Different worlds, different cultures
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Joining an elite of any kind means being immersed in the particular culture and ideas of that space. Entering an elite space usually means being confronted with both physical and social barriers. The national news media is supposed to be the means by which the elite ideas and practices are challenged. Journalists are meant to hold those in power to account, by making leadership more transparent and contestable. Just as with financial reporting, journalists come to interpret politics through politicians. Politicians are their main sources. They are the central characters in their stories. And they are key consumers and personal critics. Elite cultures produce elitethink (groupthink on a larger scale), which can easily spread across an entire establishment network. Leaders follow blind fashions like lemmings over cliffs. Among business leaders, there is a strong belief that free markets, deregulation and low taxes will benefit everyone.

Reckless opportunists

Elites at the end of the Establishment

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