I have to say something about the current state of the right wing in general and the right wing in broadcast media in specific. I was watching today as RINO Joe Scarborough was ripping the right from his perch inside the MSNBC birdcage where they keep their pet conservatives, over the weekend, I read the articles by Ross Douthat and David Brooks cautioning that the right had to become more left to win. Last night on Fox, Bill O’Reilly was going nuts over Jamie Foxx and Hannity was hyperventilating about Obama shaking hands with the South Korean rapper and America hater (at least until we made him a millionaire), Psi.
Folks – it looks like some sort of macabre carnival sideshow.
The institutional right lost an election and now, like a school kid who got his ass whipped on the playground, they are over in the corner sulking and talking smack about the kid who laid the thrashing on them. Hannity’s rant was the equivalent of saying Obama has bad breath and his mother dresses him funny.
O’Reilly was up in arms over Foxx saying that he got to kill all the white people in his new movie. So what? Foxx is so stupid and clueless that he doesn’t realize how accurate he was when he said on SNL that “black is the new white”. Through his new movie, Django Unchained, he is being exploited by white liberal people like Quentin Tarantino – just like the old “blaxploitation” movies of the 70′s. These were movies made to make blacks feel powerful even as the liberal policies were keeping them in poverty – and taking their money. They promoted the feeling thay “man, we are poor as dirt but a black man beat the crap out of that white pimp! How great was that?!”
Blacks are the new old liberal toy that it has become acceptable to play with again. Liberals feel immune to criticism because they voted in a black president. They feel safe to take their Little Black Sambo doll out and reenact Brer Rabbit now.
Jamie Foxx is nothing but the contemporary Dolemite.
The clusterf*ck in the “right wing media” is unbecoming, painful to watch and in the end, nobody gives a shit because it is all meaningless fluff designed to make us feel better about getting curb-stomped and to help us rationalize why it happened.
But it won’t change a damned thing about what got us here. The fact is that at the national level, we don’t have the conservative brilliance of Reagan, a former actor turned politician, and we have a bunch of second rate political actors who are playing a role as Reagan but are pale imitations of him.
For years, people of the political right have moaned about the bias in academia, the major media and Hollywood – and while it reached a crescendo during the past election, our response to it is wholly inadequate. Our responses are to change the channel or refuse to buy movie tickets, tune in to FOX News and we send our children to great classic liberal institutions like Hillsdale College. While each of these are effective in a small way, these three institutions – academia, news gathering and reporting and entertainment – are pillars of our culture and have been shaping it in a particular way that is destroying America.
Academia has assured that we are churning out generations of kids who are ignorant of history. I really don’t care about the indoctrination piece because all teaching is some form of indoctrination – but what I do care about is the lack of historical context that allows students to rationally decide for themselves which path to take. Kids are naturally rebellious against authority – and if you don’t believe that, you have never had a teenager in the house. They challenge authority to find their boundaries, the message of classic liberalism is a perfect fit because freedom, self-determination and independence is what every child seeks (even if they aren’t ready for it), yet the current “scholarship” cuts against this urge to be free – it goes against their very nature.
The leftist dominated “news” media has abdicated the responsibility of reporting and investigating events to whatever endpoint the evidence takes them to and has started “making” news and “shaping” opinion. They don’t care about truth unless it reinforces their political opinions or disadvantages those who have a countering position. Most are no better than the old Soviet house organ, Pravda.
I’ve lost my patience with Fox News because they spend more time on sensationalism and feeding the right wing with tabloid journalism through hyperbolic hosts and cartoon guests. Megyn Kelly has two on during the day, the Democratic Party Chair from South Carolina, Dick Harpootlian and Republican Brad Blakeman. Blakeman is reflexively Republican and Harpootlian is a sideshow clown. There is never anything poignant or significant in these “debates”, they just yell at each other. It isn’t debate at all, it is just red meat for the right because Harpootlian is such a risible slimebag who can be counted on to defend any and all Democrat actions.
It is nothing but entertainment. It will lower your IQ if you watch it too long.
As far as the American entertainment industry, it has become the delivery vessel for all things left wing.
When radical Islamists in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia want to get their propaganda out to a mostly illiterate population, what do they do? They make cassette tapes, they post YouTube videos. Why? Because you don’t have to be able to read or write to see and hear – and if you can’t read, your world is dominated by things that you can see and hear. This is what makes the American media and the entertainment industry so powerful on a global basis.
In America, combine this with the fact that kids never hear about a large segment of our history and you have a bunch of ready receptors for propaganda.
The most consistent voice on these aspects has been someone with whom I have been at variance with on several issues but when he is right, he is right.
That man is Glenn Beck.
Beck has people on his network that talk about Jefferson, Locke, Adams, Washington, Hobbes, Bastiat, Aquinas, Rousseau, More and Montesquieu – and do so in depth – not in some 45 second vignette about where they bought their trendy powdered wigs – before they hit the hard break. These are the kinds of discussions that we must have in order to wake up from this Stalinist wet dream of the Age of Obama.
Beck calls himself a “rodeo clown” but the level of discourse on his network makes people like Hannity look like the real rodeo clowns.