There appears to be a major culture war occurring around us, and the sounds of battle are in the screeches of modems and the splashes of virtual ink. The sounds of war have become so incessant now, that it is impossible to ignore it. News cycles ring out each day, notifying the masses of the actual and perceived slights being experienced by people online.
The Roseanne Barr shitfest most recently being an example of a battle raging for seemingly ages, with the result being Barr’s loss of employment, dashing of future career, and a complete and utter wipe out of her previous career. Apparently her entire series has been pulled, including the seasons of yesteryear.
While Bill Cosby’s show remains oddly and readily available, despite his recent conviction.
Eric Schneiderman was recently to have found to be sexually assaulting his partners, oftentimes calling them his slaves, and hitting them. Despite this case being a prime example of the kind of racism and sexism the media would willingly decry and hold as an example of the ugly society we currently inhabit, this case seems to have yielded very little coverage in comparison.
Eric Schneiderman is a Democrat. His behaviour could definitely hurt the image of the party, and it would seem that the media seems complicit in limiting the fallout. Oh, they’ll cover the story, sure. But they won’t return to that well for more water to carry.
The media seem keen to portray themselves as this bastion of truth that is a fundamental part of a functioning democracy, yet when their allegiances are on naked display, this claim is hokum. The infuriating part about this, however, is their plausible deniability on these matters. They can point to maybe one or two stories and then claim that they covered the Schneiderman case, and then shrug and rationalise away why they run Roseanne Barr stories day-after-day.
Perhaps if they were just upfront about their biases, I could perhaps stomach the churn. But it’s the pretention of balance that really irks me. Yes, I feel the same about Fox as I do CNN – stop with the veneer of impartiality when your preferences are clear. Perhaps then I can feel like we can recover some semblance of civil public discourse.
This isn’t “Whataboutism”, or whatever baked-up term the culture-savvy seem keen to throw out as attacks on arguments against their dim world views. I am not defending one because another is worse. I am pointing out the media’s actions on one, and their inactions on the other while claiming to play some pivotal role in society.
Remember; Roseanne had her career scrubbed from today and from history over a single (albeit terrible) tweet. Schneiderman resigned, but his offences seem to have been buried in the news cycle quickly and efficiently. It was there, but no one will ever speak of it again.
While these kinds of things occur, and the media continue to flap their junk in the wind while calling it news, they will continue to discard audiences, losing the trust of populations.
And regular people will see their claims of being “important to free democracy” and laugh their asses off.