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How Long Can The Narrative Hold?

Glenn Reynolds (aka: Instapundit; “Blender of Puppies”“Hunter of Hobos”, etc.) likes to talk about something called a preference cascade. Basically, it’s a point in time when people realize something they personally think, but do not publicly say, is a shared by many others, and this realization releases the previously unspoken, shared thought from the self-censorship jail into the public square. At that point in time–to use another Insty favorite–“Things that can’t continue, won’t.”

I think the Make Believe Media (MBM) is staring a preference cascade square in the face. A majority of Americans are not buying their bullshit anymore:

The record distrust in the media, based on a survey conducted Sept. 6-9, 2012, also means that negativity toward the media is at an all-time high for a presidential election year. This reflects the continuation of a pattern in which negativity increases every election year compared with the year prior. The current gap between negative and positive views — 20 percentage points — is by far the highest Gallup has recorded since it began regularly asking the question in the 1990s. Trust in the media was much higher, and more positive than negative, in the years prior to 2004 — as high as 72% when Gallup asked this question three times in the 1970s.

I bolded that bit because, for me, that’s the heart of the public’s disgust with the MBM. In 2008, you could see (if you were looking) the MBM’s influence in the Presidential campaign. They fell, wholesale, for the Unicorn King’s hagiography, and did little or no vetting of the then-Democrat candidate. At the same time, they went completely nuts tearing apart Republican VP candidate Sarah Palin’s life, continuing to harass the former governor of Alaska long after the election had been decided.

Go back to 2004 and you’ll remember Gunga Dan Rather’s ham-fisted attempt to sway the election by running with fraudulent documents, in a last ditch effort to smear President Bush. The MBM bought Danny Boy’s story hook, line and sinker; it took bloggers to blow that bullshit apart to the point where the MBM couldn’t ignore it. Ditto 1998: “Monicagate”; the MBM were all too ready to bury the story, until Drudge blew the Narrative to Kingdom Come….

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