The liberal news media is a major cause of the Republican Party’s problems. Everyone on the right knows it. But conservatives have left the job unfinished. Giant strides at reforming the media have been achieved, including through BizPac Review. Yet after winning a few battles, simply because the topic is an old one, too many have forgotten the urgency of media lies and bias.
It boils down to this: Democrats attack Republicans. Republicans attack other Republicans. Democrats win. Republicans lose. Free enterprise and individual liberties suffer. That is the dysfunction within the Republican family. Democrats circle the wagon and defend their candidates when they say and do stupid things.
Colorado Democrat Joseph Salazar just argued that women are too emotional to carry a gun to protect themselves against rape. Women might shoot just anyone when their imagination runs away with them, Salazar claimed. Better to risk rape. Will the state legislator be condemned by other Democrats like Republicans attacked their own Todd Akin? Of course, not.
Compare Florida Republican Mark Foley’s text messages with New Jersey Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez. The mainstream media ignores reports about Menendez and underage prostitutes.
Barack Obama said the U.S. Constitution is “20 centuries” (2,000 years) old. Obama declared war on privacy (he meant piracy). Obama claims that he campaigned in 57 states and hoped to visit the other two. Obama rambled at a campaign stop without a teleprompter script. Does that matter? No. He’s a big-spending, big-government liberal.
But Republicans want to be at the head of the line attacking a Republican for the slightest misstep. Why? They don’t want to be criticized by the dominant culture. Republicans try to be the first to attack other Republicans to convince the dominant media to give them a pass. They want a “get out of criticism free” card.
It isn’t the social issues that pose a problem. The media will attack Republicans for any reason. As soon as the GOP abandons one position, Republicans will be attacked for another. And another. And another. The news media simply searches for whatever excuse it can find to unfairly attack free-enterprise Republicans.
The most persistent attacks concern fiscal issues. Republican budget cuts are heartless, throwing needy people on the street. Republicans cut education, even as education budgets double and triple. Republicans are blamed for cutting budgets that continue to grow.
Social issues are not the GOP’s problem. It’s the lying. The news media’s smears are the problem. Changing policy positions without also changing the media will accomplish nothing.
It’s been over 30 years since U.S. Sen. Jesse Helms tried to lead a conservative project to buy CBS News. Since then, massive changes have unfolded in the information world. And yet the dominant liberal news media is still a machine gun nest at the top of the hill, slaughtering free-enterprise Republicans. As long as big-government liberals dominate the high ground, free-enterprise and freedom candidates are simply fish being shot in the barrel.