I had a long post at the Conservative Commune on why Stacy McCain is invaluable. Yesterday Stacy put up a short piece in the American Spectator:
“I think you have to tell people the truth, and America is in crisis,” the former Massachusetts governor told a gathering of Republicans here. “We elected as our president a person we didn’t know very well. . . . There were people who said, ‘I wonder what will happen if we choose as president a man who has no experience?’ Now we know – and it’s not a very positive thing,” .
But it is his post on his site that clinches my argument
So far in Iowa, I’ve been to events for Herman Cain, Michele Bachmann and Rick Santorum. If they get a couple of local TV stations and two or three newspaper reporters to an event, that’s “good coverage.” But at today’s Romney event — held at the home of a local businessman — it was a totally different level of coverage: The Philadelphia Inquirer, the San Francisco Chronicle, Gwen Ifill, Charlie Cook, Al Hunt, Carl Cameron of Fox News, etc. I counted no fewer than 12 TV or video cameras recording Romney’s speech.
That is the power of the MSM. It decides who the GOP front-runner is (and who they want it to be) and allocates coverage accordingly. Stacy McCain has covered Mitt Romney, but he has not limited his coverage to him. He has covered Rick Santorum, Herman Cain, Rick Perry, Michelle Bachmann and Tim Pawlenty.
This more than anything else highlights the importance of bloggers and social media, they are the best way to bypass the elites determination to convert convention wisdom into fact.