Facts the first casualty of media elite’s war. Chris Kenny at The Australian is groping towards the stark reality of political correctness and it’s role in his media world:
There is a great and pernicious divide in Australia. It is not between the eastern seaboard and the western plains, or between the rich and poor, city and country, black and white, or even between established citizens and refugees. The divide is between the political/media class and the mainstream.
There is a gulf between those who consider themselves superior to the masses and want to use the nation’s status to parade their post-material concerns, and those who do the work and raise the families that make the nation what it is.
In this election we are seeing the chasm open up, like a parting of the seas, as the media elites and their preferred left-of-centre politicians seek to determine what issues should be decisive. They lecture and hector the mainstream. Worse, they try to dictate what facts can even be discussed. They seek to silence dissent. They have compiled an informal list of unmentionables, facts that should not be uttered: the truths whose name we dare not speak.
The recent archetypal speaking of reality by a non-PC person (Dutton) on a PC-issue (“refugees”) followed by spin and criticisms in the PC media:
The mainstream saw confected outrage on the television news, with Bill Shorten and others saying refugees and migrants had been insulted, while media celebrities joined in to trumpet their moral virtue. Back in their lounge rooms, mainstream voters must have shrugged their shoulders and wondered what planet these people live on.
We are talking about the “permanent oppositional moral political community” — so named by one of their ilk, Robert Manne. It is populated by progressive politicians, academics and activists; most journalists, certainly from the public broadcasters, Fairfax Media and the Canberra press gallery, defer to this group or aspire to membership.
Untrammelled by concerns about power bills, job security, mortgage stress or school fees, these elites choose to focus on saving: saving the planet, saving the refugees and saving the ABC. …
It is all about moral vanity, public gesture and the politics of identity. Certain facts or views will disrupt the picture these people have of themselves. It is difficult for them to display their tolerance and sophistication except by condemning those who don’t measure up. They look to take offence and public shaming becomes virtue signalling.
He calls it the “great divide.” Indeed. It’s like red-pill/blue-pill.
hat-tip Stephen Neil