By Tim Graham ~
My maxim on the media’s use of ideological labeling is “The epic political battles of our time are between the ultraconservatives and the nonpartisans.” Journalists see Republicans as a whole as ultraconservative, or as a wholly owned subsidiary of the ultraconservatives.
Journalists firmly on the Left think of themselves as the sensible center, so their ideological allies are described in positive, non-ideological terms – “women’s rights,” “LGBT rights,” “civil rights,” “environmentalist,” et cetera. They skip even using “liberal,” because it’s a word that conservatives use negatively. They fail to recognize anyone on the “far left” or “hard left” or “radical left.” Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is a “progressive.” Her most radical dreams are not called “extreme.” They’re “ambitious.”
A recent Exhibit A came on the National Public Radio talk show Fresh Air with Terry Gross. The headline on her January 18 program was “How will the hard-right…
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