Sunday, March 31, 2013
Bullies: How the Left Silences Opposition
Ben Shapiro has a new book out discussing the bully tactics of the left, which is to essentially paint the right as awful people without value. As he also says it only works with the complicity of the media which pretends to be neutral but acts to reinforce the "conservative don't care" message.
This problem is compounded by the fact that the average voter has only the most fleeting familiarity with the facts. They instead prefer to consume the slanted pablum the media offers.
The left’s favorite bully tactic is painting its opposition as morally deficient and unworthy of being part of the conversation. The left uses this tactic on virtually every topic. Sequestration? It turns out that those dastardly right-wingers just want to hurt first responders and teachers. Gun control? Those conservatives just don’t care about dead kids. Gay marriage? Conservatives hate homosexuals. Once you paint your opposition as morally bankrupt, you don’t have to win the debate. You win by default. That’s the basis of the political correctness movement.
But the left couldn’t get away with any of this without the media. The media are the greatest of all the leftist bullies, because they play at objectivity while sliding the knife in as deep as humanly possible. By lying to the American people about their disinterested reportage, they are able to convince Americans that people of good heart cannot take conservatives seriously. That’s a damaging message.