The political media is in denial, and the consequences will be dire

The Republican Party wants to usher in a new Dark Age in America.

For starters, its leaders want to roll the calendar back 50 years and more, to a time when pregnant women’s medical decisions were made by the government.

Other human and civil rights, especially for the LGBTQ community and people of color, would inevitably be next.

They want to wipe away decades of slow, painstaking progress toward becoming a more inclusive, tolerant and humane society.

They consistently use lies and conspiracy theories to mislead the public and the press. They thrive on disinformation and misinformation. They have their own propaganda outlets to incite hatred and division. They want to use the power of government to punish people and corporations who speak out against them or teach their children the truth.

Their public support relies on tribal loyalty, ignorance, and gullibility – often compounded by racism, misogyny, homophobia, religious intolerance, and generalized grievance. That’s adds up to a lot of Americans, but it’s not a majority.

So they want to count only the votes in their favor, and they want only the votes in their favor to count.

They have no governing agenda beyond wanting to punish and rebuke and marginalize and demonize.

They have no proposed solutions for climate change, wealth inequality, racial injustice, or inadequate access to healthcare — if they see them as problems at all.

Thoughtful, conservative Republicanism is in eclipse. Today’s GOP is a party of radical reactionaries.

And yet the daily political coverage reflects essentially none of that.

Instead, the elite media reports glibly about Republicans taking over Congress in this year’s elections, and possibly taking the White House in 2024, as if it is just normal.

Like it’s nothing to be alarmed about.

But it is.

3 COMMENTS

  1. I’m not so sure they’re in denial at all – regardless of who wins in the elections of the ultimate fate of Rowe v Wade (and that oh so timely leak), the press has no stake in the game. They will continue as always and will be happy that being a journalist will be “fun” again. And human suffering always sells, does it not?

    Who do you think leaked that draft decision? I think, personally, that it was Justice Thomas’ “best friend.” Who else would reap benefits from it?

  2. I think you are missing the most dangerous part of this. The Alito draft decision clearly demolishes not just Roe but also Griswold. Undoing Griswold would take away not only the right to birth control, but to privacy.

    Taking away the right to privacy is incredibly dangerous for any democracy. Totalitarian government always use invasion of privacy as a powerful tool to control their citizens. Not only do they spy, but they encourage their citizens to report on others who criticize the government. The Nazis and the USSR even encouraged children to report on their parents. We are already seeing this kind of thing happening with Florida’s encouraging people to report on teachers and Texas allowing people to sue others for having an abortion or providing one.

    And anyone who thinks access to birth control is safe has not been paying attention. Many of the same people who have pushed for the destruction of Roe also oppose the pill, IUDs and the morning after pill because they claim those are abortifacients. The media needs to make that crystal clear now. What I am seeing is far too much focus on process — who leaked, who does this benefit, how will midterms be effected — and not the dire threat to everyone’s right to privacy.

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