As an avid reader it is always fun to see one of your summer books pop up in newspaper articles that you’re interested in. Today it is ‘Dark Money’ by Jane Mayer, the book that newly elected Congresswoman Ms Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez referred to in order to explain her, shall we shay ‘fall from grace’ in recent opinion polling.
When presented with an approval rating of 23% only (higher than Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi or French President Emmanuel Macron for example, but much lower than the liberally universally despised President Donald Trump), she tweeted her explanation, saying: “It’s almost as though there is a directed and concerted far-right propaganda machine with a whole cable news channel, and a dark-money internet operation propped up by the Mercers et al dedicated to maligning me & stoking national division, reported on by Jane Mayer of the New Yorker or something”
Dark Money, written by Jane Meyer in , was an interesting read I must say. I went through it via an online pdf copy I found online and printed out for a read during a Spanish summer vacation last year (which is cheaper than having to buy the book of course but at the same time makes you wonder whether it’s really any good).
The documentary movie that was made afterwards also only got a 7.1 rating on IMDB, not stellar for a Democratic conspiracy theory.
It claims that conservative industrialists back in the 1960s got fed up with the way politics in the US was going and therefore started funding universities and think thanks who in turn set up PACs and, in time, small online press operations to discredit Democratic candidates and keep Conservative candidates in office.
It does raise questions at the same time. Because, if all those billionaires kept pouring in money to conservative candidates, why didn’t they give more to the media?
If you remember that Ms Hillary Clinton had a 95% chance of winning the 2016 Presidential Election according to the New York Times and the Late Night show hosts on all major channels bash Trump 90% of the time, they could have invested that money much more effectively.
Luckily Google pays cents (not dollars) for ads on websites like these to form conservative opinions, otherwise we would all vote Democrat, wouldn’t we? Or it could just be that in the past few years people of a certain generation have had enough of others in the mainstream telling them what to do and voting in a way they didn’t forecast.