Analysis of media issues, politics and current events.
The liberal media bubble. Many on the left would disagree, but there is one. It’s not the same as the conservative/GOP media bubble that tends to attack facts, editorial authority or unwelcomed statements from thought leaders that try to enter that conservative thought bubble like white cells attacking a virus in the bloodstream, but it exists.
The liberal bubble is not a fact-attack field, but a distortion field. If it were are car mirror, it would read “warning: topics may be more or less relevant or influential than they appear.” The liberal media bubble is a distortion of an event generated by sanctimonious and self-righteous possession of facts or moral high ground. Not saying liberal commentators lie, but I will say that they may often distort the relevance of the facts. A mistake that facts matter. A distortion that tends to exaggerate potential or importance of information or the severity of its outcome to the audience. Often lulling them into a false sense of political safety or a state of hyper freak out.
“Mitt Romney made a gaffe, hah ha.” “Rush Limbaugh said something dumb, ha ha. “ The polls show Obama ahead. Clearly a sign that America is wising up on Romney. Ha, ha.” “The Public Option is defeated. The passed healthcare plan is useless.”
Slow your roll, chicken little.
I don’t watch MSNBC shows as much anymore, and the reason why is the perpetual smirk many of the hosts seem to wear. A self-satisfied smugness that comes with their news content that I reject as if asked to drink something with too much sugar in it. Tone it down. Problem is, this smirk helps news hosts imply that an idea or action from Republicans or conservatives is so dumb or flawed the idea or conservative notion will simply fail on it own merits. Collapsing under the weight of its faults is inevitable. The right idea, the “right way” will always win. Like some movie notion that the guy in white always wins the gun fight.
That may happen in MSNBC world. Not in the real world, Rachel, Ed, and Lawrence. It’s why years ago, I had Democratic friends almost in therapy trying to figure out how George Bush got re-elected.
“Rightness makes might” and the “right person” always triumphs is an idea that a spin doctor would naturally reject. Swaying an audience is not the same as telling the truth. I can yell “fire” in a room where there is no fire and still get people to flee.
Just because something is right or factually correct, doesn’t mean it’s going to happen. MSNBC’s host line up loaded with political nerds. Like some nerds and technocrats in the workplace, many seem to have this belief that the quality and accuracy of your work alone will determine your rise in the company. That people will automatically or be forced morally to recognize and reward the best ideas. In most companies, true talent and skills only take you so far up the ladder. If you’re not the CEO, often the person above you is politically connected, a better B.S.-er, has charisma or some other additional talent that, in the corporate world makes up for the fact that you know they have no real clue how to do their jobs.
So saying or believing that you’ll move up the ladder simply because you know stuff, is more delusion than a realistic plan to get there.
And that’s the problem of the liberal media bubble. Sometimes the plan, the big idea is “we’re right” as if saying, “God is on our side, how could we fail?” You fail because you think God is on your side, rather then looking at the real political factors and influences that truly affect outcomes. Many liberal outlets, but especially MSNBC’s are giving their audience a false sense of security. False security hidden by self-righteous smirks.