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January 9, 2008
The media won Iowa and New Hampshire
Some conservatives are prematurely celebrating the death of the Big Media. Well, the BM just won the first and biggest PR battle of the election campaign, Iowa and New Hampshire. John McCain is the old love of the Left, and the Huckster is the new fave. Both will split the Republican Party, and if one of them wins, the media have saved up ammo to kill them in the Fall.
So score this one Old Media 2, New Media 0.
What about the Left candidates? Well, the BM have two goals: First, keeping and building their power -- which they will achieve if a Democrat wins. The second goal is their own financial viability, which they get by a horse race between Tweedle Dee Obama and Tweedle Dum Hillary. So having New Hampshire and Iowa split between the two of Left candidates serves both their economic and their ideological goal. It looks like a horse race, and they will glorify whoever wins.
Total it up, and you get for New Hampshire and Iowa:
Old Media 4, New Media 0.
Gotta keep a honest score.
The media are still the best at political manipulation. Don't count them out until they are actually out.
Remember what the WaPo did to defeat Senator George Allen in Virginia: Killed him with an dumb slip of the tongue: "macaca". The real George Allan wouldn't know a macaca monkey from a banana split. But they provoked him by planting an ethnic Indian guy to shadow his every move with a video cam. Allen was foolish enough to be provoked to respond with what he thought was a joke, and they Left played the video over and over again until Virginia voters were convinced that George Allen was tainted as a racist.
Since George Allen was being seen as a genuinely conservative GOP candidate with strong public appeal, the WaPo sent in its hit squad and squashed him dead. That's not a win for conservatives.
No, the BM aren't dead yet. They are just transmogrifying into a different octopus. All the big web portals --- AOL, MSN, Yahoo and Google --- are owned by the Left. Newspapers may be dying, but the ideologues and manipulators of the Left are still in control. They no longer have a monopoly, but they still own most of the mind-control apparatus in America.
Don't celebrate until we get a real victory.
James Lewis blogs at dangeroustimes.wordpress.com/