Breaking out of the cocoon

Matthew Hoy
By Matthew Hoy on October 25, 2006

ABC's online political blog-type-thingy "The Note" has the outline of how the media has planned to cover these last two weeks leading up to the midterm election. "The Note" lists the 12 storylines and then follows up with link after link after link after link to examples. A few selected highlights:

How the (liberal) Old Media plans to cover the last two weeks of the election:

1. Glowingly profile Speaker-Inevitable Nancy Pelosi, with loving mentions of her grandmotherly steel (see last night's 60 Minutes), and fail to describe her as "ultra liberal" or "an extreme liberal," which would mirror the way Gingrich was painted twelve years ago.


5. Paint groups that run ads or do turnout for Republican candidates as shadowy, extreme, corrupt, and illegitimate; describe their analogues on the left as valiant underdogs, part of a People's Army (with homage to Rich Lowry).

6. Care more about voter disenfranchisement than voter fraud.

7. Take every Republican quote expressing some trepidation about the outcome and banner it.

Frankly, it's dispiriting to see the herd mentality apparent in the coverage. I don't think it's going to happen, but I'd almost love to see the GOP pick up a seat or two just to shock the media into the awareness that just because everyone they know thinks one way doesn't mean that that's the way the world is.

I'm probably going to have to settle for narrow GOP majorities in the House and Senate with the national media spinning two more years of Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi as some sort of moral victory.


The @sdutOpinion Editorial pages used to be fairly mainstream conservative. When I applied for a letters editor opening there in the mid-00s, I was asked if there's an editorial I wouldn't write. I replied: a pro-abortion one. 1/

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