The View Media Bias

Conservatives must fight harder, smarter against journalistic bias

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Conservatives must fight harder, smarter against journalistic bias

Con­trary to pop­u­lar belief, lib­eral main­stream media bias is not the same ol’ nar­ra­tive that con­ser­v­a­tives have had to fight since the 1970s. Start­ing with the Bush admin­is­tra­tion and as a direct result of the rise of the inter­net, lib­eral jour­nal­ists have dra­mat­i­cally increased their bla­tant favoritism towards pro­gres­sive agen­das. They don’t even try to hide it anymore.

We see a lot of pub­li­ca­tions like News­busters report­ing on the bias. This is a good thing, but it’s not enough. As con­ser­v­a­tive cit­i­zens, blog­gers, and social media users, we have to do more than point out the bias because most peo­ple are already aware that it exists. Sure, there are still pock­ets of hard­core pro­gres­sives who claim the media is biased against them rather than the other way around, but we won’t be able to reach those peo­ple. Our focus should be on the masses who accept that media bias exists but who still allow them­selves to be indoc­tri­nated by it.

This is where fight­ing “smarter” comes into play. Most have seen exam­ples of or even par­tic­i­pated in the insult wars against peo­ple who share biased news. I’ve done it many times in the past, often refer­ring to the “sheep” who hang on every dec­la­ra­tion on The View or who share Paul Krug­man links every time he writes a con­dem­na­tion of con­ser­v­a­tive prin­ci­ples. We have to stop. The ball is in our court. We have the oppor­tu­nity to start real polit­i­cal dis­course. It won’t be easy. The pas­sions on the left are heavy and have been stung repeat­edly since Novem­ber. We need patience and intel­li­gence. We need to take the high road.

That doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be aggres­sive with our strate­gies. One of the eas­i­est argu­ments to make is call­ing out hypocrisy. It’s hard to deny when pre­sented the right way, par­tic­u­larly in the cur­rent sit­u­a­tion. It’s hyp­o­crit­i­cal of every­one on the left who fought for a smooth tran­si­tion of power and accep­tance of elec­tion results until it was their side call­ing the elec­tion results into ques­tion. You can’t tell us we need to accept the results if Hillary Clin­ton won, then decline to accept the results because she lost. This is just one exam­ple of the hypocrisy.

As I’ve noted in the past, both the media and lib­eral politi­cians are going to go after Trump’s biggest weak­ness: his thin skin. They know that he’ll respond to attacks, so that’s exactly what they’re going to do. How­ever, it’s in the way they’re going to spin it that the dam­age can be done. They will attack, then wait for the counter-​attack and report mostly on the lat­ter. Today, we see it in the “feud” between Trump and Con­gress­man John Lewis. The Con­gress­man drew first blood by call­ing the legit­i­macy of Trump’s Pres­i­dency into ques­tion, for which he was rewarded by the press as being brave and right­eous. When Trump attacked back, the media unleashed the hounds to high­light Trump as being racist (Lewis is black), mis­in­formed (Trump called out Lewis as all talk, no action, despite his very real actions dur­ing the civil rights move­ment), and a bully (okay, that one’s accurate).

Trump Tweeted insults at a man who attacked him. How is that big­ger news than a respected Amer­i­can politi­cian call­ing into ques­tion the legit­i­macy of a Pres­i­dency based upon an intel­li­gence brief­ing that admits the actual effects of Russia’s attempts are unclear? Are we sup­posed to unify behind Barack Obama but revolt against Trump? That’s essen­tially what Lewis is call­ing for, but you’d never know that based upon media coverage.

As noted on TNA, con­ser­v­a­tives must go on the offen­sive against the bias:

What’s the right answer to the media bias prob­lem? Fight back. Spread real news. Cor­rect those who fall for the bias. Scorn those who report with bias. A free press is there to keep Amer­i­cans informed, not indoc­tri­nated. It’s time to make the media real­ize their agenda is not our agenda.What’s the right answer to the media bias prob­lem? Fight back. Spread real news. Cor­rect those who fall for the bias. Scorn those who report with bias. A free press is there to keep Amer­i­cans informed, not indoc­tri­nated. It’s time to make the media real­ize their agenda is not our agenda.

This is why we must fight harder. Despite the elec­tion results, we are los­ing this bat­tle. The left is regroup­ing. The attacks from the media are inces­sant and increas­ing in feroc­ity. It’s up to con­ser­v­a­tives to not only high­light when the media reveals their left­ist agenda, but to also offer alter­na­tives to those nar­ra­tives. We have the truth on our side. It’s time for us to make oth­ers see it for what it is.

Contrary to popular belief, liberal mainstream media bias is not the same ol’ narrative that conservatives have had to fight since the 1970s. Starting with the Bush administration and as a direct result of the rise of the internet, liberal journalists have dramatically increased their blatant favoritism towards progressive agendas. They don’t even try to hide it anymore.

We see a lot of publications like Newsbusters reporting on the bias. This is a good thing, but it’s not enough. As conservative citizens, bloggers, and social media users, we have to do more than point out the bias because most people are already aware that it exists. Sure, there are still pockets of hardcore progressives who claim the media is biased against them rather than the other way around, but we won’t be able to reach those people. Our focus should be on the masses who accept that media bias exists but who still allow themselves to be indoctrinated by it.

This is where fighting “smarter” comes into play. Most have seen examples of or even participated in the insult wars against people who share biased news. I’ve done it many times in the past, often referring to the “sheep” who hang on every declaration on The View or who share Paul Krugman links every time he writes a condemnation of conservative principles. We have to stop. The ball is in our court. We have the opportunity to start real political discourse. It won’t be easy. The passions on the left are heavy and have been stung repeatedly since November. We need patience and intelligence. We need to take the high road.

That doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be aggressive with our strategies. One of the easiest arguments to make is calling out hypocrisy. It’s hard to deny when presented the right way, particularly in the current situation. It’s hypocritical of everyone on the left who fought for a smooth transition of power and acceptance of election results until it was their side calling the election results into question. You can’t tell us we need to accept the results if Hillary Clinton won, then decline to accept the results because she lost. This is just one example of the hypocrisy.

As I’ve noted in the past, both the media and liberal politicians are going to go after Trump’s biggest weakness: his thin skin. They know that he’ll respond to attacks, so that’s exactly what they’re going to do. However, it’s in the way they’re going to spin it that the damage can be done. They will attack, then wait for the counter-attack and report mostly on the latter. Today, we see it in the “feud” between Trump and Congressman John Lewis. The Congressman drew first blood by calling the legitimacy of Trump’s Presidency into question, for which he was rewarded by the press as being brave and righteous. When Trump attacked back, the media unleashed the hounds to highlight Trump as being racist (Lewis is black), misinformed (Trump called out Lewis as all talk, no action, despite his very real actions during the civil rights movement), and a bully (okay, that one’s accurate).

Trump Tweeted insults at a man who attacked him. How is that bigger news than a respected American politician calling into question the legitimacy of a Presidency based upon an intelligence briefing that admits the actual effects of Russia’s attempts are unclear? Are we supposed to unify behind Barack Obama but revolt against Trump? That’s essentially what Lewis is calling for, but you’d never know that based upon media coverage.

As noted on TNA, conservatives must go on the offensive against the bias:

What’s the right answer to the media bias problem? Fight back. Spread real news. Correct those who fall for the bias. Scorn those who report with bias. A free press is there to keep Americans informed, not indoctrinated. It’s time to make the media realize their agenda is not our agenda.What’s the right answer to the media bias problem? Fight back. Spread real news. Correct those who fall for the bias. Scorn those who report with bias. A free press is there to keep Americans informed, not indoctrinated. It’s time to make the media realize their agenda is not our agenda.

This is why we must fight harder. Despite the election results, we are losing this battle. The left is regrouping. The attacks from the media are incessant and increasing in ferocity. It’s up to conservatives to not only highlight when the media reveals their leftist agenda, but to also offer alternatives to those narratives. We have the truth on our side. It’s time for us to make others see it for what it is.