Posts Tagged ‘Media’

An Age of Wonder and Awesomely Awesome Awesomeness

In Culture on March 25, 2010 at 9:10 am


My friend King Shamus offered up a gem about the waning influence of post WWII media and the burgeoning influence that new media has on pop culture. You should check out his post but if you are really too lazy to click a link, here’s a taste:

I think our drive-by media pukes hate the new media environment because in the old Cronkite/NYTimes days, a few reliably liberal figures and institutions could shape the narrative as they saw fit.  The Great Society was a wonderful new government commitment to it’s citizens.  The Vietnam War was hopelessly lost after the Tet Offensive.  Richard Nixon was a singularly evil man and no other presidency had done the things he had done.  The story could be shaped-and shaped quite easily-when the old skool media dweebs had a lock on current events.  Pop music, movies and news would by and large reflect a basically lefty viewpoint.  Moreover, the left knew they could rely on the media monopoly to basically back up their ideological play.  Everybody came out a winner…except for the American cultural consumer, who was given 1/4 of one side of a story some hack thought was important.

Leftist Spin: “Scott Brown Backfired”

In Congress, Elections, health care on March 24, 2010 at 3:30 pm

Scott Brown (R-MA)

The passage of Obama’s health bill in spite of the election of Scott Brown sends a message, but not the one Democrats want you to think.

In a special election last January, Massachusetts voters sent Scott Brown, a Republican, to fill the seat formerly occupied by the late Ted Kennedy’s wide posterior. Brown’s election, fueled by grass-roots support from the Tea Parties, thwarted the Democrat’s filibuster-proof majority in the Senate. Republicans knew that he was not the second coming of Ronald Reagan but he was, by God, a Republican butt in that seat.

Now, Democrats and the leftist media are taking up a new Rumpelstiltskin gloat in the wake of the passage of health insurance reform legislation. The left contends that conservatives are “having second thoughts” about Brown and that the right is disappointed in his election. One can see how the veracity of such a characterization might be… questionable, considering the source.

None the less, the Boston Herald has this:

“If he were a milk carton, he would be expired,” said Massachusetts Democratic Party chairman John Walsh

In fact, Democrats now say Brown’s election as the so-called “41st vote” to block Obama’s health-care overhaul inspired them to seek procedural means to bypass GOP efforts to derail the bill.

“Scott Brown’s election actually delivered health-care reform, because we didn’t need the 60 votes to make it happen. He delivered a significant victory in that,” Walsh said.

Ron Chusid, a repeat offending idiot at Liberal Values (a contradiction in terms if I ever heard one), asserts that “Besides falsely seeing his win as a victory for the far right, winning in Massachusetts led many Republicans to let down their guard, making it easier for the Democrats to pass health care reform.”

Despite the twisted logic that would lay blame at Scott Brown’s feet, the fact remains that his election caused Democrats to formulate a new plan to thwart the will of the American people. By taking away the cloture option, Brown caused Democrats to tip their hand, sending the message that there is no low to which they are unwilling to stoop in order to run rampant over the nation. As a result, “Deem and Pass”, reconciliation and the Stupak sell-out, not to mention Obamacare itself, are going to turn around and bite Democrats in the ass come November.

Cross posted at Conservative Firestorm