While the mainstream media continues to ignore and outright censor Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.’s campaign for the Democratic nomination, industry outsiders are welcoming him with open arms.
In the past month, the nephew of the late, beloved JFK has been making the rounds on alternative information outlets, including those spearheaded by Russell Brand, Bill Maher (on his new show called “Club Random”), Kim Iverson, and Jordan Peterson (which was banned from YouTube) just to name a handful.
Through extensive interviews and long-form conversations, Joe Biden’s competition seems to be gaining a lot of traction with voters who are tired of the carefully curated soundbites from cable and network news, as well as the biased editorials from the traditional gatekeepers of print like the Washington Post and New York Times.
RFK, Jr. seems to be more accepted by right-wing media than those who traditionally support Democrat candidates. Fox News’ Faulkner Harris, New York Post’s Al Guart (also removed from YouTube), and Tucker Carlson (before he got the boot from Fox) have all interviewed the Democratic challenger. Yet, MSNBC, CNN, NPR, and Vice (which declared bankruptcy only to be swept up by George Soros) have deemed him as contagious – and dangerous, apparently – as the plague.
Kennedy told Fox News Digital:
“The mainstream media has dismissed my candidacy as an irrelevancy. Places like CNN which have invited many of the Republican candidates who have much, much less polling support than I do to do town hall and to express themselves on their important TV shows has not treated me that way.”
“I think that’s at least, that’s interesting,” continued Kennedy.
Indeed, it is. Most interesting.
The New Media
The past year especially has seen a noteworthy turn in media.
More and more people are abandoning conventional news outlets and defecting to independent sources such as those listed above. Viewers see outsiders of legacy media – or ones that have deserted such establishments such as Bari Weiss and Matt Taibbi to start their own mini-media empires – as more credible sources than current established journalists.
The evolution of technology and communications has always affected how political campaigns develop and transmit their message.
If the new millennium saw the decline of snail mail in favor of websites, and email and the next decade ushered in campaigns dominated by social media (Facebook in 2012 and Instagram and Twitter in subsequent years), this new era, with the dissolution of legacy media, seems to be bolstered by podcasts and long-form conversations.
Listeners – at least some – refuse to cave to clickbait and are seeking more nuanced, in-depth analysis of policy and opinion than any one Tweet or photo can offer.
This is an environment where RFK seems to thrive. He has been given a platform to explain his controversial views around vaccines, the political establishment, and environmental stewardship. When listened to in full, one realizes how intelligent and experienced the new candidate is; his ideas appear to be less conspiratorial and much more valid.
The Democratic challenger commented on this sea change in how information is circulated in his interview with host Bill Maher saying, “there’s kind of a battle now between legacy media and all of these kind of new sources of content and information and this campaign is, uh, kind of Armageddon potentially to the legacy media.”
RFK continued to Maher, “The legacy media is fiercely, ferociously opposed to my candidacy.”
One has to wonder why?
While mainstream media continues to try to discredit alternative outlets, in truth, there is nothing more democratic than the destruction of large news conglomerates that are dependent on advertising dollars from multi-billion-dollar corporations (such as those in the pharmaceutical industry) and a shift toward sources that are unfettered from corporate interest.
The removal of corporate interest influence used to be the cornerstone of the Democratic party. It seems the tide is shifting and RFK’s campaign, a catalyst for the sea change. (More on that in another article)
The ability of people to decide where they want to get their information and, often times, pay money to support voices they trust, is the epitome of a society of the people, by the people and for the people.
On Russel Brand’s podcast, Tucker Carlson said that RFK is “more of a threat to the mainstream media establishment on Donald Trump.”
A political landscape that brings Tucker Carlson and Russell Brand increasingly closer together as buddies is fascinating.
One would think the so called “liberal” media would champion such diversity of thought.
What it truly reveals is that mainstream media is no more liberal than Dylan Mulvaney is female.
Jennifer Galardi is the politics and culture editor and opinion writer for 19FortyFive.com with a conservative spin. She has a Master’s in Public Policy from Pepperdine University and produces and hosts the podcast Connection with conversations that address health, culture, politics, and policy. In a previous life, she wrote for publications in the health, fitness, and nutrition space. In addition, her pieces have been published in the Epoch Times and Pepperdine Policy Review. You can follow her on Instagram and Twitter.