Skip to comments.Biggest Loser on Nov. 2 Was Press, Not John Kerry, Say 21 Columns
Posted on 11/29/2004 2:29:35 PM PST by chiller
NEW YORK Feeling a bit lost lately? You should, at least according to a compendium posted today at Jay Rosens popular PressThink Web log, because the biggest loser on Election Day was not John Kerry but the mainstream media.
Daniel Henninger, writing in The Wall Street Journals Opinion Journal, put it this way: "It is often said that the only sure winner in American politics is the media. Amid GOP victory parties or the ruined dreams of the Kerry candidacy, the one constant is that the media marches on. Maybe not this time. Big Media lost big."
"I was interested in figuring out why so many people were saying it and surveying the range of reasons they might have had," explained Rosen, a press critic, author, and chairman of the New York University journalism program. "It's a little experiment in unbiased media criticism, because it's simply presenting what these writers said. I could have commented on each one -- because I'm a press critic, I have a lot to say -- but I thought it might be more interesting just to let them speak."
And speak they did. From an editorial in Investor's Business Daily to an Associated Press article, Rosen provided excerpts and links to "the same idea," he said, "served 21 ways: 'Media, you lost big.'"
Most of the writers Rosen quoted expressed the opinion that liberal bias in the press became more apparent than ever during the election, even taking the stance that the media was actively trying to get Kerry elected.
The Nov. 2 Investor's Business Daily editorial stated, "By press time last night, we weren't sure who would be the winner of the 2004 presidential contest. But we were certain of one big loser: the media. We've watched in slack-jawed amazement over recent weeks as the big media, fearful of another four years for President Bush, have basically become an unpaid adjunct to the Kerry campaign."
On Nov. 3, Glenn Reynolds posted an entry in his blog, Instapundit, titled, "Bitter, Angry Losers." He went on to say, "No, not the Democrats, but the real losers in this election -- the Old Media, still angry that they couldn't deliver their fifteen percent."
Peggy Noonan on Nov. 4, also in Opinion Journal, went wild over the whole idea. After affirming that the biggest loser was the mainstream media, she added that conservative bloggers had slain the dragon: It was to me a great historical development in the history of politics in America. It was Agincourt. It was the yeomen of King Harry taking down the French aristocracy with new technology and rough guts. God bless the pajama-clad yeomen of America.
Vincent Fiore wrote on Nov. 7 about "Winners and Losers of Election 2004" at the ChronWatch site: "Loser: The Old Media. ... Staunchly opposed to Bush throughout his first term, the prospect of a second four years in office exposed the deep-seated bias among the old media and forever revealed themselves to the public at large."
On Nov. 15, Michael Barone wrote on townhall.com, "It was a bad election for old media. ... It no longer has the kind of monopoly control over political news that it enjoyed a quarter-century ago. And its efforts to help John Kerry proved counterproductive."
Rosen told E&P that he collected and posted the links because he found the claims fascinating. "I just think it's worth reflecting on, that's all," he explained. "Half my motivation was, I'm interested in what other people make of the same stuff."
In drawing his own conclusions from the material he found, Rosen said, "I think the particular discourse of media bias is one that has become dysfunctional. I've said at my Web log that the more you believe it, the dumber you get."
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Erin Olson (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a reporter at E&P.
Words of wisdom from the chairman of the NYU Journalism Department, of all people.
LOL...I thought it was Bill Press..that Dem talkaholic
that is always bashing our President...but anything with
press in it is about the same thing..until the bloggers
get bloogin them???? Jake
Gotta love it!
Our top 3 goals for 2004 were:
1. Win the Presidential election
2. Burn the fatcat Democratic political donors
3. Discredit the mainstream news media
We're 3 for 3.
Legacy media was already in decline, especially print
pubications, and they've been covering it up by
inflating their subscriber counts. Expect more scandals.
Their overtly biased behavior cost them whatever
subscribers hadn't previously cancelled or just failed to
renew. The remaining advertisers will soon figure out
which way the wind is blowing, and accelerate the decline.
Legacy media placed a big bet. They thought they had to,
because only a liberal regime would have any chance of
writing laws to restore the former status quo: regulate
the internet, sabotage talk radio with "equal time" rules,
sabotage Fox with "bill of attainder" ownership rules, etc.
4. Increase majority in the Senate, especially at the expense of Daschle.
Four for four!
Fox News ask in a poll what were the reasons people voted the way they did and something like 35% said media bias was the main reason. That should be a wake up call to the MSM but it probaly won't be.
>>>>>"the more you believe it the dumber you get"
Most of the liberals I know are dumb because they read and trust the MSM. I said this to one of them after she told me she was "well informed". As you can imagine, she blew her stack.
Peggy Noonan on Nov. 4, also in Opinion Journal, went wild over the whole idea. After affirming that the biggest loser was the mainstream media, she added that
OK guys(and gals) we have slain the BIG Dragons(MSM) not let's go after it again and dismember it and go after the little "local" "dragons" amnd dismember them too!
I gave to Thune though I'm from Minnesota.
Sorry about Minnesota.
Rosen said, "I think the particular discourse of media bias is one that has become dysfunctional. I've said at my Web log that the more you believe it, the dumber you get."
Just the opposite Mr. Rosen. The more you are aware of the leftwing media's bias the smarter you get when reading their news pages or watching their news broadcasts.
After a comment like that don't expect to get hired at Fox.
My thought, exactly.
And the media death pace is just going to ACCELERATE!!! I have set up the Anti-DNC web portal at:
And in the process, helped DrDave get turned onto the idea of the same software here:
And am in talks with 3 other groups to get theirs going! We are trying to work FREE to get conservative NEWS oriented sites set up all over the web with solid and compelling content to counter the Main Stream Media even faster!
My news peice is pretty well done for now (just some more formatting)
And I'm starting to add weather, and then sports after that. The goal is that within 6 months I will be GIVING AWAY this completely tuned, tested, and developed portal to lots of existing conservative Commentary sites. Then we will be cross-linking content through ALREADY BUILT-IN NEWS FEEDS, and we will be sharing conservative content all over the web.
The NEXT revolution is beginning :) And I'm thrilled to be part of it :)
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