Mandeville, LA – Exclusive Transcript – The ideological presentation of news is, in and of itself, in my personal opinion, a perversion of anything that you would call journalism. I am perfectly comfortable with, fine with, and have no beef towards anyone that presents news in a partisan and blatantly ideological fashion so long as they acknowledge that that’s what they’re doing. Where I have a problem and where I think people are being misled and lied to is people that present it as if it is objective truth. Check out today’s transcript for the rest…
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Mike: Back to the Tea Party conversation held over from last hour, from the piece posted by Conor Friedersdorf at The Atlantic. By the bye, I wrote to Conor Friedersdorf last night and complimented him on the piece. Much like the compliments that I lavish on writers at The American Conservative Magazine and National Review from time to time, and anyone else out there, if they’re not in the employ of Winston Elliott, III, I will not get a response. I just want you to know that I did reach out to Mr. Friedersdorf and compliment him on his work. Maybe I’ll receive a response. If I do, then I’ll turn it over to AG and see if he’d like to make an appearance on the program. Back to the Tea Partiers need to “Be Less Gullible” piece. This is where I find myself in most disagreement with Friedersdorf, by the bye.
Disrespect for Tea Partiers is at its most extreme and unforgivable when conservative elites who know better at places like Hillsdale College and the Heritage Foundation lash their brands to Rush Limbaugh’s star, and afford him a credibility they deep down don’t believe he deserves in return. Blatant disrespect is Roger Ailes broadcasting Glenn Beck’s show month after month after month, knowing it was filled with the most ludicrous conspiracy theories. Disrespect is Newsmax sending advertising emails to elderly subscribers on fixed incomes, stating, “When we stumbled upon this weird trick that can add $1,000 to monthly Social Security checks, we knew we had to share it with you.”
When I tell Tea Partiers that these people don’t have their best interests at heart, that they’re perfectly willing to broadcast lies and to manipulate resentments if it makes them an extra buck, I am not trying to be condescending. Like Peggy Noonan, I make my living in the media, and while that doesn’t mean that I have any more expertise than the average Tea Partier when it comes to being a doctor or lawyer or plumber or construction worker or small businessperson (or whatever their profession happens to be), I do have more expertise in mass media, rhetoric, the facts that surround political controversies in the news, and when pundits are telling people things that aren’t true.
And I agree with Noonan.
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