Conservatives think every stranger is a threat. Liberals think every stranger is an idiot.

Bernie Bleske
8 min readDec 1, 2022

One is much worse.

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It’s not an accusation to say that conservative media and politicians emphasize fear. Nor is it a crime that FOX News and other largely conservative media sites lean towards fear in their reporting. The purpose of news, after all, is to inform, and what information is more necessary than threats? Illegal immigrants really do get jobs, crime certainly exists, and unclear powers limit freedoms. One way to think of conservatism’s commitment to the traditions of the past, to resisting change, to holding fast to faith and authority, is that these are reasonable responses to an unknown and dangerous future.

On the other hand, liberal media traffics in a more subtle emotion. Contempt. It’s hard to deny that this is an accusation, so I won’t. Unlike fear, which admits it’s an emotion, contempt pretends otherwise. Fear says ‘The facts make me emotional.’ Contempt claims, ‘The facts make me smarter than you.’ And whatever measures we apply to intelligence, emotion is rarely one of them.

When liberal media — or rather, the majority mainstream media in general — features fear, it’s most often presented as a fact, one demanding ‘smart’ choices rather than emotional reaction. And it’s less often about a person or people and more often…