Inside the Legacy Media Bubble.

Paul GleiserInside the Legacy Media Bubble.

Two amazingly small pieces of real estate, one each in Washington, D.C. and in Midtown Manhattan, comprise one of the most comfortable cloisters in all the world.

Within about a square mile in each of these two cities sit the workplaces of the legacy media. Together, these areas comprise a bubble that is occupied by mostly attractive people who are well paid and intensely cosseted.

Let’s call it the “Legacy Media Bubble,” or “LMB.” It truly is a bubble and if you can manage to land a job there, it’s one of the cushiest places to work in all the world.

There are many perks attendant to the LMB. You make a lot of money. You have access to celebrities and politicians at the highest levels. You get a good table at the nicest restaurants. And you get perhaps the greatest perk of all: near total exemption from the consequences of being wrong.

That exemption is huge. If you or I get things wrong enough, long enough, not only do we lose our jobs, but the reputation that attaches to being wrong for long follows us as we seek other employment.

But not so inside the LMB.

For example, the Trump-Russia collusion story that the legacy media promoted breathlessly and endlessly for three years (beginning immediately after having been spectacularly wrong about the 2016 election) and for which some LMB members received Pulitzer Prizes and the like, turned out to be a total crock. Never mind that the evidence upon which the story was premised was flimsy to the naked eye. The denizens of the LMB ran with it anyway until it blew up in their faces.

Yet, there was no reckoning. Certainly, no apology.

The same for their pointed refusal to even consider the possibility that Hunter Biden’s laptop was, in fact, exactly what it appeared to be.

There’s another thing about working in the Legacy Media Bubble. You get to be superior. Because of your high income and your celebrity and your access to people to which ordinary folks will likely never get within a thousand yards, you get to look down your nose. You get the delicious pleasure of condescension. You get to be secure in your certainty that only people in your rarified circles are competent to have opinions as to how the country should be run.

Donald Trump might very well win the Republican nomination for president in 2024. If so, the Legacy Media Bubbleheads will lay into him with renewed and righteous fury. They will vigorously amplify every fault. They will studiously ignore every virtue.

But don’t think it’s Trump they’re after. Don’t think it’s Trump they loath. Trump is only a symbol – a manifestation.

Their true loathing is reserved for you – you tax-paying, hard-working, church-going member of an ever-shrinking middle class. You, an unlettered peasant, who would presume to call out the tiny cohort of insufferable elites who have made a hash of everything they’ve touched – and yet somehow still believe that they are better than you.

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Paul Gleiser

Paul L. Gleiser is president of ATW Media, LLC, licensee of radio stations KTBB 97.5 FM/AM600, 92.1 The TEAM FM in Tyler-Longview, Texas.

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6 Responses

  1. Linda Toney says:


  2. Buddy Saunders says:

    Thank you so much for yet another outstanding column! There’s nothing more I could hope to add.

  3. Greg R says:

    I guess it doesn’t get any more blunt than that, but it would probably go right over their head if they bothered to read the column. Thanks Paul, I never miss your columns.

  4. Chris Clarke says:

    Whether you like him or not, the Presidency of Donald Trump, uncovered for all to see the vast left wing conspiracy in the media against conservatives and freedom in general. If Trump fails to be re-elected, I would hope that he spends the rest of his days filing lawsuits against all those in media and government officials who falsely accused him of all sorts of things. Please start with Liz Cheney.

  5. Mike says:

    Outstanding commentary and 100% true! Even Channel 7 Tyler parrots the Legacy Media, which burns me up they cannot do their own research and reports facts and not lies. My wife and I were discussing the incredible endless hatred for Trump and how evil truly does exists and works tirelessly to kill the truth and light. We are continually amazed the numbers of Americans that cannot see the glaring difference in Trump’s America and what we have now. It is depressing; but we MUST fight on. Thank You Again!

  6. Linda E. Montrose says:

    It all boils down to your last paragraph and what President Trump has said all along. It is not really President Trump they are after, it is US, the AMERICAN CITIZENS they are after. They know that a STRONG united people can’t be pushed around, so they bully and push to exert their supposed power over us. Personally, I have never met anyone who could stand like a mighty oak against what President Trump has done. There are so many things I could say to prove this point, but those who are awake know what they are. The media can not survive the rate they are going because President Trump embodies the old saying : If you don’t stand for something, you will fall for anything. He has stood strong in the face of the media which has tried to tear him down along with all of us. We, the people, need to follow his lead and show what a united front can do.

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