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The Out of Touch Media

Posted by reagantman on January 17, 2011

Polls are showing that the mainstream media is so out of touch with reality that average people don’t believe an iota of their analyses of Sarah Palin’s America’s Enduring Strength video or that Palin’s Target the 20 map had any meaningful effect on the violence in Arizona. Newspaper columnists, internet pundits and wishful television pundits (some of whom played the Palin video and gave obviously conflicting side by side analysis of it) are finding themselves to be irrelevant after these findings.

In a scientific study by Media Curves, according to Conservatives4Palin, Palin’s “sincerity, believability, and likeability scores improved after the group of 1,437 self-reported Democrats, Republicans, and Independents viewed her speech.”

Also, according to Conservatives4Palin:

…even CNN/Opinion Research, which is usually an Obama-friendly pollster, finds that 59% of adults do not believe “a map on Sarah Palin’s website that marked 20 congressional districts, including the district represented by the congresswoman who was shot, with an image that looked like the crosshairs of a gun” played much of a role in the shooting. What is scary is that a majority of adults who identify with the Democrat Party and a near plurality of minorities actually blame the map a great deal or a moderate amount. Republicans, independents, moderates, conservatives, and adults living in suburban and rural areas overwhelmingly reject this blood libel against Governor Palin.

When real people are asked about the Enduring Strength Palin video or whether or not Palin had any causal effect on the Tucson shootings, Palin comes off well. These findings may not change the mind of kool aid drinking liberal Democrats as they are the only group that responds by knocking Palin’s video or blaming Palin for the shootings, but it does indicate something honest evaluators have been saying all along: that Palin can win the nomination if she can run a strong and convincing campaign. Whether you disagree with some of Nate Silver’s assertions, it would be reasonable to assert that her ability to campaign effectively could win over the non-PDS afflicted who are not so sure just yet.

Despite the media’s manufacturing of psychological reactions which may push some towards thinking Palin might be damaged as a result of what they are seeing in the media, the fact of the matter is people like Larry O’Donnell, Norah O’Donnell, Keith Olbermann, David Frum, Joy Behar and even detractors perceived to be on the right like Joe Scarborough and Charles Krauthammer are a small minority who just happen to have big microphones. A poll conducted by CBS News showed that 57% of the public believes “the heated rhetoric of late played no role in the tragedy” and subsequent polls concur. T.A. Frank wrote an article titled “How the Media Botched the Arizona Shooting” on New Republic which clearly substantiates the point.

A note to Joe Scarborough: this is not the end of Palin’s political career, King Nothing. It’s the end of the media’s grasp on the minds of America.

The fact that people are flocking to Palin’s defense despite the obnoxiously loud megaphone of the media could mean that we are finally seeing a shift and backlash that bodes well for Palin down the road as she campaigns for the hearts and minds of the undecideds. This backfired “blood libel” that was unleashed upon her and fellow conservative is resulting finally in the backlash that has long eluded us following Media Malpractice by John Ziegler, the Ethicsgate video about the Alaska Bloggers and the smoking gun of the Journolister scandal.

Palin’s video is the unveiling of the presidential Palin. It is in a sense, her first moment of presenting herself not as a Fox News contributor, not as a political activist, not as an author and not as a professional speaker, but rather as someone who will now be addressing national issues as she possibly prepares to run for president.

Stop believing the media. The primaries are when they let the real people in the game. That’s when you will get the real analysis of where Sarah Palin really stands. That analysis will not come from pompous, out touch, self-serving and agenda driven talking heads. That analysis will come from us, the people who vote and the people who understand the real deal sans the fantasy and fiction.

Read here to see what type of reaction to Palin’s Hannity interview we should expect from the mainstream media.


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