Tech Central Station has two terrific columns today concerning how egregiously the mass media misleads the public at large. In this piece, Glenn Reynolds provides stunning examples of how liberally biased the mainstream media has been, including open admissions of same. [Link via Power Line.] Nick Schulz pens a companion piece using Harper's editor Lewis Lapham's clairvoyance concerning the content of the speeches at this week's Republican National Convention as a case-in-point:
Harper's magazine editor Lewis Lapham is being appropriately mocked for a major pre-GOP-convention boner. In the September issue of his magazine, which has been on newsstands for over a week, Lapham writes about the "Republican propaganda mill" and the GOP convention:
"The speeches in Madison Square Garden affirmed the great truths now routinely preached from the pulpits of Fox News and the Wall Street Journal -- government the problem, not the solution; the social contract a dead letter; the free market the answer to every maiden's prayer -- and while listening to the hollow rattle of the rhetorical brass and tin, I remembered the question that [Richard] Hofstadter didn't stay to answer. How did a set of ideas both archaic and bizarre make its way into the center ring of the American political circus?"
That's right, Lapham wrote about the GOP convention speeches before anyone even stepped to the podium. Lapham has apologized for what he's calling a "rhetorical invention," use of "poetic license," and a "mistake."
But the only "mistake" Lapham made is in revealing for all to see what has long been known by anyone who pays attention to the news: the major media routinely bring to their coverage of significant political events a predetermined storyline -- you might want to call it a "Lapham". Facts that undermine the storyline are ignored or explained away as aberrations to The Truth.
The New York Post Online Edition has a related piece from Podhoretz, and Lileks puts in a good $.02 in the Bleat today (as opposed to yesterday's Bleat, whose suckage cannot be measured by existing technology).