July 30, 2010

Shhh…says the media.

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Shhh…says the media.

Andrew Klavan, whom you might know from some videos about Hollywood and other subjects over at http://www.pajamasmedia.com/,  writes for City Journal. In this piece he conveys a personal experience where a French publisher was to publish his novel, Empire of Lies, but reneged when the original editor died. The new editor just couldn’t bring herself to publish a book whose hero was a Christian conservative who takes on the villain of the mainstream media. This is from http://www.city-journal.org

Empire of Lies features a politically conservative Christian protagonist, Jason Harrow, who believes he has uncovered an Islamist terrorist plot being obscured by the leftist mainstream media. “Lies, lies, lies,” the emotionally troubled Harrow murmurs at his television set. “It’s all about what they don’t say.” It will come as no surprise that my friend Andrew Breitbart praised the book as the only thriller he’d ever read in which the mainstream media were the villains.

…(The incident) gives specific color to the recent revelations on the Daily Caller website that left-wing journalists conspired to suppress scandals that might harm Barack Obama and to the brouhaha over Breitbart’s online release of a video that resulted in a government worker’s momentarily losing her job. In both stories, one thing leaps out at me: everywhere, the Left favors fewer voices and less information, and conservatives favor more. Everywhere, the Left seeks to disappear its opposition, whereas the Right is willing to meet them head-on.

Take the e-mails that the Daily Caller obtained from the now-defunct lefty Web service Journolist… The point is not these people’s animus or ignorance or wickedness. The point is that what they desired was not victory in open debate but silence—the silence of censorship, intimidation, or the grave.

When has Rush Limbaugh ever wished a liberal’s mouth closed forever?… When has Fox News ever done anything to its rival cable stations but trounce them in a free competition for ratings? When has Fred Barnes ever tried to bully or intimidate someone into shutting up?

Klavan describes Breitbart as someone who momentarily put speed over full context in releasing the Sherrod video, but his intentions weren’t to smear Sherrod, but to show how the NAACP applauded her story about not helping a white farmer (before she went on to tell the whole story.)

… Breitbart is the grassroots nemesis of vast media conglomerates that continually and purposefully ignore, suppress, and distort information unfriendly to their ideology…Breitbart routinely breaks important stories that the mainstream media won’t touch. “I don’t even know about it,” chuckled ABC News’s Charlie Gibson well after Breitbart revealed corruption at the left-wing activist organization Acorn. “I just didn’t know about it,” said Bob Schieffer of CBS after Breitbart and others had been hammering at possible wrongdoing at the Justice Department in a botched case against New Black Panther thugs. And I guess the networks just didn’t know when Breitbart decisively disproved allegations that Tea Partiers hurled racist insults at lawmakers—because they continued to spread the discredited smear.

… Ted Koppel lament(s) the “good old days,” when three government-licensed networks served as gatekeepers to what the public could and couldn’t know. Breitbart, meanwhile, exhorts crowds of citizens to shoot videos and gather information, telling them, “You are the media now!” Breitbart only wants more information, while the left-wing media too often operate through obscurantism and suppression.

Klavan goes on to give examples of the media leaving out “Islam” when describing terrorism and their constant whitewashing or ignoring of scandals involving liberals.

…They attempt to label speech offensive or racist if it undermines their positions.

As any casual observer can see just from the explosive growth of Fox News, Americans want more free speech. They want the truth, not propaganda. They want to be their own “gatekeepers,” not have some liberal in New York or Washington, D.C. decide what they should or shouldn’t know. The mainstream (which is to say “liberal”) media have lost their gatekeeping abilities with the proliferation of talk radio, Fox News and now the Internet. Their power has been diluted, and as the Journolist story shows, they are angry that they can no longer bring their political opponents down with lies and charges of “racism.” The public is on to them now. They’ve blown the only asset a journalist has – trustworthiness. Once lost, that’s tough to regain. Read all of Klavan here: http://www.city-journal.org/2010/eon0726ak.html

Hat Tip: http://www.powerlineblog.com/

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  1. The mainstream media has long ago become the laughing stock of any thinking American. For any Democrat that I know, I would like to tell me one thing in the current Democrat party positions that they agree with. Just because they were brought up Democrat is not a reason to continue to vote that way, unless they are truly for socialism and government control over our lives. That doesn’t make Republican perfect by any means but they are the far lesser evil.


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