October 5, 2016

ESCAPING THE BUBBLE:

Second thoughts from conservative talk radio star: Did we create Trump? : A SHIFT IN THOUGHT An influential right-wing talk-show host in Milwaukee rejects Trump and worries that the echo-chamber of conservative media he helped create is responsible for the Trump movement. On Tuesday, he announced his retirement.   (Simon Montlake, Staff writer OCTOBER 5, 2016, CS Monitor)

For Sykes, the conservative media's disdain for "liberal" truths - the "monster" - allowed Trump to crash the GOP party and claim its mantle. He says his own listeners, like "Steve from the north side," refuse to read conservative columnists in The New York Times because they prefer online sources that traffic in lurid allegations about the other side, just as Trump imbibes conspiracies and rumors and fashions them into a 24/7 media spectacle that can seem immune to fact-checking.

"This is the shock of 2016. You look around and you see how much of the conservative media infrastructure buys into the post-factual, post-truth culture.... I understand that we are advocates and defenders, but when do you veer off into pure raw propaganda?" he asks.

One of Sykes's biggest beefs with Trump is that his views on race and gender have confirmed all the stereotypes applied by liberals to conservative politicians and made it even harder for future GOP leaders to broaden the party's appeal among minorities. His other complaints about Trump are familiar ones: unqualified and intemperate, inconsistent on issues like abortion and gun control, shaky on constitutional principles.

Sykes refuses to consider Trump as the lesser of two evils for the job as president, as so many fellow Republicans have done in recent months. "It's painful for me to listen to conservative media folks who think it's their job to rationalize and justify everything that he says," he gripes.

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