Young Not Stupid: The Media Is Using the Liz Cheney Sideshow to Distract You from National Turmoil


The following is an installment in a series of commentary articles by Cameron Arcand, founder of the conservative commentary website Young Not Stupid and a contributor to The Western Journal.

There are many stories that only make headlines because they please the Beltway insiders and their lackeys, who foam at the mouth when reading overdramatized political gossip.

Alas, that is exactly the case with Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney’s removal as the House Republican Conference chair.

The average Republican voter or supporter of Donald Trump may be of the persuasion that Cheney does or did not vote in line with the party or in agreement with the former president while he was in office, but that is far from the case.

Cheney voted in agreement with former Trump’s position 92.9 percent of the time, according to the statistical analysis website FiveThirtyEight.

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That brings us to New York GOP Rep. Elise Stefanik, who is so far the only person that is running for the now-open position.

Stefanik has earned the endorsement of the former president, who is wildly popular among the GOP’s base, yet her voting record is actually less aligned with him compared to Cheney.

The same FiveThirtyEight voting tracker reveals that she only voted in agreement with Trump’s position 77.7 percent of the time, which is ruffling feathers among many populists.

But due to Cheney’s outspoken opposition to the former president, she was elevated to the level of martyrdom by establishment media outlets, with CNN dramatically displaying the following headline in all capital letters on its website Wednesday morning: “GOP OUSTS CHENEY.”

Do you care about Cheney being removed?

But we have to ask ourselves this question: Why do we care about the minority party’s third-ranking member in the House being replaced?

If you said it’s about getting rid of “RINOs” or “neoconservatives,” you would be sorely mistaken.

This is all establishment media manipulation to distract from the actual issues this country is facing under the Biden administration, and we are all taking the bait.

Regardless of whether someone thinks Cheney should have been ousted from her role or not, conservatives need to recognize how CNN, MSNBC and other establishment media outlets have weaponized the party’s ideological differences to further divide the party and turn off voters from it.

Between the self-righteous moderates and their Trump-loving counterparts, there is an entertaining cast of characters for the left-wing media’s latest reality television series: Keeping Up with the Republicans.

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Republican infighting is certainly interesting to those who are lame enough to care (like myself), but it bears almost no significance to the average American.

Meanwhile, CNN and MSNBC could let the gas shortages in the southeast, a looming inflation crisis or the southern border dominate their coverage.

But they won’t, because it would actually cause Americans to rethink Biden as the patron saint of normalcy.

While pseudo-intellectuals can debate all day about what Cheney’s ouster means for the future of the Republican Party, democracy or whatever self-aggrandizing buzzword they want to use, it will not change anything.

They will only be playing into the hands of kingmakers who do not want you to see the actual issues impacting our nation.

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Cameron Arcand is a former writer for The Western Journal.
Cameron Arcand is a political commentator based in Phoenix, Arizona. In 2017 as a school project, he founded, which has grown exponentially since its founding. He has interviewed several notable conservative figures, including Dave Rubin, Peggy Grande and Madison Cawthorn.

In September 2020, Cameron joined The Western Journal as a Commentary Writer, where he has written articles on topics ranging from the COVID-19 pandemic, the "Recall Gavin Newsom" effort and the 2020 election aftermath. The "Young Not Stupid" column launched at The Western Journal in January 2021, making Cameron one of the youngest columnists for a national news outlet in the United States. He has appeared on One America News and Fox 5 DC. He has been a Young America's Foundation member since 2019.
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