04 June 2009

The Lib'rul Media

Right.  Even though it's been proven in study after study that the mainstream media, if anything, has a slightly conservative slant, we always hear about the mythical "lib'rul media."  I will grant that, on gay issues, the media tends to be more supportive of the gay community than not, mostly because journalists tend to be educated.  Anyway, the fact that the Republican Noise Machine has a corner on the mainstream media is pretty self-evident, if you know what you're looking for.  E.J. Dionne gets it:


A media environment that tilts to the right is obscuring what President Obama stands for and closing off political options that should be part of the public discussion.

Yes, you read that correctly: If you doubt that there is a conservative inclination in the media, consider which arguments you hear regularly and which you don't. When Rush Limbaugh sneezes or Newt Gingrich tweets, their views ricochet from the Internet to cable television and into the traditional media. It is remarkable how successful they are in setting what passes for the news agenda.

EXACTLY.  Look at it this way:  Newt Gingrich hasn't held elected office in years, and basically doesn't serve any purpose in the public discourse.  None!  There's nothing that Newtie says that can't be vomited by any current Republican officeholder.  If the tables were turned, would the former Democratic Speaker of the House from like ten years ago be on every network, any time he/she wanted?  Of course not.  But for whatever reason, obscure, useless Republicans from ages past get to clutter the airwaves whenever they want.  

Not complaining, just stating fact.

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