I have this theory about the Liberal Media.Â I believe that they roll over for conservatives, while taking any chance they can to slag the Democrats, and that they do it because they are, in fact, liberals.
Specifically, they’re rich, urban, usually white liberals who don’t listen to country music, are baffled by NASCAR, don’t shop at Wal-Mart, and don’t understand [insert pop-conservative shibboleth here].Â In fact, I bet they don’t even know very many people who do, if any.Â I believe that they reflexively regard the culture of people who do all those things as distasteful.Â (They feel the same way about black people.)
But since they’re liberals, they feel guilty about that (about the black people, too, but that’s tangential).Â So when they’re abused by conservative commentators for “liberal bias” in their reporting, they see their personal, cultural liberal bias, and assume that liberal bias is creeping into their political reporting without their noticing.Â
All this bullshit about soccer moms and NASCAR dads and calling homophobes “values voters” is Orientalism.Â The Orientalism of rich white Manhattanites (or Bostonians, or Angelenos, or whatever) trying to understand the working class and bourgeoisie of the South and the Midwest, and, hell, Naugatuck, CT.
So when the conservatives tell you, the big-city journalist, that hatred, fear, and venality is what the People want, who are you to disagree?Â You’re a liberal with your liberal bias, so you’d better just print what they say without examination, because you’re unqualified to judge it (which the conservatives also told you).Â Besides, you’re pretty sure that Those People all do want hatred, fear, and venality, Not That There’s Anything Wrong With That.Â And since you can’t pick on or even examine the claims of conservatives, which in the case of politics means Republicans, and you have to pick on someone in order to be objective, it looks like the Democrats are in for it.Â Serves ’em right, too – they’re pretty boring.
I instinctively think this explanation, or something like it, is right (obviously), but it’s kinda half-formed, and this is my first attempt at writing it down.Â Feel free to suggest refinements, roll your eyes, or react as the spirit moves you.