Brian Fitzpatrick

This “America is evil” pedagogy began in the ‘40s, exploded during the ‘60s, and has now come to dominate American university classrooms, including the journalism schools.  If the news coverage of Super Tuesday is any indication, the Marxist agenda has deeply influenced American culture, the media in particular. Reporters are consistently basing their coverage on identity politics rather than the candidates’ character and policy ideas.  Millions of average Americans as well are viewing this election through the prism of race/class/gender and calling for an ill-defined “change.”  Why would people clamor for “change,” not knowing what “change” means, unless they believed the entire system is hopelessly corrupt?  What an opportunity for a demagogue to promise “change,” win the election, and then claim a mandate to enact whatever policies he or she wants, even policies the public would never support.

  • On Tuesday, ABC’s World News political analyst George Stephanopoulos reported on a poll finding that, “The No. 1 attribute [Democrats are] looking is someone that can deliver on the promise of change. 52 percent…” David Muir said, “The Democratic voters were deciding not whether to make history, but how to make history.”  In other words, to vote for the historic “race” candidate or the historic “gender” candidate, the “class” candidate [John Edwards] having already dropped out.
  • NBC Nightly News’s Ann Curry covered Barack Obama’s victory in Georgia primarily by reporting what percentages of various ethnic groups voted for him.  Tim Russert chimed in with analysis of the implications for Clinton if Obama continued to win the votes of white male Democrats.  For good measure, NBC tossed in a segment on yet another demographic group, young voters.  Only David Gregory, covering the dispute among Republicans over McCain’s lack of conservative credentials, paid any attention to candidates’ records on issues.
  • On CBS Evening News, Jim Axelrod interviewed a woman planning to vote for Obama, who said, “We’ve just talked about it among our friends. It’s... how can we do this to another woman? But it’s about a person and he’s the person I want for president.”  CBS also ran a story on the youth vote.
  • Again on CBS’s The Early Show on Wednesday morning, Axelrod sounded the race/class/gender mantra: “Exit polling showed Clinton did well with white women and Hispanics. Obama ran stronger with white men and African-Americans.”  Reporter Bill Whitaker attributed Republican Mike Huckabee’s success to support from evangelical Christian voters.
  • Also on Wednesday morning, Claire Shipman of ABC’s Good Morning America did a story on the women’s vote in the Democratic primaries, reporting that, “Female voters made the difference across the country” for Clinton. According to ABC, 57 percent of voters in the Democratic primaries were women, and women favored Clinton by 11 points. That’s all very interesting, but Shipman left a far more interesting question unanswered: Why did women voters prefer Clinton?  What policies and values attracted them to Hillary’s standard?  By focusing exclusively on the numbers, Shipman implied the only reason women supported Clinton was her sex.  

Missing in this media-wide obsession with demographics and identity groups is coverage of the most important issue in this election:  What do the candidates want to do with the Presidency?    Naturally the networks ought to mention the historical significance of the Clinton and Obama candidacies, but in the end symbolism is less important than ideology, moral values and political agendas.  Where do the candidates plan to lead us?

America is a nation made up of hundreds of racial, national, and religious groups.  We have no common ethnic heritage to bind us together, so we must uphold a common set of civic values or risk being Balkanized. 

By focusing so heavily on identity group politics, the media are driving us apart, not bringing us together.  Those Marxist profs must be smiling.

Brian Fitzpatrick

Brian Fitzpatrick, a writer, editor, and commentator on political and cultural issues, is the Senior Editor at Media Research Center’s Culture & Media Institute.

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