Token conservative

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The term "token conservative" describes the lip service paid by the mainstream, liberal media to so-called fairness. The typical offering from the mainstream media is a single moderate, so-called "conservative" speaker, reporter, columnist among hundreds of fellow liberal employees. This person's view is almost exclusively "New World" moderate-to-liberal and they usually find more in common with their liberal counterparts than with real American conservatives. On occasion, a single true conservative such as Jeffrey Lord or Bill Kristol[1] finds employment with the mainstream media, but it never lasts because of their commitment to real conservative viewpoints. The liberal media demands that they hire their brand of "conservative" – one that will attack real conservatives. In some cases, token "conservatives" have voiced opinions even more left-wing than those of commentators who admit being on the Left.

Token Conservative views and personalities

Brooks supports same-sex "marriage"[2] and abortion.[3] He strongly opposes Donald Trump[4] and considered the far-left elitist Hillary Clinton to be more "competent" and "normal" than Trump.[5] On the Senate floor, socialist Democrat Majority Leader Harry Reid gave Brooks accolades for denouncing Republicans as 'not normal'.[6] In October 2017, Brooks stated that "My own view on [gun control] is that we should probably pass all the gun control measures that are talked about, whether it’s the gun shows, whether it’s limiting the number you can buy"; Brooks stated this despite admitting in the same interview that he doubted that these measures would be effective in stopping gun violence.[7]
According to the New York Times, Douthat’s writing “steers away from partisanship — he frequently criticizes Republicans — or doctrine."
Douthat said "‘I’m sort of a squishy pro-lifer,’ interested in finding areas of compromise." In May 2017, he called for conservative U.S. President Donald Trump's impeachment, but because of any "high crimes and misdemeanors," which Douthat admitted Trump did not commit, but because Trump was supposedly unfit to serve.[8]
David Frum, who voiced relatively conservative views prior to around the later part of the Bush II presidency, shifted strongly to the Left after the election of Obama in 2008. Among his left-wing positions, he supports the immoral practice of homosexual "marriage" and believes homosexual "marriage" is not a threat to family stability.[9] He also believes in the discredited, pseudoscientific theory of global warming.[10] In addition, he voted for the far-left Hillary Clinton over conservative Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election[11] and later called for President Trump to resign.[12]
"What is irrational is the failure of conservatives and Republicans to perceive the divergence between Fox’s interests and their own." [13]
Rush Limbaugh Is "A Walking Stereotype Of Self-Indulgence" [14]
Speaking about Palin, “This is a woman who has got into a position of leadership by sending very powerful sexual signals,” Frum told reporter Judy Woodruff. “And we see that in the way that men like her much more than women do.”
" conservative the Republican Party's become, they've got it backwards. We have not been conservative as a party, we've been radical."[15]
Scarborough writes a book titled The Last Best Hope: Restoring Conservatism and America's Promise. To promote the release he visits with many left-leaning media outlets and trashes all well known conservatives; Rush Limbaugh, Karl Rove, Newt Gingrich and more.[16]
In 2017, Scarborough called for U.S. President Donald Trump to resign, in line with anti-Trump liberals.[17] He also defended CNN after a damaging scandal in which it promoted a retracted anti-Trump fake news story in order to increase its ratings.[18]
In July 2017, Scarborough displayed his true political views by finally leaving the GOP.[19] He made this switch official on October 12, 2017.[20]
  • New York Times (formerly, The Wall Street Journal)—Bret Stephens
Supporter of globalist "free trade" and open borders. He has stated that "the party of Donald Trump" is related to "exclusion, fear, and bigotry", and that conservatives must "admire" the elites, who are "educated" and care about "culture" and the "cultivation of the human soul."[21] He also stated that "real Americans are screwing up America" and should deport themselves.[21] In October 2017, Stephens called for repealing the Second Amendment, saying that "I have never understood the conservative fetish for the Second Amendment."[22]
Strongly opposes President Trump and said that his voters are "a**es."[23]
Krauthammer is much more conservative than the others listed here, and although he could not bring himself to vote for Trump in 2016, he was more sympathetic and supportive towards him than the other "token conservatives," especially after Trump's inauguration. However, he remains pro-abortion,[27] an evolutionist/creation denier,[28] and a former Walter Mondale speechwriter)
Rubin writes a blog titled "Right Turn", but the only direction she goes is Left. She sounds like a leftist Democrat in her blog posts. She calls the Republican Party a "party of all white, angry, abusive men"[29] and during the 2016 election she has attacked Donald Trump (who is much more bold for conservative issues than RINOs like Romney or McCain, which she likely supports), likely, in every single blog post she has made, even in the general election and after the election when Trump won.[30] Although President Trump's cabinet was rated as being even more conservative than that of Ronald Reagan,[31] Rubin claims that it "is perhaps the worst in modern history."[32] She mocks conservative evangelical Christians, calling them "evangelical charlatans", and she borrows leftist attack lines against conservative Republicans.[33] She supports the homosexual agenda.[34] She hates Fox News because she believes it is conservative, and she denies that extremely talented and credible journalists such as Tucker Carlson are neither.[35][36] She states "What’s good for Fox is not good for the GOP or the country. Perhaps a credible center-right TV news operation is needed" (one should note that her vision of "center-right" news closely resembles leftist scams such as MSNBC).[36] She genuinely believes that Fox's commentators are "racist", despite having no real evidence, other than the fact that they oppose Barack Obama and actually defended Donald Trump (of course, will she say the same thing about similar statements from the Left?).[37] Even though She advocates for "center-right" politics (whatever that even means) but attacks solid conservatives.

Common Characteristics

Most liberal media "conservatives" share the following viewpoints;

  • RINO "big tent" inclusive party
  • Lacking principled stances on issues, unless, of course, they take an explicitly left-wing stance on an issue
  • Attack solid, principled conservatives
  • Republicans must compromise or concede to liberals on social issues, they claim
  • Claim to know what is the best for the Republican Party
  • Write books which nobody reads – books which have the consistent theme of how to make the "conservative" movement succeed, but which are always promoted by liberals

See also

  • Evan McMullin, another faux "conservative" who is not primarily a media figure

External links


  1. Regarding Kristol, before he became a NeverTrumper in 2016 and began supporting left-wing positions.
  2. Brooks, David (November 22, 2003). The Power Of Marriage. The New York Times. Retrieved May 19, 2017.
  3. Brooks, David (April 22, 2007). Postures in Public, Facts in the Womb. The New York Times. Retrieved May 19, 2017.
  4. Brooks, David (March 18, 2016). No, Not Trump, Not Ever. The New York Times. Retrieved May 19, 2017.
  5. Schwartz, Ian (June 11, 2017). David Brooks: People Will Be Sick Of Trump And Vote For Hillary, "She Will be Competent And Normal". RealClearPolitics. Retrieved May 19, 2017.
  6. Krauthammer on NYT’s David Brooks: ‘He’s not a conservative’, Daily Caller, July 8, 2011
  7. Poor, Jeff (October 7, 2017). David Brooks Urges Media to Stop Talking About People Like Vegas Shooter: ‘They Just Want to Become Famous’. Breitbart News. Retrieved October 8, 2017.
  8. Pollak, Joel B. (May 17, 2017). New York Times’ ‘Conservative’ Columnist Calls for Trump to be Ousted. Breitbart News. Retrieved May 17, 2017.
  11. Revesz, Rachael (November 3, 2017). George W Bush’s speechwriter says he voted for Hillary Clinton. The Independent. Retrieved May 19, 2017.
  12. David Frum. Twitter. May 15, 2017. Retrieved May 19, 2017.
  13. Must We Make It so Easy for Obama?, April 14, 2009
  14. Why Rush is wrong Newsweek, March 7, 2009
  15. Scarborough: Today's GOP is Not Too Conservative It's Too Radical, May 3, 2009
  16. Joe Scarborough Conservative Bashing Book Tour Flops Bigtime, June 20, 2009
  17. Chumley, Cheryl K. (June 6, 2017). Joe Scarborough’s deranged case for Trump to go. The Washington Times. Retrieved June 7, 2017.
  18. Bowden, Joe (June 27, 2017). Scarborough defends CNN against Trump: CNN 'has more integrity'. The Hill. Retrieved June 28, 2017.
  19. Multiple references:
  20. Multiple references:
  21. 21.0 21.1 Lee, Tony (July 5, 2017). ‘Never Trumper’ Bret Stephens: POTUS Supporters ‘Idiots’ & Bigots, Should ‘Admire’ Elites. Breitbart News. Retrieved July 6, 2017.
  22. Multiple references:
  23. CNN/Daily Beast’s Matt Lewis: Trump Voters ‘Asses,’ Bunch of Idiots. Breitbart News. August 20, 2017. Retrieved August 20, 2017.
  24. On Darwin, evolution and Congress, George Will, Pocono Record, February 8, 2009
  25. Look Who's Turning
  26. Ernst, Douglas (June 1, 2017). George Will blasts ‘scowling primitives’ for hijacking conservative movement. The Washington Times. Retrieved June 1, 2017.
  27. Giuliani's Abortion 'Gaffe', Charles Krauthammer, The Washington Post, May 11, 2007
  28. Phony Theory, False Conflict, Charles Krauthammer, The Washington Post, November 18, 2005
  29. Rubin, Jennifer (October 26, 2016). Trump’s party of angry, white, abusive males. The Washington Post. Retrieved October 27, 2016.
  30. Rubin, Jennifer (November 21, 2016). #NeverTrump must become #TheResistance. The Washington Post. Retrieved November 25, 2016.
  31. Multiple references:
  32. Rubin, Jennifer (September 29, 2017). John Kelly has much more to do to save this White House. The Washington Post. Retrieved September 30, 2017.
  33. Rubin, Jennifer (October 26, 2016). Sane Republicans should pack their bags and flee the GOP. The Washington Post. Retrieved October 27, 2016.
  34. Rubin, Jennifer (November 21, 2013). The marriage mission. The Washington Post. Retrieved October 27, 2016.
  35. Rubin, Jennifer (January 6, 2017). The Fox News nighttime lineup has shed its last element of real journalism. The Washington Post. Retrieved January 6, 2017.
  36. 36.0 36.1 Rubin, Jennfier (January 4, 2017). Without Megyn Kelly, Fox News’s prime-time lineup is a complete joke. The Washington Post. Retrieved January 6, 2017.
  37. Rubin, Jennifer (October 26, 2016). The mainstreaming of racism on Fox News. The Washington Post. Retrieved May 21, 2017.