Just when I think there's little hope, a story comes along and proves me wrong. Here's the NY Daily News trying to say, REPUBLICANS are actually controlling the news in America!!
Republicans wrote the political dictionary: It's proof Democrats don't control the media
It's hard to know where to begin in dismantling the Republican canard that Democrats control the media. Fox News is the most popular 24-hour news network by a whoosh and a cachung. Rush Limbaugh is the most powerful radio host, and lots of little Limbaughs line up behind him. Sarah Palin is the biggest media-political crossover star. And in an increasingly fragmented Internet, the Drudge Report continues to drive more political traffic than any other website. In italics and bold, to boot.
I don't begrudge conservatives this success. It speaks to message discipline and to feeding tasty food to a hungry audience. An audience that is right of center, which left-wingers far too often fail to acknowledge.
But on top of all this real-world evidence of right-wing media primacy is even more compelling evidence that there's no such thing as a Dominant Liberal Media Elite: You can't control the conversation if you don't control the language.
The New York Times doesn't decide what words we use, nor does CNN or NPR. Our political vocabulary comes from the mouths of crafty conservatives, and that's the ultimate proof that they steer the conversation.
Are you kidding me!? One cable network and 5 or 6 3 hour radio programs are the DOMINANT news culture! Limbaugh is up against 3 reporters if you JUST look at the network EVENING news. That discounts his entire company employs about 50 people, while the networks each have more camera and sound men than that.
And they are at least attempting to control the nations vocabulary be removing words like terrorist, jihadist, cross hairs, target, or BLACK in any form even when it's a color of inanimate objects.
But screw MY analysis, read the NYDN's own poll.
Who controls the media?
Liberals, the majority of stories reported are always sympathetic to liberal causes. 93%
Conservatives, the media is constantly pandering to conservative readers. 2%
Rich people control the media. 5%
I don't really think this poll is scientific, but KMA, it ain't even close. And certainly the readers of the NYDN are not majority conservative. So that ONLY leaves the readers knowing and telling the unbridled truth!
And honestly, it's not so much that the Dems RUN the media, as it's that the media SIDES with them, shills for them, and kisses their asses, totes their water, half speaks about them and refuses to just tell the truth and let the readers decide.
When 96% of ANY group states that they vote FOR or AGAINST "X" idea, then they can only be said to be aligned together. And when you believe "X", you will defend "X". The journalists vote Democrat, they defend Democrats. They defend liberal ideals. I don't fault them for it, but I hate them for their, seemingly stupid yet even handed smugness in reporting as if being non-aligned.
Evidently, I'm not the only one who sees it. 93% of the NYDN respondents did too when polled.