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Gored oxen, oxen and Gores

Posted by Ron Coleman on December 21, 2008

Instapundit:

The real question, given the way the press covered for John Edwards, Barack Obama, et al. is whether the press would cover a Watergate if it happened under a Democratic administration.

They would.  Have we forgotten Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky?  The Clintons felt from almost Day One that the press was their bitter enemy, but with Monicagate the dogs were loosed.  While overall, cultural elites swooned over Clinton — churning out several thinly-disguised valentines in Hollywood, naming him (how embarrassing now!) our First Black President, and of course running down the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy when the time came for that — “the press,” which we now call the mainstream press , went in for the kill once their cheese was moved by Matt Drudge.

Media on media on media

Media on media on media

It’s not a paradox.  The MSM will never forgive a Republican for being elected to audience, and will pull out the stops to do everything they can to insure that it doesn’t happen again.  Democrats do get a honeymoon, and no matter how badly received their efforts are they will always receive, for example, the endorsement of the New York Times — as bad as they are, after all, they’re not Republicans.

But within that limiting principle, their ambition, especially when Election Day is close by in the rear view mirror, overrides their loyalty to the individual.  After all, if you bring down Bill Clinton, what do you get?  A Pulitzer, editorial tenure for life, book contracts and hefty speaking fees — and, hey, President Al Gore.

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4 Responses to “Gored oxen, oxen and Gores”

  1. I always forget that people take Instapundit seriously.

  2. Tatterdemalian said

    I don’t know. People, even journalists, tend to learn from their mistakes, and a lot of the rumormongers who jumped on Monicagate are way more leery now. More importantly, there is a new aspiration in the media today, which goes hand in hand with the new sense of desperation everyone is experiencing (which the economic crisis is really a symptom of, rather than the cause for). The media is planning for the collapse of western civilization, even doing their best to surreptitiously bring it about, and the prize they seek is more than just book deals and a moment in the spotlight. The intellectual elite have decided they would rather rule over a dark age than be mere citizens in an golden age, and they are in the tank for Obama because he is their best hope of achieving that goal.

    I think the day will come soon when people wonder what the big deal was about Watergate, because entire government branches didn’t quietly vanish, with the media pretending they never were there in the first place, to conceal it.

  3. Brian G. said

    Tatterdemalian Says: “The media is planning for the collapse of western civilization, even doing their best to surreptitiously bring it about … The intellectual elite have decided they would rather rule over a dark age than be mere citizens in an golden age.”

    Where does this paranoia come from? I can’t help but think that if you replace “media/intellectual elite” with “Jews” … it is the same mentality. “They” are out to get “us.”

    Ron, I don’t understand why you feed into this. Do you really believe that there is a “MSM conspiracy”? With the media so fragmented, is this even possible?

  4. I don’t buy into anything approaching a theory of organized conspiracy, Brian. To the contrary I believe the vast majority of reports are very liberal and very ambitious and, far from conspiring, they will cut each other’s throats in a second to break a story that brings down any politician. But during elections, by and large “the story” is the election — and then they speak with one voice. It is not a coordinated voice, per se. It just comes out that way.

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