Many commentators, often in an attempt to sneer at conservative media, have decried the fact that in our digital new world, many Americans stay in their cloistered spaces, reading nothing but the same sites and watching nothing but the same channels, all of which echo their own opinions back at them in a neverending feedback loop. While we take issue with the underlying point that many of these commentators are making (which usually comes down to: Conservatives are being fed propaganda), there is some truth to the complaint. But make no mistake, it’s as big a problem – if not bigger – on the left as it is on the right.
We notice this phenomenon especially when the anti-Trump news-sphere tries to feed right-wing stories to their own audiences. If you’ve ever seen the mainstream media take Rush Limbaugh completely out of context, then you know exactly what we’re talking about. Left-wing bloggers and, often, mainstream journalists, pull some damning-sounding quote, spin an inflammatory headline out of it, and the next thing you know, millions of dumb, lazy liberals think that Limbaugh said Obama was born on Mars or something equally insane.
You also saw a version of it play out last month when President Trump, speaking specifically about dangerous Central American gang members who have come into this country illegally, called these bloodthirsty criminals “animals.” The media ran with it, telling their lazy, dumb liberal audience that Trump was characterizing all illegal immigrants in this way, confident that most of their viewers and readers would never bother to check for themselves. That mostly backfired on them, but they’ll probably get away with their latest dishonest smear campaign – the one against Fox News host Sean Hannity.
Take a gander at some of these headlines.
Vanity Fair: Sean Hannity to Trump Associates: You’re Not Obstructing Justice Hard Enough (Subtitle: The Fox News host gleefully encouraged Mueller’s witnesses to smash evidence into “itsy-bitsy pieces.”)
GQ: Sean Hannity Encourages Mueller Witnesses to Do Even More Crimes Than They May Already Have Committed
Vice: Sean Hannity recommends White House staffers commit a felony for Trump
If you read these articles, you’ll find that while the authors lend their leaders a bit more context, they do not ever, EVER mention that Hannity was being clearly and obviously sarcastic in an effort to make a point about Washington double standards.
“Maybe Mueller’s witnesses, I don’t know, if I advised them to follow Hillary Clinton’s lead,” Hannity said on his program. “Delete all your emails, and then acid wash the emails and hard drives on your phones, then take your phones and bash them with a hammer into little itsy bitsy pieces, use BleachBit, remove the sim cards. And then take the pieces and hand it over to Robert Mueller and say, ‘Hillary Rodham Clinton, this is equal justice under the law.’”
You would have to have suffered a significant brain injury not to realize that Hannity is making a (rather pertinent and clever) point about how Hillary and her associates were able to get away with obvious obstruction during her email investigation. But, as long as you get your conservative news through the filter of places like Vice and GQ, you’ll assume that Hannity really is advising people to break the law in an audacious manner.
This is how half the country winds up believing ridiculous things like, “Trump is the second coming of Hitler.” The millennial Facebook crowd has been all but brainwashed by these ultra-lefties in the media. Unfortunately, it’s probably going to get worse before it gets better.