People who live in times of the collapse of an old order and the rise of a new, sometimes can see it clearly and sometimes they can’t. I am convinced that we are on the cusp of a period of rapid change in our country, largely driven by the fiscal debacle. If most of the media were not bitter partisans of the old order, I think more people would see it. Ed Driscoll nails it in a conclusion to a brilliant column:
Between Detroit’s bankruptcy, the multiple bankruptcies in California, the acquisitions of Newsweek, the Boston Globe and most famously the Washington Post at fire sale prices, the media inventing racism-driven stories out of whole cloth, leftwing sexual predators and misogynists either running for office or already in office in major cities on both coasts, and a gaffe–prone president trying desperately to implement his agenda piecemeal through executive orders, we may very well be witnessing the wholesale collapse of the large portions of the century-old “Progressive” model. But because old media has so much invested in that model, they’re far too close to see anything approaching the big picture, and would be far too scared to admit what they’re seeing to their readers, even if they could. Too bad, as Matt Welch wrote last year at Reason, that history is written by the losers.