The media has ceased to exist, and the public plods on by assuming as true whatever the media suppresses and as false whatever the media covers. – Victor Davis Hanson, December 4, 2022
As a follow-up to the post earlier this morning, I offer the following video of a Munk Debate from November 30, 2022 on: “Be it resolved, don’t trust the mainstream media.” Proper introductions from the link”
On the PRO side of the debate were Douglas Murray (The Spectator) and Matt Taibbi (TK News on Substack). On the CON side of the debate were Malcolm ‘Malc’ Gladwell (The New Yorker, Revisionist History) and Michelle Goldberg (The New York Times).
This is well worth the 90 minutes of your time to absorb. On the broader scale, I would point to the levels of intellectual honest demonstrated by each side – Gladwell really is an insufferable twit – but, more specifically for my agenda, please note how loyally wed those on the CON side are to the anti-narratives discussed. There are moments when Michelle Goldberg performs Olympic level mental contortionism in futile attempts to rationalize continued belief in long ago failed narratives/anti-narratives. Enjoy:
[NOTE: The link to this debate was pointed out to me by a commenter at Ricochet but I have lost the link to that reference. My apologies.]