Just in from a reader:
“I have often thought that your website, rather than ‘making us aware’ of the crazy voices on the right, actually enables and helps them by giving them the attention. this NY Times article says exactly what I mean.”
Here’s an excerpt from the reader’s link:
The real problem is that liberals, both on an institutional and a personal level, have chosen to treat for-profit propaganda as news. In so doing, we have helped redefine liberalism as an essentially reactionary movement. Rather than initiating discussion, or advocating for more humane policy, we react to the most vile and nihilistic voices on the right. Media outlets like MSNBC and The Huffington Post often justify their coverage of these voices by claiming to serve as watchdogs. It would be more accurate to think of them as de facto loudspeakers for conservative agitprop. The demagogues of the world, after all, derive power solely from their ability to provoke reaction. Those liberals (like me) who take the bait, are to blame for their outsize influence.
It’s a criticism that I’ve heard for years. Obviously I disagree. Giving JMG blog time to festering idiots like Bryan Fischer, who is heard daily on 200+ radio stations and who regularly keynotes major national GOP events such as CPAC, scarcely increases his “influence.”