There has been a lot of talk about what conservatives need to do in order to get their message out to the low information voter. These are the voters who don’t pay attention to the news, don’t watch cable or read blogs much but do read general magazines while waiting at the doctor, who do hear CNN in the background in airports or at their local bar and restaurant.
The problem is those background noises are filled with liberal pap as I explained a while back:
In the end after during testimony over fidelity and “Free Fridays” the judge (Bebe Neuwirth) rules that DOMA is the law of the land and the wiretaps can be played. Of course considering her argument the entire sequence asking for evidence is meaningless, but the point was to argue the unfairness of DOMA to the viewing audience not to make a realistic court drama.
So the point is made Violins play and the audience is shown just how HORRIBLE DOMA is. The liberal writers had done their work.
And that is what we are fighting against 100 times a week on Network TV.
Glenn Reynolds has suggested conservatives instead of shoveling money toward consultants buy some women’s magazines
There’s nothing new about this, of course. In her 2004 book, “Spin Sisters: How the Women of The Media Sell Unhappiness — and Liberalism — to the Women of America,” Myrna Blyth (a former Ladies Home Journal editor) explained in considerable detail the variety of “Mean Girls” feminism that the women’s media aim at their readers with every issue.
The message: There’s one way that women should think; people who don’t think that way are bad and stupid — and if you think the wrong way, women won’t like you.
For $150 million, you could buy or start a lot of women’s Web sites. And I’d hardly change a thing in the formula. The nine articles on sex, shopping and exercise could stay the same. The 10th would just be the reverse of what’s there now.
And THAT’s why conservatives should consider purchasing the Boston Globe.
I can hear the cries now, Print is Dead The Unions are costly, the pension burden is huge. Michael Graham sitting in the very studio I’m siting in as this goes on the web asked who in their right minds would buy the Boston Globe? All true and if you were buying the Globe with the goal of turning a profit I’d quite agree, but consider for a moment these words from Robert Stacy McCain (emphasis mine)
consider how rich liberals are willing to act as “angels” toward their media pets. I made this point yesterday in regard to Tina Brown, who lost $80 million during two years as editor of Talk, after losing $40 million during a three-year period as editor of The New Yorker, and who has most recently pushed back the goalposts of projected profitability at the Daily Beast to somewhere between (a) three years and (b) when hell freezes over.
Does it not occur to you, my clever readers, that these are not merely business losses, but are in fact a sort of charitable endeavor to support the propagation of fashionable liberalism?
Sheldon Adelson & Foster Friees put a lot of money into Newt Gingrich & Rick Santorum both strong conservative voices but consider what would happen if they put it into the Iconic name of the Boston Globe.
First of all story selection. If you search for Jennifer Morbelli’s in the Boston Globe this is what you get:
You would think the death of a 29-year-old woman from a botched abortion in her 33rd week of pregnancy might be newsworthy, particularly if the abolitionist in question was celebrated by the media elites at the Sundance film festival. It might even elicit some outrage, but not if the hundreds of thousands of visitors to the site or readers of the print edition never see it. As far as they are concerned it never happened.
Something along a different vein from John Hinderaker perhaps:
there is a huge scandal in the field of energy: the Obama administration’s sliding tens of billions of dollars to Democratic Party cronies in the “green energy” industry to support goofy projects that couldn’t exist without government favoritism. This is a real scandal, with real cronyism and real corruption, involving enormous amounts of money. Yet the media simply ignore it, because reporting on it would reflect badly on their party.
The reaction of Globe readers? What Scandal? Hinderaker again:
The liberal media manifest their bias not primarily by writing things that aren’t true–although that sometimes happens–but rather, by selecting what they do and do not report as news. Major scandals and events of great importance are simply ignored if they do not reflect well on the Democratic Party
And that’s just the NEWS stories, consider the following:
Imagine a Movie section where the liberal themes of a picture were noted and tweaked while the conservative themes were highlighted and celebrated.
Imagine a culture section where events of a conservative nature were celebrated while liberals pressed to get the press.
Imagine reviews of plays with conservative themes getting web space and print space and liberal themes hoping for a line or two.
Imagine stories in the Sunday section celebrating historic places, people and sites that highlight America’s conservative History or people who are conservative doing great things for the community.
Imagine a whole slew of conservative Journalists cutting their teeth of straight news instead of news with a liberal spin, imagine the farm team it would create.
Imagine an editorial page giving conservative opinion day after day after day.
And imagine a web site ranked in the top 1500 worldwide and top 350 nationally, a web site that local papers around New England draw stories from giving that public conservative thought as background noise in the same way that liberals have done for ages.
And of course a conservative would also implement conservative business tactics in an attempt to actually turn the enterprise into a profit center rather than a loss leader.
To the left the Boston Globe is just one more voice in their cacophony of voices they own. But to Conservatives it is the entrée to the entire New England Conversation.
If the goal is to weaken the left it’s a no lose proposition. If conservative make an offer for the Globe and win, it can become a model of what a Conservative Paper should be and a vehicle for the reporting the stories of all type the MSM leaves behind and begin the process that Glenn Reynolds suggested.
And at the very worst if the New York Times either refuses to sell or a Soros type jumps in will Hundreds of millions to keep the paper out of conservative hands. We get the pleasure of seeing liberals spending a fortune just for the privilege of losing money hand over fist to support their unions just to keep what they already have.
Think about it.
Update: Extra R in John’s name, corrected, thanks Glenn.
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The Good news is yesterday we passed the half way mark in my weekly paycheck goal.
The Bad news is I’m still $146 short of that $300 week paycheck.
$146 dollars is 7 people kicking in $20. Like Yul Brenner’s Character Chris I’m looking for that Magnificent Seven in that crowd of thousands of visitors. To quote Charles Bronson;s character:
$20? Right now that’s a lot!
Update: The magnificent seven was the Magnificent two but the result was the same, thanks