Dan Rather and The Great Fear
George Neumayr at American Spectator has further insights into the real meaning of Dan Rather’s discovery of a “climate of fear” controlling the mainstream news media.
The “new journalism order,” said Rather at Fordham, is defined by a climate of “fear.” This is just another euphemism for the loss of liberal monopolistic power and emergence of conservative competition. By “fear,” what he means is that liberal journalists who could once spread their propaganda without looking over their shoulders now have to.In short, the “climate of fear” consists in the fact that the liberal media’s claim to non-partisan neutrality no longer serves as an impenetrable shield against critical examination of the media’s own motives, agendas, and truthfulness. What James Kalb has called “The Tyranny of Liberalism” has begun—but only begun—to break down before our eyes. Yet there’s not much comfort here for traditionalists, since, alongside the modest loss of liberal power, that which is called conservatism keeps moving to the left, and the net power of liberalism keeps increasing.
Posted by Lawrence Auster at September 21, 2005 04:27 PM | Send