The Elite Media, Relevant in its own Mind

 

In his 2011 book, Righteous Indignation, Andrew Breitbart wrote extensively about what he referred to as the “Democrat-Media Complex.” In modern America, the Complex isn’t too dissimilar from what Morpheus describes to Keanu Reeves in “The Matrix,” when he says, “The Matrix is everywhere. It is all around us… It is the world that has been pulled over your eyes to blind you from the truth.”

Like the Matrix, the Complex exists virtually everywhere. It drives most news coverage, infects our educational system, and permeates throughout our cultural institutions. The Complex is ESPN selling out the average sports fan in favor of “social-justice” obsessed political commentary. It is the college campus that prioritizes safe spaces and fragile feelings over free speech and the open exchange of ideas. But most notably, it is a political media establishment obsessed with controlling the narrative fed to the American people. For decades, the elite media has succeeded in controlling political narratives via editorial control over television programming, newspaper content, and basic journalistic storylines.

Even with the rise of alternative news sources, the massive size and scope of the mainstream media drives much of the daily news narrative. This enables these organizations to serve as the gatekeepers and protectors of the political establishment. To serve their political masters, the mainstream media does their best to control the news you see, the political opinions you hold, and the questions you will be chastised for having the gall to ask.

Despite their efforts to retain control over public sentiment, mainstream media credibility has plummeted. According to a Gallup Poll in September 2016, trust in mass media is at a historic low. Keep in mind this poll was taken prior to most “expert” political pundits getting the Presidential election horribly wrong.

The smug media elites refused to take Donald Trump seriously as a Presidential candidate or grant Bernie Sanders legitimacy in the Democratic Primary as an alternative to Hillary Clinton. The narrative had been written years in advance; on November 8, 2016, Hillary Clinton was to be elected the first female President of the United States. Either you were “Ready for Hillary,” or the elite media was ready to dismiss your thoughts and concerns. Despite all the signs that Clinton’s “inevitable” victory wasn’t so inevitable, the Complex marched onwards, unable to see beyond its own contrived narrative.

In many regards, this is the overarching theme of what the Democrat-Media Complex and mainstream media represent, a clique of posh elitists who hold both a palpable disdain for ordinary Americans and a total disregard for public sentiment. The political and media elites believe they know what policies and opinions are most virtuous, and it is incumbent on the public to fall in line. Unless you are discussing politics with Wolf Blitzer or Lyin’ Brian Williams in a fancy studio while wearing designer clothes, your opinion is irrelevant.

Following their humiliating Election coverage, has the elite media engaged in self-reflection or systemic reform? Not at all. The same television hosts and talking heads continue to spout off mindless partisan talking points, and many of the established print media outlets are transfixed with a crippling case of neo-McCarthyism.  Such is the hubris of our media elites. They refuse to reflect and learn because they already have all the answers. It is the electorate that needs to catch up to them regardless of election results.

So, life goes on as usual for the media elites. They continue earning massive checks to discuss politics within their own echo-chamber. All the while, they have learned almost nothing about America and the electorate they claim to serve.

To conclude with a question, if a political pundit offers an opinion and no one is taking them seriously, do they make a sound? Because despite their constant hysteria, the political media hasn’t said much worthy of remembering since November 8, 2016.

Cheers Don Lemon.

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