Media Progressives, State Power, and the TSA

Wednesday, November 24, 2010
By Paul Martin

Media Progressives, State Power, and the TSA

by William L. Anderson

As one who grew up reading the Chattanooga Times most of my life, I have come to understand the so-called Progressivist mindset which takes an out-and-out religious view of state power (or state power in the hands of the “right” people). While the newspaper itself claims to be secular, there is no doubt that over the years, it has promoted the Religion of the “Progressive” State and State Power both in its news columns and on the editorial page.

These days the old Times and Free Press now are owned by folks in Arkansas and the editorial pages are run by the old editors, but the Progressivism remains. I especially was curious to see how the editorial writers of the Times side of the TFP would handle the outright sexual assault that is occurring at the nation’s airports.

No paper excoriates the “gulf” between the wealthy and poor (except it champions George Soros, the billionaire champion of the hard left) than the TFP, and no paper is more politically correct when it comes to the usual feminist canards of sexual assault and the intrusions of state power into private exchange. Here is an editorial page that professes to worship at the shrine of “good government” to a point that is utterly predictable.

So, I decided to do a search of its editorials to see if it had any editorial commentary on the airport assaults, and I will say that the editors took exactly the stand I thought they would take. The editorial writers that are quick to demand that Americans’ privacy be protected from “predatory” private enterprise suddenly declare that when we are bowing to the state, there is no privacy.

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