We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
... there should be a special award for Fox News. Fox has done a great service to the American polity -- single-handedly breaking up the intellectual and ideological monopoly that for decades exerted hegemony (to use a favorite lefty cliché) over the broadcast media.
I said some years ago that the genius of Rupert Murdoch and Roger Ailes was to have discovered a niche market in American broadcasting -- half the American people. The reason Fox News has thrived and grown is because it offers a vibrant and honest alternative to those who could not abide yet another day of the news delivered to them beneath layer after layer of often undisguised liberalism.
What Fox did is not just create a venue for alternative opinion. It created an alternate reality.
A few years ago, I was on a radio show with a well-known political reporter who lamented the loss of a pristine past in which the whole country could agree on what the facts were, even if they disagreed on how to interpret and act upon them. All that was gone now. The country had become so fractured we couldn't even agree on what reality was. What she meant was that the day in which the front page of The New York Times was given scriptural authority everywhere was gone, shattered by the rise of Fox News.
What left me slack-jawed was the fact that she, like the cohort of mainstream journalists she represented so perfectly, was so ideologically blinkered that she could not fathom the plain fact that the liberal media were presenting the news and the world through a particular lens. The idea that it was particular, and that there might be competing ones, perhaps even superior ones, was beyond her ken.
Mr. Krauthammer has, as usual, hit the nail on the head in this opinion piece. In my youth there were some fine newspapers in this country in various smaller and midsized cities, which presented a diversity of views. They were well-known among the grown-up thinkers in the country and were read by many centrist conservatives, libertarians and other thoughtful people. The one thing they didn't represent was a single organized viewpoint to which they all adhered, as Mr. Krauthammer's political journalist does in the essay above. If they had, it would have been worrisome to us, because it smacks of managed thought which, like a managed economy, is the opposite of free enterprise and freedom of thought.
We seem to be rushing to give up all of our important freedoms, one after another, these days.
Does anyone remember the beauty of the Des Moines Register? Truly wonderful until the editor and his family were murdered in their beds by some "unknown". In my opinion it was that savage act that began the long slow slip into the cowardice that has become the foundation of today's journalism community. Even if they found (don't know if they did) the animal that did it--it was understood that dirty power players can hire any animal to commit any crime.