We on the right are forever hearing how the Conservatives want to go back to a by-gone era; how we fear change and abhor moving forward.
Well Ann Coulter has famously said, “You can always tell what liberals are up to by what they accuse you of doing.” And she is absolutely right, again. In 1995, a memo was circulated bemoaning the loss of control over the news and how it is disseminated.
“Internet has become one of the major and most dynamic modes of communication” and “can link people, groups and organizations together instantly.”
“Moreover, it allows an extraordinary amount of unregulated data and information to be located in one area and available to all,” the memo states. “The right wing has seized upon the Internet as a means of communicating its ideas to people. Moreover, evidence exists that Republican staffers surf the Internet, interacting with extremists in order to exchange ideas and information.”
So the Clinton White House was upset that any average citizen had a chance to impact our political discourse and possibly change the course of events. I never thought I’d say this, but it would seem that the Clinton Administration was correct. Because just a short three years later, Matt Drudge would change how Americans got their news and his actions started the inexorable slide that would wrest control of the message out of the establishment’s hands.
Drudge forever changed journalism in January of 1998 when he reported that Bill Clinton had a sexual relationship with a White House intern and that Newsweek killed the story to protect its ally in the White House.
As former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, who has pioneered the use of social media to get her message out, has said, the “new media rose up precisely because the old media failed to tell the truth.”
“That very first new media breakthrough was about 15 years ago when this lowly little store clerk in a lowly little apartment equipped with his computer and a modem broke one of the biggest stories of the decade. His name was Matt Drudge and the rest is history,” she said. Palin added that the establishment “denounced Drudge as irresponsible and unprofessional and even dangerous and anti-everything from motherhood to apple pie.”
“How dare that nobody from nowhere without a degree or a pedigree try to influence the national discourse? But the real reason they feared him was because he wasn’t beholden to the old media’s machine and the Thought Police. Unshackled, he was free,” Palin explained.
I’m just wondering if Bill & Hillary are expecting an apology from Al Gore. I mean after all, he DID invent the internet, right?
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