Much is said on this blog about the one dimensional political perspective of NZ’s mainstream media. There is of course an opposing point of view. In fact I’m sure many of the journalists I criticise would insist they were always as objective as possible. I’m sure they try. The problem though is their state of mind. You cannot possibly write from a right wing perspective if you are burdened with a left wing mental perspective. Journalists of course spring these days from the well of academia, a place completely perverted to the cause of “intellectual” Progressivism. Coming from a place of such singular political dimension, there is actually no possible way they can write or think from a right wing perspective.
As I said, they might try, but they cannot make the grade. Last weekend in the Sunday Star Times, (where else) a journalist gave a rare example of how deeply embedded the left wing political perspective is in their work. It was rare because of its honesty. A raw example of the contempt and distaste that mainstream media journalists have for any political view that clashes with their own.
Written by one Steve Kilgallon (whose speciality is usually sport) it contains so many stark examples of the bigotry and prejudices that underpin the worldview of mainstream media journalism it deserves to be preserved in a time capsule. As an indication of how perverted the trade of journalism became at the hands of the Progressives who dominated our culture in the second half of the 20th century. The article rails against those who would resist political correctness.
“Despite swimming in the intellectual shallows, those who resort to saying “PC gone mad” see themselves as straight-shooting, honest, not afraid to tell you what they feel and possessed of an uncanny ability to smash through the bluster and spin. Here’s what they really are: stuck in the past, pigheaded, objectionable, offensive bigots. What they are implying by uttering the words “PC gone mad” is that some awful, totalitarian left-wing movement has stealthily implemented a wide-ranging series of directives across the free world to limit free speech.”
I guess all of those stories of people in Canada, the UK and other parts of Europe being dragged into courtrooms on charges of offending homosexuals or Muslims must be completely false. I guess rugby and league players being sent on “sensitivity courses” for improper language on the playing field is just another fable.
“It’s the sort of rewrite of history favoured by the foaming-at-the-mouth section of the extreme right (that tiny minority who watch Fox News, think Rodney Hide’s a bit too moderate and don’t like brown people).”
More examples of innate left wing derangement. FOX News is the most popular news broadcaster anywhere it can be watched. Its leftist rivals who employ the likes of Mr. Kilgallon are actually the broadcasters that attract the small audiences. To say it is only watched by a minority is to be completely uninformed about reality. To think that Rodney Hide somehow epitomises the right wing of politics is equally absurd. Mr. Hide is a moderate and a social liberal who would only have minor differences with the tenets of Progressivism. His thrust is economic reform. The reference to “brown people” is another indication of Mr. Kilgallon’s shallow grasp of the issues. Many of the leaders of the groups he perceives as “right wing” have brown or black skins. He is the only one at this point focused on skin colour as an issue.
“These are the people who secretly long to call disabled people spastics, label black people very unprintable things and chain their wives to the kitchen stove. They are not very clever. It’s no coincidence one of their pin-up boys is George W Bush.”
Staggering in its bigotry. Especially in so far as George Bush is concerned. George Bush received some acclaim from the right for his support of the US war effort, and his loyalty to the troops in the field, but he’s generally held in disregard by the right wing for his big spending and socially liberal domestic policies.
There’s so much in the same vein it would be take too much time and space to confront it. I guess Mr. Kilgallon could be given a bit of latitude on the grounds of attempted comedy. A frail excuse though, given the premises of his attempts at humour are as incorrect as the more serious sections of the article.
Is Mr. Kilgallon’s ignorance and bigotry widespread throughout the mainstream media? Maybe not. He is though the recipient of numerous awards, and seems to be regarded as one of those hail fellow well met personalities. He’s no outcast that is for sure. In my humble opinion he is typical. A view I suspect a few others observing the mainstream media’s slowly accelerating slide into insolvency and oblivion might readily agree with.