Our Know-Nothing MSM
As Thomas Sowell writes today, "The fundamental problem of the political Left seems to be that the real world does not fit their preconceptions. Therefore they see the real world as what is wrong, and what needs to be changed, since apparently their preconceptions cannot be wrong."
And news that doesn't fit their preconceptions is invariably tossed-down the Memory Hole. Why is why "it’s always fascinating when media members are totally clueless about what’s actually happening in the society," Noel Sheppard recently wrote at Newsbusters:
Take CBS’s Bob Schieffer who admitted on Sunday’s Face the Nation to not having heard of lawsuits that have been filed against various business owners around the country for refusing to serve same-sex couples as a result of their religious beliefs (video follows with transcript and commentary):
BOB SCHIEFFER, HOST: So what do you do next? What is your next move in this? Because clearly you think this fight is still to be fought. That it's not over.
TONY PERKINS, FAMILY RESEARCH COUNCIL: Well, I think you're right, Bob, because there was a silver lining in this. As I said, those that were challenging Prop 8 did not go simply to see the court punt. They wanted to see that case used to impose same-sex marriage on the entire nation, and they failed in that. That buys a little time, I think, because I think Americans will begin to see that with same-sex marriage does not come a hope chest. Rather it's a Pandora’s Box. What we'll see is the loss of religious freedom, the loss of parental rights. I mean we’re going to see parents who pay taxes to send their kids to school. Those schools are going to start teaching those children values that are in contrast with the parents.
We're already seeing bakers and florists and photographers forced to participate in same-sex marriages under the threat of law and in some cases even jail. I can't think of anything more that’s more un-American than that. So I think as Americans see that there's a lot more to same-sex marriage than simply two people who love each other that they'll have time to reconsider this and decide whether or not we want to trade fundamental freedoms of speech and religion for the right of two people who love each other, which they can do now. They can live together but can they redefine marriage in the rest of society with it?
SCHIEFFER: How is it that bakers and florists are being forced to participate in this? I'm not sure I understand what you're saying here.
PERKINS: Well, we're seeing in Washington state, Colorado and some of the other states that have these anti-discrimination statutes that are being imposed that when a same-sex couple comes and says "I want you to take pictures of my wedding or I want you to bake a cake," and they say, “Look, my religious convictions will not allow me to participate in that,” they're literally being sued by the government, not the individuals, and they've even been adjudicated in such places as New Mexico. So we're going to see a loss of religious freedom. There is no question about it. It's already happening.
SCHIEFFER: How many lawsuits have been filed on that? Because I must say this is under my radar. I haven't heard this.
No wonder CBS’s Bob Schieffer hasn't heard about this; these sorts of stories were only reported by little-known underground Websites.
Meanwhile at the Blaze, "C-SPAN Caller Educates NPR Reporter on Efforts to Sell Obamacare to Children: ‘That’s Not Something I’ve Heard About:’"
A C-SPAN caller called into the “Washington Journal” program on Monday and taught a seemingly pro-Obamacare NPR correspondent, Julie Rovner, about efforts to sell the new health care law to children in California. Rovner claimed she had not heard about such efforts.
* * * * *
“That’s something new to me,” she said.
The caller continued to push the issue, specifically mentioning the initiative in California.
“What are they doing out in California? What are they doing out in California? They’re spending all this money going in the kids’ schools, telling ‘em to go home, tell mommy and daddy. Yeah,” Don replied.
Again, Rovner only said, “That’s not something I’ve heard about.”
Read more about efforts to promote Obamacare in California schools here.
For the past decade, there's only one opinion on the issue of gay marriage that has been acceptable to the MSM. (As Erick Erickson wrote late last month at Red State, "Yes, You Will Be Made to Care.") And the MSM's role since early 2008 has been to keep bad news concerning first Mr. Obama and now his administration out of the public eye, along with details of his administration's excesses. So is it any wonder that the media has deliberately lobotomized itself on these, and numerous other issues that are counter-intuitive to their worldview?