Politico’s Jonathan Martin thinks that conservatives have a fever and the only cure is more Politico, and more left wing media. He says we’re in a media cocoon that is “intellectually suffocating and self-defeating.” What a crock. We can’t get away from left wing media, it’s everywhere. William Jacobson wasted no time in smacking down such a stupid, self-serving assertion.
Declare the GOP to live in a media cocoon based on the statements mostly by three people (writers Ross Douthat of The NY Times and Ben Domenech, and a failed GOP candidate who lost the Senate race to Rand Paul) — hence, this is a “news” story — without considering the reality that almost the entire media is a liberal cocoon to which conservative outlets are a breath of fresh air. The few dissenting voices are buried deep in the article — so Politico is fair!
We are bombarded with liberal media all day long — yet to seek out alternatives means we are in a cocoon?
We read NY Times stories every day, except we often don’t realize it because they are reprints in local newspapers. We read Politico all day long, except we don’t realize it because it appears under a Yahoo or other news banner. We have no choice but to listen to CBS and other mainstream media, because our local news stations use their news feeds. We live in a world of a social agenda entertainment industry.
And yes, we watch MSNBC, just look at the Twitter feeds of conservatives and you will understand that we hang on almost every Chris Matthews rant.
The notion of a cocoon unique to conservatives is nonsense, and without any evidence.
What about all the liberals who refuse to watch Fox News, and Media Matters which is organized for the very purpose of destroying Fox News. For every example of a conservative cocoon I could give you 10 examples of liberal cocoons.
Read the whole thing. Unlike Martin, Jacobson has studies and data backing up what he’s saying.