Thursday, October 13, 2016 (Issue #1)
by Michael C. Medeiros, Editorial Page Editor
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A 2015 article written by former presidential candidate Pat Buchanan possibly best demonstrates the peculiar relationship between the modern mainstream media and the political of the United States.
“Why the Liberal Media Hates Trump,” begins with a quick political analysis of medieval Europe, saying how “in the feudal era there were the ‘three estates’ — the clergy, the nobility and the commons.” These three components made up the socio-political structure of society during that time.
Buchanan continues to explain how “the first and second [estates] were eradicated” with the French Revolution, which then gave way to the rise of a fourth estate — the press.
Over hundreds of years, “the press,” as it was once known, has mutated into “the mainstream media.” Now, this fourth estate has metastasized to the point where it has completely filled the void left by the first estate, the Clergy, and has now replaced its role in society as the leading moral authority.
Hear me out:
Today, the personal relationships between the political class and the media are very much akin to the types of personal relationships the nobility had with members of the clergy.
In the medieval era it was not uncommon for nobles to send at least one of their sons to the monastery to become part of the Church. Similar to today, many members of the political ruling elite have members of their families directly tied to major media corporations. Think you’re going to graduate with a degree in journalism from a state school and effortlessly slide into a primetime slot on network TV? Probably not. But if your name is Brzezinski, Cuomo, Vanderbilt, or McCain, things may be a bit different.
Think Henry VIII and Cardinal Wolsey. Just as the intimate ties between the Church and State dictated policy in the past, the current relationship between the political class and the mainstream media is no different. — And that’s without getting into the “journalists” who coordinate their tweets with the Hillary Clinton campaign.
Aside from that however, the most glaring argument in favor of Buchanan’s assertion is the pure function of the mainstream media as it exists today: a far-reaching, self proclaimed, morally superior body of authority that tries to control the narrative of what the world is, how it came to be, and what goes on in it. Sound familiar?
The only difference is the mainstream media doesn’t use God or the Bible to guilt or shame people into “toeing the party line.” Instead, they use political correctness to subliminally control the masses, maintaining that only certain opinions and beliefs are “correct, “despite whatever the truth may actually be.
If someone utters a politically incorrect thought or idea, the mainstream media will quickly shut down all debate by labeling that person a racist, xenophobe, or bigot. They’ll quickly point out the heresy and demand that the heretic recant their statements, as they are then publicly shamed on the TV news cycle until the next heretic comes along and voices an opinion that isn’t the “correct” one. If their technique works correctly, the political heretic will forever be publicly disgraced. Wash, rinse, repeat.
Just as the Church did, the modern mainstream media clamps down on free speech and automatically discredits any alternative news sources or narrative by labeling them “false.”
As you can see, absolute power of the mainstream media is undeniable. That’s why it makes sense that members from elite families are always joining its ranks. Being a “journalist” gives them power–power over what the masses are (and are not) allowed to think, say, or do. Only now, these orders don’t come from the heavenly father but rather, The State, the new arbiter of whatever morals are conducive to the progression of it’s totalitarian agenda.