Some may think me too hard on the GOP, for belatedly trying/pretending to try to do something about the MSM insulting them at their own expense before a broad public, pursuit of a new status as PR for permanent progressive government.
Not only won’t I back down, but I’d like to remind readers that we have the same problem in Canada.
I‘d like to call as my first witness, the 2015 Manning Centre conference in Ottawa earlier this year As I said at Five Feet of Fury:
Manning Centre doesn’t think bloggers are journalists
Yesterday, I applied for media credentials to the upcoming Manning Conference, “The Way Forward.” I said I was especially interested in the euthanasia workshop, in view of the recent Supreme Court decision. Here is the response I received.
Thanks very much for writing. I hope you’ll understand that given the media interest in the event and given the proliferation of blogs and bloggers we unfortunately need to reserve media accreditation for what would be termed traditional media. We certainly hope you will choose to attend as a regular registrant. Thanks for understanding.
Cheers, [guy in charge of media cred I am too classy to call out by name …]
At first, I was just too flummoxed to know what to say. My reaction came in three stages:
1. I make a living (!) writing almost entirely for the Internet, and it isn’t lonely out here. Over a thousand people a day probably view my work, using stats I can track. Which is far more people than have ever read me on “traditional media.”
But that guy never thought to ask me about my post reach. Which is what he should, of course, want to know.
2. I mustn’t make a scene. It is divisive. Maybe it is my own fault for not selling myself harder. … So back to my endless stream of online assignments. One more meeting I don’t have to go to. (The suggested registration fees seem designed to keep people out and I could not even find an option to pay to attend just a single workshop.)
3. But something felt wrong about my second response. I couldn’t sleep …More.
So I wrote that, and more.
But readers, here’s what truly revolted me: The advertising for the conference showed Preston Manning surrounded by a crowd of progressive government-media-in training types, like that was some big achievement.
Those people hate everything he stands for, and can only recover their own power and prosperity by stamping it out, in favour of government-controlled media.
And how did sucking up to them work out for you, Mannings? What did you achieve?
I would suggest that bloggers, backbone of the independent media, simply not bother with groups like the Manning Conference any more—or with any “conservative” institution like it.
If they really want the MSM’s good opinion, they themselves are not news anyway, just more manufactured news.
Let’s save our money, stay home, accept personal responsibility, research, educate quietly, confront strategically, and quietly lose the e-mail addresses of all “conservative” “consultants.”
They can’t (and don’t even want to) free us. But, who knows, maybe we still can.