For John, BLUF: No, not that cathedral. Rather it is an information concept. Nothing to see here; just move along.
The source is The American Conservative and the Author is Mr Rod Dreher.
Here is how the story starts out:
Driving back from New Orleans today, I caught the beginning of the Weekend All Things Considered’s newscast. Host Michel Martin said that the show was going to devote the entire program to “violence, especially gun violence.” The first story of the broadcast was a three-minute piece in which Martin interviewed Chicago-based NPR correspondent Cheryl Corley about the horrific racist attack on the mentally disabled young white man, who was kidnapped and tortured in racially abusive terms by four young black people, who broadcast the attack on Facebook.This serves as an introduction to the term "The Cathedral". This isn't about the Roman Catholic or Church of England concept of the Cathedral, but rather a secular concept. The author, Mr Dreher, thinks that there is a sort of group think out there that causes news to be slanted, which, in turn, gives rise to alternative news sources.
“Is something different now? Is there a sense in Chicago that there is something unique happening?” Martin asked Corley, about the city’s violence. They quickly got into the Facebook attack, which Martin introduced with this line:“Just this week, four young adults were charged with attacking an acquaintance in a vicious beating that they livestreamed on social media.”She also described it like this, in a question to Corley:“Four young adults allegedly abducted an acquaintance of theirs, abused him terribly, and broadcast this on Facebook live, what are people saying about this?”Incredibly, in talking about it, including an update from the bond hearing, Corley not once mentioned the fact that anti-white hate, and anti-Trump hate, was a key part of the crime — so much so that the state has filed hate crime charges against the four. The only thing Corley said about race was that the four defendants are “all African-Americans” — leaving aside the fact that the victim was white, and that both race and politics were central to the torture and abuse.
Here is the beginning of his definition of The Cathedral:
The Cathedral (aka the Clerisy, the Megaphone) is basically the Western world’s intellectual fashion industry. It consists of almost all of the respectable or even semi-respectable parts of the news media, the entertainment industry, and the softer social science and humanities parts of the education industry.Maybe this clip from The Devil Wears Prada will help.
Hat tip to the InstaPundit.
Regards — Cliff