Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Quote of the Day

"The Sherrod story is a reminder — much like the 2004 assault on John Kerry by the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth — that the old media are often swayed by controversies pushed by the conservative new media. In many quarters of the old media, there is concern about not appearing liberally biased, so stories emanating from the right are given more weight and less scrutiny. Additionally, the conservative new media, particularly Fox News Channel and talk radio, are commercially successful, so the implicit logic followed by old-media decisionmakers is that if something is gaining currency in those precincts, it is a phenomenon that must be given attention. Most dangerously, conservative new media will often produce content that is so provocative and incendiary that the old media find it irresistible."

-- Time magazine's Mark Halperin (astonishingly), stating the incredibly obvious but rarely admitted

How many times have I specifically used the word "overcompensation" when talking about the supposed liberal media's treatment of politically divisive issues? Likewise, how many times have I said that the press has only one true bias: conflict?

(via Cesca and Media Matters)


KOKORO said...

The left's greatest fear is being outed as hypocrites, which is why they will bend over backwards just to make sure they aren't seen as ideologically impure. The right's greatest fear is being out of power, which is why they will say and do anything as long as it leads them back to power. They don't have any ideology, therefore they don't give a sweet shit whether it's questioned.

B8ovin said...

Although it doesn't change the point of the quote, it should be noted that the "assault on John Kerry" didn't initiate this phenomenon. You can go back to Gore and the "serial liar" stories that were started by right wing pundits and picked up the general media (refresher: "I started the internet", "I was the inspiration for 'Love Story'" etc.) These stories were bastardizations of what he really said, but the allure of them continues to this day. The band has bigger amps now, but that just makes the feedback louder.

Mackenzie said...

Successful stories, like urban legends, live forever. Nobody even cares if they're true or not, they simply spread like wildfire. Ever read Made To Stick? Excellent book on effective messaging. Urban legends and simplicity are chapgter 1. The Right is brilliant at creating urban legends. They keep it simple and feed the fear.