An Indictment Against Us, Actually
I find this a less coherent collection of things I've been saying, and while it gets a little nasty in tone, the anger is easy to understand. Still, this is on us.
For years we've been so frustrated with bias against conservatives in traditional media that we really believed it would be a good thing to have bias FOR conservatives. *That was mistake #1*.
Then we listened as so many of these right-leaning media personalities educated us on how politics worked. That was a good thing. It equipped us to understand and fight back somewhat. But we didn't question or challenge some of the things we heard because we started trusting these guys. *That was mistake #2*.
Then we allowed our allegiance to these guys to be confused with our allegiance to the ideas we understood them to be promoting. *That was mistake #3*.
Then, when these guys told us to be outraged, we started doing it on cue, parroting accusations against targets when we might not have had the whole story, or when we might have saved our ire for subjects we could do something about. And we gave them ever increasing ratings for their efforts. We rewarded their outrage carousel. That was mistake #4
Then we got addicted to the outrage machine, and began judging the quality and depth of one's conservatism by how demonstrably angry they were. That was mistake #5
Then we started striking allies off the rolls of acceptable conservatives, merely because they didn't agree with how these hosts characterized conservatism. *That was mistake #6*.
And now, having fallen into the outrage trap, having seen these hosts and personalities gin up ire over everything and everyone that could have been an ally and dividing the right into small and fractured divisions, we wonder how there's nobody left to stand up against a candidate who has exactly zero reliable qualifications as a conservative.
Nobody was good enough, nobody was conservative enough, everyone was a RINO. And now, these guys created a vacuum, and nature abhors a vacuum. Look what it's getting filled with. We own this too.http://www.redstate.com/diary/sweetie15/2016/01/31/indictment-conservative-media/