I recently wrote a blog addressed to “real conservatives,” now I’m going to address their weird, quasi-cult ring leaders. I’m talking about Hannity, Ingraham, Levin, Coulter, Rush, Drudge, etc… If Anchorman taught us anything, it was clearly that those in the news can be really, really stupid.
Paul Ryan is expected to be voted in as speaker tomorrow, and the third GOP debate will take place tonight. Countless conservatives will watch on Twitter as their favorite conservative celebrity commentators live tweet their opinions on Ryan, or simply highlight what they feel is pertinent in the debate. In the coming days, these “leaders” will give their opinions to their faithful following, and many will take their words rather seriously when judging the candidates themselves, or Ryan’s ability to do the job of speaker. The problem is that many of them have become no better than DailyKos, Salon, and the like, in terms of telling us the unbiased truth.
If I can bring myself to complement Trump on one thing, and one thing only, he has separated those of good character from frauds.
The con artists from the decent.
The hustlers from the trustworthy.
The swindlers and charlatans from those who still have some semblance of dignity.
He put juicy steaks on display and waited for the wolves to relieve themselves of their costumes. And they did. En masse. This comes at a time when conservative media is following the trend of click bait journalism. Even a lot of well known – trusted sources – have turned the direction of fishing for readers.
“You won’t believe what Obama said…”
“Bet they didn’t see this one coming!”
“I couldn’t believe it until I saw it!”
This gets you readers, but it gets you the kind of readers who are only interested in the shock and awe articles. Articles like “LFP at a 35 year low” aren’t going to get the clicks they want, and that’s what it’s all about these days. However, articles like “Paul Ryan will burn down the House and take you with him, here’s why….” will bring a tsunami wave of clicks from those who no longer want things fixed, but instead want revenge.