EDITOR OF REDSTATE
The Story The Media Is Missing Because It Does Not Fit Their Narrative
Let’s admit there is media bias. We know there is despite the best efforts of some on the left to deny it.
I cannot tell you the number of reporters at major networks and newspapers who will, in private moments, admit there is a real bias.
In most cases it is not an intentional bias. It is a product of being largely highly educated, liberally inclined, white urbanites who live on the Upper West Side, have drivers whisk them off to their studio or out of Adams-Morgan into downtown DC where they hang out with other fashionable liberals who, unlike me, think Jimmy Choo is a shoe manufacturer and not, a I thought, a Chinese restaurant.
They talk about what’s in the New York Times Magazine and on its front page. They gossip about who isn’t sleeping with Maureen Dowd anymore. They go to wine country in France, tie the latest J. Crew sweater around their neck because Michelle does, and otherwise live in an insular world of group think.
The preconceived notions they develop in this insular world of their likeminded friends colors what gets reported and what doesn’t. The majority of Americans who realize global warming is a scam are pooh-poohed as ignorant because all the guys at Brown, Harvard, and Vassar say so.
The credible scientists who disagree with the group think are shunned as holocaust deniers. Republicans and conservatives are treated as the same creature.
David Gergen’s latest bout of conventional wisdom is serenaded on NPR and David Frum is celebrated for speaking truth to power from the renovated carriage house behind his posh home on the northwest side of Washington. The women from The View are considered intellectuals, except for that Republican one who is just on there for the affirmative action quota for wingers.
Sarah Palin is disdained because she had a Down Syndrome child and all the forty something first time moms dropping their kids off (assuming it’s not the nanny doing it) at Birch Wathen Lenox, Trinity, and Dwight before going to work at their six-figure jobs know that smart women abort Down Syndrome babies — there’s a great clinic in SoHo where you can shop fashionably after the baby is chopped up and sucked out.
Sometimes the bias is more patent, open, and intentional. After all, friends do want to help out their friends and likeminded brethren on the left. Any criticism of Obama is racist and conservatives sometimes must pay the price.
The mainstream media arising out of that culture misses stories that don’t fit the narrative or don’t make it past the New York – DC corridor echo chamber.
Right now the media is missing a really big story. It does not fit their narrative.
The narrative, of course, is that conservatives want a totalitarian pure party with a purity test for the GOP. You want gay marriage? No way. Pro-choice? No support. For government assisted health care options? We don’t recognize you. At least that is what the media claims.
So the media has and is ignoring the alliance between left and right among the GOP in Massachusetts.
Scott Brown is not a conservative. He makes no pretension of being a conservative. He defends Romneycare, which most conservative have rejected. He is pro-choice. But he is for less government interference in the free market and less spending. Like Pat Toomey in Pennsylvania, he is the perfect sort of Republican candidate for New England.
Jim DeMint’s Senate Conservatives Fund is encouraging its members to support and donate to Scott Brown.. Marco Rubio is supporting Scott Brown. RedState is supporting Scott Brown. We, well . . . I, suspect he’ll give conservatives heart burn as New England Republicans do. But all of us know he is a good, pragmatic fit for Massachusetts. He’ll vote against Obamacare and he’d vote against a second stimulus. Conservatives do know, despite media and liberal Republican (called “moderate” by the media) claims to the contrary, that the GOP needs 51 seats in the Senate to have a majority.
Conservative and liberal Republicans are united behind Scott Brown. You’d think a mainstream media that has generated millions of words on television, radio, and print about conservatives demanding a pure party would take notice.
But that would shatter their whole narrative. And the last thing anyone wants to do at the next party at the Met or Sally Quinn’s house is mention the latest liberal friend in rehab or that maybe their group think on conservatives is shallow, self-serving, and vain.