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The Great Credibility Collapse of 2020

Omri Ceren, the national security advisor for Senator Ted Cruz, had a fascinating observation a few days ago that I have thought about ever since I read it.

I’ll admit I don’t really know what the ultimate consequence of this reality is; all I know is that I think he’s right. Judge by your own experience – do you trust academia, journalists, medical experts?

Personally, my wife and I were just talking about how we hoped our three children would choose career paths that did not lead them towards college or university. That conversation was unthinkable for me just a few years ago. But it’s bad. Being a high school teacher, maybe I’ve been more attuned to how quickly and how radically young people are indoctrinated into left-wing groupthink. The mindless conformity of university students in 2020 is unlike anything I’ve ever encountered, and the trajectory says it’s only getting worse.

So no, I put no faith in our academic institutions to be anything other than radicalizing agents of inexpressibly dangerous ideology.

Journalism? It’s dead. Journalists have killed it. I’ve written about this topic often, but think about it this way – Brian Stelter hosts a program called “Reliable Sources”…and it’s on CNN. If we live in an era where a shameless partisan like Stelter can have a 24-hour news network hold him out as a journalist, with a show title like that? That says all that needs to be said.

And medical experts? Six months ago, I would have been among the overwhelming majority of Americans putting my faith and confidence in these individuals. But the coronavirus pandemic has revealed (again) what we really should have known all along. Experts are often the most confused among us – buried in mountains of data unable to see the forest from the trees. Unlike journalists and academicians, I don’t assume bad motives on the part of medical experts. That doesn’t mean my trust in them has remained the same.

Truthfully, COVID 19 has diminished all of these entities, including the credibility of our political class. Granted, no one is surprised to see the glaring hypocrisy of a politician desperately scrounging for votes:

But, as Steve Krakauer pointed out, our journalists did the exact same thing.

And, yes, as Seth Dillon pointed out, our medical experts were right there too.

So much fallout is still on the horizon from these opening months of 2020, politically, culturally, societally. When the dust settles, however, I just hope these entities who will have suffered debilitating collapses in their credibility understand they have no one to thank but themselves.

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