Monday, April 30, 2012
The Top 10 Things New Media Can Do
Everybody knew who was going to win, especially the journalists on scene.
But maybe not as much as the guy who bankrolled the show. Until the 9th.
FIGHTING BACK, 2. Back in 2009 I did a couple of posts about "What to Do." First was fight in the streets, which the Tea Partiers did. Second was this:
What to do? Pick something. Anything. Devote a percentage of your time to tracking it, learning more about it, chasing down the dirty details and despicable failures. What in particular? As I said, anything. Elementary textbooks. Malpractice law. No-bid highway contracts. The political bias of your hometown newspaper. The political correctness outrages of your hometown university. The skewed decisions of your municipality's family court proceedings in matters of divorce and child custody. The difference between your local high school's publicity campaigns and the anecdotal evidence about drug usage, promiscuity, and teenage abortions in your school district. The specific influence of The $780 billion Generational Theft Act on your town, city, or state.
Pick something you're close to. Something you know something about by dint of education, personal or professional experience, or avocation. Become a reporter and critic -- not a flamethrower but a scrupulous poster of informational index cards on the Great Bulletin Board. And, critically, seek out links with one another on related topics, locations, and lifestyles. Make yourself easy to find in case anyone is looking. (I won't tell tell how to start a free blog. If you can't figure that out, you're as useless as you fear you are.)
Now we're in a campaign to save our nation. And I can be more specific because of that. Conservative websites tend to be one of four kinds: 1) news aggregating-plus-opinion sites like the Breitbart Bigs, Hotair and (shudder) Ace of Spades, 2) pure opinion political/analysis sites like RedStates, RealClearPolitics, and the National Review's Corner Online, 3) doctrinaire niche sites like the Medfia Research Council, and 4) purely personal rightwing gadfly blogs like this one and a million others.
It's time for a fifth column. All four of the existing categories share the same weakness. They can be dismissed because the political bias is not only evident, it is open, repeated, and therefore dismissible. For example, even I cringe at the MRC website and the Breitbart Bigs. MRC seems at times to want us to return movies and TV to the Nickelodeon model, prudish and bland and dull. Breitbart's sites are way too reminscent of the Huffingfton Post -- a lead paragraph that turns out to be the whole essay and therefore suspect on the basis of details not offered.
And I do sympathize with those who are trying to build a conservative journalistic presence in the New Media. They are trying to be truthful and provocative but without fatally pissing off all their sources. Why Ed Morrissey at Hotair always seems to be bending over backwards to present the other, the mitigating, the FAIR representation of what the utterly corrupt establishment position is. There is a sense in which these new conservative media lights are aware of becoming stars in their own right, but that's not the biggest problem. When they attend all the political events they spend so much time and effort tracking and traveling to, they don't want to be isolated like lepers. I get that. What good are they if they can't get an interview with a newsmaker? They're paid for publishing, they have jobs, they desire to be plausible, even though the people they want to be plausible to weill never think so. The Fox News problem (apart from stone illiteracy). Only Michelle Malkin seems impervious to such temptations and compromises. But she's one in a million. And she's content to be a columnist first, journalist second. Different thing.
So what's the fifth column opportunity? Niche sites without the disqualifying layer of opinion. Just the facts ma'am. Some snark may be permissible, but personal snark rather than ideological snark. You don't have to hide your scorn, but you do have to suppress your personal politics. Here are the top candidates for specialized websites with neutral names that can be resources to all voters in the campaign to come:
1. Vetting the Pool of Debate Correspondents
If the right questions are asked, there's no way way Romney can't defeat Obama in a presidential debate. The economy sucks. The debt situation is catastrophic. The administration can't pass a budget, let alone a solution to the country's fiscal nightmare. In foreign policy, the world is falling apart, Europe sliding into bankruptcy and the middle east into islamist chaos with a powerful threat of nuclear war. The administration is beset by scandals of corruption, profligacy, and elitist dealmaking that bypasses an impotent congress. The log in the water is a prostitute press that prefers to ask questions about a war on women, racism, racism, racism, how rich Romney is, and why Republicans want to pay no taxes and stone gay people to death.
Obama isn't going to want debates. He'll hold out for one or two. Smart conservatives who want something worhwhile to do will start building a book on the potential askers of questions. For example, two of the NBC superstars who have gone out of their way to dismiss Sarah Palin as a stupid hick are less formally educated than she is. Did you know that? Brian Williams, managing editor of NBC News, has exactly 16 hours of college credits. Matt Lauer has an honorary degree from the podunk college he dropped out of, awarded on the basis of his esteemed journalistic career. David Gregory has a long trail of leftist quotes documented by the MRC but ignored because of that source, and the same kinds of baggage are attached to everyone the alphabet networks will probably assign to presidential debates
Somebody. Research the "journalists" who will most likely be tapped to moderate the debates and quiz the candidates. Jim Lehrer. Soledad O'Brien. Leslie Stahl. Andrea Mitchell. Suzanne Malveaux. George Stephanopoulos. Build the database. The formal credentials, the revealing quotes, the personal histories vis a vis power glamour, etc, and put them in one place without prejudicial comment. Then repeatedly contact the Romney campaign to let them know how much danger they are in if they don't fight for more neutral questioners. Which your research might also turn up.
2. Administration Hangers-On
Get past Ayers and Wright. Get past the birth certificate. Who does the president include in his "friendly circle"? Meanining, who keeps speaking up for him, representing him, driving his ideas into the electorate whether they're still officially on board or no?. Van Jones. Anita Dunn (intimate of Hilary Rosen), Valerie Jarrett, Steven Chu, Kathleen Sebelius, Daniel Savage, Andy Stern, Jeffrey Immelt, Rahm Emmanuel. Joshua Bell, Charles Ogletree, et al. Document their backgrounds, personal histories, quotes, etc. No comments. Just the facts. And the quotes.
3. The High Life
A site all to itself. Room for real snark here, just not political. All the Obama vacations, the cost, the golf, the First Lady's resentment, her spending, pictures, $399 wine at state dinners, paralyzing New York for a trip to off-Broadway, etc. TMZ without political undercurrents.
4. Eric Holder.
Black Panthers in Philly. Fast & Furious. Trayvon Williams (inaction). Election IDs. Arizona immigaration bill. Role in final Clinton pardons. Quotes: "Nation of Cowards."
5. The TSA
The "War on Terror is Over." Really? Listing of the abundant record of humiliations of private citizens ranging from four year olds to ninety year olds. Plus all those great CYA quotes from the TSA itself.
6. Obama Wit & Wisdom
Remember how the NYT and WAPO skewered GWB for his supposed malaprops? Ed Morrissey of Hotair has been compiling an ongoing list of Obamateurisms that are much much worse. Marine Corpseman? 57 states? Build a site that doesn't have the conservative stigma. Raid Hotair. I bet Morrissey would be supportive. He doesn't own the signs of the president's rotten education. And I'm thinking he'd like to see more people know about it.
All the things that have been said that just aren't true. God knows, he said a million words about ObamaCare and made a hundred promises. Document, document, document. Broken promises. Out and out lies. And the corrupt allies who are just now breaking ranks. Read the bill to find out what's in it. And pit it all in one place.
8. Obama Science
They don't care about science unless they see a way to use it. Global Warming. Green jobs. Fracking. General awfulness among Republicans. Run it all down. Post.
The most corrupt administration in history. Don't editorialize. Just list and link.
10. Obama Himself
The first thing I proposed. Commenter William O'Blivion and I have been tussling with this one. It's not about Romney. It's about the guy who has no personal record and no friends, no SAT scores, no college or grad school majors, no college papers, no publications, no footsteps prior to his treading on the Oval Office carpet. If you can amass what is known without imparting a conspiratorial air to it. you might be doing a service to your nation.
I know not many people read this blog. Usually I'm content with that. Today I'm asking that you transmit this post as far and wide and as aggressively as you can. Because this is how we win.
And a warning based on the video above. The MSM thinks the fix is in in this election. Thanks to Al Gore, if we win, the Don King of the old guard is going to fight. The party that wants people to vote with no ID is going to claim the election was stolen. That's how the Alinsky crowd fights. We don't get our country back before February 2013 at the earliest. But that will be soon enough. If everyone does his part.