Values Voters summit live on C-SPAN

posted at 10:45 am on October 7, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

Today I will make an appearance at the Values Voters Summit in the afternoon plenary session at 2 pm ET, which thanks to appearances today and tomorrow by a number of GOP presidential hopefuls, will be broadcast live on C-SPAN.  By the time this post goes live, we will have already heard from John Boehner and Eric Cantor, but if you tune in to C-SPAN3 before 11 ET you may catch Rick Santorum, the first of the candidates to speak.  Rick Perry will immediately precede the panel on which I will appear, and Herman Cain follows us … thankfully.  The evening session, which starts at 7:30 ET, will feature Michele Bachmann.  Tomorrow morning we will hear from Mitt Romney and Ron Paul, but I’m not sure what the C-SPAN schedule will be.  You can also follow my Twitter feed in order to keep up with my running commentary at VVS today.

My panel will discuss new media and social issues, and here are a few of the questions will be taking:

  • From your standpoint within the “new media,”what does the media, does the media “get” values voters? If so, why do social conservatives feel so misunderstood. If not, what are the media missing?
  • In the 1960s, literary critic Marshall McLuhan coined the concept that “the medium is the message.” What effect has the Internet as a medium had in shaping the way we talk about politics and public policy today?
  • The 2012 election: Will the candidate with the most Tweets win,or is it a little more complicated than that? What do candidates need to be aware of when reaching out to win voters online? Who is doing well? What can we learn from Obama’s organizational efforts in 2008?
  • Media bias: Has the presence of conservative outlets on the web mitigated the potential damage of media bias? Is this something we have to worry about anymore?

I’d be interested in reading your responses to these questions before the panel starts.  Meanwhile, I will be reporting from the floor and trying to get interviews with some of the speakers during the day.

Note: As a speaker to VVS11, FRC paid my travel expenses for the trip, which is the extent of the compensation I will receive.

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It’s like CPAC, but without the stench of eeeeevil gayyyyys.

It's Vintage, Duh on October 7, 2011 at 11:06 AM

Then that makes it a good thing.

tommyboy on October 7, 2011 at 11:16 AM

I better comment before this thread reaches 1,000 posts.

Bishop on October 7, 2011 at 11:21 AM


faraway on October 7, 2011 at 11:27 AM


Odie1941 on October 7, 2011 at 11:33 AM

Is there a schedule of speakers?

stenwin77 on October 7, 2011 at 11:51 AM

Here ya go, Ed, in order:

1) *yawns*

2) *stretches*

3) *closes eyes*

4) *zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz*

MrScribbler on October 7, 2011 at 11:56 AM

Hey look, a Headlines post about a Gallup Poll and Values…

Funny the Zogby released Cain over Romney 38/18 didnt make it here…

Odie1941 on October 7, 2011 at 12:19 PM

Is this why Ed’s not been posting all week? Cuz he’s hobnobbing with the elites? Typical.

lorien1973 on October 7, 2011 at 12:21 PM

Ed: In order,

1) I do not think that ‘new media’ understands anyone that votes on values or principles. This is mainly due to the increasing relativism assumed by contemporary media technologies. An example would be Facebook’s ‘Like’ button, vs. no ‘Dislike’ button.

2) We cannot escape the medium anymore, and therefore there is an issue with assumption of involvement. People will tend to assume they are involved when they are not. They are simply more exposed.

3) I do not think Obama’s success can be duplicated by conservatives without conservatives becoming more liberal. Part of Obama’s success in 2008 with ‘new media’ dealt with the fact that liberals are more receptive to the relativistic worldview assumed by new media (see 1)).

4) Media bias is even worse now than it was in the pre-Internet era. Before, the media controlled the message. Now, though, liberals are behind almost every new media technology. That means that the new technologies have the medium itself biased, rather than the message’s placement inside the medium being the bias.

Scott H on October 7, 2011 at 12:34 PM

On twitter they’re saying Perry got a standing ovation there.

juliesa on October 7, 2011 at 6:20 PM


Those questions seem REALLY lame… I’m sure your answers will be brilliant. But those are the best they could muster? REALLY?

Kevin McCullough on October 7, 2011 at 8:42 PM

WE SHOULD ISSUE AN IMMEDIATE MORATORIUM… no more using the term “new media” as it was only in fact “new” in like 1999.

Kevin McCullough on October 7, 2011 at 8:43 PM