Thursday, January 13, 2005

Alterman column
What people identify as a cultural liberal bias in the media is really attributable to arrogance and self-importance, a significant proportion of which derives from the tremendous wealth that inevitably accompanies media stardom. The right-wing exploits that arrogance—which it terms “elitism”---attaches a phony “liberal” label to it, and proceeds to concoct a story about the SCLM that bears almost no relationship to reality.
I personally find this mini-narrative of the SCLM pathology convincing. A big reason that the right is so successful in exploiting the openings SCLM give them is that the right's desire for power outweighs any principle they might have had.