Last summer, criminal mobs stormed federal buildings in an attempt to intimidate our elected officials and overturn our democratic republic. “Burn it down” and “No USA at all” were their frequent chants. Some demagogic politicians egged them on. People died.
Fast forward to last week. Another criminal mob stormed another federal building in another attempt to intimidate our elected officials and overturn our democratic republic. “Stop the steal” was their frequent chant. Some demagogic politicians egged them on. People died.
The media accurately reported last week’s riot as a riot, but they reported last summer’s riots as “mostly peaceful protests.” The reason for the disparate reporting is of course that the media sympathized with last summer’s criminal mob but not with last week’s criminal mob.
Never willing to let a crisis go to waste, an outfit here in Aspen called Aspen Journalism promptly sent out an email yesterday congratulating themselves for their “truth telling and the free exchange of ideas.” They went on to portray themselves as victims of the DC riot 2,000 miles away: “As journalists we were alarmed by the violence and menacing rhetoric directed at the media.”
Once they established their status as good people, and victims, they naturally leveraged it into a beg for free money. It’s very convenient. You can pay by credit card. You can even purchase extra feel-good by making an extra $0.30 donation to offset the credit card processing fee.
There’s another status they enjoy beyond their self-anointed status of being good people who’ve been victimized. They were granted 501(c)(3) status by the IRS back in the days of Lois Lerner who – no surprise – evidently didn’t perceive them as conservatives. So money given to them to support their partisan cause is tax deductible. In other words, it’s at the expense of you and me.
I have no direct experience with Aspen Journalism with a big “J” but I do have direct experience with Aspen journalism with a small “j.” After seven years serving as the token conservative for the Aspen Times, I became their most popular columnist.
That was not their plan. I was supposed to be a token, not a success. They never intended to provide a forum for a conservative who would actually have readers. They fired me a year ago with a Christmas Eve email. (Ironically, their readers later voted me “Best Columnist” in Aspen for 2020, though I’d been fired in 2019.)
The Aspen Times didn’t say they disliked my politics, of course, because that would reek of what it was – bias and censorship. Instead, they slanderously hinted at some kind of moral turpitude. They explained in the email that I did not align with their “values.” But it actually had nothing to do with values, unless you define “values” as synonymous with “liberal bias.”
I have a hunch they do.
The Aspen Times was flooded with letters to the editor objecting to my firing, only a small percentage of which they published. But no other journalist in the Aspen area said a word about it.
In particular, the crowd at Aspen Journalism said not a word. This outfit that prides itself on “the free exchange of ideas” was silent when the only person in the area expressing ideas contrary to the approved politically correct ones, was fired on Christmas Eve with the announcement that he had bad “values.”
The free exchange of ideas in this cloistered lib land of group-think evidently means the free exchange of liberal ones. For conservatives, there’s a price to be paid.
Fine. It’s the libs’ town, the libs’ newspapers, and the libs’ echo chamber. They can gag other voices as they please. But their self-serving, self-congratulatory hypocrisy gags us all in a different way. It makes us want to puke.
And perhaps makes us want to challenge that 501(c)(3) status.
That’s the state of the mainstream media in Aspen and nearly everywhere else. There’s no need to physically threaten them – and I unequivocally condemn any such threats – because they’re already destroying themselves with their own bias and incompetence. And they utterly lack the necessary introspection to save themselves.