Here’s a safe prediction about this week’s Republican National Convention: TV reporters will paint the GOP as too conservative, hostile to women, anathema to blacks, and an all-around turn-off to voters.
And that’s not just because the ever-controversial Donald Trump is set to be nominated as the party’s presidential candidate. Going back to the 1988 convention, the MRC has documented how reporters act like Democratic surrogates, lecturing Republican officials and delegates about how they are too far to the right and intolerant. More.
Reality check: When I came back to Ottawa by train Sunday evening, virtually everyone around me under 60 was on a handheld device reviewing their personal stream of news.
It was so different in 1970, when grave news anchors and their pet concern trolls mattered because one could not get much news apart from them.
Today, people can choose to believe Bimbette Fluffarelli of Airhead TV or Red Dawn! Or reality-based thinking, or anyone they want.
Take comfort. Today, much more than formerly, results will depend on what people themselves believe. Americans will be the authors of their own fate much more than before, because a choice for evidence-based thinking is easier.
See also: CNN CEO admits network too liberal. Thanks for playing, Zucker. The rest of us want to live and that means responding to the real world around us, not your progressive fantasy.