Actress Ellen Barkin, whose work I respect, sounds off in a Q&A in LA Times Magazine:
You’re certainly not shy about speaking your mind, and you’ve even put your money behind what you believe politically.
Well, we’re experiencing divisiveness in terms of our politics. Like, the Religious Right has identified themselves because of the propagandizing and illiteracy of…
Disagree and you’re ignorant, ya know.
I don’t know…News Corp, maybe? They have identified themselves with this extremist, right-wing insurgency of a party—this Tea Party. They call it a grassroots movement. Grassroots? You’re attached to the wrong ship.
And that just shows you the enormous—and don’t misquote me here!—the enormous success that has killed us in terms of Fox News. The blatant lying that passes itself off as journalism. I don’t even need to get there to go mental. Can you imagine a legitimate newsperson—Walter Cronkite, Dan Rather, Tom Brokaw—just lying on the news?
Walter Cronkite famously reported the Tet offensive in Viet Nam as a loss for the USA, when in fact it was the opposite. That one report had a huge influence on public opinion.
Dan Rather quite clearly did lie on CBS about George W. Bush and his National Guard service. He lost his job over it.
Tom Brokaw was part of the MSM mob that made life miserable for Richard Jewell, who was wrongly fingered as the Atlanta Olympics bomber. He won $500,000 from NBC for damage Brokaw did to him.
Overall, the media Barkin respects reports the news through their liberal filter. The don’t overtly lie, they report a limited story.
Let alone the entertainment factor—you know, news as entertainment. And because of the enormity of the money behind that machine, they have convinced this ever-growing group of really struggling, working-class people, that these f–kers can somehow, in some way, represent them. They do not. I mean, let’s not even start, because that’ll take up a whole month if I go down that road.
Barkin cannot escape the liberal mind bubble to imagine, just for a second, that there’s an alternate view of the world besides her own.
Trapped in that echo chamber, she can only make foolish conclusions — that conservatives are evil, expert manipulators of the masses.
Setting aside the merits of conservative arguments, to believe what Barkin believes you’d have to believe that Fox News trumps the liberal mainstream media, Hollywood and most of academia.
Barkin mad, indeed.