“We have the media now.”
Well, they do. And that’s the problem.
I use this analogy probably more often than I should, but that’s because it’s one that resonates with many people. Remember the schoolyard bully? Every school had one. There was always a moment or two during recess or phys. ed. when the teacher’s back was turned for a while and the bully knew it and knew that for those few minutes he owned the playground, could do what he wanted, and nobody would even try to stop him.
Remember? Well, that’s essentially our media today. The only difference is that the teacher is locked in a closet somewhere, the principal is hiding under his/her desk, and the bully really does have the playground now. And some people think the best way to survive is to make friends with the bully.
If enough people believe that, he can pretty much say or do whatever he wants. Chris Matthews is just the latest example.
I’ve been a bit of a bad progressive blogger not to have covered it before, but it all started with Chris Matthews’ recently comparing of Osama Bin Laden to Michael Moore.
MATTHEWS: You point out that he—you believe that he‘s also—he‘s trying to really talk to the Muslim people of the world who he has harmed so much in places like Iraq, but let me read some of these lines. I know you‘ve been over these, Senator, almost like Biblical text trying to figure these things out. But look at this line.
This is from bin Laden in the audio today. “There is no defect in the solution other than preventing the flow of hundreds of billions to the influential people and war merchants in America.” I mean, he sounds like an over-the-top Michael Moore here, if not a Michael Moore. Do you think that sells in America, that this war is being fought for the Daddy Warbucks?
MATTHEWS: Why is [Osama bin Laden] doing it? Why is he trying to track what he picks up in the Internet and from the media as the lingo of the left in America, like Moore? Why would he start to talk like Moore? People misunderstood what I said last night. I think he’s getting some advice from people, he’s getting some lingo, some wordage that he hears working somewhere in the United States about this being for war profiteers and he’s jumping on every opportunity.
Like I said. Matthews is just the latest example. Tucker Carlson recently claimed Bin Laden must be getting his talking points from the New York Times. Bill Bennet just got a job with CNN as a political analyst, months after his bumble on aborting black babies. CNN also just hired Glen Beck, the guy who hates the 9/11 victims’ families, and picked up former congressman and full time homo-hater J.C. Watts.
Yeah. They have the media. The media knows it, and wants to be their friend. The problem is that if the bully is running the playground, making friends with him or playing nice with him only ensures one thing: that he stays in charge. At some point, you have to stand-up to him. Even if that means having to start with his friends and make it more difficult for them to be his friends.
To that end, perhaps it is time to boycott MSNBC.