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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

The Conservative Media Tries to Figure Out What the Hell It's Doing

Posted by Paul Constant on Wed, Feb 27, 2013 at 2:44 PM

1. Red State blogger Erick Erickson has caused a shitstorm on conservative blogs with this morning's editorial about how the conservative media has gone crazy:

I think conservative media is failing to advance ideas and stories. Certainly part of that is because the general media has an ideological bias against conservatives, which makes it harder for the media to take our views seriously. But many conservatives are, instead of working doubly hard to overcome that bias, just yelling louder about the same things. The echo in the chamber has gotten so loud it is not well understood outside the echo chamber in the mainstream press and in the public. It translates only as anger and noise, neither of which are conducive to the art of persuasion.

Conservatives are trying so hard to highlight controversies, no matter how trivial, we have forgotten the basics of reporting...The “Obamaphone” is a great example of this. Conservatives laughed out loud at the video of the lady saying Barack Obama had given her a phone. Conservatives used it as an example of all that was wrong with the expansion of the welfare state under Barack Obama. What many conservatives missed was that the program was a pre-existing program. In fact, the “Obamaphone” idea goes back to the Reagan Administration, but the present program was implemented in 2008 when George W. Bush was President. Government funds are not even used directly.

Like other truth-tellers in the Republican Party, Erickson will probably get drummed out of the—well, I almost said "drummed out of the union," but a conservative blogger's union is kind of an impossible idea, isn't it? How about "Erickson will probably get kicked out of Galt's Gulch," instead.

2. In other conservative media news, weekly conservative magazine Human Events is ending print publication, effective immediately.

3. Meanwhile, Sarah Palin just keeps repeating untrue shit she reads in chain e-mails forwarded by Republican grandpas and grandmas. Way to stay relevant, "governor!"

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