From Reporters to Public Opinion Managers

The news media’s transformation from news reporters to public opinion managers is, like progressive education, part of the progressive mission to reeducate the progressively unvirtuous into newthink’s belief system. Have no doubt that journalists are overwhelmingly progressive: a study back in 1992, whose general conclusions have been replicated repeatedly, found that 89 percent of them voted for Bill Clinton, compared to 43 percent of the general population; only 7 percent voted for George H. W. Bush versus 37 percent of the general population.*

An example of the media’s public opinion management is the 1980s homeless crisis. In the 1980s, the nation’s homeless were estimated by network journalists to number as much as five million people* even though the best studies estimated the number to be between 230,000 and 600,000. Stories about homelessness were ubiquitous in the 1980s, and the media consistently laid responsibility at the White House door rather than on the behavior of the homeless themselves.** Robert Lichter of the nonpartisan Center for Media and Public Affairs analyzed the media’s handling of the homeless story and concluded that 96% of the sources blamed political or social conditions for homelessness; only 4% blamed other factors, like substance abuse, mental illness, lack of skills or low motivation.*** But in the 1990s, the homeless seemed to magically disappear. In 1988, the New York Times ran 50 stories on the homeless, including five on page one; by 1998, they ran only 10 homeless stories, none of them on the front page.**** As Bernard Goldberg comments in his book Bias, homelessness seemed to begin when Reagan took the oath of office and end when Clinton took over.† Newthinkers believe that most antisocial behavior is caused by society, and they propagated that belief throughout America with their stories about the homeless. Associating the root causes of homelessness with a conservative president was just a bonus.

…in the 1990s, the homeless seemed to magically disappear.

But it’s not just what the media talk about; it’s also what they don’t talk about. Bernard Goldberg points out in his book Arrogance how the media often focuses on race; they continuously point out racial discrimination – as they should when it exists. But they don’t like to discuss other explanations for ethnic inequality and subcultural dysfunction – such as the connection between the lack of fathers and violent behavior in children††, or the link between poverty and personal behavior. William Galston, an assistant to President Clinton, pointed out that to avert poverty, one need only do three things: graduate from high school, get married before having a child, and wait until age 20 before having that child. Incredibly, those who do those three things end up in poverty only 8% of the time; those who don’t wind up poor 79% of the time. A high percentage of African-Americans are poor, and the media prefer to ascribe that to racial discrimination rather than discuss family factors.†††

Enhanced by Zemanta* Bernard Goldberg, Bias, (Perennial, 2003), p.  72.
** Ibid., p. 75.
*** Ibid., p. 75.
**** Ibid., p. 79.
† Ibid., pp. 78-79.
†† Wade F. Horn, Father Facts, (National Fatherhood Institute, 2002), p. 109.
††† Bernard Goldberg, Arrogance, (Warner Books, 2003), pp. 14-15.

Bringing the Benighted into the Light of Progressive Virtue with Progressive Education

Devout progressives believe that the benighted must be brought into the light of progressive virtue; those ignorant of political correctness must be reeducated.

The unconscious logic supporting this belief goes like this, starting from the “Human beings are inherently and transcendentally noble” branch of the newthink worldview tree:

• Human beings are inherently and transcendentally noble.
• Our motives are inherently noble.
• We are progressively virtuous.
• Progressive virtue is supremely important.
• Those who do not agree with us – the progressively unvirtuous – are either ignorant or purposely unvirtuous.
• The ignorant progressively unvirtuous must be reeducated.

The unconscious logic branching out of this belief is:

• It is our mission to educate the young about the principles of progressive virtue.
• It is our mission to educate the ignorant from other cultures about the principles of progressive virtue.
• It is our mission to reeducate ignorant or misinformed adults about the principles of progressive virtue.

 

The newthink takeover of education wasn’t motivated by a need to improve a failing American educational system. Along with the news media and the entertainment industry, it was part of the Progressive Missionaries’ undertaking  to reeducate the benighted in progressively-virtuous principles.

As Mona Charen points out in her book Do-Gooders, American children have for centuries attended religious schools, private schools and local public schools. These children grew up and built the U.S. into the richest economy and most powerful military the world has known. But in 1979, the Democrats felt that wasn’t good enough; the U.S. Government must have a Department of Education. The Department of Education, created under Jimmy Carter’s administration, centralized American education and enabled the domination of progressively-virtuous teaching curricula. Since then, progressives have promoted new math, whole language, bilingual education, and now, common core. These and all the other progressive educational improvements aren’t free. The U.S. spends more than almost any of its peers on K-12 schooling, yet our high-schoolers performance is only middling, and our high school completion rate is plunging. Despite many progressive educational innovations and massive spending, the longer a student is in our educational system, the worse he compares to his international peers.*

American children have for centuries attended religious schools, private schools and local public schools. These children grew up and built the U.S. into the richest economy and most powerful military the world has known. But in 1979, the Democrats felt that wasn’t good enough; the U.S. Government must have a Department of Education.

So, progressive educators have taken over American education, instituted lots of new progressive teaching methods, spent truckloads of money, and as the result our children’s educational level has plummeted and is now circling the drain. If the main purpose of progressive education were to educate children, it would be a disastrous failure. But forget that. Progressive education has actually succeeded in its actual, primary and largely unconscious mission: the indoctrination of children in politically correct opinions based on progressively-virtuous principles. C. Sheldon Thorne, a professor of history at Golden West University, says that after a dozen years of public school, his college students in U.S. History are exquisitely aware of every subtlety of racism, sexism, and imperialism throughout America’s history, but unable to write as much as a paragraph coherently about any of them. According to Thorne, they have it all figured out: the constitution – a racist document from rich white men; westward migration – fueled by greed and distinguished by genocide; slavery – a practice which occurred only in America. To them, America is bad to the bone.**

* Mona Charen, Do-Gooders, (New York: Sentinel, 2004)

** C. Sheldon Thorne, from Mona Charen, Do-Gooders, (New York: Sentinel, 2004), pp. 233-4.

The Ignorant Unvirtuous, the Purposely Unvirtuous and the Culture War

Just as traditional Americans thought that those who didn’t believe in the ultimate morality of right-and-wrong were either barbaric or evil, newthinkers think that those who don’t believe in the morality of political correctness are either ignorant or purposely unvirtuous.

The unconscious logic supporting this belief is as follows, starting from the “Human beings are inherently and transcendentally noble” branch of the newthink worldview tree:

• Human beings are inherently and transcendentally noble.
• Our motives are inherently noble.
• We are progressively virtuous.
• Progressive virtue is supremely important.
• Those who do not agree with us – the progressively unvirtuous – are either ignorant or purposely unvirtuous.

 

Newthinkers group non-progressives into two types: the ignorant progressively unvirtuous and the purposely progressively unvirtuous. To newthinkers, the former are equivalent to barbarians and the latter are tantamount to evildoers. Because, to newthinkers, progressive virtue is supremely important, these unenlightened folk must be dealt with.

The unconscious logic branching out of this belief is:

• The ignorant progressively unvirtuous must be reeducated.
• The purposely progressively unvirtuous must be fought.

 

Progressive Missionaries (a character archetype discussed earlier) are similar to those Mona Charen calls “do-gooders.” Their mission is to spread progressivism through education and reeducation. They – mostly unconsciously – make progressive virtue a social reality by “doing good.” Youth are indoctrinated into the newthink worldview from the start. Those who are ignorant of but amenable to political correctness and progressive virtue are reeducated by Progressive Missionaries to incorporate them into progressive culture.

In traditional America, those who purposely ignored or clashed with Americanism’s morality were thought of as evil. Similarly, those who purposely clash with political correctness are considered wicked by devout newthinkers.

While Progressive Missionaries focus on those ignorant of progressive morality, Progressive Crusaders fight the purposely progressively unvirtuous in order to vanquish them and establish the supremacy of progressive culture.

Progressive Crusaders:
Newthinkers who actively seek battle with the purposely progressively unvirtuous so as to wrest power from them and create a virtuous future.

The “culture war” is aptly named. We are in the midst of a progressive mission and crusade – equivalent to those in pre-twentieth century Western civilization which shouldered what they called the “white man’s burden” to civilize the planet. They spread Christianity and Western civilization through reeducation and – when necessary – force of arms. Similarly, Progressive Missionaries are reeducating and Progressive Crusaders are proactively battling the progressively unvirtuous in order to spread newthink.

Progressive Missionaries are reeducating and Progressive Crusaders are proactively battling the progressively unvirtuous in order to spread newthink.

Progressives aggressively pursue the culture war; traditional Americans must therefore defend their culture on multiple fronts.

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