I was afraid that while I was on vacation the entire Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy might fall apart, but I'm happy to see that such is not the case. I opened my Journal Gazette this morning and what did I find but this lament by columnist E.J. Dionne Jr., which some might dismiss as lefty paradnoid delusions, but which I took heart in:
A media environment that tilts to the right is obscuring what President Obama stands for and closing off political options that should be part of the public discussion.
Yes, you read that correctly: If you doubt that there is a conservative inclination in the media, consider which arguments you hear regularly and which you don't. When Rush Limbaugh sneezes or Newt Gingrich tweets, their views ricochet from the Internet to cable television and into the traditional media. It is remarkable how successful they are in setting what passes for the news agenda.
The power of the Limbaugh-Gingrich axis means that Obama is regularly cast as somewhere on the far left end of a truncated political spectrum.
No longer confined to our outposts on Fox News and talk radio, we have infected the entire media with our conservative spin. We have managed to dupe the stupid American public into believing that Barack Obama is a leftist extremist -- can you believe that we got away with that one?