David Broder, Meet Thomas Frank
August 8, 2008
Thomas Frank’s new book, The Wrecking Crew: How Conservatives Rule, is a rocking good read, and the right book at the right time. Rick Perlstein interviewed Frank for Salon, and at one point Frank remarked on the discomfort so many mass-market media types are showing at his revelations:
Well, conservatives have been screaming for decades about how disrespected and downtrodden they are, and the media has finally learned the lesson. They are terrified of the famous “liberal bias” critique, and the tidal waves of criticism that will crash down on them if they examine conservatism straightforwardly. So they don’t.
What they prefer instead is to talk about “both parties,” and always to assume that everything in American politics is done simultaneously and in precisely equal measure by both sides. Believing this closes off all kinds of inquiry to you, blinds you to all sorts of not-so-subtle nuances and imbalances in the system.