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True, the legacy media is generally playing it down and making a big noise about a dentist shooting a lion. So some thoughts, three chiefly:
First, this is in some ways a new media story, in the sense that independent new media broke that scandal.
I wonder how long they’ll be able to keep it in public view. The injunction circus has already begun.
Given who dominates courtrooms today, we may be entering an era in which truth in media becomes an underground affair, quite contrary to what the Internet was intended to be.
Progressive judges and academics did not invent the Internet; it was a handful of engineers trying to solve data transmission problems … little knowing what would result.
One result is—just for example, in Canada—independent new media are pulling ahead of a usually reliably progressive national magazine.
Thus, many well-paid, big-hair cocktail party jobs, with lots of future considerations, are at stake.
There’ll be plenty of pushback in future years against inconvenient facts.
In my view, that is in large part because legacy media, no longer needed for basic facts, are simply looking to be adopted by those governments that do need them.
Because media people are overwhelmingly progressive, leftist governments are the patrons they seek. Of course, many new media will sign on too, sensing the direction of the wind. Many others will buy in just for protection.
Second, now that euthanasia is being legalized and normalized in many Western countries, we may well hear, originally via new media, of similar scandals around much older bodies. The practices will of course be defended as legal and moral. Anyone who exposes or questions them will be accused of deceit, in the face of massive evidence. And may be threatened with legal action.
But third, that raises a key problem: Why do so many people still care what legacy media types think? Didn’t the New York Times sell the Boston Globe for a tenth of what it paid? Same with the iconic, but now sold off, Washington Post.
So now a question arises: Who really cares what the New York Times editorial board thinks? Unfortunately, too many of our grandmothers, uncles, neighbours, and friends still do think these people matter. Quite apart from the fact that they shouldn’t think so, their trust can help fuel a drive to protect these media and their ideologies when the moral bankruptcy is even more evident than the financial decline. And could result in protective legislation for such tax-supported spouts of progressive propaganda—who occasionally throw out a bone of honest reporting.
We need to—as delicately as possible, in many cases—help loved ones see what is at stake. Sometimes it is easy, sometimes hard. But a lot is at stake.
Denyse O’Leary is a Canadian journalist, author, and blogger.