Column: Brian Stelter Cannot Deal with the Fact


Nobody will be shocked that when Democrats lose elections (and nearly lose elections that “weren’t presupposed to be shut”), the liberals blame an infernal “right-wing media machine.” That’s what Brian Stelter did in his Dependable Sources podcast on November 4. 

Stelter turned to professor Brian Rosenwald, creator of the e book Speak Radio’s America: How An Business Took Over a Political Celebration That Took Over the US. What listeners heard was a number of lame theorizing and only a few specifics. 

To course of Democrats dropping the governor’s race in Virginia, Stelter quoted from leftist Washington Put up blogger Greg Sargent that whereas Republican Glenn Youngkin campaigned on a softer rhetoric in opposing crucial race principle within the faculties, he capitalized on right-wing media driving a way more “visceral and hallucinogenic” model of this argument on to the bottom. They apparently had been hallucinating with “each day propaganda coming from the likes of Laura Ingraham.”

The argument right here is that Republican candidates can sound extra affordable as a result of they’ve a media “machine” that gives all of the hardcore base-stoking rhetoric. Stelter mentioned it “makes a number of sense” to think about Fox and Newsmax as “base turnout operations.” As standard, Stelter pretends that CNN’s hardcore base-stoking rhetoric from Jim Acosta & Co. doesn’t permit the Democrats to run milder campaigns.

Stelter complained about all of the “propaganda and grifting” from the appropriate about native school-board points in Loudoun County, Virginia. He claimed there have been greater than 400 references to the county on Fox Information in 2021. However he by no means talked about the sexual assaults in excessive faculties there as a problem. Was that “grifting” to say? This misses the truth that the left makes nationwide information out of native crimes and controversies on a regular basis. See George Floyd in Minneapolis, or Michael Brown in Ferguson.

Then Rosenwald claimed right-wing speak radio and TV appreciated cultural points as a result of financial points had been Dullsville. They want “emotionality,” and “whenever you begin speaking about provide chain points and inflation and people sorts of issues, that’s sophisticated, proper? That’s financial principle, you’re going to have to grasp what’s happening.” However whenever you discuss children in faculties, “man, that’s easy.”

Stelter sensed hazard from conservatives: “Maintain on. My associates at NewsBusters are going to hearken to this they usually’re going to say you’re saying that conservatives are dumb. This must be easy.”

Rosenwald claimed he wasn’t saying they had been dumb, however they want radio to be “sort of like a cleaning soap opera,” as a result of “nuance is boring.” He claimed he’s talked to Republicans who mentioned “once we speak in regards to the debt ceiling, or the filibuster makes us compromise, that’s boring, that’s nuance, that’s course of. Folks don’t need to hear about that. They need to hear one thing huge, daring, thrilling, dramatic.”

How on Earth do you declare that persistent inflation and shortages of bathroom paper or Christmas toys aren’t going to be dramatic political points? 

Then these two Brians turned to the smug principle that liberals don’t have anything like Fox Information or conservative speak radio on their facet. They talked about how liberals hearken to NPR’s Morning Version as an alternative of Sean Hannity or Mark Levin, as if that present isn’t one-sided propaganda. Oh, however that taxpayer-funded bubble sounds so calm and urbane!

This once more fully misses that CNN and MSNBC are the plain equal to Fox Information, that they’re speak tv greater than “information channels.” Rosenwald truly mentioned how liberals might actually use a billionaire like Rupert Murdoch to discovered one thing like Fox, as a result of there’s a “big imbalance in politics and in political media.”

Who exactly sounds “hallucinogenic” on the media panorama?