Why the Conservative Media Got it Wrong - Page 2
Finally, the straw that was to break the back of any hope of the President's reelection.
Democrats are not as motivated as they were in 2008. thanks again Policymic.com...
This one was more wishful thinking than calculated advantage...
Even in the face of reduced voting hours and recent challenges to early voting laws Obama voters turned out in force. In many cases standing hours in line to cast their ballot. Chants of "Let Us Vote" still ringing in the electorate's ears from the weekend before the election.
Whether or not voter suppression was going on, the suggestion alone was enough of a motivation to engage the ambivalent.
So how could conservative media get it so wrong?
Three possible scenarios come to mind.
· The people writing this stuff are just pandering to their readers who are comprised largely of well heeled conservatives.
· They based their assumptions on campaign rhetoric without any fact checking. The second Presidential debate should have discouraged that route.
· They're just the media arm of the Republican party.
None are good options and all call into question the standards of the publication. Popular media is no longer under any type of fairness doctrine, however, short of libel. That's allowed media outlets to safely engage in a political bias. Nobody would confuse Fox News with Mother Jones for example.
In the end I offer no cautionary admonition against such gaffs. If anything this is simply an example of media consumption (or creation) based on individual biases. Most bias is usually based on at least some factual information even if it's of our own creation .