The Instant Elite and the Silenced Majority
It’s not difficult to understand why the elite media is overwhelmingly left. It’s a lot like why the universities are, in the social sciences. Go to Harvard, major in politics, take tutorials at the IOP and Kennedy School, write for the Crimson, get a job at the Times, or play triple A ball in Atlanta or podunk for a few years before getting to the Times, suck up to your editors and write well. Same deal on the Ph.D. track.
When I went to Yale, which was exactly one year after 1000 male leaders had ceased to be the operative phrase, we were told how wonderful and smart we were, the best in the nation. (I suppose Lieberman, Kerry and Dean believed it; I don’t think GWB was paying attention at the time.) I recall friends wanting to “teach” for a living. Me, I felt so damned ignorant that teaching would have been student-abuse. I knew I needed to get out in the world and away from education, and so I mostly have ever since.
(Moral to the story: at some point along the way to the perfect resume in academia or journalism, get a real job! Maybe there ought to be a fellowship program for this — two years in the real world! With Pay!!)
The Harvard Crimson — New York Times axis is probably weaker than it once was and undoubtedly admits more outsiders, outsiders who I’ll wager are very glad to have been invited to the party and may be among the least inclined to shake things up. But the problem with a closed culture (90% Democrat is a very closed culture, like liberal arts faculties) is the same as with any monopoly. The ambitious people go elsewhwere, and mediocrities obsessed with protecting their turf rise to leadership roles. I imagine there are many similarities among an electric utility’s board meeting, the politburo, and the Times editorial board – on ideological matters.
So it is no surprise that the Arnold election featured crazy left reporting. Mark Steyn:
You gotta admire the way the media stayed on the Demo-crats’ sinking California ship right to the very end. On the CNN Web site, even after Gray Davis had conceded, they were sticking to the loser’s talking-points:
”Schwarzenegger, who, like Hitler, is a native of Austria . . .”
CNN? Oh, that’s that network with Larry King, who, like the Son of Sam, is a native of Brooklyn. Used to be owned by Ted Turner, who, like the Cincinnati Strangler, is a native of Cincinnati. Now part of Time Warner, founded by the Warner Brothers, the oldest of whom, Harry Warner, like many Auschwitz guards, was a native of Poland.
And since the media have been so unsuccessful in selling their dreamworld since the rise of Rush, the talk radio industry, Fox and alternative media, we should not be surprised to see the growing desparation:
As I wrote after last year’s elections: ”Remind me never to complain about ‘liberal media bias’ again. Right now, liberal media bias is conspiring to assist the Democrats to sleepwalk over the cliff.”
But 10 minutes after the polls had closed, the Dems and the media were once again rocketing off to Planet Bananas. Before Election Day, the official line was that the recall was part of a pattern of hardline Republican subversion of the democratic process, going back through the Florida recount to the Clinton impeachment. In an about-turn so fast poor old DNC honcho Terry McAuliffe must have gotten whiplash, the new line was that the recall reflected a voter anger against incumbents that would spell disaster for Bush next year. And even as I lay on the floor howling with laughter, up there on CNN Judy Woodruff & Co. were taking it seriously. That would be the Judy Woodruff who, like 1970s serial killer Lendell Hunter, is a native of Augusta, Ga.
Just in case any Democrats have come back down to Planet Earth, here’s what happened on Tuesday: The two Republican candidates — Schwarzenegger and Tom McClintock — pulled 62 percent of the vote between them; the Democrat, Cruz Bustamante, got 31.7 percent. The remaining 6 percent was divided among the other 132 candidates. Just to recap: Republicans 62 percent, Democrats 31.7 percent — in the most liberal state in the nation. As long as all those angry voters keep expressing their anger by voting for Republicans over Democrats by two to one, I think I can live with it.
The genie has been out of the bottle since at least 1994, and the Democrats and their acolytes would be well served to deal with it. Thinking that seriatim attacks on Rush, Hannity, and others — they’re all going to happen, by the way — is a terrorist’s approach to war: maybe if we kill a few generals, the army will stop marching. But the bench in talk radio is much deeper than, say, the bench in Democratic governors, and the majority is silenced only in the clouded minds of the media elites.