Monday, July 25, 2005

Response to Anonymous Commenter

A thoughtful commenter writes:

Curious about this:
[W]hether they think The Times and the rest of the media peform an essential service for our country (many conservatives believe they don't)

Many conservatives don't believe that the media perform an essential service for the country?

I'm unaware of a single notable person on the Right who believes that the press isn't a vital institution in a free society. Vital, essential, irreplaceable, et cetera.

Could you perhaps clarify that?

Conservatives are deeply sceptical of government, albeit less so when they're running things. But that goes with the Left too. Recall Clinton's line: "You cannot both love your country and hate your government"?

Perhaps I should have been a bit more clear. I believe a more accurate statement would be that many conservatives don't believe that the media as it is currently constituted performs an essential service. Glenn Reynolds and Powerline, among many others, have instead argued on many occasions that the MSM primarily undermine our war effort. I give you examples of statements like this here, here, here, here, here, and of course here.

Those links are just the result of a quick search, but I know I have seen Instapundit suggest on many occasions that the mainstream media as a whole was being "unhelpful." If any reader can find such a quote, let me know.
-- Eric

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