Political commentary has become almost worthless. With the proliferation of social media sites like Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr, politics has regained its former prominence and once again became the national pastime this year as the nation watched Donald Trump fight his way to the White House. For years we, the ignorant, unwashed masses, looked to the professionals on Fox News and NBC to provide insightful commentary and accurate news.
As well all know, the professionals in both punditry and newscasting failed miserably in their respective rolls as nearly every talking head called the most recent presidential election for Hillary Clinton and seemingly every news man manipulated the facts to support her. George Will, a once great writer, now a melodramatic prima donna has been fired from Fox News. The New York Times is failing, and upon their defeat by Donald Trump in November issued a desperate letter to readers promising to do better.
The establishment has crumbled; but what of alternative media? Where the establishment lacked honesty and accuracy, the insurgent alternative media (a mostly conservative movement) lacks in quality and insight. Say what you will about Charles Krauthammer, he never tried to sell me a podcast, a coffee mug, a t-shirt, a magazine subscription, or a book (until the twilight of his career). George Will may have lost touch years ago but he never published an insultingly simple listicle “ten things you need to know…,” “five reasons why Barack Obama…,” etc.
It seems as though the Hamiltonian bourgeois press of the Cable news crowd as well as the Jacksonian proletariat press of the Twitter-sphere have both been bankrupted by their own excesses. The establishment media by their disconnection from the people and the insurgent media’s sloven appeasement of the people. Any self respecting young person would find himself disgusted by the pretentious musings of the elitist New York media as well as the internet sludge processed for partisan consumption.
Is there not a middle ground between Bill Kristol’s Weekly Standard and Ben Shapiro’s Daily Wire? Is there a middle ground that doesn’t air nutriceutical commercials every twenty minutes trying to sell super male vitality?
There is today.
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