By Gary P Jackson
Jason Mattera, editor of Human Events, shares parts of his interview with Conservative media giant, Andrew Breitbart. Here Breitbart discusses how Sarah Palin, unlike the rest of the GOP, understands how today's pop culture influences everything, including politics, and how to use it.
In fact, not only does Andrew Breitbart think that Palin’s the only GOP candidate to understand how culture influences politics (not vice versa), but he believes that that’s why the mainstream media targeted the former Alaska governor. "They want to destroy her," he told us, "because they [media] recognize that she has a transcendent pop culture factor."
Here’s Part Three of our interview with the author of the brand-new book, Righteous Indignation: Excuse Me While I Save the World, in which he discusses what makes Palin so appealing, and why establishment Republicans should take notice.
Jason and Andrew, while discussing other presidents who "got" pop culture, left one former President out. Richard Nixon understood the power of culture, and famously appeared on the hip, and very edgy show [for it's day] Laugh-In, where he said "Sock it to me!(?)" one of the hip phrases of the day. It was remarkable because he came off as "the man" TRYING to be hip, but it worked. People liked Nixon for it.
I think normal people Sarah Palin's age [and mine] are quite comfortable with pop culture, and take it for granted.
People born in the late 50's, early 60s, who came of age in the 1970s and 1980s were exposed to a different world than our elders. Our culture was more media driven. Not to mean it was all shallow, or superficial, it's just we were used to more media exposure from a variety of sources, than our parents, and frankly, to most of us, it just "was". It had always been with us, so it didn't seem out of place.
My parents, and their contemporaries could, and would, quote Will Rogers and Mark Twain, among others. That was their "pop culture." People my age quote classic lines from Caddyshack, Animal House, and Saturday Night Live! It is what it is.
The Republican establishment has so insulated itself from the real world, by embracing the Washington Beltway, are totally clueless. They have forgotten what the real world is like, and they are so set in their ways, they'll never embrace the new world.
This, by the way, is what happens when one of the GOP establishment tries to act hip. If that's not pathetic enough, it just so happens that was a Martin Luther King Day rally in Jacksonville, Florida in 2008! Kids, and establishment Republican presidential wannabees, don't try this at home!
Mattera and Breitbart also discuss Katie Couric, and her fall from grace, after driving CBS' already dismal evening news ratings straight into the ground:
Speaking of Sarah Palin, her nemesis during the ’08 campaign was Katie Couric, who was not really trying give American voters information about this possible vice president, but was instead out to humiliate her.
Palin got the last laugh, Breitbart says, when CBS dismissed Couric for her abysmal ratings. "When I watch Katie Couric lose her job, that is a victory in this battle, because that person has manipulated media in the name of objectivity to take people down."
Breitbart also discusses the ascendancy of citizen journalism, and alternative Conservative media, as well as where the future will take us.
Check out the rest of this great interview here.