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Legacy media help Democrats craft false narratives about GOP

Glenn linked something yesterday which really gets at the advantage the legacy media accord to Democrats.  When some fringe figure at a Republican rally hurls an angry epithet, prominent Democrats call for party leaders to “differentiate themselves” from the lone nut-bag lest he come to define the party.  And folks in the legacy media often pick up on the story, portraying the isolated voice as representative of the GOP.

But, when an angry leftist hoists a mean-spirited sign at a liberal rally, that’s just one angry liberal and not a representative of the party.  Heck, if a prominent Democrat says something stupid, well, it’s just not news.  And when a liberal columnist uses harsh language to describe Republican, there’s no need for any differentiation–because the Republicans really are that bad.

Democrats, Stephen Kruiser writes

. . . will forever be aided by the MSM lap dogs who do their bidding when it comes to false narrative writing. This one is basically parroting the president. That doesn’t mean it is impossible to counter. But it will take leadership who is willing shout “Oh, HELL no!” every time they’re painted as evil or violent.

Read the whole thing.



  1. I think you have a short memory. I remember when Cindy Sheehan was the voice of the dems. What’s happening in the republican party is what happens to election losers. A vacuum exists and the .media look for someone to step up and fill it.

    Whoever will sell more copy gets nominated.

    Comment by mike — January 16, 2013 @ 6:42 pm - January 16, 2013

  2. Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz have both been very eloquently articulating conservative ideas since the election. Of course, the MFM/DNC won’t give them any oxygen, for two reasons:

    1. Because putting them on TV might make people question the “Republicans Hate Hispanics” narrative the MFM/DNC has been pushing.

    2. The MFM/DNC is really only interested in promoting “Republicans” who bash Republicans, like Colin Powell, Chris Christie, and Joe Scarborough.

    Comment by V the K — January 16, 2013 @ 9:13 pm - January 16, 2013

  3. Not like this is anything new. They setup strawman arguments and then look for anyone Republican saying or doing something that supports it. Unfortunately, all too often, there is some Republican that says or does something really stupid that supports the narrative (e.g. Richard Mourdock (rape), Mitt Romney (Chrysler, 47%), Todd Akin (legitimate rape), etc.).

    There are eloquent spokespersons who are Republicans but who’s to say who the “real” Republican spokespersons are? Rubio and Cruz do make a lot of sense but do they speak for the Republican Party or themselves. Their statements are undercut when Republicans like Boehner bring bloated spending bills to the floor of the House that don’t even have majority Republican support.

    Comment by David — January 17, 2013 @ 7:57 am - January 17, 2013

  4. Actually where I get frustrated with the media is that they give tons of coverage and attention to things that may hurt the GOP and its representatives, but will ignore things or give light coverage to things that will harm the DNC and its representatives.

    Cindy Sheehan is a great example. She was given legitimate voice and attention after her son died. Her protest outside Bush’s home in Texas got tons of attention. Tyrone Woods’s father got almost no attention. Benghazi has gotten little attention-especially the sort that really seeks to find answers even if they harm the president (my biggest question I have had and the media hasn’t even answered is what decisions the president made over the course of the Benghazi attacks and where he was while they occurred but the media doesn’t seem to think the president was involved or holds any responsibility).

    The media is derelict in its duty, and will happily ignore stories that are harmful to this president or the democratically controlled senate.

    Comment by Just Me — January 17, 2013 @ 3:14 pm - January 17, 2013

  5. Also, remember how the MFM were outraged…. OUTRAGED… that Republicans were “politicizing” the Benghazi shootings by asking questions and trying to learn the truth. It was OUTRAGEOUS.

    But, when Obama politicizes Sandy Hook by pimping the corpses of dead children in support of Gun Control… high fives all-around.

    Comment by V the K — January 17, 2013 @ 5:52 pm - January 17, 2013

  6. Here’s a supposedly conservative Republican saying stupid, ““Don’t be dragging people’s children into this,” he added. “It’s wrong and I think it demeans them and it makes them less of a valid trusted source of information on the real issues that confront this debate.” Chris Christie, 01/17/2013, comment about NRA television ad.

    He is outraged because the NRA said we should protect children in schools with armed guards. How hypocritical can he get? I’m sure he’s protected by armed guards. Where’s his outrage at Obama having children on stage when he announced his executive orders? It’s really not too hard for the Democrats to craft narratives about the GOP to their liking when we have so many foot in mouth Republicans.

    Comment by David — January 18, 2013 @ 7:33 am - January 18, 2013

  7. MFM “journalist” describes the attitude of the Press Corps toward Dear Leader

    “The behavior of the assembled press corps was telling. Everyone, myself included, swooned. Swooned! Head over heels. One or two might have even lost their minds,” Hastings writes, as each reporter had a chance to speak personally with the president. “We were all, on some level, deeply obsessed with Obama, crushing hard, still a little love there. This was nerd heaven, a politico’s paradise, the subject himself moving among us — shaking our hands, slapping our shoulders!”

    Comment by V the K — January 18, 2013 @ 11:17 am - January 18, 2013

  8. Chris Christie is the new John McCain. The MFM love him because he’s bashing Republicans. And dishonest liberals are saying, “There’s a Republican I could vote for.” And like John McCain, they will all turn on him should he ever seek higher office. via @BreitbartNews

    Comment by V the K — January 18, 2013 @ 11:16 pm - January 18, 2013

  9. “I think he may be solidifying his support with Democrats in New Jersey and maybe liberal Republicans. If he wishes to do something nationally, I think criticizing the Second Amendment movement and the over-the-top, ‘give me my money’ stuff, ‘I want all sixty billion now or I’ll throw a tantrum’–I don’t think that’s going to play well in the Republican primary.” Paul Ryan on Chris Christie, 01/18/2013

    Smackdown. Way to go Ryan!

    Comment by David — January 19, 2013 @ 12:03 pm - January 19, 2013

  10. I think that was actually Rand Paul who said that, a man I am beginning to become very politically enamored with.

    Comment by V the K — January 19, 2013 @ 4:11 pm - January 19, 2013

  11. Oops…. You are correct. It was Rand Paul. My apologies Senator Paul!

    Comment by David — January 19, 2013 @ 7:06 pm - January 19, 2013

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