If you don’t believe Stacy’s Post on “The Fox Trap”…

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If you don't believe Stacy's Post on "The Fox Trap"...

…which says in part:

the point to be made imme­di­ately is that Fox News has func­tioned like a chan­nel­iz­ing ter­rain fea­ture in the infor­ma­tional bat­tle­field. For the defend­ers of lib­eral media hege­mony, all they had to do was to iso­late Fox — iden­tify it as a hos­tile force in the eyes of other media — and then to tar­get both the network’s mes­sages and its messengers.

In other words, a story that was dam­ag­ing to Democ­rats or which under­mined key ele­ments of the lib­eral media nar­ra­tive could be dis­cred­ited sim­ply by say­ing, “Oh, that’s a Fox story.”

Let me point out an exam­ple from yesterday:

Yes­ter­day Con­gress held a hear­ing where Nagheh Abe­dini talked about her hus­band who has been a “hostage” in Iran since last year.

The wife of Amer­i­can pas­tor Saeed Abe­dini, a reli­gious pris­oner in Iran, said the U.S. gov­ern­ment has aban­doned her hus­band dur­ing a con­gres­sional hear­ing on Thursday.

Nagh­meh Abe­dini told the House For­eign Affairs Com­mit­tee that she was dis­mayed after learn­ing that her husband’s impris­on­ment was not raised dur­ing the recent nuclear nego­ti­a­tions between Iran, the United States, and other world powers.

I spot­ted the hear­ings on Fox as I was chan­nel surf­ing, they were being cov­ered live. I instantly turned to CNN & MSNBC to see if they were cov­er­ing them.

They were not. Stacy Again

Andrew Bre­it­bart under­stood this tac­tic, and fought very hard to escape the “Fox Trap,” which is why he deliv­ered one of his biggest scoops on the Wein­er­Gate scan­dal — the Mea­gan Brous­sard story, which con­firmed that Weiner was “sex­ting” with mul­ti­ple women — directly to ABC News as an exclu­sive. If con­ser­v­a­tive mes­sages and mes­sen­gers can be lim­ited to one media chan­nel, and that chan­nel reaches no more than a minor frac­tion of the total news audi­ence, lib­er­als win. It’s really that simple,

It doesn’t mat­ter how mov­ing her tes­ti­mony is, it doesn’t mat­ter how fac­tual her tes­ti­mony is, if the rest of the media is either ignor­ing it or giv­ing it a throw away line as far as the Amer­i­can peo­ple are con­cerned it didn’t hap­pen and Media Mat­ters & Soros wins.

That’s why the mul­ti­ple bi-​partisan bills to open parts of the gov­ern­ment didn’t mat­ter to Harry Reid, as long as only Fox cov­ered it, there would be no pres­sure to bring them up for votes.

That is why we have to fight the bat­tle in the cul­ture and that is where we have to win.

Update: PJ Media dissents

MSNBC has lost 45% of its view­er­ship over the past year. Fox is the most trusted net­work in Amer­ica on the biggest story of the day, the left’s col­lec­tive dis­hon­esty regard­ing Obamacare.

Mean­while, the net­work that Media Mat­ters claims to have defeated just swal­lowed a continent.

Fox News tri­umphed in the cable news rat­ings bat­tle in Novem­ber, grab­bing more total day and prime­time view­ers than its two rival com­peti­tors — CNN and MSNBC — combined.

It marks the 143rd con­sec­u­tive month that Fox News has come out on top, and it ranked sec­ond in all of cable for the month of Novem­ber — behind only ESPN. It fea­tured the top 14 pro­grams in all of cable news.

Media Mat­ters isn’t declar­ing vic­tory, despite the Huff­in­g­ton Post putting their best spin­ner on the story. It’s wav­ing a white flag.

…which says in part:

the point to be made immediately is that Fox News has functioned like a channelizing terrain feature in the informational battlefield. For the defenders of liberal media hegemony, all they had to do was to isolate Fox — identify it as a hostile force in the eyes of other media — and then to target both the network’s messages and its messengers.

In other words, a story that was damaging to Democrats or which undermined key elements of the liberal media narrative could be discredited simply by saying, “Oh, that’s a Fox story.”

Let me point out an example from yesterday:

Yesterday Congress held a hearing where Nagheh Abedini talked about her husband who has been a “hostage” in Iran since last year.

The wife of American pastor Saeed Abedini, a religious prisoner in Iran, said the U.S. government has abandoned her husband during a congressional hearing on Thursday.

Naghmeh Abedini told the House Foreign Affairs Committee that she was dismayed after learning that her husband’s imprisonment was not raised during the recent nuclear negotiations between Iran, the United States, and other world powers.

I spotted the hearings on Fox as I was channel surfing, they were being covered live.  I instantly turned to CNN & MSNBC to see if they were covering them.

They were not.  Stacy Again

Andrew Breitbart understood this tactic, and fought very hard to escape the “Fox Trap,” which is why he delivered one of his biggest scoops on the WeinerGate scandal — the Meagan Broussard story, which confirmed that Weiner was “sexting” with multiple women — directly to ABC News as an exclusive. If conservative messages and messengers can be limited to one media channel, and that channel reaches no more than a minor fraction of the total news audience, liberals win. It’s really that simple,

It doesn’t matter how moving her testimony is, it doesn’t matter how factual her testimony is, if the rest of the media is either ignoring it or giving it a throw away line as far as the American people are concerned it didn’t happen and Media Matters & Soros wins.

That’s why the multiple bi-partisan bills to open parts of the government didn’t matter to Harry Reid, as long as only Fox covered it, there would be no pressure to bring them up for votes.

That is why we have to fight the battle in the culture and that is where we have to win.

Update: PJ Media dissents

MSNBC has lost 45% of its viewership over the past year. Fox is the most trusted network in America on the biggest story of the day, the left’s collective dishonesty regarding Obamacare.

Meanwhile, the network that Media Matters claims to have defeated just swallowed a continent.

Fox News triumphed in the cable news ratings battle in November, grabbing more total day and primetime viewers than its two rival competitors — CNN and MSNBC — combined.

It marks the 143rd consecutive month that Fox News has come out on top, and it ranked second in all of cable for the month of November — behind only ESPN. It featured the top 14 programs in all of cable news.

Media Matters isn’t declaring victory, despite the Huffington Post putting their best spinner on the story. It’s waving a white flag.