Monday, May 28, 2012

The Fourth Estate: the Sound of Silence

We've learned a new term in the past few days:  Swatting.  We first learned of the term from Patterico.  Since then we've heard that Stacy McCain has been forced to flee his home.  Yesterday there was a failed attempt to SWAT Erick Erickson and his family (why go after an individual when you can target his whole family?).  In reaction to all this Donald Douglas asks  timely question over at American Power:  Brett Kimberlin and 'SWATting': Where Is the Establishment Press? 

The Establishment Press is right where one would expect them to be-nowhere to be found.  Erick Erickson works for CNN and yet the threats to their employee and his family are met with silence.  The press has always been Left leaning but I think the final turning point was back when George W. Bush defeated Al Gore.  After that I believe that the MSM made a concerted decision to always act in unison for the defeat of Conservatism.  Doubt it?  See:  JournoList.

The Establishment Press is obsolete.  Currently 42% of the population self-identifies as "conservative" or "very conservative" versus only 20% who self-indentify as "liberal" or "very liberal".  They know that their days are limited and they are getting nasty.  What can we do? How about this:
Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.” Cut off the support network and isolate the target from sympathy. Go after people and not institutions; people hurt faster than institutions. (This is cruel, but very effective. Direct, personalized criticism and ridicule works.)
Soon there will not be enough liberals left to support the Establishment Press. When that time comes, I won't be shedding any tears.

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