What’s amazing is that Mr Bartlett was ‘flabbergasted’ that people were so closed minded.
About 15 years ago most ‘news’ organizations begain the theme of ‘We’ll tell you what you need to know’.
Think about that.
Instead of simply reporting the news (‘We report – You decide’), a news organization would craft it’s news to certain demographics.
It’s not new.
See : ‘Roger Ailes’ Secret Nixon-Era Blueprint for Fox News’
@ : http://gawker.com/5814150/roger-ailes-secret-nixon+era-blueprint-for-fox-news
Nor is it limited to FOX. All ‘news’ agancies do it. They are for profit so need to focus on people who will watch them and be receptive to their advertising.
The importance of ‘news’ is not in the story but in how much money you can make.
And that’s why America is failing.
We don’t place the high priority on being informed. We place our priority on belonging. So we get our ‘news’ from organizations that we feel a relationship with.
But like politicians, ‘news’ agencies tell us what we want to hear.
Imagine how much we are missing……
‘Bruce Bartlett has a piece in The American Conservative that tells the story of his excommunication from the conservative movement, and it’s gotten a lot of attention on the left. And it turns out that the most interesting passage has nothing to do Bartlett per se’.
‘It’s what happened after Ron Suskind published a New York Times piece that quoted some of Bartlett’s criticism of George Bush and the GOP’:
“Interestingly, a couple of days after the Suskind article appeared, I happened to be at a reception for some right-wing organization that many of my think tank friends were also attending”.
“I assumed I would get a lot of grief for my comments in the Suskind article and was surprised when there was none at all”.
“Finally, I started asking people about it”.
“Not one person had read it or cared in the slightest what the New York Times had to say about anything. They all viewed it as having as much credibility as Pravda and a similar political philosophy as well”.
“Some were indignant that I would even suspect them of reading a left-wing rag such as the New York Times”.
“I was flabbergasted. Until that moment I had not realized how closed the right-wing mind had become”.
From : http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2012/11/inside-conservative-bubble#xdm_e=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.motherjones.com&xdm_c=default3168&xdm_p=1&