ROLL HARD LEFT AND DIE. Sci-fi writer Sarah Hoyt has a theory I can get into:
I’ve got a blog post about it somewhere in the archives. But it’s not quite the same thing. Now entire industries are doing this, and it’s amazing. (Not in a good way.)
Years ago, watching science fiction magazines and newspapers of various sorts come and go, I identified a process I called “roll hard left and die.”
When a magazine or a newspaper or any news or entertainment media was in real trouble, they went hard, hard left, then died.
It took me a little while to realize this was a sane strategy. In a field completely controlled by the left, when you knew that your job was in peril be it through missmanagement or whatever, your last hope was to go incredibly hard left, so you could blame the failure on ideology. And instead of not being able to find a job, you found yourself lionized by all the “right” (left) “thinking people.” New jobs were assured.
I mean this campaign was amazing by the brazen way they supported Hillary. Part of the reason I decided Donald Trump was the least of two evils is that the press was covering so hard for Hillary that I couldn’t trust her with power of any kind. In fact, I voted for Trump because of the press’s performance. I’m not alone, either. Pollsters are “blaming” his victory on “suburban females who changed their mind the last week.” (Thereby causing the democrats to manufacture insufficient votes, one presumes.)
Having managed this amazing feat, what is the news doing? Rolling harder left, chasing dust motes and nonsense, making a case out of the president elect going out alone with his family for a family dinner without informing them, and generally going even more in the tank for the left.
I’ve been watching this with mainstream publishers for three years now, and I still don’t believe it. I’ve watched publishers who were “lean left” become wholly owned subsidiaries of the leftist project, no dissenters need apply to the point they’re now shedding middle-of-the-road writers. And I’ve thought “How much trouble are they in?”
And now I’m watching this with the news AS A WHOLE.