While Brock was never comfortable on the right, he has found a warm nest on the left where his paranoia and conspiracy theories, his politics of personal destruction and vendettas, are welcomed. The mainstream media, which have increasingly abandoned even the pretense of editorial rigor and journalistic objectivity, have outsourced much of their research and fact checking to progressive smear sites like Media Matters and Think Progress, which formulate their narrative for them.
That a man like David Brock has become the whispering voice in the media’s ear is almost as much a testament to the rot within the mainstream media complex as the power that George Soros has over the progressive left testifies to its own dark heart.
No decent journalist would allow his news stories to be influenced by the propaganda apparatus of a man who openly boasted about being a smear artist. Nor would any serious newspaper, news network or media outlet accept a narrative from a man who disavowed his own reporting as the work of a political hit man. Yet the very centrality of Media Matters in the mainstream media complex shows the utter corruption of the media.
Only the left could take a man whose calling card was admitting to being an unprincipled liar and reward him for that by putting him charge of a media operation to create disinformation, while describing it as a program to counter disinformation.
Brock found common cause with the left because like attracts like. The left needs the myth of a populist conservative media threat to democracy to justify its undemocratic grip on the media and the public dialogue. It needs Brock because he helps feed that myth. Perversely Brock’s background as a compulsive liar only gives him more credibility in their eyes. Who better to tell their lies than an accredited liar?
David Brock’s peculiar gift is that his own mental pressures cause him to believe the lies that he tells. The more grandiose the lies become, the more power he gains to fight against the shadow beasts he has brought into being. His colleagues on the left tastefully ignore the burgeoning insanity and paranoia. They know the king is mad, but for now the king and his madness are useful.
As the family said of the boy who thought he was a chicken, “We would send him to the hospital, but we need the eggs.” The left needs Brock’s eggs. It needs his hateful fantasies. It needs his paranoid beliefs about the absolute evil of the other side and his ability to craft a comprehensive narrative that fits every action into a worldview that justifies leftist powermongering with Brockian scaremongering. It needs Brock to do for it, what he falsely claimed to do for the right.
Brock has spent his life writing about politics, but he has no political beliefs, he is a broken soul whose dysfunction makes him a Machiavellian tool of the left. Like Stephen Glass and so many other professional liars, Brock’s fabulism is an attempt at escaping from the reality of the self. The left too is scrambling to escape from the reality of the world. The progressive movement’s utopian roots are escapist. And escapism is another form of a lie. Who better to represent a movement of liars than a liar?
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