RUSH: In the LA Times today, how predictable is this? How often have we seen this? The LA Times has a story which purports to be written from the opinion-free middle. It’s a piece of consternation and hand-wringing over the wide gap between the mainstream media and conservative media and their audiences. They’re practically crying in frustration over this division. And the focus of the story is the Susan Rice story.
The LA Times says on CNN and CBS and ABC what you have is the entire premise being ridiculed and CNN proudly refusing to even cover it and telling their viewers to ignore it. Whereas all over conservative media, the details of the story, Susan Rice lying about this, lying about that, requesting the unmasking of Trump transition and administration officials and how conservative media’s driving it, conservative media’s focused on it, their audiences love it.
I am cited as the leader of a massive audience, and they cite that on the left it’s not even a story, nobody’s even curious, it’s no big deal, nothing to see here. And the story says it’s just terrible. This is not good. And it boils down to the fact that we are not all working off the same set of facts. That has become the new word choice, the new sentence or philosophy to express the problem with the new or the alternative media.
You heard Ted Koppel in his CBS Sunday interview with Hannity and his whole report that conservative media is the problem, that we are bad for America, because we do not devote ourselves to facts. We have simply attracted an audience based on like-minded ideologies. We lead with our ideology, conservatism, and we ignore the facts. The left is nothing but fact oriented and fact serious. And we don’t.
And so their impression or their purpose here is to lament and pine away for the days when we were all dealing with the same set of facts. And what they really mean is, nothing new here. They pine for the days when they decided, not the facts, they decided what you were gonna know and what you weren’t gonna know and what you were gonna be told to think about what you were gonna be allowed to know.
They’re a monopoly. It’s amazing. They lost their monopoly, it will be 30 years ago in August, the beginning of the end of the news media monopoly. August 1st, 1988. You can trace it back to that date. So after almost 30 years they still haven’t come to grips with it. They do not know how to once again become dominant. And, by the way, this is why I believe the media has transmogrified, morphed into the leaders of the progressive agenda advancement, as opposed to Democrats.
The Democrats have always had a partisan enemy, the Republicans. They’ve always in the world of politics had a partisan opposition. The media has only has had that in the last 30 years. As such, the media has in the last 30 years weaponized what they do by attempting to marginalize, destroy, impugn anybody, particularly in media and the Republican Party who doesn’t agree with their view of things.
But as I said last week, there’s no desire to find any mutual common ground, because there isn’t any, so it’s senseless to seek compromise with them or reach across the aisle, show that we can compromise and govern together. In fact, that’s all a bunch of garbage. But it’s yet just another story in how so horribly wrong things have gone since we can’t all be working off the same facts, and it’s not facts. It’s version. They are still upset they no longer get to define for everybody the daily script that is the daily media soap opera.
So they find themselves in this hypercompetitive circumstance. And when they can’t win, when they can’t put us away — in fact, when our legions continue to grow, when the numbers of people doing alternative media, slash, conservative media continue to grow, it’s a constant sign and reminder of what they’ve lost and what they can’t get back. So periodically we get these stories lamenting the old days, like Ted Koppel’s and like this in the LA Times today.