Skip to comments.MAINSTREAM MEDIA ON CANTOR SHOCKER: WE SHOULD'VE READ BREITBART NEWS
Posted on 06/11/2014 1:25:14 PM PDT by Jim Robinson
When Dave Brat was on the verge of becoming the first candidate in history to defeat a sitting House Majority Leader in a primary on Tuesday evening, shocked mainstream media reporters and pundits scurried away from their leisurely dinners to become "experts" on television.
Political reporters who often only read and talk to fellow scribes cocooned in the D.C. bubble may not have been blindsided had they occasionally read Breitbart News, which Rep. Eric Cantor's (R-VA) allies dismissed to their cozy friends in the mainstream press.
As the political world chaotically scrambled to get information about Brat and also discovered that American workers in Virginia's seventh district may not like amnesty legislation that threatens to lower their standard of living and wages, two seasoned Washington, D.C. political editors highlighted Breitbart News' reporting on the race.
Dave Wasserman, the editor of the non-partisan Cook Political Report, conceded that the media did not know the "mood" of the primary voters because, "Most of us weren't reading Breitbart News." And Josh Krashaaur, the National Journal's politics editor, mentioned how closely Breitbart News was covering Cantor's bobbing and weaving on amnesty and his tone-deafness in proclaiming his support for giving amnesty to the children of illegal immigrants the Friday before his primary and during a national crisis on the border.
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I thought I read that even Breitbart wasn’t reporting this as a likely upset.
There’s a reason they call it a ‘bubble’. They speak only to those of like minds and read only what they consider progressive writers. When a sudden change of direction hits them between the eyes they are dumbfounded and amazed, like children seeing their first fireworks show....................
Cantor failed to secretly fund a Libertarian third candidate to confuse voters and split the vote.
In his district, with the way that he neglected to maintain a good relationship with his constituents, it may not have mattered. But having not tried at all to run a dark horse to dilute his opposition shows that he was never fit to lead the GOPe.
I noted that yesterday:
Breitbart is doing great news reporting. The unknown idiosyncrasies such as The Times-Dispatch not even mentioning amnesty and Cantor’s adds are all lost without specific reporting. The lies of omission are always used against an opponent. Thanks Breitbart, well done.
Eric Cantor represents everything that is wrong with the GOP. Cantor stood for nothing and fell for everything. The GOP, which used to stand for principles of limited Government, individual liberty, traditional family values, property rights, national pride, and a strong national defense now stands for none of that.
The GOP has become the party of multinational corporations and the interests of big money. They no longer represent the people whose votes put them in the positions of power. They represent themselves. And they are all a bunch of power hungry liars and crooks.
I agree with the basic sentiment, but I'd revise it to say: "Failed to have a minimum of 3 self-proclaimed conservatives saying nutty things and dividing the opposition vote." That is the way Boehner did it in Ohio 8, he had 3 opponents, one reasonable, and two prone to dumb comments. Lindsay Graham recruited (imho) SIX 'conservative' opponents.
The Rino Party divides and conquers....just as it's done the last 2 national elections, and as it will attempt to do to get Jeb Bush into the White House.
Someone suggests that in the presidential, that the leading conservative candidate become the candidate of the entire conservative movement. All other conservatives agree that they will drop support of other conservatives once that first conservative leaning state renders its judgment. IIRC, that means conservative candidates will have a number of debates, Iowa, and New Hampshire to make their case. South Carolina will be the deciding state.
Watched the Five on FOX this afternoon and even they can’t come to a conclusion on what is was that upset the Cantor apple cart.
I guess they’re afraid to face the truth that we’re beyond fed up and ready to take up arms.
Mainstream reporters know the 'mood' in their newsroom - and from the sources democrats hand them... This is not a surprise...
I love Breitbart.com, but even they didn’t predict this upset.