Sunday, August 12, 2007

A Member of the MSM Performs the Anthropological Study

In a previous post, I suggested that the Mainstream Media (MSM) was so utterly out of touch with the humanity of our soldiers, sailors and marines that they would be a great candidate for an anthropological study to discover just how they managed to attain such a skewed world view. Anthony Jay in the London Times performs that function for us. Here were my favorite bits.
We belonged instead to a dispersed “metropolitan media arts graduate” tribe. We met over coffee, lunch, drinks and dinner to reinforce our views on the evils of apartheid, nuclear deterrence, capital punishment, the British Empire, big business, advertising, public relations, the royal family, the defence budget – it’s a wonder we ever got home.

The second factor that shaped our media liberal attitudes was a sense of exclusion. We saw ourselves as part of the intellectual elite, full of ideas about how the country should be run. Being naive in the way institutions actually work, we were convinced that Britain’s problems were the result of the stupidity of the people in charge of the country.

This ignorance of the realities of government and management enabled us to occupy the moral high ground. We saw ourselves as clever people in a stupid world, upright people in a corrupt world, compassionate people in a brutal world, libertarian people in an authoritarian world.
Quick answer: they are better than the rest of us.

H/T: Puppyblender.

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