November 12, 2012
THE 1% OF AMERICA THAT CARES ABOUT GUNWALKER:
The GOP's media cocoon : The GOP is suffering from Pauline Kaelism (JONATHAN MARTIN | 11/12/12, Politico)
"What Republicans did so successfully, starting with critiquing the media and then creating our own outlets, became a bubble onto itself," said Ross Douthat, the 32-year-old New York Times columnist."The right is suffering from an era of on-demand reality," is how 30-year-old old think tanker and writer Ben Domenech put it.Citing Kael, one of the most prominent Republicans in the George W. Bush era complained: "We have become what the left was in the '70s -- insular."In this reassuring conservative pocket universe, Rasmussen polls are gospel, the Benghazi controversy is worse than Watergate, "Fair and Balanced" isn't just marketing and Dick Morris is a political seer.Even this past weekend, days after a convincing Obama win, it wasn't hard to find fringes of the right who are convinced he did so only because of mass voter fraud and mysteriously missing military ballots. Like a political version of "Thelma and Louise," some far-right conservatives are in such denial that they'd just as soon keep on driving off the cliff than face up to a reality they'd rather not confront.
One of the most amusing instances of this bubblewrapping is the claim that to cite a mainstream media source is to delegitimize one's argument.Posted by Orrin Judd at November 12, 2012 6:02 PM