Yet the mainstream media remains a potent force, for they still control the primary channels through which information flows. Thus there are many people in the nation who, though not hardcore Progressives themselves, receive only the perspective of that cohort when they watch CBS, NBC or ABC or read the New York Times, the Washington Post or the LA times.
This dynamic creates an information discontinuity. For while consumers of more conservative news sources are well aware of both sides of the debate (because conservative media is built on responding to the Progressive position), mainstream media consumers don’t know the conservative (or libertarian, etc.) positions because they are ignored. By this means the opinions of millions of otherwise reasonable people can be manipulated to the clear benefit of the elite Progressives.
In spite of this powerful advantage there remains a large segment of the population who ultimately will not support the Progressive positions on climate change, gun control and abortion, among others. This fact is infuriating to an industry that is built on the ability to influence, if not direct, public opinion.
Much of the depraved psychodrama that we see and read in the mainstream media can be traced back to this fact. What we are witnessing is the public face of a private crisis of confidence. The fact that Donald Trump (or any Republican) could have been elected President in spite of the full force determination by the mainstream media to drag Hillary Clinton across the finish line is a shattering blow to their perceived position and prestige.
Unfortunately for them, the more that they expose their hateful bias and deranged behavior the less they are respected by millions of citizens. It’s even likely that many people who believed the absurd lie of Russian collusion for the three years prior to issuance of the Mueller Report have lost confidence in the mainstream press. And finally, even the Progressive true believers likely now have less respect for the press given their failure (to date at least) to destroy and remove President Trump from office.
We can hope and pray that the mainstream media comes to their senses and reforms their industry. We should encourage them towards this end by rejecting their deceitful narratives and convincing more Americans to do the same. For this soulless cadre apparently knows only the motivations of power and prestige. As they hurtle towards the absence of both perhaps a miracle will occur.