Talk radio host Charlie Sykes admitted in an interview with Business Insider‘s Oliver Darcy that conservative media had “created a monster” in successfully making an entire segment of conservative voters immune to reason and fact-checking.
In an excerpt from an interview with Darcy posted on Twitter Sunday, Sykes discusses how the conservative media had established itself for decades as an antidote to the “mainstream media,” educating generations of viewers to view the major media outlets with suspicion. The result was that there was no longer anyone in a position to fact-check Donald Trump in a way that would reach his base. “We’ve basically eliminated any of the referees, the gatekeepers. There’s nobody,” Sykes said.
“At a certain point you wake up and you realize you have destroyed the credibility of any credible outlet out there,” he added. “And I am feeling, to a certain extent, that we are reaping the whirlwind at that. And I have to look in the mirror and ask myself, ‘To what extent did I contribute?'”
— Oliver Darcy (@oliverdarcy) August 14, 2016
The quotation got an enthusiastic response on Twitter from journalists and media figures across the political spectrum, praising Sykes for his candor.
— Aaron Gardner (@Aaron_RS) August 14, 2016
There’s an entire chapter of Twilight of the Elites devoted to this very thing. https://t.co/joxbmbifta
— Christopher Hayes (@chrislhayes) August 14, 2016
— Joan Walsh (@joanwalsh) August 14, 2016
Must read. Seriously. Stop what you are doing and read this now. https://t.co/DPhstfyan0
— Katy Tur (@KatyTurNBC) August 14, 2016
— Jay Rosen (@jayrosen_nyu) August 14, 2016
Anti-Trump conservative commentator Erick Erickson responded to Sykes’ comments with a sympathetic post on The Resurgent, in which he wrote in part: “Conservatives have spent years calling out the mainstream media for making up stuff about the right. We do ourselves no favors if we do not also hold our own side accountable lest they discredit us all and drive our own side to the brink of dementia.”
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Sam Reisman (@thericeman) is a staff editor at Mediaite.
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