One of my favorite websites is one run by Elizabeth Scalia called The Anchoress, and it’s a favorite because she is an exceptionally clear writer with a pragmatic, heartfelt view of a life lived in faith and the modern age. Today, she talks about last night’s GOP Presidential candidate debate, and specifically Newt’s Gingrich’s response when asked about the comments a former wife made. She includes the YouTube video of the clip, which I’ve watched over and over several times since it was posted; as, I’m sure, many others have. In her article, she pens a brilliant view of the mainstream media that echoes my position and feelings exactly. I include it here:
“We are done responding like Pavlovian dogs to your bells; we no longer trust you; we understand that you are no longer a press that is free, but one that is enthralled to its own ideologies and agendas. From this point on, a candidate is going to rise or fall on the substance of their ideas and abilities, not on your prosy gushes about his brilliance, or stern warnings about her stupidity. You savaged George W. Bush you savaged Sarah Palin and you got away with it. You carried your own preferred, utterly inexperienced, passionate ideologue into the White House with over-effusive rhetoric and you have buffeted him from inquiry (tax returns? Hell, we’d just like to see Obama’s college transcripts!), or what you perceive to be damaging stories, but you elevated your favorite at the cost of your own credibility, and now it comes back to bite you. Because a press with no credibility has nothing to offer us. It has nowhere to go, now, except into the arms of the political machine it has loved. Just like Pravda, actually.”
Thanks, Elizabeth, for your words and work!