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The Conservative Media Is Lying To You

Conor Friedersdorf ****ing nails it. If you bathe in the muck of the vast majority of conservative media -- if you read FoxNews.com more than any other site, if you hail Mark Levin as brilliant, if you live and die by Drudge...

Then you are being lied to.

There are plenty of conservative sources that simply have a conservative view on the world -- the Wall Street Journal, for instance. But that's distinct from the profitable media empire that sells propaganda damn near 24/7.

Example #1, since it comes up so much in this forum: the Drudge Report.

How many times did the Drudge Report link to Nate Silver, who absolutely crushed his election predictions? Zero.
How many times did the Drudge Report link to Dick Morris? A dozen.

And yet you bought it. You might recall sitting there watching the election returns, certain that Romney would win because for months you've been inundated with Republican whores like Morris telling you what you wanted to hear -- "Obama's a paper tiger," "his campaign is getting desperate," "absolutely nobody I know is voting Obama," "I see more Romney yard signs," "look at this outlier poll that favors Romney"...

Then the results come in, largely how the vast majority of polls told us they would.

You were misinformed. Massively. And it's not just limited to election returns. On climate change, tax rates, income inequality, immigration, healthcare, energy, foreign policy (in particular the Middle East), gay rights for the longest time, and of course Obama himself... You are being sold a bullshit platter that leaves you just as misinformed as you were about the prospective election results.

The biggest offender, of course, is Fox News. Not that they're the most egregious violators of conservative propaganda, but they're by far the most pervasive and the most influential.

You trust Fox News because you believe they are simply reporting from a conservative point of view. That's not true. They are actively selling bullshit. This election and Rove's meltdown on the evening of the 6th is proof. This is an organization that is financially and professionally tied to the Republican Party. Fox News' overlords donate heavily to the GOP. Many Republican candidates for the Presidency either end up or originate as Fox News contributors. This is not an independent outlet in any shape or form, it is a direct arm of the Republican Party.

Get out of this bubble. Set Google News as your homepage. And embrace the next four years as an opportunity to find out what you actually believe, rather than simply adopting the narrative of charlatans.

http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/...d-file/264855/

How Conservative Media Lost to the MSM and Failed the Rank and File
Nate Silver was right. His ideological antagonists were wrong. And that's just the beginning of the right's self-created information disadvantage.
By Conor Friedersdorf
Nov 7 2012, 6:30 AM ET

Before rank-and-file conservatives ask, "What went wrong?", they should ask themselves a question every bit as important: "Why were we the last to realize that things were going wrong for us?"

Barack Obama just trounced a Republican opponent for the second time. But unlike four years ago, when most conservatives saw it coming, Tuesday's result was, for them, an unpleasant surprise. So many on the right had predicted a Mitt Romney victory, or even a blowout -- Dick Morris, George Will, and Michael Barone all predicted the GOP would break 300 electoral votes. Joe Scarborough scoffed at the notion that the election was anything other than a toss-up. Peggy Noonan insisted that those predicting an Obama victory were ignoring the world around them. Even Karl Rove, supposed political genius, missed the bulls-eye. These voices drove the coverage on Fox News, talk radio, the Drudge Report, and conservative blogs.

Those audiences were misinformed.

Outside the conservative media, the narrative was completely different. Its driving force was Nate Silver, whose performance forecasting Election '08 gave him credibility as he daily explained why his model showed that President Obama enjoyed a very good chance of being reelected. Other experts echoed his findings. Readers of The New York Times, The Atlantic, and other "mainstream media" sites besides knew the expert predictions, which have been largely born out. The conclusions of experts are not sacrosanct. But Silver's expertise was always a better bet than relying on ideological hacks like Morris or the anecdotal impressions of Noonan.


Sure, Silver could've wound up wrong. But people who rejected the possibility of his being right? They were operating at a self-imposed information disadvantage.

Conservatives should be familiar with its contours. For years, they've been arguing that liberal control of media and academia confers one advantage: Folks on the right can't help but be familiar with the thinking of liberals, whereas leftists can operate entirely within a liberal cocoon. This analysis was offered to explain why liberal ideas were growing weaker and would be defeated.

Today?

It is easy to close oneself off inside a conservative echo chamber. And right-leaning outlets like Fox News and Rush Limbaugh's show are far more intellectually closed than CNN or public radio. If you're a rank-and-file conservative, you're probably ready to acknowledge that ideologically friendly media didn't accurately inform you about Election 2012. Some pundits engaged in wishful thinking; others feigned confidence in hopes that it would be a self-fulfilling prophecy; still others decided it was smart to keep telling right-leaning audiences what they wanted to hear.

But guess what?

You haven't just been misinformed about the horse race. Since the very beginning of the election cycle, conservative media has been failing you. With a few exceptions, they haven't tried to rigorously tell you the truth, or even to bring you intellectually honest opinion. What they've done instead helps to explain why the right failed to triumph in a very winnable election.

Why do you keep putting up with it?

Conservatives were at a disadvantage because Romney supporters like Jennifer Rubin and Hugh Hewitt saw it as their duty to spin constantly for their favored candidate rather than being frank about his strengths and weaknesses. What conservative Washington Post readers got, when they traded in Dave Weigel for Rubin, was a lot more hackery and a lot less informed about the presidential election.

Conservatives were at an information disadvantage because so many right-leaning outlets wasted time on stories the rest of America dismissed as nonsense. WorldNetDaily brought you birtherism. Forbes brought you Kenyan anti-colonialism. National Review obsessed about an imaginary rejection of American exceptionalism, misrepresenting an Obama quote in the process, and Andy McCarthy was interviewed widely about his theory that Obama, aka the Drone Warrior in Chief, allied himself with our Islamist enemies in a "Grand Jihad" against America. Seriously?

Conservatives were at a disadvantage because their information elites pandered in the most cynical, self-defeating ways, treating would-be candidates like Sarah Palin and Herman Cain as if they were plausible presidents rather than national jokes who'd lose worse than George McGovern.

How many months were wasted on them?

How many hours of Glenn Beck conspiracy theories did Fox News broadcast to its viewers? How many hours of transparently mindless Sean Hannity content is still broadcast daily? Why don't Americans trust Republicans on foreign policy as they once did? In part because conservatism hasn't grappled with the foreign-policy failures of George W. Bush. A conspiracy of silence surrounds the subject. Romney could neither run on the man's record nor repudiate it. The most damaging Romney gaffe of the campaign, where he talked about how the 47 percent of Americans who pay no income taxes are a lost cause for Republicans? Either he was unaware that many of those people are Republican voters, or was pandering to GOP donors who are misinformed. Either way, bad information within the conservative movement was to blame.

In conservative fantasy-land, Richard Nixon was a champion of ideological conservatism, tax cuts are the only way to raise revenue, adding neoconservatives to a foreign-policy team reassures American voters, Benghazi was a winning campaign issue, Clint Eastwood's convention speech was a brilliant triumph, and Obama's America is a place where black kids can beat up white kids with impunity. Most conservative pundits know better than this nonsense -- not that they speak up against it. They see criticizing their own side as a sign of disloyalty. I see a coalition that has lost all perspective, partly because there's no cost to broadcasting or publishing inane bullshit. In fact, it's often very profitable. A lot of cynical people have gotten rich broadcasting and publishing red meat for movement conservative consumption.

On the biggest political story of the year, the conservative media just got its ass handed to it by the mainstream media. And movement conservatives, who believe the MSM is more biased and less rigorous than their alternatives, have no way to explain how their trusted outlets got it wrong, while the New York Times got it right. Hint: The Times hired the most rigorous forecaster it could find.

It ought to be an eye-opening moment.

But I expect that it'll be quickly forgotten, that none of the conservatives who touted a polling conspiracy will be discredited, and that the right will continue to operate at an information disadvantage. After all, it's not like they'll trust the analysis of a non-conservative like me more than the numerous fellow conservatives who constantly tell them things that turn out not to be true.
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Old 11-08-2012, 07:10 AM   #2
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garbage. This article attempts to redifine "conservative" in the BS modern sense and it does not give any motive for these so called conservative broadcasters.

Let me interject; "conservative" is a word used to describe folks that uphold the USC and its premise. It has nothing to do with church views, language views, sexuality views or fiscal spending. Not directly, anyway.

Conserving our USC means upholding the right to view life how we choose and to discuss it, among other aspects of freedom. Hence, "freedom of speech".

I agree with the premise of this article, but the use of this word is wrong. It would have simply been more direct to call these folks crooks and point out their slander. Because that is what they are. These folks are trying to take our USC from us. That is their motive.
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Old 11-08-2012, 07:15 AM   #3
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Dude,

Your guy won the election.

If you want to be classy about it, you might think about dialing it back a little.
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Old 11-08-2012, 07:16 AM   #4
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garbage. This article attempts to redifine "conservative" in the BS modern sense and it does not give any motive for these so called conservative broadcasters.
Gee, what motivation could there possibly be for propaganda?

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Let me interject; "conservative" is a word used to describe folks that uphold the USC and its premise. It has nothing to do with church views, language views, sexuality views or fiscal spending. Not directly, anyway.

Conserving our USC means upholding the right to view life how we choose and to discuss it, among other aspects of freedom. Hence, "freedom of speech".

I agree with the premise of this article, but the use of this word is wrong. It would have simply been more direct to call these folks crooks and point out their slander. Because that is what they are. These folks are trying to take our USC from us. That is their motive.
Fair points.
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Old 11-08-2012, 07:21 AM   #5
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Dude,

Your guy won the election.

If you want to be classy about it, you might think about dialing it back a little.
Shrug.

The election didn't happen in a vacuum. It happened because the conservative movement was trying to sell the idea that Obama's the devil reincarnate, has been an abject failure at everything, and has accomplished nothing good in his first four years.

That's not what the rest of the world observed -- they observed the shit sandwich he was given on Day One of his Presidency, and the bumpy ride that progressed as some things Obama achieved made sense, other things struggled and didn't pan out, and still some others we have yet to see results on. That's what the Democrats and liberals were selling, and that's why they won.

This was a direct result of the prominence conservative propaganda has had within the GOP and its supporters. It has given liberals and the Democratic party an information advantage that conservatives have literally given away.
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Old 11-08-2012, 07:25 AM   #6
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Dude,

Your guy won the election.

If you want to be classy about it, you might think about dialing it back a little.
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Old 11-08-2012, 07:26 AM   #7
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You lie Direckshun.

There is a direct link to NS's blog on Drudge's Front page in his list of blogs. It is still there, I just checked, about half way down the list, between Shales and Liz Smith.

So Drudge, in fact, links to NS every single day.
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Shrug.

The election didn't happen in a vacuum. It happened because the conservative movement was trying to sell the idea that Obama's the devil reincarnate, has been an abject failure at everything, and has accomplished nothing good in his first four years.

That's not what the rest of the world observed -- they observed the shit sandwich he was given on Day One of his Presidency, and the bumpy ride that progressed as some things Obama achieved made sense, other things struggled and didn't pan out, and still some others we have yet to see results on. That's what the Democrats and liberals were selling, and that's why they won.

This was a direct result of the prominence conservative propaganda has had within the GOP and its supporters. It has given liberals and the Democratic party an information advantage that conservatives have literally given away.
Gee, then why did the people vote for divided govt then? Couldn't have been to box Obama in right? Meanwhile, even Wisconsin had won back their own congress with Republicans. Keep trying to sell this fake mandate Obama got. He had NO coat tails.
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Old 11-08-2012, 07:28 AM   #9
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Dude,

Your guy won the election.

If you want to be classy about it, you might think about dialing it back a little.
Exactly.

As if sensationalist, pandering media is the sole province of the right.
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You lie Direckshun.

There is a direct link to NS's blog on Drudge's Front page in his list of blogs. It is still there, I just checked, about half way down the list, between Shales and Liz Smith.

So Drudge, in fact, links to NS every single day.
Oh fantastic. Silver is in his blogroll at the bottom of his page, while Morris regularly received A1, top-of-the-fold treatment by Drudge.

That really destroys my argument.
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Old 11-08-2012, 07:30 AM   #11
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Shrug.

The election didn't happen in a vacuum. It happened because the conservative movement was trying to sell the idea that Obama's the devil reincarnate, has been an abject failure at everything, and has accomplished nothing good in his first four years.

That's not what the rest of the world observed -- they observed the shit sandwich he was given on Day One of his Presidency, and the bumpy ride that progressed as some things Obama achieved made sense, other things struggled and didn't pan out, and still some others we have yet to see results on. That's what the Democrats and liberals were selling, and that's why they won.

This was a direct result of the prominence conservative propaganda has had within the GOP and its supporters. It has given liberals and the Democratic party an information advantage that conservatives have literally given away.


You honestly believe that there wasn't a LARGE block of Obama voters that weren't swayed by propaganda on THEIR SIDE?

I heard a caller on the radio say "I voted for Obama because he's gonna give me free food, free healthcare, and he's gonna get me into college."
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As if sensationalist, pandering media is the sole province of the right.
There is a liberal equivalent. But it doesn't dominate the left the way the conservative media dominates the right.
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There is a liberal equivalent. But it doesn't dominate the left the way the conservative media dominates the right.
Yeah it does. People on the other side are just as bad...
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You honestly believe that there wasn't a LARGE block of Obama voters that weren't swayed by propaganda on THEIR SIDE?

I heard a caller on the radio say "I voted for Obama because he's gonna give me free food, free healthcare, and he's gonna get me into college."
Find me one liberal media source that made that argument. Or even hinted at it. That idiot you quoted wasn't spewing verbatim anything he heard on a news source.

Meanwhile, conservatives have simply spewed on this board bullshit straight from Hannity, Beck, Drudge, and Levin. So while there are definitely idiots on both side of the aisle, the policy of one major political party is being driven by a wave of propaganda.

The liberal media was making the argument I highlighted: Obama did some things well, some things not so well, and some things we've yet to see returns on.

A message voters saw as more accurate than the one being peddled on Drudge.
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