Skip to comments.Secrets of the conservative media machine [FR and yours truly mention]
Posted on 04/23/2013 2:02:19 PM PDT by Jim Robinson
To borrow a Sarah Palin aphorism, after their election defeat in 2008, conservatives didnt retreat, they reloaded. Instead of finding new solutions to public policy problems or seriously reevaluating Bushs failures, conservatives focused almost solely on new ways to communicate their old ideas. To do so, they looked to their natural allies in corporate marketing for inspiration and they looked to the Left for imitation. The result has been a recent and profound turnaround that has allowed the Right the bury Obamas message and dominate the political debate.
Historical right-wing domination of the media
Traditionally, conservatives have almost always dominated direct mail solicitations, retained the best pollsters money could buy and paid for the most celebrated advertising makers. Message discipline is the first lesson for any Republican politician. Talk radio? unquestionably controlled by conservatives.
Cable news? Fox News couldnt be more right-wing and popular. The Right had also dominated the Internet for most of the Internets fledging history. Throughout the 1990s and for much of President George W. Bushs first term, conservatives easily ruled online news. And much of that initial sucess stemmed from foundations and entrepreneurial pioneers such as Matt Drudge, creator of the wildly popular headline-aggregating site Drudge Report, and Jim Robinson of the news message board Free Republic. The pair formed a symbiotic relationship. Drudge, who played a role in breaking the Monica Lewinsky story, made waves in the media with scoops on the latest Clinton scandals, and Free Republic provided a platform for conservatives to share conspiratorial perspectives and to organize their own rallies and events. Many of the angry mobs hounding Clinton at public events were mobilized by Free Republic. The impeachment rally that was organized by the Free Republic, Treason Is the Reason, featured Republican lawmakers and writer Christopher Hitchens...
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Dam’ fine job, sir!
Wow, not 5 Words in and we have them mentioning Sarah.
It is Her, JimRob and Free Republic keeping them up at night!
Aphorism for government forced implementation of the godless Marxist/socialist agenda.
Tip of the hat to you sir!
....Right up to the point where they got beat in 2012....
Kudos to Jim & FR for the mention, though. 'Tis good to be a member of the vast right wing conspiracy.
I see a smidge of envy creeping out of Salon’s site.
Fox right-wing? Since when?
Free Republic, instilling the fear of the American patriot into the godless socialist left since 1996. Pour it on, FReepers!!
"..this story by Lee Fang has teeth"
focused almost solely on new ways to communicate their old ideas.
You mean morality, freedom. liberty, protection of the Constitution, strong defense?? You mean those old ideas?
Did they go on to suggest YOU were the right wing nut-case they had hoped was responsible for the Boston bombing?
Still hurting after the “Let’s hope the Boston Marathon bomber is a white American” fiasco.
How is FreeRepublic’s membership? Have we grown since the days of Clintoon?
I love sharing “conspiratorial perspectives”. Here’s to you!
Instead of finding new solutions to public policy problems or seriously reevaluating Bushs failures, conservatives focused almost solely on new ways to communicate their old ideas.There they go again, projecting.
This is the exact response of the Democrats after Kerry went down in flames. And to complain about "old ideas" is laughable.
The liberal Democrats haven't had a new idea since the mid-30's. Every bill they propose is simply re-cycled New Deal hogwash.