Voters are no longer fooled by elite media spin

These quotes are from Will Lester of AP on Saturday, July 29, 2006 —
of at George Washington University.

“Some decry the professional role of , they would like to see it disappear,” Rove told graduating students at the George Washington University Graduate School of Political Management. “Some argue political professionals are ruining American politics _ trapping candidates in daily competition for the news cycle instead of long-term strategic thinking in the best interest of the country.”

“It’s odd to me that most of these critics are and columnists,” he said. “Perhaps they don’t like sharing the field of play. Perhaps they want to draw attention away from the corrosive role their coverage has played focusing attention on process and not substance.”

But he said voters are able to watch campaigns and candidates closely and “this messy and imperfect process has produced great leaders.”

That is a nice way of sayng that the are not fooled by the old media with staffs made up of liberal, socialist journalists who in recent poles vote 95 percent for the Democrat ticket.

A major reason daily newspapers are shedding voters is because of their staffs’ arrogance and non-stop spin. Like one-hit wonders of the pop-rock industry, they really can’t come up with a new tune.

3 thoughts on “Voters are no longer fooled by elite media spin

  1. I spent over a decade in the Newspaper Industry and I could not agree more.

    A journalism degree does not provide an individual with ability to write the truth any more than a business degree will make a person a millionaire. The blogosphere is ‘The Long Tail’ of journalism. No longer must we wait for our news and information to be filtered through the corporate media or the elite.

    As we agree and disagree, we are allowed to post our opinions freely rather than being selectively reviewed and edited from a pile of ‘Letters to the Editor’.

    Warmest Regards,
    Doug Karr

  2. This just in from a “Rocky Mtn. editor about E&P, the online-only trade mag for newspapers.
    Why Editor & Publisher has become irrelevant
    Tuesday, August 1 at 8:27 PM | Trackbacks
    If you read Greg Mitchell’s columns on Iraq and now the Israel/Hezbollah conflict it’s clear why Editor & Publisher has become increasingly irrelevant.

    Mitchell, the editor of the trade magazine and web site, spends a lot of time taking on the press from a liberal/left viewpoint.

    Here are a few examples:

    Blood on Our Hands
    One month after pundits and editorialists, following the lead of the president, declared (yet again) new hope in Iraq, the death toll is soaring and alleged atrocities mount. Who, now, will dare speak up?

    Few Editorials Find Fault with the Bombing of Beirut
    It’s one thing to endorse Israel’s right to defend itself and retaliate. It’s another to remain silent on the crime of causing mass destruction and civilian deaths in neutral areas of Lebanon.

    And the latest:

    Endorsing More Death in Lebanon
    As dozens more die in Lebanon, and much of that nation lies in ruins, David Brooks, The New York Times columnist, calls for more of the same, while admitting the policy probably won’t work — partly because of the war in Iraq, which he strongly supported.

    Now David Brooks doesn’t need any help defending himself.

    But I think Mitchell is mistaking standard opinion journalism for media criticism. There are plenty of places to debate the right approach to Iraq or to the current Mideast Crisis, but what he’s doing is not media criticism.

    Even if he’s going to wear his politics on his sleeve, he should be taking on the quality of the reporting, not recounting his unhappiness with the editorial positions of journalists or newspapers. At a minimum, he should have his Web site provide an opposing view. But what he should really do to make his publication relevant is critique journalism, not tell us what he thinks newspapers should be saying on their editorial pages or in their columns.

    E&P’s problem isn’t politics, it’s competence. That magazine (is it actually still a magazine, or just a blog) is put out by a truly amazing collection of self-regarding gasbag columnists, none of whom I’d trust to cover a brush fire. It reads like an Onion parody.

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