By Bryan Fischer
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on Facebook at “Focal Point.”
There’s a very simple but decisive factor that many folks are
overlooking in comparing the 1996 government shutdown to the 2013 government
That factor is the presence of alternative media and talk
In 1996, conservative talk radio consisted of Rush Limbaugh,
period. Now the airwaves are chockablock full of voices who speak persuasively
and loudly to growing audiences, articulating a conservative political and
moral worldview. AFA’s own talk network, AFR Talk, has a presence in 35 states
with a network of 125 stations, proclaiming and defending a biblical and
constitutional worldview 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
These voices did not exist in 1996. What people got in 1996 was
Gerber baby food. What they got was pabulum. The news had been pulverized and
mashed to unrecognizable pulp by the time it reached the consumer. Citizens
hungered for steak and got pea mush instead. And like infants, they didn’t even
know that corn-fed beef existed.
In 1996, there was no Drudge Report. There were few if any
conservative websites available to ordinary citizens at the click of a mouse.
Today there is not only Drudge, there is National Review Online, Heritage
Foundation, Daily Caller, Weekly Standard, the Washington Times, Washington
Free Beacon, Washington Examiner, etc. etc. All these websites and many more I
read voraciously each day in doing show prep for my radio program. These
resources were not readily and instantly available to conservatives or the
public 17 years ago.
In doing show prep and writing columns, I literally review
thousands of headlines every single day. Even now I consistently read the Washington
Post, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Boston Globe, the New
Yorker, etc. etc., but 17 years ago their twisted slant was about all anybody
read or could read.
Today there is a wealth of information and a vast chorus of
conservative voices to give citizen class Americans an alternative source of
information and perspective. And consequently people are abandoning the
wingerleft media in droves. They are no longer chained, bound and blindfolded
by the major three networks. The viewing audience of network news is shrinking
by the day, MSNBC barely registers a blip on the Nielsen radar, and CNN now
stands for “The Collapsing News Network.” Meanwhile, Fox continues to gain
audience and the Wall Street Journal, with its conservative opinion page, has
overtaken the New York Times as the nation’s most widely read newspaper.
All of which means the secular fundamentalist,
socialist-leaning meanstream media no longer has a monopoly on news and
information. The meanstream propaganda mafia has been busted up, and fewer and
fewer people trust anything they see or hear in the dinosaur media.
Thus Americans who have been released from the Babylonian
captivity of ABC, NBC and CBS know the truth about the shutdown. They know that
President Obama and Harry Reid are in fact the ones who have shut down
government. They know, in fact, that government doesn’t even really shut down
in a shutdown. They know that ObamaCare is European socialism and that it
cannot work and will destroy the greatest health delivery system in the world.
They know that it is Obama who stubbornly and intransigently refuses to
negotiate. They know that the Constitution gives the House the responsibility
and the authority to defund any government program it wants to.
They know that the 1995 and 1996 shutdowns were not the
disaster for the GOP the nattering nabobs of negativism in the meanstream media
want you to believe. They know that the GOP picked up senate seats, retained
control of the House, got DOMA, welfare reform and a balanced budget out of
that showdown. In other words, they know that the shutdown was actually far
worse for the Democrats than for the Republicans.
But the left blindly soldiers on, foolishly thinking the media
landscape is the same as it was in 1996. Their Luddite template, their failure
to adapt to the seismic changes shaking the ground beneath their feet, will in
the end prove their undoing.
America now, through the alternative media and conservative
talk radio, has received a giant jolt of truth serum. And they like it.
(Unless otherwise noted,
the opinions expressed are the author’s and do not necessarily reflect the
views of the American Family Association or American Family Radio.)