Days of Change

Day 1226 – Asymmetrical | March 14, 2012

Anyone who read today (I recommend it) probably saw the story about Chris Rock knocking the camera out of a woman’s hands and threatening to “throw down” with author Jason Mattera over questions about Rock’s description of the Tea Party as crazy. I checked to see if the mainstream media picked up the story, since that would be the only way a response would come from Rock. The story got as far as the Hollywood Reporter and a claim by a representative to look into the tape.

I imagine that Andrew Breitbart had a similar experience at various times. When he worked for Drudge, the site was a curiosity. Then it became a right-wing site because the story it broke and the media hypocrisy it exposed was a story damaging to Clinton. Soon after, Drudge was considered a biased source and George Soros was creating media sites other networks often cite word for word (and generally uncredited to them). Stories that are negative toward Democrats and liberals fall into an editorial black hole. It’s the only way to explain why such potentially juicy stories are ignored for constant banality.

There is an asymmetrical influence of dependent ideology in media. In this case, dependent means anything from socialism to nanny states where trading freedom for order is a net positive. I would say that of course we need some government and that I’m talking about the excesses, but that’s another media trick. If you don’t know what I mean, you’re stupid. Stop wasting your time trying to read this. It leaves on feeling like those movies where we’re living in a sort of police state, but most people don’t know it, like in “They Live” or “The Running Man.” The only way to get the message out is to break into the communication system of the overlords.

People like Breitbart did just that. Whenever he was brought on to be attacked, he would come back on them harder. Joel Pollack did the same, because Soledad O’Brien thought the Derrick Bell story had no merit. She became a week’s worth of Breitbart stories, She even had to go on and on about Critical Race theory just to smooth things over. Newt Gingrich did the same at the top of his campaign. It was probably his peak. If you want to talk about dog whistles, conservatives know when someone is upsetting the status quo and they love it.

Being on the less armed side requires that you fight on their turf, but being in the resistance also means the other side sits out in the open. Rush Limbaugh may have 20 million listeners and generates millions in revenue, but he is not the “de facto head of the Republican Party.” That title may actually go to Sarah Palin. She went rogue four years ago and has been doing so ever since. One of the ways you can tell if someone put on the metaphorical sunglasses or not is by asking how they feel about Palin. If they parrot one of the half-dozen myths about her or they “just don’t like her,” then they don’t know what the hell is really going on in the world.

The beauty is that when you turn their tactics on them, the rabbit hole is so much deeper. For a Rush Limbaugh who used a conditional statement about what are exaggerated contraception costs, there are dozens of comedians and entertainers and even news show hosts who have out-and-out said Sarah Palin is a ____ or Michele Bachmann is ____. President Obama uses his daughters to make a point about terminology, but their mother goes on a show where the host makes sexual innuendos about Sarah Palin’s daughters.

Alinsky’s rules for radicals are about projection and misdirection, but they are rules for radicals. The radicals run the establishment. Bill Ayers is a 1%, maybe even in the top 1/2%. The people who were blacklisted became the trend setters of Hollywood. We who deny this worldview are the radicals. We are the resistance. We have declared an asymmetrical war and we just have to watch the other side tear themselves down.

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