Media Are Destabilizing Democracy

Great article from Henninger in the Wall Street Journal:

Somehow it became a conventional view in contemporary American politics that it is non-urban conservatives who in every case have to accommodate their beliefs to a national culture created by people who live somewhere else. “They” must adjust on abortion, guns, school prayer, sexual mores and all the rest of it. Liberals, meanwhile, not only feel no need to concede anything but use the commanding heights of the press and academia to define anyone who dissents from their ever-evolving national culture as a political fringe obsessed with people, one might say, who aren’t like them.

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Political correctness—the silent code that decides whose side of the story gets elevated and whose side gets buried—has been a blunt but effective weapon, which the dominant liberal culture has used to achieve a lot of victories over “them” the past 40 years. But the wins have come at a price. That price is the return of an unmistakable, growing and potentially destabilizing bitterness in American politics.

A fairer-minded media would be the best way to level the playing field. Absent that, our politics will be leveled by other means. What the major media think then, if they’re still around, won’t matter. (Source)

One thought on “Media Are Destabilizing Democracy

  1. People who complain about the press conveniently lose track of the fact that the bulk of financial support for newspapers and TV comes from corporate advertisers. Circulation and subscriptions are a small, if not inconsequential amount of funding. I don’t know about Canada, but in the USA, the phenomenon is rich people pretending they are religious so as to get country folks like me to vote against their economic interest.

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