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D. R. ZUKERMAN, proprietor

More Sage Comments
from the Attorney General

March 5, 2020 --

Attorney General William Barr, addressing the National Religious Broadcasters Convention in Nashville, February 26, extolled liberal democracy, which seeks to limit government and protect individual freedom, over totalitarian democracy, which would "submerge the individual in a collectivist agenda."   It seems, to LPR, that the attorney general was warning us  where the current course of Democrat politics would take the country.
And, among other things, Mr. Barr had salient remarks to make about the media, remarks that, ironically,  may well get him smeared by the media as anti-free press. Here are some of the attorney general's remarks on the decline of diversity in the media (for the full text of his remarks please click this link) CLICK HERE

Today in the United States, the corporate – or “mainstream” – press is massively consolidated.  And it has become remarkably monolithic in viewpoint, at the same time that an increasing number of journalists see themselves less as objective reporters of the facts, and more as agents of change.  These developments have given the press an unprecedented ability to mobilize a broad segment of the public on a national scale and direct that opinion in a particular direction.

When the entire press “advances along the same track,” as Tocqueville put it, the relationship between the press and the energized majority becomes mutually reinforcing.  Not only does it become easier for the press to mobilize a majority, but the mobilized majority becomes more powerful and overweening with the press as its ally. 

This is not a positive cycle, and I think it is fair to say that it puts the press’ role as a breakwater for the tyranny of the majority in jeopardy.  The key to restoring the press in that vital role is to cultivate a greater diversity of voices in the media.