Over the past few years, whenever conservatives have cried ‘foul’ over censorship from left-wing tech platforms or after being targeted by Democratic cancel culture, they were often told to ‘suck it up,’ essentially, because if they didn’t like it, they could always ‘go build your own networks.
Well, the right, increasingly, is following that advice, but now the left hates that, too.
As The Federalist’s Margot Cleveland pointed out in a Friday column, now that conservatives are building out their own support systems and infrastructure, it’s the left that is crying foul because they are losing their grip over us:
Last week the corrupt media’s penchant for spinning all things conservative caused a near-fatal case of whiplash.
The left began by chastising conservatives for supposedly building “its own echo chamber,” but by the next day, when news broke that Devin Nunes was resigning from Congress to serve as the CEO of Donald Trump’s new media company, the complained-of conservative ecosystem merely represented grift. Both narratives are false, however, which is precisely why leftists peddled them so hard.
Axios, which is among several other ‘mainstream’ media organizations losing readers in the post-Trump age, came up with the “echo chamber” narrative, Cleveland noted, which was enshrined in an article headlined, “Right wing builds its own echo chamber.”
“Conservatives are aggressively building their own apps, phones, cryptocurrencies and publishing houses in an attempt to circumvent what they see as an increasingly liberal internet and media ecosystem,” the Axios article noted.
Because of course, the left doesn’t have an “echo chamber” — right?
“The bottom line,” Axios concluded, was that “Conservative media has been a powerhouse for a long time, but this phase of its expansion isn’t just about more or louder conservative voices — it’s about building an entire conservative ecosystem.”
That is true, and why wouldn’t it be? After all, the left implored us to do these very things — only, now that we are, they’re ticked off about it.
The broader point that Cleveland is making is true: Conservatives are building their own infrastructure because we are sick and tired of being abused by the left-wing corporate ingrates who have no problem taking our money and support in one breath while denigrating, lecturing, insulting, and trying to cancel us in the next.
The article then highlighted plans for the YouTube alternative Rumble and Trump’s social media company, Truth Social, to expand their reach by taking the companies public. Also highlighted was the social app Gettr that former-Trump aide Jason Miller launched, as well as conservative efforts to compete in cryptocurrency, phones, cloud storage, and book publishing.
The refusal by conservatives to continue “to consume” the product of the increasingly “deranged and unaccountable lefty media” is not about building an echo chamber, however: It is about competition and choice. And branding these new business ventures an “ecosystem” and “echo chamber” merely reveal the left’s panic over their inability to control the narrative.
The echo chamber narrative didn’t last long, however; The Washington Post, which is shedding subscribers since the paper doesn’t have Trump to kick around anymore, changed it to “grift” after Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) announced earlier this month he is leaving Congress to join Trump’s growing media conglomerate.
“How Devin Nunes’s new media job for Trump explains the GOP grift machine,” the Post headlined an op-ed by columnist Paul Waldman.
Waldman supported his nonsensical claim by pointing out that “with Republicans poised to win the House, Nunes was in line to become the chair of the Ways and Means Committee, which writes the nation’s tax laws.”
“There was a time when the Ways and Means chair was considered second only to House Speaker in prestige and power,” the Post piece continued. Leaving behind that likelihood, Waldman reasoned, showed Nunes’s supposed desire to “get in on the grift.”
Got that? When Democrats leave for more lucrative grounds it is ‘pursuing an opportunity,’ but when the right does it…”grift.”
And if any more proof were needed of corporate cronies’ ability to control information, the burying of the Hunter Biden laptop story that implicated then-candidate Joe Biden in a pay-to-play scandal right before the 2020 election handed Nunes—and our country—the final piece of evidence.
So Nunes had a choice: Stay in Congress and chair the House’s most powerful committee as a Republican, limited by the Democrat-controlled executive branch, or surrender the cozy conclave and create an enterprise to counter the slant and censorship that over the last five years has grown exponentially. The left might not understand Nunes’s decision, but here’s hoping it learns his reason soon—and the hard way.