I am not the only one who has noticed and written about the collapse of the credibility of the US media. Thomas Lifson in the American Thinker describes what’s happening to them as a case of mass hysteria:
I think the answer in both scenarios is the same: genuine mass hysteria is gripping the mainstream media. The first source is the political rise, election, and continuing successes of Donald Trump, currently presiding over the best economic times since the Reagan administration. Trump violates all the political norms that they learned, embraced, and enforced in their own rise to media prominence. When norms are violated, anger is the dominant response of members of the group that holds the norms.
But what accounts for the hysteria that results in loss of self-control? I think a second factor is at play. The mainstream media perceive that they have lost the ability to shape public perceptions beyond the 30% or so of the populace that is committed to left-progressivism. The majority of the public no longer trusts or believes what they have to say. And this sense of powerlessness in the face of a hated opponent is literally driving them crazy. Even before the Rasmussen poll showed the futility of their efforts (“54% of Likely U.S. Voters say the parents are more to blame for breaking the law … only 35% believe the federal government is more to blame for enforcing the law”), they must have realized that their efforts were failing. Knowing no other means of persuasion than intensifying the current efforts, they pulled out all the stops: anger and sadness replaced facts and logic, which don’t really stand up to scrutiny anyway.
There is a clear trajectory at work. Media effort to destroy Trump’s political support are failing, and their old tools are disintegrating as they are wielded. Stormy Daniels failed, and the border children are failing. Adapting to reality and reconsidering their views is an impossibility considering the solidarity among media figures in opposition to Trump. Anyone defecting to the position that “Trump may be different, but he’s working out pretty well in terms of economy and national security” would be immediately sanctioned with cries of traitorous behavior.
So the only option is metaphorically turning up the volume. As the midterm election nears and the fantasy of a blue wave diminishes in prospect, expect to see even more hysteria. What lies ahead? Who knows? But look for dramatic gestures, such as chaining themselves to the gates of facilities they object to, hunger strikes, and (of course) more weeping and yelling.
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