When it comes to traditional media elites, the narrative is relentless. Stick to this product of their ideological orthodoxy and ignore or insulate themselves from anything inconsistent with it, and life in their bubble-wrap worlds is good. Never mind if it produces a garbage-in, garbage-out kind of quality, as recent story choices in and around Louisiana have shown.
- Years ago, Loyola University of New Orleans awarded dissenting Catholic politicians honors, which reaps criticism from its bishop. The media largely defends the Catholic school for its support of those Catholic officials who break with Catholic teaching.
- An organization points out the dismal presence of overly-restrictive, if not unconstitutional, speech codes at some Louisiana public universities. But you don’t hear about it from any media outlet including The Lens, except from the only full-time media employed conservative opinion writer in the state.
- Nor does The Lens or any media outlet report at any time over the last several months the ongoing struggle of the conservative news and analysis website The Hayride to get the Legislature to stop stalling in fulfilling a public records request the material from which likely would prove highly embarrassing for a handful of liberal politicians and special interests. The goal is to silence The Hayride’s investigation by using government’s unlimited revenue-raising powers to throw up legal obstacles against its limited resources. Whose “transparency” and “accountability” are being served here?