More Clinton legacy
Posted by aogWednesday, 16 January 2008 at 15:51 TrackBack Ping URL

Pajamas Media has an article about how the Clinton scandals involving Monica Lewinsky destroyed the Old Media hold on the American Street. The theory is that Old Media’s failure to condemn former President Clinton’s actions lead to Old Media falling in to disrepute. I think that’s plausible, because Old Media’s dominance was typically fragile. Once the idea that Old Media was so disconnected from normal society was wide spread because of its reaction to the Clinton scandal became widespread, it would be expected that many people would become suspicious about other issues and it wouldn’t take much looking to discover Old Media’s incompetence and perfidity.

I think that this set of Clinton scandals was also the end of any significant influence from NOW and much of the old guard feminist movement as well. As others have noted, this was the scandal that made it obvious that NOW and its faction were political partisans, not really feminists at all. It just remains amazing to me how the Clintons can have both left such a trail of destruction yet still have so many supporters.

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Tom C Thursday, 17 January 2008 at 07:22

A republic morphs into a ‘democracy’ and the cult of politics/personality becomes a new kind of American religion. Pathetic. Politics should be a side show in America not the main event.

David Cohen Thursday, 17 January 2008 at 11:09

I’m not sure I understand this theory. Clinton remained very popular throughout the scandal, impeachment and trial. Did people really turn against the Old Media for reflecting their opinion?

Annoying Old Guy Thursday, 17 January 2008 at 11:53

No, the theory of the cited article is that people turned against Old Media for treating the scandal as purely partisan politics, rather than a serious breach of social norms.

I am not sure how much I believe that. I do think that it may well have set up a critical mass of people who were far more suspicious, which starting the slow attrition of respect and trust in Old Media we have seen since then. I am more strongly of the opinion that it was certainly the tipping point for public respect of the feminist movement.

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