You would have to be deaf, dumb and blind not to see the mainstream media’s attack on Chris Christie. Now I don’t care about Chris one way or another but I do think it highlights my concern and other conservatives about media bias. I understand more on air and print column inches have been devoted to the Christie story in one week than all coverage on the IRS scandal for a year. The point of my comment is that the mainstream media has a clear and powerful impact on the publics’ perception of politicians, governing issues and “underlying” implications of actions taken and not taken by political leaders and their respective parties. It is also clear that persons espousing conservative views are looked at with a jaundiced eye by the mainstream press. The issue I’m most concerned about is the old line attributed to German leaders in world war two, tell a lie often enough and with conviction and it will become true. This concern for me is particularly important in the state primary elections. Allow me to give you an example.
Yesterday, Chuck Todd on MSNBC highlighted a story about the race in district 13 of Florida, a so-called purple state that could swing to the right or the left on key political issues. Chuck pointed out that republican congressmen Bill Young had recently passed away and there was considerable speculation on the individual who was endorsed by Bill’s widow to take Bill’s role as congressman from the 13th district. Chuck pointed out that it was rumored the widow was a “character’ with a strong voice on politics. Chuck didn’t reference his source but planted the thought that she might be a problem for the republicans in the upcoming primary elections. Further Chuck went on to point out that in Bill’s past life he had been married before and had three children and that there was rumors of scandal surrounding the divorce and Bills ethics associated with that divorce and his children. Again no source provided by Chuck except innuendo and speculation. Chuck went on to reference the potential democratic opponent, a woman whom according to Chuck didn’t live in district 13 but recently rented a house or apartment in the district. Chuck speculated that he didn’t think [nice to have his unbiased opinion] it would hurt her in the general election.
So there you have it, a picture painted by a left leaning TV commentator of a former republican congressmen who served his district well by all accounts but in death may, according to Chuck Todd be the basis for scandal from his current wife and his divorce from several years past. The local press and the democrat opponents will jump on this “national” TV coverage to muddy the waters of the republican primary in the 13th district of Florida. Not on like the Christie story the power of an angry and some times frightened liberal press can and will be brought to bear on primary congressional races, particularly for the Republican Party.
I remember when I worked on the Goldwater for President campaign in California how afraid the liberal press was afraid of the potential power the Goldwater conservative wing might have in governing this country. It compares to the hatred and fear the mainstream press has for the Tea Party. I believe in part this mindset is what drives people like Chuck Todd to bury conservative candidates with reports based on rumors and fear. We must stop it.
The only way we can force the mainstream media to temper their attacks on conservative ideas and candidates is to make our anger know to network and publishing ownership, program producers and advertisers how unhappy we are. Mail, e-mail, twitter, call and make your objections known. Take issue with editorials in your local paper or on your local radio and TV stations and cause these press outlets to express your opinions on key political and governmental issues. Do something!