In late 1811 and early 1812, the town of New Madrid in the Missouri territory was hammered by three major earthquakes. “The ground heaved and pitched, hurling furniture, snapping trees and destroying barns and homesteads,” wrote Elizabeth Rusch in Smithsonian Magazine.
Like those earthquakes, the election of 2016 produced two “rivers” in U.S. media. One of those rivers is thoroughly inundated with anti-Trump, #NeverTrump debris and sediment. The other is almost wholly free of those ingredients.
It isn’t just cable news, the “two rivers” effect is mostly the result of the self-selected flows we direct ourselves to via Twitter feeds and chosen for us by Facebook’s and Google’s almighty algorithms.
The rise of partisanship on every issue, unmediated by respect for basic decency, is accelerating. Tapping the brakes, and eventually making a U-turn, is what the media need to do.Read More »
Townhall Review – September 21, 2017
Mike Gallagher and Hugh Hewitt are invited to the White House to interview President Trump and Vice President Pence. President Trump discusses healthcare and media bias, while VP Pence discusses the administration’s focus on tax cuts and foreign relations. Sally Pipes, president of the Pacific Research Institute, joins Larry Elder to talk about Trump’s executive order on healthcare. Grover Norquist, founder and President of Americans for Tax Reform, sits in with Dan Proft to share insights on President Trump’s tax reform. Hugh Hewitt invites Israel’s Ambassador to the U.S, Ron Dermer, on to discuss the conflict between the Kurdish and Iraqi forces in Kirkuk. Dennis Prager looks at a piece from author and playwright Andrew Klavan in light of the Harvey Weinstein scandal. Lanhee Chen, of the Hoover Institute, and Cory Garner, chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, discuss the future of healthcare.