While I’m criticizing the media today, let me draw your attention to yesterday’s primaries in Ohio, North Carolina, and Indiana.
James Taranto does a fine job pointing out how the old-school media seem to be down-playing the huge turnout for the Republicans in yesterday’s primaries, noting that they consider it “Ho Hum” that the incumbents won in so many of the primary races. Taranto, fairly, concludes that, based on the higher turnout for Republican primaries than for Democratic ones (even greater increases for them):
the larger trend would seem to be the shift back to the GOP in three key states Barack Obama carried in 2008–a possible indication that voter anger over economic woes, persistently high unemployment and Congress itself is influencing elections. Sidoti and Martin’s analysis to the contrary may just be wishful thinking.
Indeed. However, I think Taranto misses an even bigger story in the “wishful thinking” of the press.
As the old-school media has attempted to minimize the Tea Party movement, attributing their motivations only to racism and Bible-thumping boogeymen, they’ve also attempted to reframe the narrative of the current mood away from anti-huge government to one of simply anti-incumbent. NewsBusters did a good piece on this a couple months back noting how CBS was attempting to divert attention from the Tea Party’s antipathy toward far-Left big-government policies and programs by casting it merely as a “throw-the-bums-out” wave of anti-Washington sentiment. (Jim had a post a few weeks back that, although more colloquial, regarding Louisiana, seems to buttress this argument.)
Funny enough, though, the phyrric victory the media seems to be enjoying by their contention that the Tea Party movement was unsuccessful in unseating enough Republican incumbents in their primary fights, all while ignoring the massive showings in those competitions (especially when compared to those of the Democrats’) will likely come back to bite them. After all, now that primaries are being decided, and Tea Partiers will have a choice, where do you think they’re going to go? I suppose we’ll see in November.
-Nick (ColoradoPatriot, from HQ)