Why Stacy McCain Matters follow up…

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Why Stacy McCain Matters follow up...

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.

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.