September 28, 2004


A different noise: US liberals have fought back against rightwing domination of the media since their 'goring' in 2000 (Markos Moulitsas, September 28, 2004, The Guardian)

It was the year 2000, and Democrats were running on a record of peace and prosperity stewarded by the capable, if morally imperfect, Bill Clinton. It was a race that should have been won by their candidate, Al Gore. In fact, it was won by Al Gore, but the Rightwing Noise Machine kept it close enough to be stolen by the Republicans and their allies at the supreme court.

What is the Rightwing Noise Machine? Conservatives in the United States have spent the last 30 years building a vast infrastructure designed to create ideas, distribute them, and sell them to the American public. It spans multiple think tanks and a well-oiled message machine that has a stranglehold on American discourse. From the Weekly Standard, Rush Limbaugh, Wall Street Journal, Drudge Report and Murdoch's Fox News, to (more recently) the mindless drones in the rightwing blogosphere, the right enjoys the ability to control entire news cycles, holding them hostage for entire elections.

Pity the poor Left, all they have is CBS, ABC, NBC, The NY Times, The Washington Post, The LA Times... Imagine the ruckus these guys would raise if one of the three broadcast networks decided it was sick of falling ratings and handed over the newsroom to conservatives instead of liberals for once?

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 28, 2004 11:12 PM

Don't forget the countless NPR and PBS affiliates as well as the entertainment media, which is definitately socially liberal.

Posted by: Vince at September 28, 2004 11:25 PM

Mr. Judd;

You realize that this is the guy who runs The Daily Kos, one of the primary lefty weblogs, right? A weblog that makes MoveOn look restrained and accurate?

Posted by: Annoying Old Guy at September 28, 2004 11:41 PM



Posted by: oj at September 28, 2004 11:47 PM

[S]tolen by the Republicans and their allies at the [S]upreme [C]ourt...

And by the Republicans' allies, the voters of Florida...
Every recount conducted, by any organization, has concluded that Bush got more votes in Florida.

Further, if the USSC had ruled that the Florida recounts could continue indefinitely, the Republican-controlled Florida Legislature was going to send electors to cast votes for Bush in the Electoral College tally, and so Bush would have won anyhow.

[T]he Rightwing Noise Machine [is] designed to create ideas, distribute them, and sell them to the American public.

In other words, conservatives have won over voters with the strength of their ideas, by debating in the court of public opinion, in exactly the way that the Founders intended should occur, particularly James Madison.

Posted by: Michael Herdegen at September 28, 2004 11:52 PM


A while back, Kos said he felt no sympathy whatsoever for civilian Americans killed in Iraq (they were mercenaries, after all). I haven't been able to find the post, but Ben Domenech mentioned it here.

Kos, needless to say, is a slimebucket.

Posted by: Matt Murphy at September 29, 2004 12:01 AM

I was driving down to the office tonight and heard John Bachelor (normally a moderate Republican) gushing over Kos on his WABC radio show. Thanks to this past Sunday's piece in the Times' Magazine, he's a hot property right now because A.) He's a blogger; B.) Blogs are "hot"; C.) He says basically the same stuff as Michael Moore, so in the media's eyes, it's perfectly OK for him to be "hot".

The only problem, as Matt noted with his link, is if someone happens to inconviently either ask Kos to justify his "screw them" statement about the U.S. contract workers murdered and hung from the bridge in Fallujah, or ask his new media benefactors to justify pumping up someone who could make a statement like that on his website.

Posted by: John at September 29, 2004 12:17 AM

I don't know where Kos stands on it now, but many days after Rathergate blew up he was still sneering at everyone who claimed the memos were faked. His argument was that since Times New Roman and superscripts existed before 1972, then the memos must be real. Not exactly Sherlock Holmes, this guy.

Posted by: PapayaSF at September 29, 2004 1:11 AM

Regardless of what one thinks of the guardian, they are pretty much the vanguard as far as realizing that blogging is a perfectly acceptable way to move into the world of journalism (see their use of that Iraqi blogger last year). Several of the Iraqi bloggers around these days (iraqthemodel, messopatamian, etc) really need to be featured in US newspapers, magazines, etc. It would be the perfect way to humanize the situation, and get a real glimpse of things from those who live it, not those who fly in and live in some hotel for a few weeks, hiring former Baathists who only take them to interview their cronies.

Posted by: brian at September 29, 2004 4:25 AM

I'm not afraid of Laurie Dhue.

I'm afraid of Kieran Chetry. Very afraid.
(Did I mention that I like fear?)

Posted by: John J. Coupal at September 29, 2004 8:22 AM

Gore's Democrat Party populist schtick was a guaranteed electoral win in West Virginia; ergo this was another stolen vote count.

Then there's the state of Tennesseeeee.

Gore DID in fact win the place where he was raised - District of Columbia - but not the province(Tennessee) which he occasionally visited.

Posted by: at September 29, 2004 8:22 AM

Not sure what's going on with Batchelor these days...we can get him on XMRadio now (Ch. 124), so that's a good thing...but we've noticed that he's been way too nice to crackpots lately...must be getting cocky...maybe he's been ordered by higher ups at ABC to be "fair and balanced" The show has ostensibly been about fear and conspiracy...I suppose the only ones with the really scary conspiracies are coming from the left side.

Posted by: Brian McKim at September 29, 2004 9:40 AM

"I don't know where Kos stands on it now"

I'm pretty sure that whole episode has been shoved down the Memory Hole as people like "Screw 'Em" Kos MoveOn™.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at September 29, 2004 12:51 PM

I will trade Rush Limbaugh, FoxNews, the American Enterprise Institute, etc. for:

All the Universities;
Boston Globe
Chicago Tribune
LA Times
SF Chron
Not to mention Ford, Rock, MacArthur, etc. foundations;
Urban League;
and many many many others

Posted by: AML at September 29, 2004 1:22 PM