At Andrew Sullivan's Apostate Conservative Monkey House is genuinely impressive.
Like children playing "The floor is made of lava!" the way Apostate Conservative's avoid the horror of being called a "Liberal" while reconcile their contradictory, oscillating fears of
leaves them leaping wildly from any available ideological outcropping
- The unique and lethal insanity of a modern Conservatism that they helped to create,
- Jeopardizing their Centrist media meal-tickets by acknowledging that modern Conservatism is uniquely crazy and evil, and,
- People noticing and pointing out that their entire brief against the Right consists of dog-eared photocopies of what Liberals were saying 30 years ago,
...I would have loved to have a chance to debate my critique of modern Republicanism - "The Conservative Soul" - on Fox News. You'd think a discussion of that kind would have enlivened a show segment. But the book was ignored by almost every conservative media outlet. My cover story on Obama's long game last January spawned several segments in prime time on Fox, but despite persistent requests from Newsbeast's publicist, Fox chose other people to defend the essay I wrote. When they put a screen shot of the magazine cover on TV they actually blurred out my name, in true Stalinist fashion in which an individual is simply airbrushed out of existence. Megyn Kelly, moreover, asserted that I was not an "actual journalist" and I was given no right of reply, despite insistent requests.
...I don't need cable news to get my ideas out there. But the chilling effect on desperately needed discourse on where conservatism went so badly wrong is not a solution to a problem. It is the source of the problem.
...Roger Ailes has helped kill conservatism in America, by never allowing it to criticize itself. When journalism puts power above truth it isn't, to coin a phrase, "actual journalism". It's propaganda. And I, like others in the Stalinist atmosphere, was just rendered invisible in the one-party state that is the GOP's media-industrial complex.
to the next,
MSNBC is just as bad. But Fox is the best at it.to the next,
never noticing that, when taken in their totality, their statements expose them as the opportunistic moral jellyfish they are.