“Conservatives seek to expose liberals, while liberals seek to silence conservatives.”
I don’t know who first said it. Hell, maybe I did. But, either way, I have been saying that phrase for as long as I can remember. To me, it has always exemplified a crucial difference between the liberal and conservative philosophies. We conservatives believe that liberal doctrine wilts under the light of scrutiny, while they seem to be terrified that the tenets which conservatives value will resonate with people. That is why I was unsurprised by President Barack Obama’s recent remarks in Florida:
“Just press the mute button. That’s the good thing about the remote. Or you can use the DVR, and just fast-forward.”
Clearly he does not want anyone, especially not his current supporters, to hear what we have to say. But he isn’t the only one…
The lap-dog media and Obama’s most sycophantic supporters are also mortified by the notion of conservative ideals being heard, lest they gain traction among the general populace. Liberals constantly decry “Faux News” and talk radio, and even, ironically, the internet, not because these things are sources of disinformation, but because they are largely successful at breaking the liberal stranglehold on the information that gets disseminated by the public at large.
Before cable TV and the internet became staples of American life, liberals were content to silence conservative voices with the so-called “fairness doctrine”. This misnamed doctrine required those who held a broadcast license and aired views on any controversial position to give airtime to contrasting positions, regardless of the station owner’s profit considerations. Since liberal ideology has never found a voice in talk radio, and their shows have been unprofitable, and even costly, to station owners, the fairness doctrine squelched would-be popular conservative shows that were able to turn a profit because station owners were unwilling to risk airing them if they would also be forced to air the liberal contrast at a net loss. The landscape changed when Reagan’s FCC eliminated vital parts of the fairness doctrine in 1987. The move gave rise to hosts like Rush Limbaugh, a popular liberal boogeyman, and many others, but it also saw the rise of liberals warning all of us not to listen.
Since that time, liberals have largely had to forfeit the notion that they can completely eliminate conservative voices. Sure, they have tried to silence us with boycotts, and they still tell people not to listen, but they’ve moved on to another approach; trying to compete. One of their obvious first attempts was the disastrous “Air America”. The radical left-wing radio network was never profitable, and never attracted many listeners, but it was just a start.
I know that many of you will laugh at that notion, but hear me out. MSNBC doesn’t attract many viewers, but it does attract enough to keep its head above water. Their hosts get exposed on a daily basis for fraudulent reporting. They’re the butt of jokes, not just by conservatives, but by others in the industry. But journalistic integrity, respect, and even profit has never been their motive.
The true goal of MSNBC is to re-position the publicly perceived news spectrum, once again placing the old-guard media in the center.
Whatever anyone might say about Fox News, they have more liberal hosts and commentators on a regular basis than there are conservatives on all of the other networks combined. Thus, Fox is indeed the most “Fair and Balanced” among the networks, despite the fact that Fox commentary shows are almost universally biased toward conservative viewpoints.
MSNBC is often portrayed as the liberal alternative to Fox News. This is the perpetuated lie. ABC, CBS, NBC, PBS, and CNN are all already every bit as liberal as Fox News is conservative. MSNBC might as well be placed on the dial next to Al Gore’s Current TV.
Their main goal is to further marginalize and silence conservative viewpoints, not by convincing the people that their views are correct, but simply by existing.