Culture Wars: Hidden Cameras, Prank Calls and Surreptitious Media
Last month’s brutal phone punking of radical-right Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin, by a daring, enterprising blogger, gave the politically moral a gift. It revealed Walker to be a tool of the GOP’s extremist elements, a man who’d even unleash violence on his people.
In response, GOP legislators in Madison were apparently not so consumed with fixing Wisconsin’s balance-sheet Armageddon that they couldn’t propose legislation to outlaw prank calling. And in response to that, Democratic legislators filed a complaint with the state’s Government Accountability Board, arguing that Gov. Walker, by dint of what his comments during that phone punking, gave evidence of illegal activity.
The point is: Why are we surprised by a prank call? It’s a tactic in a culture war.
Indeed, now the radical right has responded in kind: Today, National Public Radio president Vivian Schiller resigned after a video came to light, shot by shills for conservative patsy James O’Keefe, in which a VP of NPR calls the Tea Party “racist.” Of course, we know the Tea Party is racist. That’s beside the point.
Again, these surreptitious-media explosions aren’t isolated incidents. They’re skirmishes in a larger culture war. There were be more of these, especially next year as the presidential race heats up.
Mark my words.
Leonard Jacobs is the founder and editor emeritus of The Clyde Fitch Report.