Partisanship and political polarization are powerful components of American society. The internet in general and social media in particular have given us not only more outlets to express and discuss our perspectives. They’ve also made it easier to pick one side or the other and stick with them regardless of the situation.
The two big Russian opposition research stories of the year involved different campaigns. On one hand, we have the widely reported meeting between Donald Trump Jr. and a Russian “operative” that was intended to yield dirt on Hillary Clinton. On the other hand, we have the DNC, FBI, and the Clinton campaign itself paying for the Trump dossier. In both cases, the campaigns attempted to sink the other by soliciting damaging material from people associated with Russia. What were the reactions to each? It all depends on which side you were on.
If you’re on Team Trump, then what Junior did was a nothingburger and what the Clinton campaign did is potentially treason. If you’re on Team Clinton, then the dossier was just part of the game but what the Trump campaign did was pure evil.
To both sides: if you’re going to be outraged about one, you really shouldn’t be dismissing the other. They’re far too similar to allow for inconsistent perspectives. That’s not to say they were equal, but if one was bad, so was the other. If one was an acceptable element of election warfare, so was the other.
I read a stinging piece today by Katherine Timpf on National Review:
Here’s a radical idea: It’s bad that the Clinton campaign changed stories about the dossier and it’s bad that Team Trump change stories about the meeting. If you’re upset about one and not the other, then you’re not really upset about the issue itself — you’re just a partisan pawn spouting propaganda for someone who didn’t care enough about you to tell you the truth in the first place. It’s amazing how many of the same people who would be mad at their friends for lying to them will willingly defend the lies of a total stranger just because of “party allegiance.” It’s disgusting, it’s dangerous, and it’s time to do better.
What Timpf proposes isn’t just common sense. It should be a standard that every pundit and politician holds dear. When lies are told, their political affiliation shouldn’t make an impact on our perspective. A lie is a lie. Poor judgment is poor judgment. When a political figure tells a lie, demonstrates poor judgment, or both, we should be consistent with our reactions to them.
What members of the Trump campaign attempted to do with Russia was wrong. The same is true for members of the Clinton campaign. You can disagree with me and say that neither was wrong, but you can’t justifiably say one was wrong while the other wasn’t. Unfortunately, the majority of political party puppets out there are doing just that. The moral of the story: pick a side on policy but hold the same standards for both sides when it comes to ethics.
This is just reason #821 I co-founded the Federalist Party.
Will America-First News Outlets Make it to 2023?
Things are looking grim for conservative and populist news sites.
There’s something happening behind the scenes at several popular conservative news outlets. 2021 was bad, but 2022 is proving to be disastrous for news sites that aren’t “playing ball” with the corporate media narrative. It’s being said that advertisers are cracking down, forcing some of the biggest ad networks like Google and Yahoo to pull their inventory from conservative outlets. This has had two major effects. First, it has cooled most conservative outlets from discussing “taboo” topics like Pandemic Panic Theater, voter fraud, or The Great Reset. Second, it has isolated those ad networks that aren’t playing ball.
Certain topics are anathema for most ad networks. Speaking out against vaccines or vaccine mandates is a certain path to being demonetized. Highlighting voter fraud in the 2020 and future elections is another instant advertising death penalty. Throw in truthful stories about climate change hysteria, Critical Race Theory, and the border crisis and it’s easy to understand how difficult it is for America-First news outlets to spread the facts, share conservative opinions, and still pay the bills.
Without naming names, I have been told of several news outlets who have been forced to either consolidate with larger organizations or who have backed down on covering certain topics out of fear of being “canceled” by the ad networks. I get it. This is a business for many of us and it’s not very profitable. Those of us who do this for a living are often barely squeaking by, so loss of additional revenue can often mean being forced to make cuts. That means not being able to cover the topics properly. Its a Catch-22: Tell the truth and lose the money necessary to keep telling the truth, or avoid the truth and make enough money to survive. Those who have chosen survival simply aren’t able to spread the truth properly.
We will never avoid the truth. The Lord will provide if it is His will. Our job is simply to share the facts, spread the Gospel, and educate as many Americans as possible while exposing the forces of evil.
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