Media War Is Over! ……heh

Subtitle: Thoughts on effectively changing the media.

Thought One: Calling a campaign to change/reform the media a ‘media war’ is not the way to effectively change the media! Frontal attacks on massive egos are rarely effective… themselves. Of course we desperately need voices such as the inestimable Monsieur hornbeck telling it like it is…

What these Beltway Butt Kissing Access Whore Media MORANS don’t get is that people don’t buy their bullshit anymore.

……to keep up the bad cop pressure. But the blogosphere has bee railing against the antics of Pumpkinhead and Tweety for years now.


Without much effect. The punditroids expect and are used to the blogosphere attacking them, they have vaccinated themselves with rationalization and denial and are very good at ignoring all but the most strident attacks. But! When the blogosphere united on the specific issue of Matthews’ sexism it did have an effect, and elicited a near apology! But it didn’t really change the Uber-narrative.

So…maybe more good cop? Maybe it is time to try massage them….massaging their narrative?

Though they most likely do not realize it themselves, the narrative they are still playing from is the Fox News created narrative. The success of Fox ‘journalism,’ smearing and sensationalizing and ‘subtly’ slanting was adopted and mimicked by all of the news ‘industry’ in response to Fox bursting on the air successfully. ALL of the networks and cable outlets changed in order to compete. As Fox’s ratings and influence starts to fade along with the Repubs, perhaps their is a real chance to help establish a new model of media narrative. And perhaps the way to do that is not just attacking them on every point, but also massaging the massive egos of the folks involved.

Maybe we can have some success praising folks like MSNBC’s news Director Dan Abrams for his ‘bold innovative new approach.’

Which brings me to an idea for a first action…and a question.

The question: How do we develop a successful internet campaign?

To put the first action into effect.

The suggestion for the first action being: A internet wide lobbying campaign to get Rachel Maddow her own show!

The narrative? Old media/punditry vs New….for instance:

News and views for the 21st century….with MSNBC leading the way!

For emphasis, compare a Rachel Maddow show to this level of drivel, currently on MSNBC. Via C&L.. Morning Joe: Scarborough and Carlson Call The Media’s Love of Obama A “Ninth Grade Love Affair”

Certainly Maddow is someone the blogosphere can comfortably get behind, but that brings us to the question of….how to get them there. Which is in sooth, the larger question of how to stage a successful internet campaign. We are good here at coming up with ideas and solutions, it is time to come up with ideas and solutions for putting our ideas and solutions into action!

PS, Meteor Blades had a good column and discussion on the media last night.


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    We just have to figure out how!

  2. The only thing these people do understand is loss of share and derision.

    They are painfully protective of their image, re-read the NYT Magazine profile of Tweety.

    The numbers frighten them and they read their reviews.  Ballplayers read the Sports columns and Actors read Variety.

    The only thing I can think of that’s better is calling for Congressional investigation, FCC fines, and loss of licenses.

    Gleen Greenwald today

    But what is most extraordinary about all of this is that huge numbers of Americas who were subjected to this propaganda by their own Government still don’t know that they were, because the television networks which broadcast it to them refuse to tell them about it, opting instead to suppress the story and stonewall any efforts to find out what happened. As corrupt as the Pentagon was here, our nation’s major media outlets were at least just as bad. Their collective Pravda-like suppression now of the entire story — behavior so blatantly corrupt that even the likes of Howie Kurtz and The Politico are strongly condemning them — has become the most significant and revealing aspect of the entire scandal.

  3. Seriously, and the sexism we’ve seen when they’ve been dealing with Hil (seriously, doesn’t matter if you support Hil or not but sexism is still sexism) really needs to be corrected, and imo the best way to do that is to have a media pundit with equal time who is an insightful, thoughtful and strong woman.

    Maddow Madness or some similar catchy phrase could be something we could use.

    Recommend daily diaries with notable quotables from Maddow, Maddow’s insights on politics, a backgrounder on Maddow (Maddow 101) and even bring up from places like Media Matters some of the sexism that was exhibited during this campaign to illustrate the problem/solution format.

    Talk about how much money the blogs raise for candidates, how dedicated bloggers are to watching our fav pundits – i.e., KO, Bill Maher – and how we could use the netroots to increase viewership.

    Eyeballs on screens is the name of the game in broadcast television, and the bonus is we could have a whole campaign based on a hip, new way of promoting a show. I’d suggest putting Maddow Madness pages on Facebook, Gather and other social networking sites.

    Totally love this idea. If we clamor for it, they’ll give it to us (because that’s what a push media is all about).

  4. She should be given her own show first.

    Just saying.

    • jim p on May 9, 2008 at 21:19

    You’ve probably gathered I look at media as a psyops, so tweaking it as it stands doesn’t seem to have much of a future to my mind. Beating the psyops through de-cartelizing gets most of my creative thought.

    But I could be wrong.

    And, experience has shown, any time the official narrative gets broken even a little bit, people pick up on it big time. NOLA being a prime example. Bush went from being supported, still, by a slim majority to written off by 2 out of 3 when the coverage started showing real life.

    The American people are hungry for truth. And respect.

    I like this “good cop/bad cop” thing. I don’t know that you can get a show for Rachel unless you can show her appearances lead to noticably higher ratings.

    But perhaps direct appeals to the pundits, honchos, and newsreaders might be just the thing to change the coverage for what remains of the ’08 campaign.

    Dear [ ],

    Can you please examine the assumption held by all in the Washington Bubble that Americans are morons. Your collective contempt for the public is palpable and manifest. The way you try to build narratives on trivialities and high-school level opinions makes you look foolish and irrelevant. And insults the very people who pay your salary.

    Do you think it’s a coincidence that as you continue to indulge in pseudo-news, with these joke debates between competing spin-meisters, your ratings and sales decline? Surely you know that as a class, you are held in lower esteem than either Bush or Congress. Do you think this is an accident, a proof of the public’s stupidity? Or can it be you are doing something fundamentally wrong?

    As any patriot knows, an informed citizenry is the basis of our national security. But even at this late date you continue to let professional manipulators in government and in the Parties spin you any way they want. And you just go along, no dot ever connected, no assertion ever checked against the public record. Certainly this is not how the Founders had envisioned as a Free Press’ role.

    Or is democracy something the “sophisticated” and cynical just praise in public, while mocking in private? How do you personally rate democracy and informing the citizenry?

    Perhaps if you offered us something worth having, we’d start buying your stuff again. You wouldn’t have most of the population looking at you and thinking “twit.”

    Please, serve us. Give us real facts about what is going on, not just the latest fashionable opinions of the Washington Bubblehead clique.

    Longwinded, but maybe something along these lines…? If we can just start getting real comments, real reporting here and there, that would be a big deal. Certainly their wall of nonsense can’t take many more cracks before crumbling.

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