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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

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

Posted by on Wed, Feb 27, 2013 at 12:48 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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The general media has an ideological bias against stupid.
Posted by tshicks on February 27, 2013 at 1:00 PM · Report this
Some Old Nobodaddy Logged In 2
I don't understand why you're gushing over this. He hits some good points, but his baseline assumption remains in the crazy-area: fear-mongering over the "liberal bias." He remains a hack. All he's doing is criticizing the way other hacks operate.

The problem is simple: whatever conservative ideas that work have already been implemented. The ones that don't work have also been implemented, and all you have to do is look at the facts to realize this. "Trickle-down" economics don't work, pure and simple. Having an effective social safety net makes the country stronger, pure and simple. You can't be a conservative pundit and tell the truth. No matter how you slice it. So they will always be reduced to lying or perpetuating their delusions in some form or other.

And people are getting fed up w/ being lied to.
Posted by Some Old Nobodaddy Logged In on February 27, 2013 at 1:09 PM · Report this
Matt from Denver 3
The hardcore teabaggers have suspected Erickson of being a tool for the establishment for a few years now. Things like this give support to that idea. The old boys who meet in the smoke filled rooms recognize that 2012 was a disaster created in no small part by the right wing media. Erickson is expressing the establishment's concerns that these stupid stories are hurting more than helping. I bet they gave him that task personally.

Interesting that he's giving the Obamaphone as an example of what's wrong. I wonder what he (or the other redstate editors) had to say when that was being pimped for all it was worth? I'm sure they were either encouraging it themselves, or saying nothing at all, but there's no way they were pointing out the truth about the program.
Posted by Matt from Denver on February 27, 2013 at 1:09 PM · Report this
blip 4
It's astounding how Erick "I am the 53%" Erickson could write an essay about the lack of integrity in the conservative media without once directly implicating himself and all the baseless bullshit he's peddled over the years. I mean I get why he did that, I just don't get how he expects anyone to take him seriously.
Posted by blip on February 27, 2013 at 1:09 PM · Report this
undead ayn rand 5
Republicans are really cowards about self-reflection. Oh no, it's all the other guys who are assholes, I'm not a part of this mainstream movement, I'm a tea partier/libertarian/"independent".

I love how the Republican party is made up of millions of "lone guns" and "mavericks" who totally buck all trends. Yeah, you and every other Avril Levigne "punk" and mallgoth who shops at hot topic. You're all unique snowflakes.
Posted by undead ayn rand on February 27, 2013 at 1:18 PM · Report this
Paul, links to said shitstorm, please? The original article was fascinating--where's the best place to turn for the reactions, positive or negative?
Posted by PEM on February 27, 2013 at 1:27 PM · Report this
keshmeshi 7
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.

We understand it perfectly well, asshole. That's the problem.
Posted by keshmeshi on February 27, 2013 at 2:25 PM · Report this

I tend to look at today's GOP as being like the crowd in that scene from "Monty Python's Life of Brian", where Brian is trying to convince them that, "you're all unique individuals!", to which the crowd responds in-unison, "We're all unique individuals!" Erickson is just trying to set himself apart by being the one, lone voice who responds with, "I'm not!"
Posted by COMTE on February 27, 2013 at 2:45 PM · Report this
Supreme Ruler Of The Universe 9

Ok, now tell me what the punishment will be for MacFarlane, the Onion, Alex Baldwin...Lib Media.

Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe on February 27, 2013 at 2:46 PM · Report this
To follow up on what @2 said, there is almost no media that doesn't push the conservative narrative on most important economic and foreign policy issues: trickle down, job creators, debt and deficit have to be addressed now, public employees are on the gravy train, there is a SS crisis, we have to invade Iraq, Iran is a threat to us, and on (it'd be easier to list issues when the media doesn't push conservative memes). In other words, the media certainly doesn't have an ideological bias against conservative ideology as can be seen in their constantly pushing conservative propaganda.
Posted by anon1256 on February 27, 2013 at 3:04 PM · Report this
DickDave 11
Like other truth-tellers in the Republican Party, Erickson...

Sorry. You lost me there.
Posted by DickDave on February 27, 2013 at 6:58 PM · Report this
Rujax! 12

Same thing that happens to you when you post the dumbass fucking shit YOU post.
Posted by Rujax! on February 27, 2013 at 7:02 PM · Report this
Free Lunch 13
I'm surprised he didn't mention the "You didn't build that" line of Obama's.

I give Erickson credit for not latching onto the easy lie of omission in his editorial on the speech from which the out-of-context sound bite came. The one which Fox News salivated over for months. The one repeated by Romney and Ryan over and over.

His response had some reason to it: clearly part of the success that business people enjoy is based on the system of enterprise created by business, and not by government.

But I fault him for 1) implying that Obama's belief is that government is entirely responsible for a business's success, and then claiming as fact that Obama believes it is more responsible than enterprise, and 2) putting forward his own belief that business owes the government practically nothing. The first is a cheap straw man, yet his entire editorial hangs on it; the second is demonstrably false.

He even brought up that the first roads were privately built out of necessity, while completely ignoring the interstate system, which I assume he believes is necessary to business, yet somehow remained unbuilt until the government stepped in.

He's a hack, but a lot cleverer than most.
Posted by Free Lunch on February 27, 2013 at 9:41 PM · Report this
venomlash 14
@5: +20 internets to you
Posted by venomlash on March 1, 2013 at 8:13 AM · Report this

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