As we’ve written numerous times around here, and as should be obvious to any long-term reader of the Blogosphere, at some point early in the “naughts”, the MSM lost its vice-grip control over the narrative. And based on their reporting this year, they’ve simply given up any hope of getting history right. To wit:
- The Tea Parties? Raaaaacist — even though the man who wrote a musical anthem for them and was a prominent speaker at the April 15th Tea Party in Santa Barbara, and others, is black.
- The Socialized Medicine Health Care “Reform” protesters? Violent and even more raaaaaacist — even though the only violence inflicted so far has been from union goons beating up black conservative Kenneth Gladney.
- The Obama as Joker meme? Really raaaaaacist — a conclusion the media jumped to in a nanosecond, before knowing, as we do now, that the artist is a Palestinian-American Kuchinich supporter – multiple demographics rarely attacked by the legacy media.
- The socialized medicine protesters have had signs comparing Obama to Nazis! Even though the left endlessly compared the previous president to Hitler without making the 6:30 news (or if they did, being praised as good harmless fun) — and the example the networks chose to highlight this time around “from the right” was actually from a Lyndon LaRouche fanatic — and perpetual candidate LaRouche (the Harold Stassen of the conspiracy theory set) identifies as a far left Democrat who wants single-payer health care himself.
A few years ago, Emmett Tyrrell of the American Spectator described the atmospheric conditions in the MSM that had created a “Kultursmog” that’s enveloped the media landscape:
What claims the attention of major media today is a phenomenon called Kultursmog. It is the popular culture of the United States, polluted utterly by a weird politics, a politics that is often called liberal but is actually simply leftish and adolescent. It has no fixed values or ideas other than to disturb the peace, which the legally attuned will recognize as a misdemeanor in most jurisdictions of the civilized world. Kultursmog is a culture that mixes rock stars in with fashion models and the ideas of Al Gore. Occasionally the smog actually includes the Hon. Gore, along with those other “rock star” personalities, the Clintons. The Kultursmog is always politically correct, ever sensitive to the whims of the Democratic National Committee, and increasingly anti-intellectual.
And it’s never been thicker. The legacy media has long since prided itself on being the “first draft of history”. Every writer knows his first draft is almost invariably his worst, and polishes repeatedly. But normally, mostly for style; presumably the facts are correct before the writing begins. How will the second, third and tenth drafts of history look, when its foundation was built so poorly to begin with?