The Enlightened — the progressive elite — believe that their virtue and wisdom give them the responsibility to shape our culture like a good mother shapes her child. One way the Enlightened shape public opinion is through public opinion management (POM) by the media.
public opinion management (POM) n : low-intensity but constant propaganda that surreptitiously shapes public opinion by highlighting events or opinions that illustrate politically correct positions; by ignoring events or opinions that contradict progressive beliefs; by framing issues as exploiter vs. exploited; by attaching virtue to politically correct positions and people; by implicitly reinforcing politically correct assumptions
pom vb pommed, pomming : to manage public opinion
On the national and international scale, what we used to call news is now mostly public opinion management. The progressive bias of the national media is well-documented and acknowledged by all objective self-shoe-tiers. But it’s more than a bias: it’s a constant, partly unconscious, and surreptitious process of shaping public opinion in a progressively-virtuous direction. I suspect that the higher one goes up the ranks of the Enlightened, the more clear-eyed and conscious they are of the nature of their POM.
On the national and international scale, what we used to call news is now mostly public opinion management.
Perhaps in every society some are called to be priests. Under newthink, membership in the Enlightened is the form priesthood takes. But the Enlightened are not motivated solely by their progressive virtue. The power progressive priesthood entails is enticing – the power to shape public institutions, shape law, shape thought, shape the next generation.