Wretchard, writing about CBS’s increasingly pathetic attempts to get out of the “kill zone”, wrote this:
The real catastrophe for CBS is that the Killian incident is probably not an isolated setback so much as proof that maneuvers which worked in the past can no longer be attempted with impunity.
Say that again slowly: “…maneuvers which worked in the past … .”
We see a major unit of the MSM, a purported “news” organization, willing to fabricate or employ manifestly false documents for the sole purpose of damaging a Republican candidate and aiding the Democratic Party in an election campaign. The “total ineptitude” explanation is looking less and less compelling as the total obviousness of these forgeries becomes clearer. CBS just wanted sufficient, facial plausibility to cover themselves when they went after Bush.
The question then becomes: Is this type of thing an isolated incident, a one time lapse? That is not very plausible. How much more of this has gone on in the past? How much actual coordination has occurred between the MSM and the Donk Party?
It appears that an entire, previously secret, chapter of 20th Century American History may yet remain to be written.
The mask is only torn, and the leprous, snarling face beneath is only partly revealed. We need to rip the mask off entirely.
A final thought — who would have standing to bring a lawsuit against CBS for this? Document production and sworn testimony would get much of the story out of the shadows.
Update: Jonathan wrote to me, in response to this post:
The events we’re seeing now are similar in significance to the 1994 elections. It’s an adjustment — the political and cultural balance just ratcheted a big notch our way, and it isn’t going to revert back to the way it was.
I started to respond by email, but decided to put it on here.
I very much HOPE that we are seeing something more like 1989, the disintegration of the Soviet Empire. The Left in this country only sustained itself after the 1960s due to anti-democratic coups, like hijacking the Federal Courts or staffing the federal bureaucracy with like-minded people, and by imposing an ideological monopoly by means of the media and the academic community and the think tanks and foundations. This monopoly was and is enforced by harassment and job discrimination and public vilification. But this system only works if it is leak proof. If people can only think in the categories you give them, then they cannot rebel. For example if you live in a world composed of two categories, “moderates” and “right wing extremists” life is easy for the so-called moderates, a/k/a the Left. But maintaining this mental hegemony is a constant struggle. That is why the lefty establishment freaks at even a small dissenting voice — a single blade of grass coming through the cement like Buckley’s National Review got intense attention and animosity. But most people don’t read intellectual journals. What Buckley did for the people who follow these things in the Sixties Rush and Fox and now the Net have done for millions of ordinary people. Now, we see increasingly desperate measures by the MSM to retain control. It is one thing to try to ignore Rush and Fox, pretend they are yappers and you are the “real” media. After all Rush and Fox are essentially peer competitors, doing more or less what you do.
But the Net is a monster of a different order. It is no longer dueling dinosaurs. It is now an old, tired, arrogant dinosaur against swarms of small, hungry, highly-motivated rats. The MSM has in the last few years increasingly abandoned any pretense of objectivity as they try to counteract the opposition while pretending to be the only legitimate voice. Even fifteen years ago, they would have gotten away with shit like these forged documents. The people disagreeing would be staying up all night at the Kinkos in Columbus, Indiana, sending a mimeographed newsletter to the handful of other right wing cranks they knew. The MSM would just all agree to report their lies as truth, to get the Democrat in, and that would be it. The monopoly would have held. Now everybody with an opinion is on the Net. The nutjobs are culled out by a competitive process, and reliable people are identified by the same process. The rats begin to demonstrate spontaneous, decentralized order. The rats then swarm onto and devour any lamed, limping brontosaurus that they come across.
To change the metaphor, the liberal news “gatekeepers” are still, pathetically, at their posts, but the walls are breached in a thousand places, and the peasants are conducting their transactions around them, ignoring the gates and the gatekeepers entirely. At some point the people who pay the gatekeepers will decide to do something else with their money. Let us hope that day comes soon.
Update II: Sandy P. commented ” I still think we’re going to see attempts to bring the blogosphere/net under gov’t. control.”
She is absolutely right. There is way too much triumphalism.
Howard Dean said he was going to send the Justice Department after Fox News, to the roar of his fans. He was serious. These people will not go down as easily as Gorbachev. Their world is ending and they are going to try to hurt the people who are doing it to them.
The blogosphere needs to start thinking about what the counter-attack is going to look like. Legal? Regulatory? Technological? Lawsuits against selected bloggers to bankrupt them and scare the others? Prosecutions against selected bloggers in Democrat-controlled states to silence them and scare the others?
We should start wargaming the bad guys’ next move. There will be a next move. Count on it.
“…CBS’ bias made it vulnerable to a hoax that fit nicely with the network’s left-leaning culture …”
No. No. No.
CBS is not a “victim” of a hoax. CBS looked at that document and chose to go down this road. They chose to risk it. A ‘hoax” which is this transparent, which injures a third party, not the purported “hoaxee” renders the purported victim of the hoax culpable, too.
Will this be the MSM’s last line of defense: Isn’t is sad / that CBS was had / by some awful cad?
Oh, boo – farkin’ – hoo for CBS.