Trey Gowdy highlights media’s one-sided labeling of right: Why ‘ultra-conservative’ but not ‘ultra-liberal?’

Former senator and Fox News contributor Trey Gowdy wondered why people on the right are labeled as “ultra conservative,” yet there doesn’t seem to be such a thing as “ultra liberal” in the inverse.

He began the segment on the recent “Sunday Night in America” by addressing the Commitment to America series of legislative proposals that House Republicans have authored leading up to November’s mid-term elections.

“It’s good to tell people what you are for. Politics often digresses into how bad the other side is, and scant attention is given to what a party or a candidate affirmatively believes,” Gowdy said.

“But there are challenges for House Republicans. The first challenge is one rooted in expectations. Managing expectations is crucial in all facets of life., including politics. There is a reason we advise people to underpromise and overperform. Telling people what you want to achieve, what you want to enact, is good. But you also have to level with the voters on the likelihood of legislative success. If the GOP takes the House but not the Senate, the likelihood of success is zero.”

Even if the GOP takes both the House and Senate, Gowdy argued, President Joe Biden is not going to sign anything related to the Commitment to America, for that would be an act of unity.

“But tell them the truth,” he advised lawmakers and candidates. “Voters appreciate candor; they appreciate honesty. They do not like to be misled, and part of being conservative means setting the right expectations. Joe Biden isn’t signing your ideas into law. But you can keep bad ideas from ever getting to his desk.”

“I’ve been wondering something for over 40 years now: In the late 1970s, I wrote my first letter to the editor…I was rolling newspapers in a gas station bathroom one morning about to begin my paper route. And there was a story in my local paper about U.S. Supreme Court. In that story, some members were referred to as ultra-conservative. But no member was referred to as ultra liberal.”

Gowdy noted that, according to the political writers, extremists “could only be on the right.”

He continued, “This week I read stories coming out of Italy with great interest. Their new leader, Giorgia Meloni was called ‘far right’ and ‘hard right’ more than anything else this week. Of course, she was the first woman chosen to lead Italy, but that was buried. Apparently, it’s only historic if the other side does it.”

“What the media the media really wanted you to know was she was quote ‘hard right’ or quote ‘far right.’ And that has me wondering: Who gets to decide what is left, right or center? To say someone is hard or far right, means you know where right is. And to know where right is, you have to know where the center is. So who gets to decide that?” he asked rhetorically.

“To many, Kamala Harris was a far or hard-left senator. But not according to the media, they never referred to her that way. The media even tried to convince us that President Biden was a moderate. Compared to what? Compared to whom? The media also told us Amy Coney Barrett was a devout Catholic, but in a bad way, while Joe Biden and Nancy Pelosi were devout Catholics, but in a good way. Says who? According to what measurement? Political writers?”

“If a candidate or elected official is far right, why are liberal politicians never described as far left? If you win an election in a country that tells me you must hold a majority or solid plurality of support. So if a country supports you, can you be hard right? Because it seems like you’re pretty squarely in the middle of at least what that country wants you to be.”

“The truth is the New York Times doesn’t have a clue what conservatism is, what conservatives believe or why. To them, everything on the right is far right. And if they think Joe Biden is a moderate, they have no clue where the center is either.”

Gowdy concluded, “It’s been 40-something years since I sat in that cold gas station bathroom, rolling newspapers, wondering why there were ultra-conservative judges on the bench, but not ultra-liberal ones. All the pejoratives are safe for conservatives…never the left.”

“My guess is that we don’t need a far-left ultra-liberal newspaper or commentator or reporter telling us where the center of this country is, because they haven’t seen the center of this country since I was a kid sitting at that gas station.”

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