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Will legacy media, in Tampa, push their narrative about the Republican Party or report the facts about Mitt Romney’s economic focus and his pro-growth agenda?

Just as I was starting work on a post on the jaundiced media narrative of the GOP, I catch sight of Bruce’s latest on the Franklin Center Symposium.  Seems that new media are doing so well largely because people are rapidly losing faith in more traditional sources of news.  According to Gallup, only 25% of Americans have a great deal or quite a lot of confidence in newspapers, with only 21% having that kind of confidence in TV news.

That number is unlikely to budge much in the next few days.  Over the past week, we’ve seen our media spending more time obsessing over a Republican Senate candidate repudiated by his party for making a stupid statement (while ignoring a Democratic Senator ignored by her own party after insulting her partisan adversaries and accusing them of a “sickness“) than considering the actual policy statements of the Republican candidates for president and vice president.

Consistent with this coverage, the media, Jennifer Rubin predicts, as the Republican National Convention begins, “will talk about abortion much more than will any speaker.”  These folks aren’t there, she observes “to observe or to report, but to shape, massage and even distort what is said and done.”  (Read the whole thing.)

The mainstream media comes in to Tampa with one mission,” quips Micey Kaus, “and that’s to subtly give the impression that Romney is floundering” (Via Instapundit).

It seems that for the legacy media crafting a narrative consistent with Democratic talking points is more important the reporting the facts of a dynamic, resurgent and inclusive Republican Party.  No wonder public confidence in our news media continues to decline.

Franklin Center Symposium’s Transforming the Media Landscape
The Crisis and Opportunity in Journalism

Posted by Bruce Carroll at 3:22 pm - August 27, 2012.
Filed under: New Media,Republican National Convention

At this moment, I’m blogging from the Franklin Center‘s Future of Journalism Symposium. They have three sessions beginning today. The topic today is: “Transforming the Media Landscape: The Crisis and Opportunity in Journalism”.

The speakers are: Jason Stverak, President of the Franklin Center; Steven Greenhut, VP of Journalism for the Franklin Center; Will Swaim, Managing Editor at the Franklin Center.

Will runs the great website Watchdog.org which has non-profit reporters stationed in many of our state capitals.

This is a very informative panel discussing how Franklin Center came to be after many “for-profit” reporters were fired from their state capital “beats” after the 2008 recession. Franklin Center stepped up and through innovation formed a national network of reporters who are dedicated to telling the truth about the people’s government.

Great panel so far….

UPDATE: The symposium is being livestreamed at this link.

-Bruce (GayPatriot)

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Legacy media to blame for Romney-haters’ ignorance?

You do have to wonder where some liberals get their news.  Caught this comment on the thread to a liberal Facebook friend’s post, dubbing Mitt Romney’s the “Worst. Campaign. Ever.”

He might have a better idea if the legacy media focused on the content of Mr. Romney’s speeches and the specifics of his policies instead of the gaffes of a candidate in Missouri and an awkward joke the candidate made in MIchigan.

Meanwhile, Jennifer Rubin contends, “Obama doesn’t have an agenda for turning around the economy other than to tax the rich, borrow and spend some more and hire some more unionized public employees.

NB:  Tweaked the title.

GayPatriot’s America Radio Program – TONIGHT at 9PM ET

Yeah, I’m going to re-re-relaunch the BlogTalkRadio show, GayPatriot’s America, tonight. The topic tonight will be a preview of the 2012 Republican National Convention.

I’m pleased to have a special guest, Zac Moffatt who is the Digital Media Director for the Romney Presidential campaign. Zac will be calling in about 9:05PM ET.

At 9:30PM, my next guest Sarah Rumpf will join me. Sarah blogs at www.sunshinestatesarah.com and can be found on Twitter at @rumpfshaker. Sarah is a Florida native and we will compare notes about Tampa and the RNC.

The GayPatriot’s America radio show begins at 9PM and I’ll talk about my pending trip to Tampa where I’ll be covering the RNC on the ground.

Please tune in tonight!

UPDATE: The show is available on iTunes.  Also, you can listen via the player right below!

Listen to internet radio with GayPatriot on Blog Talk Radio

-Bruce (GayPatriot)

Is Tina Brown all that savvy about the changing media market?

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 2:10 pm - July 24, 2012.
Filed under: New Media,Random Thoughts

Commenting on reports that “the Harmon family is divesting interest in NewsWeeks Daily Beast online blog”, Sonicfrog wonders if this is a “a sign that daily Beast is going under“:

I can’t say. There is still time to save the product. But they have to get much smarter and much more accommodating to other political point of views if they are going to survive. Oh, and get rid of Tina Brown. She doesn’t exactly have a great track record for the last several years.

Read the whole thing.  His post led me to wonder if Tina Brown is all that savvy about the changing media market.  She does have good PR sense.  Now, to be sure, reports on various media ventures do seem to herald her ability to build an existing market or craft a new niche.

Her recent record, however, doesn’t seem to match those reports.  Brown does know how to promote herself (and get that favorable media attention), but does she know how to creating a well-trafficked web-site or build a profitable enterprise?

Contrast her latest on-line enterprise with Arianna Huffington’s most recent endeavor.  We may not share Mrs. Huffington’s ideological tilt, but do recognize her success. Perhaps, Brown was just trying to imitate Huffington.

And she just hasn’t realized that the liberal online marketplace has reached its saturation point.

UPDATE:  In a similar vein, Steven Hayward offers, “Under Tina Brown—probably the most overrated journalist/editor of our time—Newsweek has become just a lightweight version of The New Republic.”  (Via Instapundit.)

Wonder how the Washington Post failed to track down this gal

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 1:58 am - June 6, 2012.
Filed under: 2012 Presidential Election,Media Bias,New Media

In 2008, Harvard Law classmate, law review colleague remembered Obama as ‘a pretty cold fish’:

While details from President Barack Obama’s college years are scant, with the exception of a few acquaintances’ recollections, in 2008 one of his Harvard Law classmates offered a few seldom-heard remembrances of the president’s time at Harvard. (more…)

Barack Hussein Buchanan & The Gay Left

Posted by Bruce Carroll at 3:41 pm - May 11, 2012.
Filed under: Gay Marriage,New Media

What the hell am I talking about?  Well, you have to read my piece now up at The Daily Caller to find out. :-)

Here’s a taste:

They [the gay leftists] will send money and vote for Obama in the same way they still fawn over Bill Clinton, who stabbed gays in the back during his time in office. The most important thing for gay ideologues in America is not earning the respect of their fellow Americans. It is being patted on the head and told they are loved by their Democratic president.

And I am called self-loathing?

Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2012/05/11/barack-buchanan-and-the-gay-left/#ixzz1uakplzgs

Enjoy!

-Bruce (GayPatriot)

Saturday Morning at BlogCon in Charlotte, NC

Posted by Bruce Carroll at 11:03 am - April 21, 2012.
Filed under: Blogging,New Media

Good morning, America. The BlogCon has been awesome so far here in my adopted hometown of Charlotte, NC. A number of the gang were treated to the best soul food restaurant in the city at Mert’s last night. Gabriel Malor, IrishSpy, SisterToldjah and JCinQC (my Twitter gang) all went to Roosters — one of our absolute favorites in Charlotte. Great food, good prices.

John and I are staying at home and driving back and forth, so we missed the late night festivities. Rumors have it that there was an intense karaoke party. And something about Ben Howe doing a rap song. If I get more details later…. I’ll reveal all!

This morning we got to the hotel a bit late, so we missed National Review’s Jim Geraghty talk. Dangit! Hopefully I’ll find out what he covered later.

The best part of BlogCon (and previous “Con” events I’ve attended), is the sense that we are all a family. I get more bear hugs from my conservative friends at this event than I ever did at a real family event.

Anyway, I’m so glad that the BlogCon gang came to Charlotte….. I hope our city is treating everyone well.

-Bruce (GayPatriot)

Is the Obama campaign only competent on offense?
(Has it ever been prepared for a vigorous Republican defense?)

Pundits and politicos on both sides of the aisle have long lauded the Democratic campaigns in the three most recent presidential elections (1992, 1996 and 2008) where that party’s candidate won the general election.  Yet, one wonders how those campaigns would have held up had their Republican opponents mounted a more effective challenge.

In the most recent contest, we had a brief window into how the Obama team performed on defense when John McCain surged out of of St. Paul and the Democrat stumbled badly.  Obama didn’t do well on defense.  Had it not been for McCain’s ham-handed handling of the financial crisis — and had the Republican had a better political operation — who knows how Obama would have fared come November.

This year, we’re beginning to witness just how unprepared the Obama team is for an effective opposition.  As Tevi Troy observes today in commenting on the doggie wars, “there is a larger point here as well, one that speaks to competence“:

Attacking Romney for cruelty to dogs without recognizing Obama’s own self-admitted and enormous vulnerabilty on the issue is a shocking instance of a research and self-assessment failure on the part of the Obama campaign. The Seamus attacks were not a one-time hit, but appear to have been part of a concerted effort by the Obama team to make Seamus an issue. To do so without considering that the pro-Romney forces had an easy comeback fails Campaign Hit 101.

“The dog wars show”, Troy concludes, “that the vaunted Obama campaign competence appears to be a thing of the past as well.”  Is it a thing of the past or is it that it hasn’t faced such challenges before?  Or perhaps, it never occurred to them that if Republicans got hit, they just might, to borrow an expression, “punch back twice as hard“.

And possibly they were also counting on the legacy media to back them up (and oblivious to the effectiveness  of conservatives using new media.) (more…)

Friday Afternoon at BlogCon

Posted by Bruce Carroll at 2:12 pm - April 20, 2012.
Filed under: Blogging,New Media

Lunch ran long so we missed the official Andrew Breitbart tribute, but did catch a sneak peak at the to-be-released movie “Occupy Unmasked”.

Here’s the trailer:

After the movie preview, the Breitbart crew (John Nolte, Larry O’Connor, Brandon Darby & Dana Loesch) was given a standing ovation by the crowd.

Now John is joining Pamela Geller and James O’Keefe to talk about fighting back against the mainstream media. Great panel!

-Bruce (GayPatriot)

First Morning at BlogCon

Posted by Bruce Carroll at 10:42 am - April 20, 2012.
Filed under: Blogging,New Media

We got here a bit late, but saw a great presentation from Erik Telford at The Franklin Center about “information activism” (think: citizen journalists).

Now listening to a great talk from Alex Lundry at TargetPoint Consulting. He’s talking about the graphic nature that politics has taken on. Example….

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Good stuff so far! For more updated BlogConCLT reports –> @GayPatriot on Twitter.

-Bruce (GayPatriot)

Bloggers Descend on Charlotte!

Good morning from the center of the right-leaning blogosphere this weekend! Yep, BlogCon has occupied Charlotte, NC today and tomorrow for two days of information, fun & networking.

So a hearty welcome to the Queen City (no jokes, puh-lease!)

PatriotPartner (John) and I will be attending the sessions today and tomorrow and we were so thrilled to see everyone last night at the BlogBash party at RiRa Irish Pub.

Watch for updates from Twitter. And occasional posts from me here. Maybe photos, too!

-Bruce (GayPatriot)

On the unrecognized(?) loneliness in the gay male community

Social media have allowed us to interact and connect in ways not possible just a decade ago.  They have made it easier for us to track down long-lost friends and to  learn about their present doings.  Even as I write this, I am chatting on Facebook with an Australian gay man who, like many of our readers, differs from the norm of our community; he reached out to me after discovering the blog.

Facebook has also allowed me to see a phenomenon I first witnessed when I came out in the 1990s, of the loneliness of many gay men, perhaps a loneliness paralleled among our straight peers, but one which, at times,seems unique to our particular situation.  And Facebook magnifies it.  Some men seek solace in identifying with a political group, fearing to differ in one iota from its ideology, lest their peers cut them off.  Others relate the most mundane items of their day, as if that will help link them to the outside world.

Here we have this means of instant (virtual) connection and yet all too many of us aren’t really connecting.

These observations have caused me to revisit some (somewhat) dormant ideas about loneliness — and that too human hunger for real connection, for friends who see us we are and in whose presence we feel part of the universe because to truly feel part of the universe, we must, all of us, feel some connection to our fellow man.  And not just the connection of their physical presence, but a meaningful bond where they delight in our idiosyncrasies — and they in ours.

Understanding that, I found it very hard to watch the 1964 Bette Davis movie Dead Ringer, a film where the screen siren plays twin sisters, with the less financially fortunate Edith Phillips murdering her more wealthy sister Margaret in order to assume her identity and live in luxury.  As soon as Edie commits the crime, then puts on her sister’s clothes and goes to her house, all I could think about was how miserable her new life would be, no longer able to spend time with the Karl Malden‘s Jim Hobbson, the cop who truly appreciates her–cut off not just from him, but from her friends in the bar she manages.

I just couldn’t believe that anyone, well into middle age, with real friends would want to give them all up for a chance at riches.  And yet some people do.

After all, what is wealth if you have no one with whom to share it? (more…)

“More flexibility”: Essence of Case Against Obama’s Reelection?

This past week, I penned two posts on the president’s telling “open mic” comment to Russia’s President on how “he would have ‘more flexibility’ to deal with controversial issues such as missile defense” after the election. As I write this, both posts generated a total of 9 comments.

I wrote one piece on the Travyon Martin/George Zimmerman matter. That post has, so far, generated 80 comments.

Now, to be sure, that story offers a fascinating window into media sensationalism — and has more wrinkles than does the president’s telling comment, but has far less bearing on the state of the union, particularly given the upcoming election and the incumbent’s bid for a second term.

Calling the president’s remarks “a moment of political contempt—for the issues at hand as well as for the demos itself“, Martin Peretz, long-time editor in chief of the left-of-center New Republic, finds the important message to be . . .

. . . that the American people can’t be trusted if the president is honest with them about what he proposes. More bluntly, that the American people are not trusted by their own president. Otherwise the president would tell us the truth about his intentions. And here he is, admitting his distrust of his own people to a leader of a nasty foreign government that seeks to thwart our purposes in the Middle East and elsewhere. President Obama is in cahoots with the Russian regime against America’s very body politic.

Mr. Obama’s revealing comment, and the question of missile defense, and the question of Mr. Obama’s bizarre desire for coziness with Vladimir Putin, is a matter about which our European allies have great concerns.

Hence, we should be constantly reminding our fellow citizens of what the president said when he thought no one was listening. To that end, the folks at American Crossroads have crafted a clever ad:

(more…)

Relying on Huffington Post for its “news,”
AOL has become platform promoting administration talking points

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 3:10 am - March 28, 2012.
Filed under: Media Bias,New Media,Obamania

Those of us who still use AOL for e-mail have a regular window into liberal media bias. Whenever I send e-mails, the internet services company provides links to several “news” articles (a good number little more than liberal blog posts); yesterday was no exception.

They linked an article which was basically just an administration press release filtered through a left-wing blogress. The Huffington Post headlined the piece, “Newt Gingrich’s Trayvon Martin Comments Were ‘Reprehensible,’ David Plouffe Says“. Note how they lead off with the notion of the comments being reprehensible, with the name of the person as if an afterthought.

Mr. Plouffe is, as the article informs us, “President Barack Obama’s Senior Adviser”. Since when do such an advisor’s comments about a man vying for his boss’s job merit so much attention?  It’s just not newsworthy.  Maybe it might be if the reporter covered Mr. Gingrich’s reaction, but nowhere does Miss Terkel allow the former Speaker to respond to Mr. Plouffe’s criticism, nor even indicate that she sought his reaction. (In a most helpful update, she does inform us that Plouffe also “criticized former Sen. Rick Santorum’s reaction to Obama’s comments on the Martin shooting.”)

Now, there is nothing wrong with a left-wing blogress repeating White House talking points. She may well share the administration’s outlook — and has every right to express her opinion.  But her opinion is not news.

That AOL features this piece as “news” shows that their decision to purchase the Huffington Post has prevented the internet company from becoming an unbiased source of news.

Obama speechwriters don’t know much about history

When George W. Bush got a fact wrong, our friends in the legacy media highlighted it as a sign of his stupidity.  If Barack Obama makes a mistake, well, if they get around to covering it, they’ll just see it as a sign of human imperfection.

Last night, before bed, I read that, in his speech yesterday offering up anecdotes from American history for “examples of ignorant incredulousness“, the Democrat, well, got his facts wrong about one of his Republican predecessors, claiming that “Rutherford B. Hayes couldn’t understand why anyone would want a telephone”. But, Nan Card Nan Card, curator of manuscripts at the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center in Ohio, corrected Mr. Hayes’s successor:

“He really was the opposite,” she said. “He had the first telephone in the White House. He also had the first typewriter in the White House. Thomas Edison came to the White House as well and displayed the phonograph. Photographing people who came to the White House and visited at dinners and receptions was also very important to him.”

While often cited, Card said Obama’s cited quote had never been confirmed by contemporary sources and is likely apocryphal. A contemporary newspaper account of his first experience with telephone in 1877 from the Providence Journal records a smiling Hayes repeatedly responding to the voice on the other line with the phrase, “That is wonderful.” You can read the full story here.

By the time I woke up this morning, conservative bloggers were all over the story. Steven Hayward offered an image of the former president and linked the page where I found the above images.

Glenn linked a Washington Post fact-checker scolding the president, “It’s bad enough for one president to knock another one for not being on Mt. Rushmore, but it’s particularly egregious to do so based on incorrect information.

Mr. President, in the age of all this new technology, when it’s easy for your critics to check your facts and publicize your errors, don’t you think your speechwriters could do a little fact-checking?

No, Rush didn’t set a trap, but his haters did witness the firepower of a fully armed and operational right-wing blogosphere

In the wake of slut-gate, David Axelrod has has to put off an appearance on Bill Maher’s HBO show and “comedian Louis CK recently pulled out as entertainer at the Radio-TV Correspondents Dinner.”  In short, the standard some of the left set up to destroy Rush has backfired.

Some might say that Rush himself laid the trap, but Ann Althouse disagrees:

Rush Limbaugh is a media genius, but I don’t think he’s enough of a genius to have laid this trap. It has worked as a trap. By going too far, on one well-chosen occasion — picking on a young woman about sex — he got an immense reaction from Rush haters, who smelled blood and imagined that they could use this incident to drive Rush off the air. In making their strong argument, Rush’s opponents articulated a rule demonizing those who use offensive language to describe a woman.

Pretty much sums it up.  Read the whole thing.

Those who sought to drive Rush off the air were not yet accustomed to the power of a fully armed and operational right-wing blogosphere, able to track down and publicize. left-wing name-calling with just a few keystrokes and compare it to Rush’s language (for which the talker has since apologized) that had caused fainting fits in news rooms and Democratic offices.

Andrew Breitbart’s first posthumous victory

George Stephanopolous may not have followed up when Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) failed to condemn Bill Maher for a slur that self-described “potty mouth” used when describing Sarah Palin, but the former Clinton staffer did at least ask his fellow partisan “whether Democrats should return” the uncouth man’s money.

The current ABCNews anchor even showed clips of Mr. Maher’s trash talk.  Schumer himself may not have criticized Mr. Maher on ABC’s “This Week,” but as Madeleine Morgenstern reported, a “Schumer spokesman later told Politico he ‘thinks those comments [made by Maher] are inappropriate and wrong.’”  (Wonder if Obama strategist David Axelrod would call Mr. Schumer’s manner of critique a failed “test of leadership“; he dispatched a staffer to do what he failed to do in person.)  Schumer was forced to criticize the liberal entertainer.

As Rush Limbaugh himself put it, everything the Democrats

. . . hoped to accomplish this week, they’ve not accomplished. They might have 25 years ago, but they haven’t. They, on the left, are now being forced by an army of people on the right to comport themselves to the same standards that they are demanding of others, and that’s going to put a real crimp in their style. Remember, when I apologized I said one aspect of what I had done wrong was I descended to their level. And I meant to emphasize that. I descended to their level. That’s what was, among other things, wrong about it. But it was a one-time thing for me. They live there. Now they’ve been called on it.

(Via Tom Blumer via Powerline picks.)  He’s right; 25 years ago, there was no conservative media to dig up and publicize videos of liberals engaging in the type of name-calling that earns excoriation for the rare conservative who stoops to that level.  Stephanopolous would have been able to avoid the question.

As he built on the point cited above, Rush gives one hint about what has changed in the past 25 years:  “It might have been Breitbart people, I forget who it was, with camera and microphone — and they would not condemn any of the language from any of their favorite people on the left.” (more…)

The significance of the Breitbart video:
the legacy media’s disinterest in exploring the Obama narrative

When last night I saw the video that the late Andrew Breitbart had so hyped, I was a bit disappointed.  There was nothing new there.  We already knew that when he was a student, the president had some radical associations.

What was telling, however, was not the video of Obama himself, but the video of Harvard Law School Professor Charles Ogletree showing the video who admitted that, “We hid this throughout the 2008 campaign. I don’t care if they find it now.

“It’s video,” John Nolte observes (referring to the clip from Obama’s Harvard years), “no one would’ve seen, had Andrew Breitbart not decided it was time—finally!– to vet the sitting President of the United States. (For the record, this is only a portion of what Breitbart found.)”  And that’s the point.  No one would have seen the video if people outside the legacy media went rooting around for stories about Obama’s past.

In 2008, 0ur friends in the legacy media showed considerable curiosity in John McCain’s running mate, then-Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, dispatching countless reporters to the Last Frontier to root out the smallest detail of her personal and professional life.  By contrast, when Barack Obama catapulted onto the political scene, they did not show a similar curiosity, spending little time investigating Obama’s background.  They relied on Obama’s campaign to supply the narrative of the Democrat’s life. (more…)

Bill Maher plays defense! Andrew Breitbart Lives!

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 1:18 am - March 6, 2012.
Filed under: Liberal Hypocrisy,Mean-spirited leftists,New Media

If Bill Maher didn’t feel so insecure about his mean-spirited attacks on Republican women, he wouldn’t have made the attempt to distinguish himself from Rush Limbaugh as he did this past week:

The allegations of sexism against Rush Limbaugh have had the somewhat unexpected result of bring allegations of sexism against Bill Maher to the fore. Many have pointed out that, if Limbaugh has to answer for calling someone a “slut,” surely Maher has to answer for the time he used a c-word of Latin etymology to describeSarah Palin. Maher heard about it and, last night, was frustrated to hear that Limbaugh himself had brought it up and “tried to drag me into this bullshit he caused.” He laughed in his monologue and made a clear distinction between his show and Limbaugh’s: “I don’t have sponsors.”

Bill, my friends, is feeling the heat. The new media have given conservatives a punch we lacked just a few years ago. Our fight against liberal double standards is having an impact. Maher felt compelled to defend himself.

No, Bill doesn’t have sponsors, but some liberals on Facebook are pushing for Clear Channel to drop Rush. Maybe they should also be pushing HBO to drop the mean-spirited leftist.

Bill Maher is playing defense.  Andrew Breitbart lives!