Right on time!

posted at 10:30 am on November 8, 2008 by Ed Morrissey

We have all complained about the pro-Obama tilt in this election cycle.  News media consistently gave John McCain much harsher treatment while refusing to perform the same kind of investigative journalism on Barack Obama, whose thin track record and Chicago Machine background should have given reporters enough red flags for a bullfighting league.  Instead, the media gave Obama the elevator and McCain the shaft.

One major media outlet agrees … now that the election is over (via Byron York at The Corner):

The [Washington] Post provided a lot of good campaign coverage, but readers have been consistently critical of the lack of probing issues coverage and what they saw as a tilt toward Democrat Barack Obama. My surveys, which ended on Election Day, show that they are right on both counts.

My assistant, Jean Hwang, and I have been examining Post coverage since Nov. 11 last year on issues, voters, fundraising, the candidates’ backgrounds and horse-race stories on tactics, strategy and consultants. We also have looked at photos and Page 1 stories since Obama captured the nomination June 4. Numbers don’t tell you everything, but they give you a sense of The Post’s priorities.

The count was lopsided, with 1,295 horse-race stories and 594 issues stories. The Post was deficient in stories that reported more than the two candidates trading jabs; readers needed articles, going back to the primaries, comparing their positions with outside experts’ views. There were no broad stories on energy or science policy, and there were few on religion issues.

Ombud Deborah Howell’s column goes on to justify or at least rationalize the imbalance:

Stories and photos about Obama in the news pages outnumbered those devoted to McCain. Post reporters, photographers and editors — like most of the national news media — found the candidacy of Obama, the first African American major-party nominee, more newsworthy and historic. Journalists love the new; McCain, 25 years older than Obama, was already well known and had more scars from his longer career in politics.

So that must mean they absolutely adored Sarah Palin and gave her the same benefit of the doubt, right?  Er, no:

When Gov. Sarah Palin was nominated for vice president, reporters were booking the next flight to Alaska. Some readers thought The Post went over Palin with a fine-tooth comb and neglected Biden. They are right; it was a serious omission.

The hell with Joe Biden.  Howell never answers the real issue here — why did the Post, and the rest of the national media, go on the attack with Sarah Palin and not with Barack Obama?  The two candidates had a similar amount of time in politics, and Palin had more executive experience than Obama.  Obama ran for the top job, while Palin ran for VP.  And yet the national media parachuted dozens of reporters into Wasilla and Juneau looking for dirt and scandal, coming up with a tanning bed in the governor’s mansion (which Palin bought herself) and the Troopergate story that turned out to be a nothingburger and was already known prior to her nomination.

Where were the Post reporters doing the same thing in Chicago?  Why didn’t the Post want to look at the files of the Chicago Annenberg Challenge, Barack Obama’s only executive experience prior to his run for the presidency?  The media never bothered to make a hundredth of the effort on Obama that they did with Palin, and they had two years to do it.

That’s the issue Howell should have addressed in her column.  We already know that the Post gave imbalanced coverage of Obama and McCain, as did most of the rest of the media.  And now Howell gives the mea culpa in her first column after Election Day, when it’s far too late to do anything about it.  Where was Howell during the last three months?  Why wait until the election is over to speak up?  That’s an answer in itself.


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Hey Ed, speaking of self-editing, is there a HA embargo on the gay marriage amendments stories?

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/no-more-mr-nice-gay-as-mormons-face-vote-backlash-1001083.html

Angry Dumbo on November 8, 2008 at 1:29 PM

Except for FOX they’re merely propagandists.

Fox is gone now too.

Let’s roll.

ex-Democrat on November 8, 2008 at 1:34 PM

canditaylor68 on November 8, 2008 at 11:09 AM

My new hero/heroine.

CONCRETE steps is what is needed.

More ideas here:

http://sultanknish.blogspot.com/2008/11/get-obama-dissent-from-day-one.html

Let’s roll.

ex-Democrat on November 8, 2008 at 1:36 PM

I had an awesome professor once tell me,”You cant take down behemoths but you can deal them low blows that weaken them over time,if you are patient and persistant,if you organize and concisely state your purposes, you can, with the help of many likeminded people gradually pull down an entity that you feel has hurt your principles. During the campaign I did just that. We(me and some friends) went to these MSM outlets online and made notes on their advertisers. We then researched those companies and waged a campaign against them stating that because they chose to advertise with a company whos philosophy was bent on divisive and blatant bias we could no longer sponsor or purchase their products, and that we were including all of the products that they sold(a boycott on businesses that advertised with MSM. We atarted this ages ago. Of course it wont be noted that it happened, they dont want to encourage this behavior, but it is felt, along with the bad economy.It would be in the conservatives or republicans best interest to gather a group such as this to do this in preparation for the next elections. Anyone have any suggestions?

canditaylor68 on November 8, 2008 at 11:09 AM

Let’s have the list. Most of the MSM is not in good financial shape. Boycotting them will help our cause and hurt them. They deserve to be hurt. The way to really nail them, though, is to put fear into their advertisers. In a bad economy, nobody needs to be hurt more than they already are.

This could be started with a good viral e-mail. The thinking half of this electorate is really pissed off about what was just done to them and their country. I would think a fairly large number of people would be will in go along with a well-thought-out action. We could think of it as ‘community organizing’.

canditaylor68 on November 8, 2008 at 11:09 AM
If you are suggesting boycotts, I think it is not a good idea. Typically ineffective and not good for investors like me. There must be an answer to this and we must figure it out soon. Candidates and general information that we will not get from MSM must be able to successfully circumvent the MSM to get to most of the population. But How?

beththebaker on November 8, 2008 at 11:25 AM

I think about the sacrifices made by millions to fight for this country. The dead. The maimed. The time spent in lonely places places far from home, sometimes in boredom and sometimes in fear. I think about the people who’ve worked and marched and fought for changes here at home. We may not agree with thier aims sometimes, but they’ve worked and tried.

You’d like to get around the MSM, but it might hurt your investments. I have two suggestions.

1) Please tell me you’re joking.

2) Find some different investments.

I say this, because, if I wrote what I really thought about your statement, the ban-hammer would surely fall quite rightly upon me.

trigon on November 8, 2008 at 1:38 PM

SteveMG on November 8, 2008 at 11:23 AM

Folks, you’ve got to read this post.

It may very well be the worst post of the day.

Or did you forget the /sarc?

What a joke….let’s roll.

ex-Democrat on November 8, 2008 at 1:44 PM

Here’s the email I sent the WaPo Ombudsman:

News shock! Washington Post admits to being a left-wing partisan pinko rag!

Incidentally, how are your circulation numbers? Been laying people off? Think the fact that your paper is a biased piece of crap might have anything to do with it?

Phildorex on November 8, 2008 at 1:47 PM

And we know exactly who to hold into account for our upcoming lost liberties and disasters in this country: the Main Stream Media (RIP 2008). Our fellow Americans can be held into account as well but the real onus goes to the MSM. If they had performed their jobs at even a 50% professional level — into investigating and reporting Obama, the votes in this election would be mirrored.

carbon_footprint on November 8, 2008 at 1:47 PM

This was an historical two-fer and the media knew that the electorate had to be kept distracted by Obama’s holy ebony skin of national healing and forgiveness because we wouldn’t be quite as excited about the prospect of electing “America’s First Radical Marxist Thug President” for a reconciliation with our anti-Communist, pro-American values past. But for them, breaking that glass ceiling probably more important than making sure we had “America’s First Black Child President.”

At the most dangerous point in the history of America we gave the keys to an immature teenager because he had black skin.

econavenger on November 8, 2008 at 1:50 PM

I’m still waiting for MSM to interview Vera Baker.

dragondrop on November 8, 2008 at 1:54 PM

canditaylor68 on November 8, 2008 at 11:09 AM

Let’s have the list.

AGREE! give us the list…..let’s roll.

ex-Democrat on November 8, 2008 at 1:56 PM

Here’s my worst-case scenario:

The MSM will not change course. They actually believe in what they are doing, and they can count on most of the populace not catching on until it is too late. It’s been years since they even thought being objective was part of the job description. Influencing the world is what they consider paramount.

Moreover, the government will bail them out, as they are the government’s media arm.

Plans for creating alternate media will soon be squashed with the Fairness Doctrine, control of the Internet, and strengthened hate speech legislation (for details on that, see Obama’s website). Conservative speech IS hate speech, from their point of view.

Though this will take longer to do, home schooling will no longer be an option.

Unfortunately, I think the worst case scenario is also the most likely scenario. I think we are into this for the VERY long haul. I think we won’t recognize America four years from now, and it will be generations – if ever – that we get anything like liberty back.

Sometimes I just laugh and think, surely the American people can see how ludicrous all this is, and how ludicrous this new leader (for example, the Nancy Reagan remark) and his ideas are. But then I wake up the next day and think, well, a whole lot of tyrants are ludicrous looking and acting, and that didn’t stop their rise to power, did it?

Then I think, surely our system is strong enough to resist this. I hope I’m right.

So I live in a nightmare.

Alana on November 8, 2008 at 2:00 PM

Other than a religious college, where is the college that offers liberty-loving free-market curriculum?

Mark Levin recommends this one:

http://www.hillsdale.edu/

I think you can get its magazine for free.

Let’s roll.

ex-Democrat on November 8, 2008 at 2:08 PM

Good Posts! The whole group here was excellent with this issue.

I wish I could send TJGreen’s message to everyone who voted in the last election. On second thought, make it the whole country!

How will the media handle President Obama? They will use ever noise and grunt in their microphones and every flash and scene in their lenses to help the program and THE ONE. Chris Matthews was just being more vocal. Need something to take to the bank?

Just as they tried to hurt President Bush with the TANG letter, they will commit fraud or cover up to help President Obama.

IlikedAUH2O on November 8, 2008 at 2:09 PM

The scary part of it too is we know that they knew all along he fit the profile of a cult leader. Again, it was more important that reporters gave equal opportunity, and in fact deference, to everything dangerous about him. It’s much like their not taking sides in wartime. They go overboard and end up defending and promoting terrorists, boosting their war achievements and Islamic ideology over the US troops and Judeo-Christianity.

The entire media has purposefully gone suicidal, and with them the entire nation now has followed like lemmings off a cliff for Obama.

econavenger on November 8, 2008 at 2:10 PM

Ed, the media has failed us. What are our options into making them feel accountable for this?
You and MKH should get together and make a superpost like you did against Obama before the election. In this superpost you lay out the many examples of media bias against McCain and for Obama. Of course you couldn’t use all of them because it would take about 22 months to put together.

At the end of the superpost, offer information about how we can all boycott the advertisers behind the media. We will all write letters, emails and get involved. Hit them where it hurts.
Because, let’s face it, if our country goes beyond the point of no return, the media will have the blood on their hands.

carbon_footprint on November 8, 2008 at 2:12 PM

And every one stop watching Fox News and giving hits to their web site!
They have bought into the liberal meme that they are too “unbalanced” towards conservatives and have obviously made the decision to move left, thus becoming just like CNN and MSNBC. We conservatives are the reason for their success over the last decade. They lose us, they lose. Their image will always be tarnished in the eyes of the left. If we can not get balanced news from FOX, then we are just in the wilderness again as we were for forty years prior.
Boycott Fox.

carbon_footprint on November 8, 2008 at 2:17 PM

Has home-schooling made it past elementary and secondary levels yet?

Patrick Henry College was started in Loudoun County, VA for home schoolers. Have no idea how it’s doing.

Let’s roll.

ex-Democrat on November 8, 2008 at 2:24 PM

Last night, Chicago’s late-night coverage of Obama’s first press conference went something like this: “Barack Obama is stepping into his role as president nicely… blahblahblah… At his first press conference as president-elect, he stepped on stage with a line of top-notch economic advisors behind him… blahblahblah… he made a really funny joke about Nancy Reagan (insert video clip here), but apparently he decided later this evening that he shouldn’t have joked about her, so he called and apologized to Nancy later. What a decent guy; we didn’t think that was a big deal.”

I almost hurled. Is it okay to make jabs at a former president’s wife at an official press conference? It wouldn’t be if Bush – or McCain – tried it.

fiscallyconservative on November 8, 2008 at 2:26 PM

I think the MSM national media has made itself largely irrelevant.

They may be irrelevant with us, but NOT by the majority of Americans…..we need to beat on them, the steady drumbeat of truth and dissent.

Make fun of friends/family who subscribe to them (unless it’s an alternative like the Wash TIMES).

Drip drip drip…..kill them off….let’s roll.

ex-Democrat on November 8, 2008 at 2:30 PM

I respectfully submit that calling them “Tanning Bed Media” is unhelpful.

1. Too narrow. It’s a reference that only a few people will “get”, and even if they get it, its cultural expiration date has passed.

2. It’s based on a Palin smear. Why remind us of the injuries to her again and again and again?

3. As a label in and of itself, it’s way too innocuous.

4. The illustration you picked is appealing. Wrong way to approach propaganda!

Instead, consider something like The Derelict Media, which is is properly accusatory, descriptive, and can be reinforced with a suitably mocking illustration.

RushBaby on November 8, 2008 at 2:37 PM

Fox News is finally itself becoming brainwashed by the incessant drumbeat of dishonest criticism from the Far Left.

Bill O’Reilly committed an unforgivable sin when he initially bought into Carl Cameron’s “anonymous sources” report on the completely and ridiculously false Palin campaign behavior story. Instead of reacting to Cameron’s “findings” with his most famous phrase when confronting BS (“COME ON!”), O’Reilly offered a solution for Palin’s reported belief that Africa is a country instead of a continent: Buy her a map!

COME ON!

jay12 on November 8, 2008 at 2:46 PM

I believe the “Obama Bed Media” at some point actually will wake up and try to force Barack out of their bed, but only when they see his heavy hand on them firsthand. Chrissy Matthews will be shocked at the treatment from his virtual lover. Once a few more reporters start to question his thugocracy and he begins to crack down on a wider “disloyal press,” they’ll talk to each other about how he treats them. But by then it may be too late.

The only way they can really correct their mistake is to try to expose and take him down now before he’s sworn in. But the cult mindset has taken over the nation thanks to their brainwashing and they can’t risk it now. So FoxNews has jumped in bed too.

Plus the veiled threat of national riots still applies. Just wait until ObamaCorps signs up a multi-million man army of networked campaign cult volunteers and the threat will grow:

“You want to try to criticize or impeach me? Go ahead, make my day. My agents of change will see you’re not being very patriotic and they can exercise their freedom to organize and ferociously oppose you. Stanley Kurtz had it easy back in the day.”

econavenger on November 8, 2008 at 3:00 PM

IIRC, ombudsman Howell did do a piece some six weeks or so ago on the WP’s bias toward Obama during the election, and it came to similar conclusions. It changed nothing.

paul1149 on November 8, 2008 at 3:08 PM

TMZ: the most trusted name in news.

malclave on November 8, 2008 at 3:38 PM

The media may have been more blatant about it this time, but they were just as biased during the 2004 election and in exactly the same ways.

The press went over George W. Bush’s military career with such a fine toothed comb that we all know he had a dentist appointment on a Saturday in Alabama, but only those of us who read conservative sites online could have had any clue that John Kerry refused to allow the public access to his full military records. To this day, the left claims that the CBS story was “fake but accurate” while nobody has ever bothered to find out why it took John Kerry 6 years after his initial “tour or duty” was over to get an honorable discharge from the Navy reserves.

Nobody I have ever talked to even knows that John Kerry and George W. Bush were both in the reserves, that both men used their family connections to get those officer assignments in reserve units, and that George W. Bush actually spent more time in the military than John Kerry did.

Hell, most people don’t even know that Bush was in the military at all and those that heard of it only retained the tidbits about him being a “deserter” and going “AWOL”.

This election was nothing new.

Jaynie59 on November 8, 2008 at 3:43 PM

MSM is going broke fast. IMO, they will do whatever they must to make money. If that means turning on The One, then they will.

Econavenger, I hear you. I have thought about the scenario you described. Chilling.

Philly on November 8, 2008 at 3:50 PM

Except for FOX they’re merely propagandists.

Fox is gone now too.

Let’s roll.

ex-Democrat on November 8, 2008 at 1:34 PM

For the most part. I get the sense that they’ve been cornered into giving Obama favoring coverage now that he’s won. They don’t want to be isolated by the administration. I bet they even got a verbal threat.

O’Reilly’s a total joke these days. Hannity is the only one over there who I still trust to do his job.

Sign of the Dollar on November 8, 2008 at 4:11 PM

We should Boycot General Electric (GE) they have been doing this sort of thing for a long time now.

chacker on November 8, 2008 at 4:13 PM

I learned about the media about 15 years ago.

My dad, uncle and I went to a pro-gun rally at the Capitol in Harrisburg. There were about 10,000 of us. About half of those people were legally armed. That is numerically but not tactically equal to about half a division.

So, the rally went great. Lots of inspiring speeches. Lots of friendly chats wiht the Capitol cops complimenting us on how well organized and peaceful everything was.

Then we drove back down the turnpike. The “news” came on the radio.. Ta TA Ta Da Da Ta Da… “Today, there was a big rally at Harrisburg”… WOW we thought.. we made the news.. the announcer continued “Twenty five people were in Senator Whathisfaces office protesting the plight of the homeless.. In other news, the Phillies are 0-4”.. WTF… I almost went off the road…

The newspapers were no better… The twenty five moonbats were above the fold on the frontpage.. The 10000 of us were on page C-8.

Then stuff like Dan Rathner’s “Defense of the US” where idiot dan argues that we should remove F-14’s from the carriers and replace them with F-5s.. Then dapper dan did the Rathergate thing a couple of years later….

The news media is in the tank for the leftists.. plain and simple.

About the only solution is to try to get people to move to the Internet.

bullseye on November 8, 2008 at 4:15 PM

The news media is in the tank for the leftists.. plain and simple.

About the only solution is to try to get people to move to the Internet.

bullseye on November 8, 2008 at 4:15 PM

I am trying my best to do that but it is an uphill climb

chacker on November 8, 2008 at 4:17 PM

Because, let’s face it, if our country goes beyond the point of no return, the media will have the blood on their hands.

carbon_footprint on November 8, 2008 at 2:12 PM

The (ignorant) whores are us. Period.

Schadenfreude on November 8, 2008 at 4:33 PM

I think most of the general poplace are lazy, thanks to several generations of programming by television. They pay attention to sound bytes and video clips and make their minds up on what politicians SAY vs. doing research on voting records or candidates’ actual policies on the issues.

I think we need to figure out how to either disable the LeftMedia or take them over. If a majority of Americans began getting their news from the web, and the Leftmedia went belly up financially, the world would be a better place.

I think they were in the tank for The Commander in Thief because they need to generate news. What better way to generate stories about misery and woe than to have a leftist gov’mint that is causing scads of folk to get poorer every day? Think of all the potential pulitzers if we have another Great Depression!!

Think about it. If we had another outstanding conservative leader (not saying McAmnesty was it), and we had a country that was leading the world in everything, winning wars, and financially sound, they’d have to start laying off reporters ’cause nothing of substance would be happening.

connectthedots on November 8, 2008 at 4:34 PM

My understanding is that the internet is owned by the left, meaning they are the biggest users. I don’t get that at all.

You know the b.s.media is taking its toll on everyone. When you can’t get anything honest out of them, people do become down and have a “what can I do – nothing” kind of attitude. Even here in this little town of 3-4K people and maybe 10K in the county, the paper is printing articles leaning left. Journalism schools just keep pumping these idiots out like shit from a goose.

cjs1943 on November 8, 2008 at 4:36 PM

The truth is without the help of the national media there is no way Obama would have won this. I wonder what they will do if it turns out he really is a disaster? Or if something or someone they can not hide pops up from his past?

Terrye on November 8, 2008 at 4:38 PM

Chacker, I’m with you. Boycott GE. Don’t even buy a toaster oven from these clowns.

Philly on November 8, 2008 at 4:39 PM

The MSM coup d’etat continues.

profitsbeard on November 8, 2008 at 4:47 PM

Terrye:

Your right without the MSM, Hillary wins the nomination. Hillary also crushes McCain as McCain hating conservatives like Coulter and Limbaugh vote for her as do many of their followers. I of course probably vote for Bob Barr unless I think McCain can take Virginia.

Fox news has always been part of the MSM. They were and outlyer but what makes the MSM mainstream is no only their views but their technique. Fox delivers the news the same way as CNN and MSNBC.

jerryofva on November 8, 2008 at 5:08 PM

Correction:

When Gov. Sarah Palin was nominated for vice president, reporters were booking the next flight to Alaska. Some readers thought The Post went over Palin with a fine-tooth comb and neglected Biden Obama. They are right; it was a serious omission.

slp on November 8, 2008 at 5:13 PM

The fourth estate is a fifth column.

whitetop on November 8, 2008 at 5:24 PM

The (ignorant) whores are us. Period.

Schadenfreude on November 8, 2008 at 4:33 PM

Only the ‘us’ who voted for the POSSOBBHO or those who did not vote at all, chose not to help the GOP, etc.

carbon_footprint on November 8, 2008 at 5:31 PM

I had an awesome professor once tell me,”You cant take down behemoths but you can deal them low blows that weaken them over time,if you are patient and persistant,if you organize and concisely state your purposes, you can, with the help of many likeminded people gradually pull down an entity that you feel has hurt your principles. During the campaign I did just that. We(me and some friends) went to these MSM outlets online and made notes on their advertisers. We then researched those companies and waged a campaign against them stating that because they chose to advertise with a company whos philosophy was bent on divisive and blatant bias we could no longer sponsor or purchase their products, and that we were including all of the products that they sold(a boycott on businesses that advertised with MSM. We atarted this ages ago. Of course it wont be noted that it happened, they dont want to encourage this behavior, but it is felt, along with the bad economy.It would be in the conservatives or republicans best interest to gather a group such as this to do this in preparation for the next elections. Anyone have any suggestions?

canditaylor68 on November 8, 2008 at 11:09 AM

Why wait for the next election?

GinaE on November 8, 2008 at 6:13 PM

The MSM dug its own grave. Now it can lie in it.

Christien on November 8, 2008 at 6:14 PM

I think the better way to view the MSM is the media wing of the DNC. Hard to separate the product from the process.

Barak raises 650 million without breaking a sweat so I think there are some powerful people behind him. I would think the same powerful people would want their candidates to get favorable coverage.

If you want that to happen do you start your own media arm or simply buy up controlling interests in sagging media companies to tout your political product.

Powerful people using the media to influence voters is old hat. Alternative media is just a new, cheap, and effective way to pull back the curtain.

The MSM is a cancer. As more people learn to trust nothing they read in the papers, the cancer shrinks.

Angry Dumbo on November 8, 2008 at 6:38 PM

the pro-Obama tilt in this election cycle

Ed that is a gross understatement. Tilt? The MSM tries to fog up the argument with numbers of articles for Obama vrs McCain. I don’t care how many were for who, it is what the articles or TV broadcast say that is the damage makers. I’ve flipped back and forth between news on Fox & CNN and it seems they are operating in parallel but decidedly difference universes. The boycott is too slow. I say have Boston Tea party type events with their delivery trucks, news stands, paper vending boxes. Use you imagination.

wepeople on November 8, 2008 at 6:55 PM

Regarding ways to identify advertisers on the MSM and applying pressure to them

I have been thinking of starting a website that would provide a resource for people who believe the MSM have been and continue to be biased. I have started the outline of what I want to do, and I’m preparing to speak to someone I know who is much more web savvy than me.

Bottom line is, I’d like to hear from those of you with ideas on what format the information would be displayed in, what should and should not be focused on, and how often it would be updated. Here are my initial thoughts and the framework I am assembling:

The two main sources of MSM bias are through newspapers and television. For brevity’s sake, I’d focus first on television.

It would be important to determine if there were any networks that were fair. Unlike som eposters here, i still feel Fox is our best hope in television. I’d want to list major advertisers on television and identify those that advertised on CBS CNN ABC MSNBC and NBC but NOT on FOX to see if i could create a subset of those that put most of their advertising dollars into left leaning networks.

Visitors to the site would be able to see a Hot 25 list of the biggest advertisers who favor these same MSM, and click on a link that gave them the names, addresses, emails, #s (what ever I can obtain) of these advertisers, so each visitor can chose if they want to contact them to complain about the advertiser’s choice of advertising medium. This way they’d receive complaints from a variety of consumers and in a variety of ways.

Each month, I’d update the Top 25 so new advertisers would be listed.

I’d try to get mention of the website on other media that have a conservative viewership, hoping to partner with them.

I’mserious about this, and I’d like some feedback from anyone who thinks it may have legs. Thanks…

Red State State of Mind on November 8, 2008 at 7:20 PM

I like the Don’t Click Their Ads idea.

Also, any time you see a paid Google search ad that leads to an MSM website, click it and it will cost em. I’ll waste a few seconds a day doing it.

PC14 on November 8, 2008 at 7:53 PM

Or just Bad Media..

or BM..

DaveC on November 9, 2008 at 7:57 AM

wepeople on November 8, 2008 at 6:55 PM

thomasaur on November 9, 2008 at 12:11 PM

“Where was Howell during the last three months? ”

Answer: pimping for obamy.

notagool on November 9, 2008 at 12:56 PM

“Regarding ways to identify advertisers on the MSM and applying pressure to them”

If the site meets your objectives, you will have lawyers crawling up your arse. They will drive you out of business, and the nut roots will expose the personal life of you and your family. Witness….Joe….all he did was ask a good question.

It isn’t a thing for an ordinary citizen to take on.

notagool on November 9, 2008 at 1:02 PM

Newspapers are in a death spiral. They cannot save themselves. People have to buy papers, and they cannot get the readership to trust them, newspapers are dead. Unless they shift to fact and analysis reporting versus advocacy jouranlism they will go extinct. Newspapers have to decide between Obama hagiography and bankruptcy or real journalism that comes with a paycheck.

Unfortunately television can derive profit from ratings and selling advertising. So they do not have a direct a consequence as newspapers. But television news has the same choice to make.

Theworldisnotenough on November 9, 2008 at 3:00 PM

Red State State of Mind on November 8, 2008 at 7:20 PM

I think identifying advertisers is well, a dead end.

What conservatives need to do is invest in our culture. Take more teaching positions, go into the public sector. It is not in our nature but I’d call on conservatives, military veterans especially, to become teachers.

The most dangerous thing to conservativism is an ignorant public. And we have two solid generations that are very very ignorant of political and economic theory. How are you supposed to express conservative ideas to drywall? they do not know the difference between socialism and capitalism. I have had too many conversations with too many people about politics. We cannot depend on a fair media. We must do it ourselves.

Republicans MUST get off their arse and go to black neighborhoods and talk education, economics. Republicans have to talk past the media and work to solve problems. Don’t talk party talk solutions. The election of Barack Obama does have it’s benefits. Black people are paying attention. Now is a great time to be involved in the black community. When Barack Obama tilts left away from family values it gives Republicans an opening to talk about family values, to talk about abortion to talk about the morbid abortion rate among blacks. 70% of blacks voted for Prop 8, they are not interested in a President that is going to appoint judges that would grant gay marriage at the federal level. His choices get harder to explain when the most loyal voting block the Democrats have are deadset against gay marriage. When Republicans talk good education policy it puts the interests of black people, good education, against that of the Democrat party, pleasing the teachers union and keeping blacks in Democrat controlled poorly run educational systems. But my earlier point about going into education comes into play. Lets say the black dropout rate falls considerably. What will they be learning? Will they know what capitalism is and the benefits thereof or will they learn that government intervention saved the nation?

Were Republicans succesful at even shifting the Black vote just 10% nationally Democrats would have a very tough time getting elected. If, praise the Lord, the vote split… Democrats could not get elected to the federal goverment or governorship in most of the nation. The states with the ten largest US cities would be deep deep red.

This is a sound strategy. An innocous play for better education and family vaules that is not partisan or ideological during a time when black people are paying attention to poltics as they never have will highlight the ways in which the Democrat party is undermining the black community. What do we have to lose as conservatives? This can be implemented in the 20 largest cities in America. What we spend congressional races dwarfs what we would need to do this kind of outreach. The benefit is that the democrats default to identity politics, and ideology. The success of turning the black vote even a few points will bring out the demagouges. Black people voting for Republicans in good faith, rewarding them for reaching of and bringing good solutions to age old problems will not take demagougery lightly.

Theworldisnotenough on November 9, 2008 at 3:29 PM

That’s the issue Howell should have addressed in her column. We already know that the Post gave imbalanced coverage of Obama and McCain, as did most of the rest of the media. And now Howell gives the mea culpa in her first column after Election Day, when it’s far too late to do anything about it. Where was Howell during the last three months? Why wait until the election is over to speak up? That’s an answer in itself.

I wonder that anyone even bothers to ask this kind of question anymore. The members of the mainstream press are almost universally leftist. Their concept of “fair and balanced” is to have their side win. Why is this so hard to understand for conservatives?

kwh on November 9, 2008 at 3:30 PM

Theworldisnotenough on November 9, 2008 at 3:29 PM

Adding a little from Hitchens:

Suspicious of welfare addiction, feeble justice and high taxes, totally committed to preserving its own national sovereignty, unabashedly Christian in a world part secular and part Muslim, suspicious of the Great Global Warming panic, it was unique.

These strengths had been fading for some time, mainly due to poorly controlled mass immigration and to the march of political correctness. They had also been weakened by the failure of America’s conservative party – the Republicans – to fight on the cultural and moral fronts.

They preferred to posture on the world stage. Scared of confronting Left-wing teachers and sexual revolutionaries at home, they could order soldiers to be brave on their behalf in far-off deserts. And now the US, like Britain before it, has begun the long slow descent into the Third World. How sad. Where now is our last best hope on Earth?

Theworldisnotenough on November 9, 2008 at 3:40 PM

http://sarah-palin-2008.blogspot.com/2008/11/greta-and-rush-discuss-sarah-palin.html

Greta and Rush discuss the attacks on Sarah Palin.

Dr Evil on November 9, 2008 at 5:46 PM

I’m afraid all those criticizing the media for its pro-Obama bias are about 8 years behind the real issue. The primary reason that Obama was elected was due to the anti-Bush coverage that has been steady for 8 years now. Bush had his faults — don’t get me started on the “compassionate conservative” business — but the drive-by media systematically trashed him over and over again for 8 years, lying as needed. Once they planted the idea that the Bush administration was a colossal flop, the rest just followed.

Be prepared. You might think that a black man being elected president would put an end to all talk about racism, but it’s just beginning.

It’s just a matter of time before network figureheads start reminding us that millions of people did not vote for Obama. All those millions can still be presumed to be racists.

The only good news is that after a few years of smearing all political opponents as racists over and over, no one will take the accusation seriously any more.

theregoestheneighborhood on November 9, 2008 at 7:46 PM

Thee only way to deal with a biased media is to replace them. Print newspapers will be dead soon. Several magazines such as the Christian Science Monitor and the U.S. News and World Report are becoming web only. I think many other print media outlets will follow suit. The new media is the web and that is where we need to continue our work.

As for the broadcast media, we already own talk radio. As long as the liberals do not try to press a fairness doctrine that will not change. If they do press a fairness doctrine it is important that the Republicans in Congress either stop it or amend it so that we can make it work for us. Obviously, I prefer that it is stopped.

Television is the place where conservative ideas are not represented well. Even Fox News is neo-con rather than true conservative. We need to start looking at creating a real conservative news channel rather than the garbage that Fox puts on. I am talking hard news and serious analysis that explains what conservatism means.

Hawthorne on November 9, 2008 at 11:22 PM

Well, look at the good side. I have gotten some really good Obama jokes lately. Meet the new boss…..same as the old boss.

saiga on November 10, 2008 at 4:01 PM