As I’ve said generally I’ll refrain from political comment in this blog (because politics is now so dreary as well as over-exposed) but every now and then I see something I can’t resist. I was actually looking at Google search results for Curiosity and saw one linking to The Christian Post and was curious to see how they’d handle a science story. Interestingly they picked up on “speculation” about what was seen in the first photo with a headline that implies little green men running around (sometimes a blur is just a blur). Anyway while a little kooky at least the article isn’t saying NASA faked this landing (as is commonly believed by the religious right about moon landings since various pseudo-prophets had said earlier going to the moon was impossible).
But I’m there, a place I wouldn’t normally look for articles, so I look around to see what else they’re talking about and hit a Chick-fil-A article, “Living in Orwellian Times“. The article is only half as crazy as the title (it seems they like sensationalist titles over there). The gist of the article centers around the idea that the counter-protests at Chick-fil-A were tiny compared to the “extension of fellowship at church” (as the article describes it) yet they got most of the press. And they thus repeat the frequent and utterly wrong:
Are we living in Orwellian times—where right is wrong, and wrong is right? So often our picture of reality is painted by what is widely disseminated in the media. And the dominant media is so obviously biased to the left, I don’t see how there be a credible argument to the contrary
Now “dominant media” presumably is related to popularity ratings so I guess we’re led to believe that Fox is now part of the left. In fact, that must include Huckabee himself who called for the protests. I’ve lost the quote, recently sent to me, but what these writers always do is ignore the facts, that media in this country is actually predominantly corporate-owned (yeah, GE is a bastion of liberalism) and right-wing (let’s see is Clear Channel the largest radio network, guess which side they’re on). The network news is down to low ratings, largely because their programming is now so bland. Basically the right, who of course never listens to anything than Fox or CBN, believes in a strawman. They’ve said it so many times it must be true. Frankly I don’t think the mass media was ever liberal (go ask LBJ how he liked the coverage he got), but certainly it hasn’t been for decades. So just repeat an old chestnut and assume no one will challenge this, but folks, you’re wrong – the “liberal” media is myth (of course, they have a definition distinction, “liberal” is anything that isn’t fundy bat-shit crazy right-wingnut conspiracy-theory (muslims are taking over) and accepts science as a description of reality instead of ancient myths).
Life in a bubble there, folks!