a few weeks, George W. Bush will be sworn into office, thereby acknowledging
the will of 61 million voters who opted to see Bush finish what
started. What the next four years will be like for Bush is as uncertain as
your typical five-day weather forecast. What it brings for the
Democrat Party and the establishment media, is possibly four more years of parenthetic
futility and failure.
Rather than retell the past year's numerous and ill-fated attempts by the
media to assassinate the Bush reelection campaign, I thought we could draw
some conclusions on what we have seen from the media and the team that they
play for, the Democrat Party.
But to limit this to one or two years is … limiting. The demise of the
mainstream media juxtapositions nicely with the demise of the Democrats, a
pageantry of sorts that started out in earnest when Ronald Reagan was elected
president in 1980.
Reagan was greeted by the liberal press much the same way people observed
Bush being perceived by them in 2000. The media of Reagan's day--sneering,
loathing, and haughtily superior--never changed stride when it came to George
as the media pounded Reagan for tax cuts, a military buildup, and "Star
Wars", as Reagan's missile defense initiative was derisively dubbed,
Democrats from House Speaker
to one-time Senate Majority Leader
Tom Daschle, began a near-symbiotic relationship with their media
cheerleaders on the basis of the liberal ideology they shared. Rarely did
their scornful words for Reagan differ in content.
Through the 1980s and into the early 1990s, the establishment media that had
helped Democrats to power by not only sharing their core beliefs, but by
propagating them, started to erode. By 2000, Democrats had lost all their
majorities in Washington, and were now in the minority in regard to state
governorships and legislative bodies.
After this election, the media suffered the same debilitating loses as did
the Democrats. The nightly news broadcasts, cable channels that featured a
progressive slanting of news, and the once-revered New York Times, all
suffered for the sins of blatant partisanship, omission of facts, and even
fabrication of news, or as I call them, political "drive-bys".
The "traditional" Democrat Party is certainly a minority party, and
destined to get even smaller. The inter-party bloodletting has just begun,
with the special interest groups--dyed in the wool liberals--positioning
themselves to wrest ideological control from longtime party patriarchs.
The Democrat Party, once the majority party for a strong military, tax
cuts, and promoting democracy abroad, is being splintered by the likes of
MoveOn.org, ushering in a new platform that champions gay marriage, unlimited
abortion, and "sovereignty" under the U.N. flag, all issues that receive a
minority of support.
will be interesting to see if the mainstream media have their own "fight for
their soul" among themselves, or settle for business as usual. Be
it the party of Howard Dean Democrats or the party of JFK, the establishment
media will probably opt for whomever showcases their liberal pre-dispositions
The thought of actually reporting news without the bias attached to it is
still a generation away. But that's tomorrow's news. Today's news is that the
Democrat Party and the mainstream media they relied on for far too long and
for far too much, are both leading each other down a dead-end street. Gone
are the halcyon days of uninterrupted issue-shaping and indoctrination, as
gone as the Democrat Party's stranglehold of power in Washington.
good friend of mine who involves himself in political pursuits, asked me if I
thought the establishment media was leading the Democrat Party down a path
of political impotency, or was it the Democrats leading the media down a path
of impoverishment in regard to legitimacy among the electorate?
Truly, I had no easy answer for him. Today's Democrats come from the same
cloistered towers of liberal academia that yesterday's establishment media
came from during the second half of the century, or is it the other way
Regardless, this parasitic union of a party and its very own press corps
d'elite is spiraling ever-downward by the very shackles they formed
really, in the end, it doesn't matter at all. Whether it is the Democrat
Party hierarchy or the establishment media that captains this boat that was
launched so many years ago, they are in rough seas now, and on the present
coarse, an iceberg lies dead ahead.