The Conservative Media Complex

You will be wanting to sit down for this one, lest you sprain an ankle falling over laughing. In the CNN opinion page today, Julian Zelizer outlines why Obama just can’t seem to catch a break, and reason #3 is …… wait for it ……. the conservative media complex:

3. The conservative media complex: Conservatives have been enormously successful in building a sophisticated network of media institutions since the 1970s. During the time of the conservative revolution in American politics, the right paid close attention to building an infrastructure on radio, television and the Internet through which to promote their ideas and counteract, what they saw, as a liberal bias in the mainstream media.

The result has been that even though Obama retained control of the White House, conservatives have their own bully pulpit through which to communicate their opposition and analyze news in a way that is unfavorable to Democrats. The President confronts a constant barrage of unfavorable news, literally, regardless of what he does or does not do.

Don’t you love that last line? “The President confronts a constant barrage of unfavorable news”. Un fricking believable. I am amazed that they let this go to print, but they definitely do cater to their own echo chamber, don’t they? What’s really amazing is that NBC, MSNBC, ABC, CBS, NPR, CNN, the LAT, the NYT, Newsweek, HuffPo, etc, have been unable to combat this “constant barrage of unfavorable news” coming from the conservative media complex. How incompetent does that make them?

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5 thoughts on “The Conservative Media Complex

  1. Retired Spook May 6, 2014 / 6:43 am

    conservatives have their own bully pulpit through which to communicate their opposition and analyze news in a way that is unfavorable to Democrats.

    That’s not difficult to do these days. All you have to do is tell the truth.

    • Amazona May 6, 2014 / 9:58 am

      Spook, this sounds flippant, but it is absolutely true.

      The Left have lived in such a thickly padded, insulated and soundproof bubble in this country, thanks to the Complicit Agenda Media, that they have come to believe that anything negative which might relate to the side they have chosen simply has to be a lie.

      I can see why they have bought into the AGW hoax so thoroughly, because they have so much practice in coming up with a conclusion and then working backward to develop a theory to support it. This is what they are now doing with this cockamamie theory that there is a vast Right-wing conspiracy involving a Right-controlled media which is just a bunch of big meanies lying about the virtuous Dems.

      Their core conclusion is that they occupy the Higher Moral Ground because they are FOR all the moral, virtuous, things: Fairness, equality, food and shelter for all, etc. Thanks to their abject ignorance of actual politics—-that is, of the different political systems vying for control in this country—-and a major dose of outrageous gullibility, they have fallen into a very simplistic, either/or, mindset. If someone does not agree with their solution to hunger in the United States, it’s not that the other person just has a different idea of how to resolve the problem, it’s that the other person just doesn’t care if people starve.

      Once you have dismissed the possibility that The Other Side just has a different approach to a problem, and have decided that it is indifferent to the problem, you have established a paradigm in which you are the good guy and The Other Side are bad guys. From this lofty pinnacle of moral superiority (gained, by the way, not by moral actions but by self-defined Moral Thought) it is obvious that any information about your side that is negative has to be not just false but maliciously constructed to defame.

      They remind me of the people trapped in The Dome in that TV series, except that today’s Left chooses to be in the bubble, and they could leave if they wanted to, though that would mean overcoming the many layers of assumptions and beliefs that make up the structure in which they remain. We can’t penetrate their bubble, but like people in the TV show we can hold up signs in hopes that those inside will read some of them and start to see that there is a reality outside the bubble that conflicts with what they hear inside it.

      We have no TV presence other than Fox News and a couple of conservative opinion shows on that same cable station. None. Everything on the alphabet “news” sources is slanted to the Left. Of all the TV sitcoms, only one—“Last Man Standing”—–has a character who espouses conservative ideas, and it is kind of buried in a bad time slot sandwiched between shows that are not high-profile, while last night on a much-ballyhooed sitcom a character referred to the Constitution as “cheesy”, to a loud laugh track. Name a newspaper that does not toe the Liberal line. I am not talking about a newspaper that spins news to reflect badly on the Left, but just one that actually prints what has happened, and maybe even engages in real investigative journalism. I can think of one that will print news not appealing to the left.

      Entertainment? This is the propaganda machine of the Left, inserting its opinions and its spin on history and current events into movies and TV shows where it becomes part of the consciousness of Americans without any realization that it has happened.

      • Cluster May 6, 2014 / 11:31 am

        They remind me of the people trapped in The Dome in that TV series, except that today’s Left chooses to be in the bubble, and they could leave if they wanted to, though that would mean overcoming the many layers of assumptions and beliefs that make up the structure in which they remain.

        It would also mean admitting to themselves that the doctrine they have so invested themselves in, is toxic and failing, and that’s a hard to pill to swallow. The failure of that doctrine is also resulting in the purveyors of that doctrine to become more and more shrill, desperate and isolated. We can see the shrillness and desperation in Harry Reid and Jay Carney, and we can see the isolation in the poll numbers.

  2. Mark Moser May 8, 2014 / 5:37 pm

    Man’s nature is fallen. Utopia is unattainable. Will someone please inform inform the left?

  3. Mark Moser May 8, 2014 / 5:38 pm

    You have to inform them twice, because their not quick to accept the truth. Or, maybe I should proof read before clicking the post button. You decide.

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