With apologies to Bob Dylan who was quite liberal, we are seeing a change in reporting and liberals are no longer free to act like idiots anymore.
The latest episode with David Letterman and his jokes about Sarah Palin's 14 year old daughter being raped by a professional baseball player is significant for more than just showing that Letterman's time has come and gone. The episode shows that liberals do not get a free pass anymore.
In the past incidents like these would have been ignored because the flow of information in this country was controlled by far left media organizations. In our new age of openness, Palin was on him immediately for attacking her daughter and it was being broadcast on (some) of the media.
There are two things happening here.
One is the above mentioned breakdown of far left dominance of the media. We now have Fox News which has a more even handed reporting. We have the Wall Street Journal being more widely distributed. We have conservative weeklies with stronger distribution. We have talk radio which is effectively dominated by right wing talk. Most importantly, we have the Internet.
The third law of physics says that for every action, there is an equal but opposite reaction. The folks in the media must have studied physics because with the rise of more balanced media outlets there has been a corresponding decline of the far left media.
I believe the Internet has been the death of the far left media. People are now getting the whole story instead of the portion of the story that the far left media has let sift through it's filters. Now that people are getting the real story on issues, they are turning their backs on the far left media and their biases.
The second thing that is happening is that conservative politicians are now being allowed to respond and are able to do it without ridicule.
In the past there was no outlet for a Sarah Palin to respond to a despicable attack like Letterman's. In the rare instance that she would have been allowed to respond on the network news it would have been: buried in garbage time on the broadcast, explained away beforehand by remarks from the anchor ("Palin outraged by harmless joke by Letterman"), the remark often would have been followed by derisive remarks and smirks by the broadcaster. The effect for years was the politician would be made to look like a nut and would therefore be punished politically for speaking up for themselves.
Other stories that would not have gotten the play they deserve are Nancy Pelosi's attack on the CIA, Barack Obama's filling his cabinet with tax cheats, John Murtha's bribery scandal of the week. Democrats hate Fox News because they are now being held accountable.
We are slowly changing things in the media in this country. We are not there yet though. If we had truly honest reporting in the media we wouldn't have had this.