Does a Conservative Media Cocoon Hurt Republicans?


By Alex Weprin Comment

Politico’s Jonathan Martin writes about the media. Specifically he writes about the conservative media, which has become an increasingly strong force in the landscape, and one that he argues may be hurting Republicans.

The tension between the profit- and ratings-driven right — call them entertainment-based conservatives — and conservatives focused on ideas (the thinkers) and winning (the operatives) has never been more evident.

The latter group worries that too many on the right are credulous about the former.

“Dick Morris is a joke to every smart conservative in Washington and most every smart conservative under the age of 40 in America,” said Douthat. “The problem is that most of the people watching Dick Morris don’t know that.”

On MSNBC, the channel’s lone republican host Joe Scarborough lamented that the conservative media machine “lied” to major donors about the election prospects, which hurts the party.