Conservative whiners and their inferiority complex
By A. Peter Bailey
Trice Edney News Wire
One of the favorite sports of conservative propagandists on television, radio and in the op-ed pages of newspapers is to hurl accusations of “whining” at anyone who insists that race is a major force in the economic, political and cultural life of this country. They are often joined in this sport by their Black brothers and sisters from another mother.
At least once weekly, I watch super propagandists Bill O’Reilly and Sean Hannity weep, wail and whine about the absolutely terrible way the “mainstream media” treats individuals, issues and institutions they support. It’s the same with conservative columnists, such as Bill Kristol, Rich Lowery, Jennifer Rubin, Charles Krauthammer, Byron York, Karl Rove, Cal Thomas, George Will and Ted Nugent, whose propaganda is featured regularly in numerous newspapers throughout the country. Let’s not forget Rush Limbaugh and his fellow propagandists on radio stations.
According to promoters of the above, their programs and columns have millions upon millions of viewers, listeners and readers. If the numbers they so often brag about are true, the news as presented by O’Reilly and Limbaugh alone reach more people daily than MSNBC, CNN, The New York Times, Washington Post, NBC, CBS and ABC combined.
Yet, day after day, week after week, month after month and year after year, conservatives whine incessantly about the “unfair” way they and their causes are dealt with in, what they insist is, the “mainstream media.” A classic example of that is a promo on the front page of The Washington Examiner for its chief political columnist, Byron York. “Obama gets a pass,” it declared, “President’s problem(s) multiply, but no one talks about them.” No one talks about them! That is all Limbaugh, O’Reilly, Hannity, Krauthammer, York himself and their cohorts talk and write about 365 days of the year. Are they no one?
In Funk & Wagnalls International Dictionary of the English Language, “mainstream” is defined as “the main or middle course or direction: in the mainstream of American political thought.” Is there any doubt that conservative propagandists O’Reilly, Limbaugh, Hannity, Krauthammer, Laura Ingraham, Ann Coulter and company are much more in the mainstream of current American political thought, especially that of white males, than are Larry O’Donnell, Chris Matthews, Anderson Cooper, Rachel Maddow, Tom Brokaw and the editorial writers of The New York Times and Washington Post?
Whiner-in-chief O’Reilly and his spin merchant colleagues are not the pitiful victims of media bias as they so loudly and persistently insist. Rather, they are, in fact, a major part of the “mainstream media” about which they whine. This leads to the conclusion that, despite all of their bluster and bragging, what the conservative whiners really have is a serious inferiority complex.