Corporate media has as its prime directive distribution of a maximally palatable “news product” to expand/maintain its financial/influence value.

Strategic use of euphemism such as “#CultureWar” minimizes, whitewashes and normalizes neofascism.
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The spread of reactionary assaults by neofascists depends on normalization and permission by the majority. At present corporate Media is permissive / amplifying:
disinfo about CRT, book banning, assaults LGBTQ+ rights are all the same extremist movement but treated as if random
We are grateful to the voice of @jbouie who is highlighting the participation of media. Excellent piece today and hazards of framing “culture wars” as stunted analysis Image
So when you read another lazy “take” about #CultureWars reject it!

And think of @jbouie and the larger context.

@ParkerMolloy @jeffjarvis @soledadobrien @susanbordson @nhannahjones Image
Too bad @nytimes @nycscribe do not amplify promote @jbouie OpEds on front page A1 like they do Bret Stephens. But that’s another thread to be written….

Gift link to @jbouie essential read.… Image

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His assaults on public education, book banning are racist & transphobic.

Journalistic failure by fraudulent euphemisms:
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@danbalz (author) fills his piece with “view from nowhere” musings.

Question: Are the dangerous anti-American policies of DeSantis a bad thing Dan?
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