• Nick Sorrentino

The Digital Threat to the Political Class

Originally posted at, 2013

We wrote this article just as the social media crush from the political class started. First is was John Kerry complaining. Then it was Dianne Feinstein talking about licensing journalists. Then it was Russian "fake news". We've been sliding down the totalitarian slope online for a while.

Originally posted at, 2013

In the attached article pollster and co-founder of ESPN (among other things) Scott Rasmussen highlights the fear of change within Washington DC, and it is bi-partisan. The Internet has changed the political game, and it is only just beginning.

Washington DC winces at the sunlight the Internet brings. Just as car dealers fear direct sales online and the movie industry fears file trading, Washington DC, the lobbyists, the government employees within the agencies, and most of all the politicians, the government industry, fears the accountability the net brings. The sentiment was summed up recently by Secretary of State Kerry when he said, “This little thing called the Internet … Makes it much harder to govern.”

It’s not that the Internet makes it harder to govern. If anything it should make it easier. Now “leaders” can connect more effectively with the people they were elected or appointed to serve.

No, the Internet makes it harder to rule, and that is something all together different from “governing.”

Kerry is speaking for a class of people which would prefer to remain insulated, all the while manipulating the matters of the broader world. It doesn’t make a lot of sense. If however one is a courtesan, then walling off the capital from the writhing masses makes quite a lot of sense. You know like a castle.

(From Real Clear Politics)
That’s the same message that comes from the sale of The Washington Post. For most of America, it was no big deal. We’ve heard the same story about plenty of other newspapers in recent years. But for official Washington, the sale of the Post was treated like the death of a family friend. On learning that the deed had been done by an Internet guru, you could almost hear the Political Class reaction in the words of that wine director. News “should not be sold that way.”
For some who live inside the DC bubble, the sale of the Post may have finally forced them to recognize that a handful of political and media insiders could no longer control the narrative of the national storyline. That’s good news for everyone except those who prefer the status quo.

Click here for the article.