Andrew Breitbart on How to Combat Pop Culture Liberalism

March 16, 2009

This past Friday, Andrew Breitbart, a leader in online conservative media, appeared on “Real Time with Bill Maher”.  As anyone who has watched 5 minutes of the show knows, it’s not exactly a welcome place for conservatives.  I watched the first 3 or 4 minutes on YouTube and had to turn it off in disgust from how Maher and his liberal guest were treating Mr. Breitbart (not that I was shocked or suprised by that).

Many people questioned Mr. Breitbart on why he would willingly appear on a show that has a unblemished track record of being hostile to conservatives and advised him to decline the invitation.  Today in the Washington Times, Mr. Breitbart explains why he didn’t heed the advice he recieved. 

Since the salad days of ABC’s “Politically Incorrect,” which minted countless right-wing pundits and best-selling authors, conservatives have rightly assessed the HBO version of the Maher show as R-rated and shockingly hostile to their worldview. So most opt out.

I totally see why. But I think that’s exactly the wrong strategy.

The problem with the withdrawal approach is that it cedes the popular culture debate to the other side. We figure talk radio, a certain cable news network and some independent Internet venues will allow for us to get our ideas out to the masses. Well, those few outlets are greatly outnumbered. They are also isolated and targeted for destruction by the activist left. The sitting president (using taxpayer money) is now leading the charge.

In my neighborhood at least, this strategy of avoiding engagement with the other side isn’t working out so well.

I happen to agree 100% with Mr. Breitbart’s analysis here.  Currently in this country, the default political worldview is that of liberals.  Conservatives and conservative-leaning media sources (FoxNews, talk radio, etc.) are labeled as racist, bigoted, homophobic, facist, and so on and so forth.  If you’ve ever talked to someone about Rush Limbaugh who’s never tuned in to his show, you know what I’m talking about.

My fiance was one of these people.  Not that she was a big left-wing liberal (she wasn’t very politically aware, period), but she had always had this image of Rush of being angry, racist, and hostile to any callers who disagreed with his opinions.  Don’t ask me how I did it, because I don’t remember, but I was able to get her to start listening to some of Rush’s show, and she was literally shocked.  She said to me “he is not at all what I thought”.  She now enjoys Rush’s show, his humor, and his overall personality and demeanor.  She says “he’s got this really pleasant tone and voice, and once you understand his sense of humor, his show is really entertaining”.

I think a lot of people who go out and vote are “default Democrats”.  They are the people who will always claim “I don’t really like politics”, yet are compelled to vote (and rightfully so) out of a sense of duty…and because Matt Damon, MTV, E!, P. Diddy, or whoever is telling them they should.  They don’t follow the issues, heck, as John Ziegler and countless polls have pointed out, most people don’t even know something as simple as which party is in the majority in the House or Senate.  The pop culture in this country is decidedly liberal, and if conservativism is to make a comeback in government, part of the resurgance is going to have to start by combatting this.  But how to go about it?

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MTV, your new home for deep political analysis.

September 8, 2008

Many of my moronosphere co-bloggers have covered this issue already, but unlike them, I actually have a life and a job, so I’ve had to wait until this evening to write and post. So if you’ve already read enough on this issue (and I don’t blame you for feeling that way)…too bad.

Last night, I begrudgingly did what any man dreads in his life…handing over the TV remote control to a woman. I know, I know, where’s my pride?! My manhood?! Well, I also happen to be a student of diplomacy, so I had to make this bipartisan gesture in order to make for easier “negotiations” later in the evening. The
Mustache would agree with me. Maybe I’ll post about that (uni-)lateral diplomacy later (keep dreaming, pervs).

Anyway, it was unfortunate that one of the programs that had piqued the interest of my female companion just happened to be the MTV Video Music Awards. I don’t think I’ve rolled my eyes any harder than I did when she told me what she wanted to watch. I may have mentioned something about how I couldn’t understand how anyone could watch a program that was full of vapid, self-absorbed people (that pretty much undid any good-will I had created with turning over the remote control). After about 10 minutes into the show though, my statement was plainly justified.

However, my first reaction when the show started was “My God, what is that hideous thing and what is it doing on my television!?!”. Apparently it was a new species of cro-magnon man called “Russel Brand” or its lesser-known scientific name “hareeinglush ignoramus“. Apparently he’s some sort of comedian from England. During his opening monologue he began, as any skilled, original, and talented comedian will do, to make jokes about the President. Before he did though, he pleaded with the audience to vote for Barack Obama. Most of you have seen this, but I’m embedding the clip for easy reference.

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Stop emailing me, this is NOT the infamous “bigfoot video”.

Now, I understand that misinformed celebrities have been making political decisions and using their fame to promote political candidates (read: Democrats) for years and years, it’s nothing new. However, I can’t remember a time when foreign celebrities had gotten into the act. There’s several things in this short monologue that I find highly disturbing, and others feel the same way.

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