Maybe Republicans should buy media outlets rather than donate to super-PACs

posted at 11:21 am on December 13, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

What was the secret of Barack Obama’s success in the 2012 election?  Traditionally, a President who produces substandard economic growth in a first term doesn’t get a second term; in fact, it’s about the only reason an incumbent President loses, other than offering a pardon to his predecessor.  One task in which Team Obama excelled was turning out low-information voters, a deliberate strategy that went all the way to the top.  While Barack Obama dodged the White House press for almost all of 2012, he continually appeared in entertainment venues to broaden his appeal and get reluctant voters to come out on Election Day.

Republicans tried to counter this with massive amounts of money from outside groups intended to even out the ad war.  They succeeded at that effort, but still lost the election, and ended up looking more marginalized than before.  Glenn Reynolds wonders whether that money would have been better spent buying the kind of media outlets that reach the voters Obama courted — especially among single women:

My suggestion: Buy some women’s magazines. No, really. Or at least some women’s Web sites.

One of the groups with whom Romney did worst was female “low-information voters.” Those are women who don’t really follow politics, and vote based on a vague sense of who’s mean and who’s nice, who’s cool and who’s uncool.

Since, by definition, they don’t pay much attention to political news, they get this sense from what they do read. And for many, that’s traditional women’s magazines — Redbook, Cosmopolitan, Glamour, the Ladies Home Journal, etc. — and the newer women’s sites like YourTango, The Frisky, Yahoo! Shine, and the like.

The thing is, those magazines and Web sites see themselves, pretty consciously, as a propaganda arm of the Democratic Party. So while nine out of 10 articles may be the usual stuff on sex, diet and shopping, the 10th will always be either soft p.r. for the Democrats or soft — or sometimes not-so-soft — hits on Republicans.

When a flier about getting away with rape was found in a college men’s bathroom, the women’s site YourTango (“Your Best Love Life”) led with the fact that the college was Paul Ryan’s alma materin a transparent effort to advance the Democrats’ War on Women claim that Republicans are somehow pro-rape. A companion article was “12 Hot Older Men Who Endorse President Obama.”

Similar p.r. abounded across the board: Sandra Fluke is a hero; Sarah Palin is a zero. Republicans are all old white men (women or minority Republicans get mocked or ignored).

This kind of thing adds up, especially among low-information voters. They may not know or care much about the specifics, but this theme, repeated over and over again, sends a message: Democrats are cool, and Republicans are uncool — and if you vote for them, you’re uncool, too.

This isn’t a bad idea for the deep-pocketed business leaders who sunk a lot of money in the election — and not just the general election, but the primaries as well.  Not only would that help push a more conservative point of view to consumers who are less connected to politics, these media outlets make money, too, which conservatives don’t mind when choosing investments.  At the very least, we can be sure that this won’t hurt, and it at least addresses the dynamic seen in the last election.

In general, Glenn’s argument goes along with a point Andrew Breitbart used to emphasize, which is that culture informs politics, and not the other way around.  Conservatives have to engage in the cultural as well as political sphere, even though the entertainment culture — which is the dominant culture in America these days — is tilted against conservative values and principles.  Perhaps conservatives have to engage especially because of that tilt.  And it would help to have some footholds in that arena when attempting to engage there.


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I don’t see any other way to combat the perverse influence of the left wing media aka the MSM.

novaculus on December 13, 2012 at 11:24 AM

Can we create a Super-PAC with the sole purpose of buying media outlets?

Or form a conservative corporation? I’m all for that.

John_Locke on December 13, 2012 at 11:24 AM

I keep saying this about education, too. Quit bitching about it and take it over. That’s what the left did, and they’re winning. It’s the only way to fight back.

Bob's Kid on December 13, 2012 at 11:24 AM

People that read that garbage like the Bible should not even vote anyways IMO….

watertown on December 13, 2012 at 11:25 AM

Oscar Wilde propounded a whole theory based on the same general idea: “Life imitates Art far more than Art imitates Life“.

Drained Brain on December 13, 2012 at 11:26 AM

Maybe Republicans should buy media outlets rather than donate to super-PACs

Probably because they would rather pay for advertising to appeal to Americans through advertising rather than attempt to buy the already-sold souls of a partisan media or media outlets….

easyt65 on December 13, 2012 at 11:26 AM

I’ve been saying this all along…They need to buy media outlets…The largest democratic fundraiser/lobbyist in California is trying to build a resort in Wine Country with lots of local pushback to the project. So what does he do?? He buys all the local newspapers…TO CONTROL the MESSAGE!

Political Chef on December 13, 2012 at 11:27 AM

FINALLY someone’s thinking out there; if we’re going to win, we need to have a much bigger share of the media than about zero.

IR-MN on December 13, 2012 at 11:27 AM

And as soon as it is bought, then it will be boycotted by the left.

Or, there will be a setup to take it down from within using some sort of scandal against the owner.

LoganSix on December 13, 2012 at 11:27 AM

It’s funny you should mention this, because I have been wondering if there EXISTS a women’s fashion magazine that doesn’t have the usual left-wing crap in the “serious” articles. Sometimes, it’s nice to read a magazine with fluff pieces, but I cannot support any of the women’s rags out there, because they’re always shilling for the left. Michelle Obama on the cover of Vogue? Seriously? She’s ugly. Ah, but Anna Wintour wants that ambassadorship. Rolling Stone puts the big Zero on the cover, and writes articles about how the evil Republicans are secretly plotting to [kill your grandma/steal your money/ take away your medicare/fill in the blank]. I hope someone takes you up on this offer, because I would love to be able to read a “fun” magazine without getting ticked off.

JoAnn1965 on December 13, 2012 at 11:29 AM

My comment seems to have disappeared, and it was so witty, too.

But yeah, this is the obvious answer. I’ve been saying the same about education, too. We ceded it–all of it–to the left two generations ago and the only way to get it back is to get it all back.

Bob's Kid on December 13, 2012 at 11:29 AM

If Republicans were to buy what are now liberal media outlets, we might be able to get a few months to get the message out before the liberals began to buy more media outlets and use those to demonize and marginalize the ones that were bought.

Then, just as with Fox News and the Democrat debates during the 2008 election, they would demand that no Democrats appear in or on that media outlet, and we would probably end up with the status quo.

Reno_Dave on December 13, 2012 at 11:32 AM

Yes

forest on December 13, 2012 at 11:32 AM

Yes. Right minded folks need to target media outlets.

How about funding for right minded journalists? Scholarships? Endowments? Take a new look at advertising dollars while we’re at it.

It all begins with a business plan.

EconomicNeocon on December 13, 2012 at 11:32 AM

Buy Vogue and fire Ann Wintour.

Illinidiva on December 13, 2012 at 11:33 AM

YES! I’ve been saying this for months. Instead of pouring millions down the drain with ads to boost a specific candidate, invest in the media infrastructure that will benefit us long-term and in all campaigns.

This includes buying select media outlets and subtly re-orienting them politically, as well as political issue ads to inform voters about current affairs from a conservative perspective. Like those Bill Whittle videos, but in 30 seconds or 1 minute. Not aggressive with doomsday music, but friendly, accessible, informative and above all intriguing for anyone who has never heard anything beyond worthless, generic, Republican talking points about candidate X or issue Y.

In fact, why not set up a dedicated initiative that will allow grass roots conservatives to a) donate funds to such ads and b) vote on proposed ads and topics so we have a say in how this is implemented and feel some ownership.

We used to be able to win elections by throwing out high-level conservative talking points and pointing to candidates that (seemed to) embrace them. That seems to be over. For conservatism to win, the masses need to understand it, and we need to be the educators.

nknet on December 13, 2012 at 11:35 AM

This is a good idea, the antidote to low-information voting is information.

What does an a$$wipe glossy like cosmo cost anyway?

We would also be well-served to push for generous tax credits for families that home school.

SAMinVA on December 13, 2012 at 11:36 AM

Conservatives have to engage in the cultural as well as political sphere, even though the entertainment culture — which is the dominant culture in America these days — is tilted against conservative values and principles.

There’s nothing conservative about capitalism. Capitalism is a liberalising, even radicalising, force.

lostmotherland on December 13, 2012 at 11:37 AM

Conservatives need to buy media outlets. Period.

A major broadcast TV network would be good, for openers. Then some stuff in Hollywood.

Right now, the only action in media acquisition I see is with Glenn Beck.

petefrt on December 13, 2012 at 11:37 AM

Going by the Cosmo cover, 2016 would look something like this:

“Conservepolitan” Headline:

Thousands of guys reveal why legitimate rape can not result in pregnancy.

lester on December 13, 2012 at 11:38 AM

subtly re-orienting them politically

w

e need to be the educators.

Sounds like indoctrination.

lostmotherland on December 13, 2012 at 11:38 AM

YES, YES, a THOUSAND times YES.

We got to this sorry state because the communists infiltrated and then took over the media. We can do the same thing, you know. We should simply take back what the communists stole, based on their 45 goals for the takeover of the USA:

17. Get control of the schools. Use them as transmission belts for socialism and current Communist propaganda. Soften the curriculum. Get control of teachers’ associations. Put the party line in textbooks.

20. Infiltrate the press. Get control of book-review assignments, editorial writing, policy-making positions.

21. Gain control of key positions in radio, TV, and motion pictures.

We can undo this damage by spending our money and energy infiltrating and taking over the institutions they took away from us.

The Rogue Tomato on December 13, 2012 at 11:38 AM

“Low-information voters” is just a nice way to say ‘nitwits who don’t pay attention’. But yeah… we need to challenge the left’s control of the media. We need to challenge their control of our educational system as well. And most of all, we need to challenge them for control of our state and local governments. It’s MUCH harder for socialist Democrats to do the whole “top-down” thing.. when there’s push-back from the states.

Murf76 on December 13, 2012 at 11:39 AM

This isn’t a bad idea for the deep-pocketed business leaders who sunk a lot of money in the election

Everything in pop media is a huge circle jerk of liberals and their business model totally depends on constant referrals back and forth to build interest in whatever meme they are pushing as without it no one would ever care. Any conservative buying an established liberal media outlet will be instantly shut out of the circle. This also makes any new start up by conservatives very costly as they don’t get the friendly hand that new liberal start ups do. Politico is a perfect example of this. You will see new liberal start ups quoted and referred to by major liberal media players from almost day one. It would never happen with Conservatives.

Conservatives should do this, even buy existing media outlets, but it should be with the sure knowledge that these will require massive advertizing budgets to gain influence and will never make the same profit as there liberal counterparts who get it free.

Rocks on December 13, 2012 at 11:39 AM

I love this idea. I subscribe to Southern Living and it is owned by Time, Inc. of all things.

Cindy Munford on December 13, 2012 at 11:39 AM

Well they can start by buying Time. Not surprising, (considering the election of Obama) Time pollsters just voted Kim Jong Un person of the year.

Can’t even imagine what these people are thinking to give that unruly defiant slave master any recognition at all.

But then again…

plutorocks on December 13, 2012 at 11:39 AM

Good idea. It’d be much easier to buy Cosmo, say, than to reclaim a majority of colleges or public schools.

And you wouldn’t even really have to fill the publications with conservative content. Just let them write on the same topics as now, but have the stories edited from a conservative viewpoint. Even eliminating the liberal bias would provide us a boost, much less actually promoting conservative ideas.

hawksruleva on December 13, 2012 at 11:40 AM

Sounds like indoctrination.

lostmotherland on December 13, 2012 at 11:38 AM

It’s not indoctrination when it’s the truth. Marxism is based on lies. Marxists MUST lie in order to get power, because nobody in their right mind would actually want to live in a Marxist country.

The Rogue Tomato on December 13, 2012 at 11:41 AM

Why do we even need to ask this? This should have been figured out ages ago.

As Dana Loesch said, “politics is downstream of culture.”

Screw the super-pacs and all that lobbying BS. Start engaging with culture by buying media, creating media, reshaping media. Beck is already doing it.

Oh wait, but Glenn Beck is craaaaazy….

somewhatconcerned on December 13, 2012 at 11:42 AM

It’s a begining, but there’s still SNL, Letterman, and TV taboid douchebaggery that will still need to be dealt with, not to mention the alphabet evening news casts. The TV media is the big kahuna that’ll be hardest to tackle.

Red Creek on December 13, 2012 at 11:42 AM

YES! YES! YES! This is exactly what we need to do.

DeathtotheSwiss on December 13, 2012 at 11:42 AM

And most of all, we need to challenge them for control of our state and local governments. It’s MUCH harder for socialist Democrats to do the whole “top-down” thing.. when there’s push-back from the states.

Murf76 on December 13, 2012 at 11:39 AM

We’re doing a lot better on the state and local front, and I wonder if that’s because “big media” doesn’t really address those issues and candidates. The meme that national Republicans are out to steal your uterus doesn’t seem to get as much play in state/local races.

I imagine folks on the left are working to do a better job of smearing our candidates in those elections, though. They see the benefit we’re reaping from having GOP control at the state level.

hawksruleva on December 13, 2012 at 11:44 AM

My suggestion: Buy some women’s magazines. No, really. Or at least some women’s Web sites.

So much easier than beginning now and putting out the real positions when it comes to the gals instead of playing defense after the enemy claims the GOP wants to ban all abortions and jack up the price of birth control for sluts like Sandra Fluke!

Happy Nomad on December 13, 2012 at 11:45 AM

At the very least the GOP should escalate the war with the media instead of letting George Stephanopolous and Candy Crowley walk all over them and act like a scared puppy. What more could the media do to Republicans that it isn’t already doing?

bw222 on December 13, 2012 at 11:45 AM

It’s a begining, but there’s still SNL, Letterman, and TV taboid douchebaggery that will still need to be dealt with, not to mention the alphabet evening news casts. The TV media is the big kahuna that’ll be hardest to tackle.

Red Creek on December 13, 2012 at 11:42 AM

That’s true, but stories in women’s magazines often make it into big media. Writers will always be lazy – and if we give them more conservative viewpoints to pull from, there’s a better chance our stuff will get aired.

hawksruleva on December 13, 2012 at 11:45 AM

It’s not indoctrination when it’s the truth.

It’s not the truth. There is no “truth” anymore in global capitalist culture. Just what sells and what doesn’t. And Republicans aren’t hip or cool enough and never will be.

lostmotherland on December 13, 2012 at 11:46 AM

They could get the NY Times for a song.

profitsbeard on December 13, 2012 at 11:46 AM

Well they can start by buying Time. Not surprising, (considering the election of Obama) Time pollsters just voted Kim Jong Un person of the year.

Can’t even imagine what these people are thinking to give that unruly defiant slave master any recognition at all.

But then again…

plutorocks on December 13, 2012 at 11:39 AM

Maybe conservatives should also start learning about how the Internet and online polls work:

However, some of the highest vote tallies got a boost from members of Internet forums like 4Chan who launched a campaign to manipulate the results pushing North Korea’s supreme leader to the top of the list.

Specially since this has been happening for a few years now. Also Time person of the year is not indicative of the qualities of person in question. It’s a matter of who made the news. Hitler and Stalin, the latter twice as well as Gandhi and FDR (twice) have made the list. This second misconception is bipartisan.

lester on December 13, 2012 at 11:48 AM

YES, this is what I’ve been saying. Trump, Adelson, Koch, etc, they should get into media, all forms. rather than donating only to candidates. the media is primarily where the battle for hearts and minds is being lost day in and day out. also in education, which is another place to invest.

exceller on December 13, 2012 at 11:49 AM

Literally the best idea I’ve heard since the election.

Angstlee on December 13, 2012 at 11:49 AM

Sounds like indoctrination.

lostmotherland on December 13, 2012 at 11:38 AM

I’d call it unindoctrination. We wouldn’t have to spin things, simply by removing the liberal bias, we’d gain an advantage, and present a more balanced picture of the world to readers.

Glamour wouldn’t sell if it was filled with articles on the debt crises. But if we removed the editorial bias to fill stories with liberal stereotypes, myths, and pseudosience, conservatives would benefit.

hawksruleva on December 13, 2012 at 11:49 AM

YES, this is what I’ve been saying. Trump, Adelson, Koch, etc, they should get into media, all forms. rather than donating only to candidates. the media is primarily where the battle for hearts and minds is being lost day in and day out. also in education, which is another place to invest.

exceller on December 13, 2012 at 11:49 AM

One more point. If we owned a network, then when we start buying ads, we’d be keeping that money in conservative hands.

hawksruleva on December 13, 2012 at 11:50 AM

+1000000!!! Excellent idea, Ed!

Not only should conservatives buy the women magazines you have suggested, they should purchase other MSM or LSM outlets even if it requires hostile takeovers.

One commenter indicated the left would simply boycott those media outlets. I say bring it on!!! Pretty soon, they will run out of news outlets to boycott.

TheRightMan on December 13, 2012 at 11:51 AM

Glamour wouldn’t sell if it was filled with articles on the debt crises. But if we removed the editorial bias to fill stories with liberal stereotypes, myths, and pseudosience, conservatives would benefit.

What “pseudoscience” gets covered in Glamour?

lostmotherland on December 13, 2012 at 11:51 AM

REPUBLICANS DO HAVE A COOL WING!

We’re called “libertarians.” Use us! Stop putting us at the back of the bus. Let us be the face of the GOP.

You conservatives won’t have to fret. We’re not going to talk about legalizing heroin or nothing. But we can talk about marijuana, and attract some Western states youth votes.

ericdondero on December 13, 2012 at 11:51 AM

Ike warned about the “military-industrial complex” back in the 50′s. Nowadays, the democratic-media complex is extraordinarily powerful. The mix of politicians, news outlets, television, movies, and music pretty much covers all aspects of our culture and the message is overwhelmingly democratic and liberal/progressive.

ted c on December 13, 2012 at 11:53 AM

Hmmm…do blogs have sweeps weeks? Are we in one? Can we expect daily pictures of semi-clothed “actresses” all week?

MTF on December 13, 2012 at 11:54 AM

lostmotherland on December 13, 2012 at 11:46 AM

You’re a member of a drum circle, arent’y you?

Cindy Munford on December 13, 2012 at 11:54 AM

It’s not the truth. There is no “truth” anymore in global capitalist culture. Just what sells and what doesn’t. And Republicans aren’t hip or cool enough and never will be.

lostmotherland on December 13, 2012 at 11:46 AM

You’re wrong. Here are but a few examples:

Marxism doesn’t work. That’s the truth. History demonstrates that. It has failed everywhere it has been tried. But the Marxists spread the lie that it does work.

Marxists also say capitalism doesn’t work, and that capitalism is the cause for all our current woes. That’s a lie.

The Marxists say Keynesian economics works. They say food stamps stimulate the economy such that every $1 spent in food stamps results in $4 (or whatever) stimulus. It’s a lie easily exposed if we had a media willing to expose it.

The Free Market, in principle, does work. That’s the truth. Human nature corrupts the Free Market, so it must be managed to a degree. That’s also the truth.

And so on… there are countless lies being told now, and if conservatives took over the media, we could tell countless truths and expose the lies.

The Rogue Tomato on December 13, 2012 at 11:55 AM

If a big-money conservative institution tries to purchase a major media outlet expect the MSM to do their obligatory howling.

heretic on December 13, 2012 at 11:55 AM

Sounds like indoctrination.

lostmotherland on December 13, 2012 at 11:38 AM

The irony of that statment coming from you is lost on you.

Bitter Clinger on December 13, 2012 at 11:55 AM

MTF on December 13, 2012 at 11:54 AM

lorien1973 has his fingers crossed.

Cindy Munford on December 13, 2012 at 11:55 AM

You’re a member of a drum circle, arent’y you?

Cindy Munford

No. But I sure don’t read Southern Living.

lostmotherland on December 13, 2012 at 11:55 AM

That’s absolutely correct, the press has convinced itself that it has the right to select our President and his minions. Its why the left is insane over Fox.

Speakup on December 13, 2012 at 11:55 AM

lostmotherland on December 13, 2012 at 11:55 AM

Why not?

Cindy Munford on December 13, 2012 at 11:56 AM

And so on… there are countless lies being told now, and if conservatives took over the media, we could tell countless truths and expose the lies.

The Rogue Tomato

You’re so naive it’s painful. “Marxists”? Where? In the White House? Hahahahahahaha.

lostmotherland on December 13, 2012 at 11:57 AM

TIME and Newsweek make occasional headlines, but low information voters don’t read them.

People, US, Cosmopolitan, and similar mags, on the other hand, are a regular part of millions of Americans’ lives. And they’re all constantly applying leftward pressure on people’s views on a wide range of topics.

hawksruleva on December 13, 2012 at 11:57 AM

Why not?

Cindy Munford

It doesn’t interest me. I’m sure it’s a fine magazine for recipes and holiday wreaths and the like.

lostmotherland on December 13, 2012 at 11:57 AM

Maybe Republicans should buy media outlets rather than donate to super-PACs

Great big Well DUH right there… Sadly it’s probably to late.

Erick Holders Department of Injustice becomes America’s Gestapo.

SWalker on December 13, 2012 at 11:58 AM

This is what I have been thinking. Why not take over at least one major network: ABC or CBS or even CNN. Where are all of the wealthy conservatives? Taking over the women’s magazines is a good start; how about African American and Hispanic media?

Puma for Life on December 13, 2012 at 11:59 AM

If a big-money conservative institution tries to purchase a major media outlet expect the MSM to do their obligatory howling.

heretic on December 13, 2012 at 11:55 AM

And they’re not obligated to sell. You’d need a well-funded shell company that wasn’t obviously conservative. Or a hedge fund…

hawksruleva on December 13, 2012 at 11:59 AM

This is what I have been thinking. Why not take over at least one major network: ABC or CBS or even CNN. Where are all of the wealthy conservatives? Taking over the women’s magazines is a good start; how about African American and Hispanic media?

Puma for Life on December 13, 2012 at 11:59 AM

If you took over ABC, you’d also be taking over ESPN and Disney. It wouldn’t be cheap, but it would be huge.

hawksruleva on December 13, 2012 at 12:00 PM

lostmotherland on December 13, 2012 at 11:57 AM

Oh it is!!!

Cindy Munford on December 13, 2012 at 12:01 PM

Also Time person of the year is not indicative of the qualities of person in question. It’s a matter of who made the news. Hitler and Stalin, the latter twice as well as Gandhi and FDR (twice) have made the list. This second misconception is bipartisan.

lester on December 13, 2012 at 11:48 AM

Oh I know how the polls work and it includes good or bad behavior but I don’t like rewarding it. Kind of fuels the fire, the more headlines the more recognition.

That being said; I vote Lindsay Lohan Hollywood’s person of the year.

plutorocks on December 13, 2012 at 12:01 PM

Sounds like indoctrination.

Semantics. Let’s face it, today everything is political: food, health, cars, homes, weather. I wish it wasn’t, but the left has operated this way for decades while we have pretended the effects of their activism would never move beyond the fringes. Are we going to keep pretending we can ignore the politics of all these issues, or are we going to fight back with our own politics?

Basically, there was a time when the culture was conservative. Because it was, we assumed it would stay that way and let down our guard, rarely politicizing things because there didn’t seem to be much of a point when things were already the way we liked them. Meanwhile, the left has continually politicized everything, first from the fringes, now in the mainstream, to the point where I can barely think of anything that doesn’t have political angles to it.

Today the culture is no longer conservative. If we want traditional family, freedom, religion, family, responsible spending, american pride and exceptionalism, we need to make the case for them just as aggressively and pervasively as the Left has for its ideas for decades. And yes, one of the most effective means of doing this is using non-explicitly political media injected with a relatively subtle conservative slant. If that’s “indoctrination,” so be it.

nknet on December 13, 2012 at 12:02 PM

I subscribe to “Lady Parts Quarterly”, for the articles…and for the journalism.

SparkPlug on December 13, 2012 at 12:02 PM

You’re so naive it’s painful. “Marxists”? Where? In the White House? Hahahahahahaha.

lostmotherland on December 13, 2012 at 11:57 AM

Now that right there is just comedy Gold, Marxist Useless Idiot calling someone painfully naive.

SWalker on December 13, 2012 at 12:02 PM

Sounds like a good plan. Conservative women love fashion, too. I would have loved to have a fashion mag that wasn’t filled with stupid stuff that ticked me off. Stopped buying them a long, long time ago for that reason. Actually all one would have to do is to just do fashion stuff. Leave the political stuff out. I really hate Michelle’s fashion sense, but you know any fashion mag would be compelled to do it.

However, the ‘fair and balanced’ junk from Fox is turning me off. I can’t stand Hannity anymore with his long ‘fights for the night’. I don’t care about Commies anymore. I prefer not to hear from them or about them. I already know the damage they are doing and I really don’t appreciate the compare and contrast that Fox seems to love. All Conservative, all the time is just about right for me, but no one has the courage to do it. No one, except for Glenn. From the little I’ve seen of his network, I like it.

BetseyRoss on December 13, 2012 at 12:02 PM

Oh it is!!!

Cindy Munford

I’m sure it is. You obviously have your own stereotypes about me. “Drum circle,” indeed. Maybe you need to broaden your horizons beyond “southern living,” holiday wreaths and recipes?

lostmotherland on December 13, 2012 at 12:03 PM

Articles taking today’s fashions and finding a reasonably price acceptable alternative are always good.

Cindy Munford on December 13, 2012 at 12:03 PM

People, US, Cosmopolitan, and similar mags, on the other hand, are a regular part of millions of Americans’ lives. And they’re all constantly applying leftward pressure on people’s views on a wide range of topics.

hawksruleva on December 13, 2012 at 11:57 AM

They’ve convinced millions that Michelle Obama is fashionable and/or pretty.

Or if you say the opposite, you are deemed a racist.

sentinelrules on December 13, 2012 at 12:03 PM

That’s a great idea and we need to do that.

But, we would get a better bang for our buck if we set up a Legal Defense Fund for Conservative Civil Rights.

Use Alinsky against the Alinskyites.

We should send people out (Fluke style) to liberal media outlets. If they are not hired, we should sue them for discrimination.

We should set up think tanks to do studies on the percent of conservatives in media, then sue them based on discrimination.

This should be a massive onslaught.

Plus, this way we make money. We are makers, after all.

faraway on December 13, 2012 at 12:03 PM

You’re a member of a drum circle, arent’y you?

Cindy Munford on December 13, 2012 at 11:54 AM

Leader of a dumb circle.

VegasRick on December 13, 2012 at 12:04 PM

Univision and BET?

faraway on December 13, 2012 at 12:05 PM

It’s not the truth. There is no “truth” anymore in global capitalist culture. Just what sells and what doesn’t. And Republicans aren’t hip or cool enough and never will be.

lostmotherland on December 13, 2012 at 11:46 AM

Spoken like someone who’s been indoctrinated. Who decides if Republicans are hip or cool? SNL, People Magazine, Daytime talk shows.

Mitch Daniels rides a motorcycle. Who’s to say Marco Rubio isn’t cool? Democrats do a great job of smearing anyone who makes it onto the national stage. Ever notice how an Ivy League education can’t inoculate Republicans from being portrayed as stupid? George Bush was branded an idiot, despite being smart by any objective measure.

hawksruleva on December 13, 2012 at 12:05 PM

Leader of a dumb circle.

If only I was as smart and witty as you. Sigh.

lostmotherland on December 13, 2012 at 12:05 PM

Sounds like indoctrination.

lostmotherland on December 13, 2012 at 11:38 AM

Indoctrination tastes like your mother’s milk and sounds like the music piped into your crib by the left.

SparkPlug on December 13, 2012 at 12:07 PM

Finding a conservative with a lot of money to buy up current liberal media propaganda outlets is really the only option.

pitythefool on December 13, 2012 at 12:08 PM

Who decides if Republicans are hip or cool? SNL, People Magazine, Daytime talk shows.

The problem with you lot is that you think everything is a conspiracy. Do you think the CEO’s and editorial boards of all these magazines sit around and decide which right wing politician they’re going to smear this week? Do you think that’s how culture works? Well, it doesn’t. Hip sells. Cool sells. Business loves ‘hip’ and ‘cool,’ because hip and cool make profits. The GOIP brand is “unhip” and “uncool.” No “one” decided this. It’s the cultural consensus. Daniels is an exception to a general rule. Hip and cool belong elsewhere on the cultural map than with conservatives.

lostmotherland on December 13, 2012 at 12:09 PM

The dems own the bottom feeding magazines, so we should…and we should put our money into “owning” school boards, so we can control education…ground up baby, trickle down is great for money, but for power and control it’s the artesian well theory.

right2bright on December 13, 2012 at 12:10 PM

Maybe we could repeal the 16th amendment?

cajunpatriot on December 13, 2012 at 12:10 PM

I wonder if cozmo reads cosmo. I bet he likes the eye candy.

SparkPlug on December 13, 2012 at 12:11 PM

crib

Is that “crib” as in manger or “crib” as in MTV Cribs? Because your answer determines whether a ‘low-information’ voter will buy what you’re selling.

lostmotherland on December 13, 2012 at 12:11 PM

Maybe you need to broaden your horizons beyond “southern living,” holiday wreaths and recipes?

lostmotherland on December 13, 2012 at 12:03 PM

I bet you don’t even see the irony in that comment. But I will look at it as a joke equal to my drum circle remark. At least I had your view of “global capitalism” to base my snark on.

Cindy Munford on December 13, 2012 at 12:11 PM

Glenn Reynolds wonders whether that money would have been better spent buying the kind of media outlets that reach the voters Obama courted — especially among single women:

..exactly.

We already know that the press is over the top bias for the democratic party…we know that liberals control over 90% of the press/MSM and entertainment industry.They have such control they don’t even try to hide their agenda now.Play down,ignore,or spin anything that harms the democratic party while at the same time 24/7,wall to wall coverage of anything that hurts Conservatives…whether true or made up by left wing activist.
Pointing all of this out is fruitless now…it is known and they are using their information leverage with little regard to all the yelling and screaming we do about their bias.

The best way to combat this is to buy up these outlets…..NBC could have been bought up years ago….many papers and magazines are in the same boat.
As Conservatives….we have to accept the fact that many people will not inform themselves of the issues and will take the repetitive talking points issued by the democratic party….no matter how stupid and untrue….as fact.

This will continue and we will be marginalized to “I know the dems are courrpt and full of sh!t…but at least they’re better than those Nazi Repubs” status that we see in California and New York.

Gaining ground on the information front is key to any chance of Conservatives being able to remain a strong force in the direction of this country.

Baxter Greene on December 13, 2012 at 12:12 PM

People that read that garbage like the Bible should not even vote anyways IMO….

watertown on December 13, 2012 at 11:25 AM

My decoder ring is in the shop.
Any guesses?

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on December 13, 2012 at 12:12 PM

Today the culture is no longer conservative. If we want traditional family, freedom, religion, family, responsible spending, american pride and exceptionalism, we need to make the case for them just as aggressively and pervasively as the Left has for its ideas for decades. And yes, one of the most effective means of doing this is using non-explicitly political media injected with a relatively subtle conservative slant. If that’s “indoctrination,” so be it.

nknet on December 13, 2012 at 12:02 PM

Well said. I think one conservative failing is that we’ve decided that politics was the only sphere in which we would fight. It was lazy and cowardly of us to try to have our politicians do everything for us. And I think it hurts the conservative brand, because conservatives end up calling for the expansion of government into the social arena.

We should fight to make people NOT WANT abortions, instead of waiting for the government and politicians to make them illegal. If you believe homosexuality is wrong, then fight for that – but don’t expect your Congressman to do the fighting for you. I know there are folks on here who are working in those arenas, but a lot of folks want to do all of their fighting in the voting booth. And it takes more than that.

hawksruleva on December 13, 2012 at 12:13 PM

No, we need a right leaning The Daily Show, Friends or Lost. We need something that will entertain lots of people on a weekly or even daily basis that leans ever so subtly to the right. Something with excellent writing and acting but gently introduces conservative ideas to the audience through their investment in the show. I mean don’t have a TV Show about a guy that works at a gun store that rants about gun control every episode. Have a big reveal where the relate-able character suddenly pull out his/her (licensed) concealed sidearm for his/her defense halfway through the season. Have a character lose a month’s wages from a union strike or have a government official take the character’s home with eminent domain so it can be knocked down and the land sold cheaply to a land developer. Make it good, make it subtle and it will influence the whole country more than a dozen magazines.

Browncoatone on December 13, 2012 at 12:13 PM

Print media is dead. The e-reader is the formal forum for speech and social media is the marketplace. Reynolds idea(s) are well off the pace at which trends run.

Unless the printed mag is held by the company that has the website you’re after, it’s a foolish investment. As an example, The Daily Beast, for the last five or six years, has had far more influence than Newsweek … which has folded. And the Daily Beast generally presents essays that are little more than the percolated amalgam collected from FB to Twitter to Pinterest.

M240H on December 13, 2012 at 12:13 PM

Yes!!!!!!!!! I’ll chip in $1.87 for Cosmopoliton.

I’ll chip in $2.50 for Playgirl.

I’ll chip in $3.13 to buy “The View”

I’ll even chip in a whole $20.13 For “The New York Times.”

Then we will hire Stephen Crowder as Editor in chief.

Varchild on December 13, 2012 at 12:13 PM

It’s not the truth. There is no “truth” anymore in global capitalist culture. Just what sells and what doesn’t. And Republicans aren’t hip or cool enough and never will be.

lostmotherland on December 13, 2012 at 11:46 AM

You may think that’s true, but you would probably be surprised to know how many younger people look at what you think is cool and call it disgusting. My daughter would call your use of the words “hip” and “cool” a sure sign that you are old and stupid. Sooner or later people notice that those Polar bears are not extinct.

Night Owl on December 13, 2012 at 12:13 PM

At least I had your view of “global capitalism” to base my snark on.

Cindy Munford

My view of global capitalism happens to be the correct one. Global capitalism doesn’t give a sh+t about your values. that sounds harsh I know, and I apologize if I offend (you seem like a nice lady). But it’s the cold hard truth.

lostmotherland on December 13, 2012 at 12:13 PM

The best way to combat this is to buy up these outlets…..NBC could have been bought up years ago….many papers and magazines are in the same boat.

Baxter Greene on December 13, 2012 at 12:12 PM

In fact, Warren Buffett just bought a whole bunch of newspapers. He says he’s not going to influence their content, but clearly those papers know Buffett’s position on taxes, and may that consider on some level when writing stories.

hawksruleva on December 13, 2012 at 12:15 PM

My view of global capitalism happens to be the correct one.

So there.

SparkPlug on December 13, 2012 at 12:15 PM

People that read that garbage like the Bible should not even vote anyways IMO….

watertown on December 13, 2012 at 11:25 AM

My decoder ring is in the shop.
Any guesses?

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on December 13, 2012 at 12:12 PM

Not even going to bother

VegasRick on December 13, 2012 at 12:15 PM

Univision and BET?

faraway on December 13, 2012 at 12:05 PM

RAAAAACIST!!

LoganSix on December 13, 2012 at 12:15 PM

Maybe you need to broaden your horizons beyond “southern living,” holiday wreaths and recipes?

lostmotherland on December 13, 2012 at 12:03 PM

I bet you think all Asians know Karate and all black people look alike.

Nothing like a pompous liberal revealing their bigoted,stereotyping of Americans while at the same time trying to convenience everyone how smart and open minded they are.

Baxter Greene on December 13, 2012 at 12:16 PM

The problem with buying entertainment media outlets such as Cosmo is that they will instantly become nonprofitable. These outlets are about selling sex, or a hope to get laid in that or another form. No conservative message can compete with that. The subscribers will migrate to whatever liberal outlets remain, and so will the best staff. The result will be a lot of money spent on a dying glossy, and an improvement in quality of competing magazines.

Archivarix on December 13, 2012 at 12:16 PM

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