Day By Day© by Chris Muir.

Friday, June 03, 2005

Jeff Jacoby explains why liberal leaders are grumpy lately

Jeff Jacoby points to the fact that, since at least Hillary's "vast right wing conspiracy," liberals have been complaining about conservative efforts to sway the media and affect political outcomes. He also points to the recent surveys revealing that America's press is overwhelming Democratic and supportive of liberal policies. From this he reaches the perfect conclusion:

What Kerry and the others object to is not that there are only conservative voices to be heard in media circles these days, but that there are any such voices. The right-of-center Fox News cannot hold a candle to the combined left-of-center output of ABC, CBS, CNN, NBC, and PBS. Scaife, Bradley, and Olin money helps leverage Republican messages, but its impact is dwarfed by the Ford, Rockefeller, Pew, Heinz, Turner, MacArthur, Carnegie, and Soros fortunes. The Washington Times is conservative? Yes, but The Washington Post is liberal -- and its circulation is eight times as large. But for Kerry, Gore, and Clinton, even a few conservative outlets are too many. They grew up in the era before cable TV, talk radio, and the Internet -- the age when liberal dominance was unquestioned and conservatives were largely unseen and unheard. Now Democrats have to compete in the marketplace of ideas, and voters don't seem to be buying what they're selling. Is it any wonder so many of them are grumpy?