The Hammer of Kraut (via Hot Air):
I love to hear the president whine about FOX News and talk radio. I think we ought to be proud of the fact that we annoy him so much. If you look at the line-up on one side, the liberal media, you start with ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, PBS, MSNBC, the elite newspapers, the one remaining news magazine, the universities, Hollywood — it doesn’t stop anywhere. And on the other side, talk radio, FOX News. And they can’t stand the fact that they no longer have a monopoly.
So, I think it ought to be taken as a compliment. What I’ve always said about Roger Ailes and Rupert Murdoch, their genius was understanding and locating a niche audience in broadcast cable news, which is half the American people. The half that have suffered for decades by the fact you get the news presented from a single perspective over and over again.
Finally, the fact that there is a new perspective, talk radio and FOX, and they can’t stand it. It’s a source of pride, I would say.
I still remember the heady days of Progressive Blogosphere 1.0 and the Reality Based Community. Left Blogistan stood alone against the Lap Dog Media, bravely speaking truth to power and eschewing groupthink.
Then they were assimilated by the Borg.
Ironically, FOX News has always been the enemy of Left Blogistan – first because they supported a president, then because they didn’t support a different one. But there has always been a small group that never supported either one.
Some history books still teach that the Roman Empire “fell” in 476 A.D. but the decline and fall of the Western Roman Empire was a process that took place over several centuries. Nonetheless, in a fairly short time much of Europe went from an extended period of relative prosperity, knowledge and organization to an extended period of poverty, ignorance and chaos.
In my darker moments I fear that we are entering such a slide into disintegration, decline and darkness. It makes me wonder what the Romans of antiquity were thinking back in the early Fifth Century. Was anyone speaking truth to power?