The Leftist media bubble has been punctured, and the results aren’t pretty.
If you are ‘left-wing’ or ‘liberal’, whether here in Australia, in the US or the UK, you can go through weeks, months, even years, without ever hearing a contrary view or opinion on major areas of policy.
In Australia, you can tune into ABC local radio, watch the ABC TV news, read the Sydney Morning Herald or the Melbourne Age, and not have your views challenged to any significant degree. Climate change is a serious problem that needs urgent action, border security is racist, Islam is a religion of peace, Trump is a racist, sexist Nazi, you know, that kind of thing – if you hold any of these views, every morning paper and every news report will confirm the rectitude of your positions.
In the UK, you have the BBC – the national broadcaster funded by extortion from the taxpayer, whose editorial position has always been firmly liberal/left.
In the US, take your pick: ABC, NBC, CNN, CBS. All support the liberal/left view, and all were squarely behind Clinton in the US election.
On the other hand, if you are ‘right-wing’ or ‘conservative’ however, you are constantly exposed to a tidal wave of contradictory views and opinions. Rarely would you hear from the mainstream media that curbing CO2 emissions might hurt the millions of poor in developing countries, or that border security is essential to protect a country’s citizens and security, or that Islam has some tenets which are clearly incompatible with Western democracy, or that Hillary Clinton is a corrupt, dishonest criminal who was always unfit to be president.
The result of this is that those inhabiting the Left/liberal media bubble, inhaling the toxic gases of progressive journalism, are starved of the oxygen of rationality. It is this toxicity that results in many on the Left believing that anyone who holds a contrary opinion is quite literally evil or immoral. It isn’t just a simple matter of difference in political opinion, but more accurately that disagreement means immorality and wickedness (see Moral Superiority of the Left).
Reality rushes in
Donald Trump becoming president has punctured that bubble for the first time in eight years, and its inhabitants, many of whom have known nothing else, are coping in the only way possible – by irrational behaviour, pathological hatred and extraordinary fear-mongering (see #womensmarch for some shocking evidence of this).
This situation rarely happens with the Right, because there exists no conservative bubble. We are continually exposed to Leftist propaganda and media spin, challenging our world view on a daily basis, and in some ways it is a good thing: many will have vastly better thought out and considered positions, because of the need to constantly check and re-check facts and opinions in the face of dissent, enabling them to argue them far more coherently than their Leftist counterparts, who at the first sign of challenge resort to hysteria and name-calling.
Our Leftist friends might do well to expose themselves and their ideas to some dissent now and again.