April 8, 2009

The Establishment

For the past year or so I've taken to using the phrase "establishment media" instead of "mainstream media." Some people dismiss the word "establishment" as some notion that only exists in the paranoid minds of left wingers. Often, they're just parroting the rants of right wing talk show hosts who play a role in shielding the establishment.

The establishment is real, and establishment media is too. Thanks to Newsweek editor Evan Thomas, we have a frank admission from his April 6 musings about Nobel economist Paul Krugman:

By definition, establishments believe in propping up the existing order. Members of the ruling class have a vested interest in keeping things pretty much the way they are.

They want to maintain their lock on power and wealth, and are willing to do so at the expense of the unwashed masses (that's us).

If you are of the establishment persuasion (and I am), reading Krugman makes you uneasy.

This shows my choice in using the phrase "establishment media" is well founded.... and they should be uneasy.


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