Monday, January 27, 2020

Both Mainstream and Conservative Media push inaccurate narratives about Texas

"The lamp of the body is the eye. Therefore, when your eye is good, your whole body also is full of light. But when your eye is bad, your body also is full of darkness."
Luke 11:34

During Policy Orientation last week, one of the panels was: "Telling the Texas Story: Do Media Narratives Portray an Accurate State of the State?"  It was a good discussion.  The short answer is NO.

Obviously, the mainstream media has narratives they push.  This is true of both the national media and their counterparts at the state level.  This narrative portrays Texans as uneducated rubes and quasi-racists.

Obviously, that narrative is bogus.  It's also irrelevant.  Nobody cares.

Unfortunately, a much more pernicious narrative exists in conservative media.  This is the idea that Texas is some sort of stalwart conservative state in the first place.  Even more unfortunate, this narrative has a real world impact.

Texas isn't a conservative state.  It never has been.  Texas is a corrupt, crony capitalist state. 

It's been that way for 150 years.

Bottom Line: Pesky facts....

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