Excerpt from Jay Nordlinger’s recent article:
It seems to me that the Left has won: utterly and decisively. What I mean is, the Saturday Night Live, Jon Stewart, Bill Maher mentality has prevailed. They decide what a person’s image is, and those images stick. They are the ones who say that Cheney’s a monster, W.’s stupid, and Palin’s a bimbo. And the country, apparently, follows.
I have a friend who teaches at a prominent university, and she says that, when Palin’s name is mentioned, the people laugh. In the course of the 2008 presidential campaign, an extraordinarily accomplished woman — more accomplished than most of the rest of us will ever be — was turned into a laughingstock.
What are the shaping institutions of American life? The news media. Entertainment television. The movies. Popular music. The schools, K through grad school. In whose hands are those institutions?
And the same theme from Andrew Klavan:
Look, the American media are in a bad way, a disastrous way. Movies, TV, literature–instead of illuminating vehicles for art and entertainment, they’ve become like the Matrix, replacing reality with a plausible leftist imitation. Journalists especially have so shamed themselves in their coverage of the last election–hounding Sarah Palin’s daughter and Joe the Plumber while all but ignoring Barack Obama’s ties to Illinois corruption, and his long and deep association with the racist anti-American Jeremiah Wright–that it’s going to take them years to recover. When people shame themselves that badly, they don’t admit it in a hurry. They savage their critics instead and continue their own shameful practices as a kind of defiant denial–anything rather than look in the mirror and confront what they’ve turned themselves into.
This was my exact experience at work, and other circles when talk turned to politics. All discussion about any conservative personality consisted simply of repeating jokes from The Daily Show or SNL. No serious questions. No fair minded analysis. No discussions of reality, policy, long-term implications, the roll of government, etc. Most notably, no-one bothered questioning whether allowing a comedy show to shape their perception of a person might be a little less than truthful. Many people where actually quoting Matt Damon’s “cutting edge political analysis” – which was itself nothing more than verbatim SNL/Colber/Stewart/Maher sound-bites.
I’ll admit that this “dumbing down” probably seems especially acute to me after recently finishing HBO’s John Adams by David McCullough, and subsequently reading McCullough’s outstanding 1776. In my opinion, when real serious thinking about real serious issues, is cast aside in favor of MTV and Comedy Central – it’s no wonder people tend to prefer government hand-outs to individual liberty.
Here are some great excerpts from John Adams, which contain more interesting and coherent thoughts than several years of much else from Hollywood or Television:
Adam’s gives a speech about Liberty:
Adams, Jefferson, and Franklin discussing the Declaration of Independence: