You know, it’s always a complete shock when someone at CNN stumbles onto the truth. It happens so rarely, it stands out like a sore thumb.
Yesterday on his ironically-named “Reliable Sources,” Puddin’ Boy Brian Stelter voiced his concern over this coordinated, Media-Matters-led smear against Laura Ingraham.
Stelter asked, “Are ad boycotts the right answer here? I’m personally pretty wary of this. I think it’s dangerous to see these ad boycott attempts happening more and more often in this country.”
But of course he is.
We’re not playing by the old rules anymore. And even someone from CNN notices that.
It’s dawning on Puddin’ Boy Stelter that two can play at that game.
So when CNN contributor Joan Walsh decided to – to use the words the Left used against Ingraham — bully Parkland student Kyle Kashuv, instantly there were calls to boycott CNN advertisers over it.
What’s good for the goose …
Now, I hate this boycott crap.
Advertisers should never take sides against half the country just to appease the conformity police.
Does Bayer really believe that alienating half of their potential market by caving to the demands of the pitchfork and torches mob on Twitter makes good business sense?
Mob-rule is despicable and witch-hunts never end well.
But the old rules are out.
And the Left’s rules … well … rule.
As Alinsky said, “make the enemy live up to their own set of rules.”
So if people on the right start boycotting CNN’s advertisers who cares? Them’s the rules.
And if they choose to boycott the cowardly companies that cowed to the demands of the Media Matters Mob and bailed on Ingraham’s show, so be it.
We didn’t make the rules. The Left did.
Now, I suspect that Puddin’ Boy Stelter’s concern over boycotts isn’t because he loves free speech and diversity of opinion.
Instead, I’m guessing his concern is entirely self-serving.
I think it’s beginning to dawn on the Leftist media elites that the old rules they insisted we play by are dead. And the monster they created is about to turn on them.
Stelter went on to say, “My view is let’s not shut down anyone’s right to speak. Let’s meet their comments with more speech.”
Funny. We’ve been saying that for years, Puddin’ Boy.
Censoring, blacklisting – these are entirely un-American.
But these are the very tactics the Left has embraced.
In the chapter on David Brock and Media Matters in her excellent book The Smear, Sharyl Attkisson defines today’s Smear this way:
[I]ts purpose is rooted in annihilation. It uses propaganda tools to amplify a misdeed out of proportion.
Did Laura Ingraham really tweet that Hoggie was whining?
Yes, she did.
But the reaction was way out of proportion to the actual misdeed.
She didn’t threaten him, bully him, attack him. Hell, her tweet didn’t even @ him.
Yet from their reaction, you would have thought Ingraham had accused him of being a child murderer with blood on his hands.
It aims to obliterate any obstacle blocking a particular agenda.
Ingraham’s tweet saying Hoggie was whining was merely the pretense for this coordinated attack.
The real reason for it is Ingraham does not fall in line with the Left’s narrative. Therefore, she must be obliterated.
Or, as Attkisson puts it:
It gets personal. It goes for the jugular.
Everything that happened to Laura Ingraham is straight out of the Media Matters playbook.
But Attkisson also points out the double standard. She gives several examples of outrageously racist comments made by Democrats that – after they apologized – simply vanished from the news.
Attkisson then writes:
None of these politicians was subjected to a trademark Media Matters smear campaign. The smear artist reveals himself by his disparate treatment of people and situations. He drapes himself in a superhero cape, claiming to defend the aggrieved. He pretends to right societal wrongs. In fact, though, he’s motivated primarily by paid interests and his own selfish agendas. By definition, the job requires that morality and conscience be cast aside.
And for years this worked like a charm.
But now the rules have changed.
And people on the right are forcing their political enemies to live by their own set of rules.
Two can play at this game.
And when that happens, the playing field is leveled once again.
The weapon the Left has used to great success for nearly two decades is now being turned against them.
Leftists never think these things through. If they had, they would have seen this coming long before now.
The truth is, these Media Matters rules only work if one side is playing by them while the other side plays by the old rules.
Well, those days are over.
We are taking their rules and jamming them right back down their throats.
And that, my friends, is why Puddin’ Boy Stelter is concerned.
Hat tip Breitbart.
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