CNN is down, the networks are down, while conservative books sell through the wazoo and end up number one on the New York Times list.His answer is:
The most listened to radio talk shows are conservative. The most watched cable news network is conservative. ... We own books; we own talk radio; we own cable news.
We're nowhere in the pop culture. We are nowhere in movies. We're nowhere in television shows. We are nowhere in music. Nowhere!It wasn't liberals who originated the idea that has most famously been phrased: "Give me the child for his first seven years, and I'll give you the man." That was the methodology of traditional religion. Liberals — of both the right and left — should value the autonomy of the young. They should revere it. They should perform their sacred duty to develop and guide young mind. Yet they fight for the power to indoctrinate. Shame on all of them.
On the fiction side of books, we're nowhere, in terms of what conservatism is, being cool and plot lines and that kind of thing. We're not in the classroom, we're not in academia, we're not the professors and the presidents of universities. We are not school superintendents. Those are very crucial because they get people when they're young, young skulls full of mush. They get to make and form those brains and basically propagandize them and indoctrinate them however they wish.
The central characters in good pop culture stories tend to be free and independent, so Rush's frustration that conservatives can't get hold of the "fiction side" of things is reason for hope. Left-wingers of the big government variety should have the same problem appropriating pop culture. Even if the various stars mouth left-wing propaganda, they can't imprint that agenda in the stories, which require strongly autonomous heroes and heroines.