How the woke media is undermining democracy

Deputy opinion editor at Newsweek, Batya Ungar-Sargon, discusses her new book, “Bad News: How Woke Media Is Undermining Democracy” in the video clip below. Before we get into it, I want to note here that Batya is no right-wing conservative. She describes herself as center-left.

Ms. Ungar-Sargon says the source of the tension in America is not actually based on race but on class. She makes some important points about how the mainstream media (MSM), both on the right and left, cater to the affluent elites, not the working class. This is a major reversal from traditional journalism. The following explanation of why this is so comes from her book description:

“Batya Ungar-Sargon reveals how American journalism underwent a status revolution over the twentieth century―from a blue-collar trade to an elite profession. As a result, journalists shifted their focus away from the working class and toward the concerns of their affluent, highly educated peers. With the rise of the Internet and the implosion of local news, America’s elite news media became nationalized and its journalists affluent and ideological. And where once business concerns provided a countervailing force to push back against journalists’ worst tendencies, the pressures of the digital media landscape now align corporate incentives with newsroom crusades.”

What she’s saying rings true with my own investigation. As I wrote about in “CRT and the New Fascism,” what we have today in America (and globally) is a form of Socialism that’s on a disturbing trajectory toward the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) form of Socialism where corporatists and the state collude to create a totalitarian oligarchy. This is rather ironic considering that your average “Occupy Wall Street” Socialist is against big corporations.

The fact is, most of the world’s wealthiest elite are corporatist Socialists. Why is this so? The answer, pure greed. Think about it. If you wanted to control the market and drive out any competition from small businesses, what would be a better way to do that this state-corporatist brand of fascism.

While the woke leftists are acting out dangerously right now, Batya goes deeper into the issue and points out that even right-wing newspapers and news channels tend to cater to the globalist elites and big business, leaving the working class high and dry.

There is some truth to this. For instance, we’re currently witnessing these crony globalist politicians on both sides of the political aisle wanting to spend trillions of dollars of our children’s future on their pet projects. (If you want to see the real reason why “The Green New Deal” has political traction, just follow the money. Who stands to profit from totally overhauling our economy the most?)

Joseph Pulitzer

Back to Ungar-Sargon’s point. When journalism went through this transformation from being the voice of the populist working-class in the tradition of Joseph Pulitzer to that of the affluent elite class, they no longer represented most of the American people.

Batya contends that the problem is not actually with media bias as long as all people are represented. The problem today is that the MSM only represents the affluent elite. There’s no voice for the lower and middle class, which is most of America. She says the MSM acts like they’re having this robust national discourse and debate when about 90% of the nation is left out of it.

Article: “The Media’s Betrayal of the poor” (UnHerd)

I hope you watch this interview. It’s very interesting. There are longer interviews on YouTube and Rumble if you want to dig further into it. I would also recommend getting Batya Ungar-Sargon’s book.

Batya Ungar-Sargon’s assessment really helps us decode what’s been going on with the mainstream media, how it got that way, and how it’s truly undermining our democracy.

About Mel Wild

God's favorite (and so are you), a son and a father, happily married to the same beautiful woman for 42 years. We have three incredible adult children. My passion is pursuing the Father's heart in Christ and giving it away to others. My favorite pastime is being iconoclastic and trailblazing the depths of God's grace. I'm also senior pastor of Cornerstone Church in Wisconsin.
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14 Responses to How the woke media is undermining democracy

  1. pkadams says:

    Yesterday I read a pure propaganda piece on the Washington Post that is pre-emptively stirring up hate and fear for a Trump 2024 campaign. It claimed that democracy will end if Trump gets elected by his blind, uneducated, cult. I was like, really? The left is the worst at this. Yes, the right also spreads fear and propaganda, but not nearly as many lies.

    • Mel Wild says:

      You’re absolutely right that that left is hysterical and unhinged right now. I think Trump actually broke the left! They’re totally obsessed with him, even when he’s not in the news. It’s full-blown Trump Derangement Syndrom! He lives rent free in their heads. Of course, anybody with a functioning brain sees that. It’s not working anymore, as the recent elections bore out.

      What this also shows the media’s contempt for the working class. These elites despise most Americans.They consider us ignorant rubes. They’re totally lost in their own echo chamber and have no clue how the real world works. And Ungar-Sargon said she agrees with that assessment. She also did say that the right doesn’t despise the poor and working class like the left does, but that the mainstream media right does cater to the elite big money on the right to sell advertisement. Of course, now there is a whole host of conservative and independent news sources, outside of the mainstream media, that have become a voice for the poor and middle class. The MSM is doomed to the ash heap of history if they don’t fundamentally change.

  2. LightWriters says:

    The woke media are just plain crazy. I keep resting in the Lord, ignoring the woke crowd and standing on God’s Word knowing that He laughs at the wicked and that their day is coming. Psalm 94:13

  3. Yep, good post, Mel! She makes some good points in that interview, too. We really are in a class war right now. One reason why so many of us are baffled by the blatant irony (like when a black guy is being accused of being a white supremist) is because those getting their direction from the media are ingesting a narrative that, “90% of the nation is left out of it.” This stuff is all ideology and driven by spoon-fed stereotypes.that have very little basis in reality.

    • Mel Wild says:

      That’s something I really noticed since Hillary lost in 2016. The affluent elites really despise most Americans. The “peasantry” is not following their ruse lockstep. We’ve been called “fly-over country” here for over a decade. They call us ignorant rubes, white supremists, etc., which is ironic since they’re sounding very stupid and promoting blatantly racist ideology right now with CRT. They’ve totally lost touch with reality, living in their ivory tower bubble.

      The problem these elitists are having right now is the “rubes” they despise are waking up and that’s why they’re getting hysterical about it on the MSM. It’s actually a bit amusing to watch.

  4. Nick says:

    That’s so much of what’s going on with news (and entertainment) these days. These people are talking to themselves. They create content not for “us”, not for the public, but for other disconnected people (the so-called “elite”) in their social media bubbles.

    I’ve come to believe that’s the huge appeal of social media to people like that. It allows them to do an end-run around actual popular opinion and the free market.

    • Mel Wild says:

      You’re right, Nick. These people have no idea how the rest of the world really lives or what’s important to them. And, as Batya Ungar-Sargon points out in the book, these news outlets are no longer driven by what’s news but by what gets the most engagements on Social Media. Of course, the most radical elements of society are the most engaged on Social Media, so these elites live in this positive feedback loop, growing increasing more unbalanced, that has almost no basis in reality.

  5. SLIMJIM says:

    Very good post and interview; I think she makes a lot of good points and I thought she was right and nuanced with talking about how even police and African American relations such as most want policing, that the amount of non-Blacks shot was higher by police and yet the harassment by police towards AA is high. This was my conclusion from last year too

    • Mel Wild says:

      I agree. It was well balanced and nuanced. She makes an important distinction between police reform, which I think everyone can get on board with (including many policemen), and defunding and/or replacing the police with some kooky public safety organization, which most people think is misguided and dangerous.

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