The New Media-Old Media Wars: Winners and Losers
After the democratic sweep of both chambers of Congress, Fausta reported on the difference the mainstream media played in shaping public opinion in this year’s election:
Maria sent me this link The Media Party won by a hair:
The New Media have not yet beaten the Old. They are making a difference, but the Old Liberal Media have protected their power, at the cost of major alienation from millions of America. Over time, the Old Media will continue to move to the Net, but the political debate will continue. The New Media have a voice, but not as powerful as ABCCBSNBCPBSNPR.
Tuesday’s election was won by the relentless support of the Old Media for the Democrat agenda. Not simply the Amercan Old Media, but the press, the BBC, France2, and the many other outlets that support them. A habitual reader of the American and foreign Old Media like myself finds the Democrat talking points repeated nearly verbatim day after day…
Well, guess what, folks. The unemployment figure is currently at a historically low 4.4% – an impressive enough number, but immensely so when one looks at the good productivity, rising wages, the historically-high stock market and the low inflation. Old-school economists thirty years ago would have laughed at you if you told them that by the time your son was in high school the economy would be in such a shape. It’s the kind of economic news that ought to be shouted from the rooftops.
But not from the Old Media rooftops. The Hosannah Media can’t get themselves to sing the praises of a non-Dem idol.
The media did come around though… On Wednesday, the third straight day the stock market hit a record high, the media noted that the record 17 point gain was either because of a democratic win or the resignation of Donald Rumsfeld and hopes of less government spending(?)
The MSM also celebrated the resignation of Donald Rumsfeld as a clear sign that Americans made the right choice.
And… of course the world media rejoiced right along with their partners in America:
World welcomes shift in U.S. politics
This comment was posted at Just One Minute and was forwarded to me. It gets right to the point:
I don’t think this election result had anything to do with Iraq, corruption, Bush, war on terror, etc.
I think it had everything to do with an unelected, unaccountable, one-party media that still has too much control over what people see and think. The steady, constant, drumbeat of BDS for 6 years took its toll in spite of the best efforts of the likes of Tom Maguire, Charles Johnson, Michelle Malkin, Glenn Reynolds, AJ Strata, Mac, Ace, Robert Spencer, Sara, many others too numerous to mention, but almost unforgivable to not mention because they have done yeoman’s work exposing the contemptible lies and bias of the “MSM”. Maybe next time if it isn’t too late.
And what do we have for MSM? Fox News?? Please. Shep Smith? O’Reilly? “Fair and Balanced” because they have Alan Colmes??? If I wanted to see crap like Alan Colmes spews, I could watch any of the following:
**and I hope TM and Larry forgive me for stealing this from BlameBush, but it gets the point across so well**
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Hat Tip Larwyn
On Wednesday… the Philadelphia Inquiror reported that it is laying off one-third of its staff, 150 employees.
Also on Wednesday… The New York Times is now coming under pressure from one of his biggest shareholders to give up the family’s iron grip on the company.
Obviously, there is a huge market out there for more balanced reporting.
Dean Barnett at Hugh Hewitt said yesterday:
“It wasn’t the media. We faced the same media in 2002 and 2004 and prevailed.”
Dean is right and wrong. He is right that there was not enough done by Bush and the Republicans to get the message out. The great economic news, the victories in Iraq, the great strides that we have made in the War on Terror and a vision of what victory looks like in Iraq, etc.
But, why is it that America accepts the over the top bias from the media? Is this something we are just supposed to live with for the rest of our days?
Maybe there is more that we can do.
Update: Todd Roth writes in:
Drive-by Media now makes no attempt at “news”, it’s strictly another Liberal governing entity. They revel on their ability to drive government policy and could care less about potential problems they create. The bigger the crisis, even of their own making, the better their coverage and revenue.
When we “cut an run” from the Iraqi insurgents, the resulting carnage in Iraq and our “defeat” by Muslims, will make for great “news”. And the media will be flogging George Bush and Republicans for years. Conservatism may never recover if the Democrat/Media alliance plays their cards right.
Just hope Democrats overreach while trying to remake society and reveal the darkness within them.
Director Blue has an idea:
There are two strategies that can be used to defeat the MSM/DNC, in my humble opinion.
1) Do what O’Reilly did and point to the exact metrics of bias (156 out of 156 op-eds by Dowd, Rich, and Herbutt — I mean Herbert pillored the Bush administration). Take one media outlet at a time and hammer them with the full force of the entire conservative blogsophere, Rathergate style. Keep pounding until their bias is either admitted or rectified, then move on to the next target.
2) Force the “blue-dog” Democrats who ran as shadow-Republicans (pro-gun, anti-higher taxes, anti-gay-marriage, anti-abortion, etc.) to choose between MoveOn.org and their red-state constituents by bringing key issues to the floor, grass-roots style. The House and Senate are still evenly divided enough such that groundswells of popular opinion can get important issues adjudicated on the Floor of the House and Senate. And who will the Blue-dogs ultimately end up being beholden to? If they choose MoveOn.org, their tenure will be very short-lived. If they choose GOP core issues, so much the better.