Media bias is usually dismissed as the whine of conservative crybabies. But anyone who saw last week’s CNBC debate noticed the embarrassing difference between the interviewers’ treatment of Republicans and how CNN had conducted its Democratic debate earlier last month.
Suddenly, an emboldened media gave up all pretense of objectivity in a brash way not seen since 2012, when presidential debate moderator Candy Crawley jumped in to help Obama’s floundering defense after Romney had criticized the administration’s handling of the Benghazi attack.
Hostile CNBC moderators grilled Republicans with “gotcha” questions along the lines of, “How long have you been beating your wife?” In contrast, CNN moderators in the Democratic debate created a love fest between front-runners Clinton and Bernie Sanders — and mostly ignored the back-of-the-pack candidates.
Usually an impartial media is not so crude in its liberal bias. But this time, the prejudices were so flagrant that they finally boomeranged on a discredited CNBC, whose moderators limped home from the debate licking their self-inflicted wounds. More.
The critical thing that many older commentators miss is that
1) Most young people are highly progressive and expect the government to take care of them.
2) Most young people are not consuming the legacy mainstream media.
So progressive government does not need the legacy media as much as those media need progressive government.
The media can only gain the attention of progressive government by continual demonstrations of slavish loyalty, hoping to be given a role somehow in the golden age of Big Gov.
3) Republican notables, with a few honourable exceptions, hope simply to play the traditional working population, which will be either degraded or looted anyway. With any luck, such Republicans can escape punitive audits, terror attacks by police (“Please don’t shoot my dogs!”), and jail terms on trumped-up charges. Maybe make some money in the process.
I don’t know how it is going to turn out either. One the one hand, things that can’t go on forever won’t. In the other hand, what follows a scene like this is not usually better.