Says PJ Media’s Michael Walsh:
The Leftist MSM may seem like a monolith, but mostly it’s a collection of rueful men and women who wish they were doing the things they’re assigned to cover, instead of actually covering them. Like groupies, they derive satisfaction and self-worth from orbiting the heavenly bodies they watch, and around whom they revolve. As I wrote on Twitter last night:
Dirty lil secret of MSM is that most would really rather be doing what the folks they cover do, Serious jealousy and fanboydom at work here.
What the candidates did the other night to the MSM should not be underestimated. At last, it was not just a lone Newt Gingrich bashing the ideological inanity of his interlocutors, but a number of them, including Cruz and Rubio. By presenting a relatively united front against the clear animosity emanating from the three CNBC hosts, the candidates were able to keep the focus off the stupid questions (“are you a comic book version of a campaign?) and onto the biases of the moderators themselves.
Which is why the morning-after headlines were not so much about who “won” but how CNBC — and by extension the entire MSM — disgraced itself. Bashing the media may not be a policy platform, but it’s nourishment and sustenance to a long-suffering conservative constituency which doesn’t much care whom or what is being bashed so long as somebody or something is being bashed. They’re tired of being punching bags, and especially tired of getting smacked around by folks like Reince Priebus (who approved the CNBC debacle), who are ostensibly on their side.
And which is also why the cracks around the foundations of MSM hegemony are a bigger story than most realize. More.
But then … unbelievably … Walsh seems to think that the solution is for non-progressives to try to get in at these declining behemoths.
First, the principal reason Potemkin is toppling is not that the Republicans showed some integrity for once, in refusing to play the media game, but that the Internet has steadily eroded the MSM fan base.
Attention, hence jobs and money, are going elsewhere.
The Republican establishment that will probably walk back any demand for rational balanced discussion cannot reverse that decline. They can, with luck, get engulfed in it.
Indeed, things could get so bad that American voters who used to be forced to vote for the GOP will start forming alternatives, using the Internet. Messy but the only hope of reform.