Watching the hysteria on MSNBC and CNN as the election returns rolled in last night was almost as fun as election night 2016. The pundits in the corporate media like Nicole Wallace and Joy Reid suffer from several erroneous assumptions. First, no one is sharing their ratings with them. They pull almost as many eyeballs as a moderately successful YouTube commentator. Joe Rogan makes them look like amateurs.
Next, the corporate media lives in an insular bubble where everyone thinks as they do. Chances are the commentators go to the elite social events where the ideas discussed all lean at a 90-degree angle to the left. The attendees speak the language of social justice, and people in these circles take offense on behalf of others. They advocate renaming the Washington Redskins, using phrases like “Latinx” and “birthing person,” and adding pronouns to their Twitter profiles. They are the ambassadors for the oppressed, even when the oppressed couldn’t care less about the issues they whine about.
Also, for the corporate media and those in the bubble around them, history started yesterday. They never contrast statements made by political leaders like Joe Biden today with their rhetoric from even five years ago. The party they support has been dragged to the left, and they can’t even see it. Their producers book Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) because they believe she represents the mainstream of the Democrat Party. In reality, that mainstream probably looks more like Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) outside of Washington D.C. and the Upper West Side.
That is why the conversation on CNN and MSNBC last night was all about racist dog whistles and disinformation about critical race theory. It completely ignored the election of Lt. Governor Winsome Sears, a black female, and Attorney General Jason Miyares, the son of Cuban immigrants. Many people on social media were calling the corporate media shills out for the oversight as if these commentators would recognize diversity in the Republican Party under any circumstances.
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