The lesson being learned by the left-wing blogosphere from the sputtering Glenn Beck boycott and the Van Jones Affair is not that political arguments should be won on the merits, and in the hearts and minds of the public.
No, the lesson being learned is that Democrats and the nutroots do not fight hard enough to smear Republicans, conservatives, and Blue Dog Democrats. As in the kid-glove treatment of Sarah Palin and her family.
So a Crooks and Liars blogger wants to up the ante. Boycotting Glenn Beck is not enough because it is not working at depriving Fox News of any revenue. A boycott of Fox News is needed:
It’s time for all-out political war with these wingnuts. Just boycotting Glenn Beck isn’t going to be enough; sure, Jones’ old organization, Color of Change, may have convinced 57 advertisers to drop out of supporting Beck, but all they did was shift their advertising dollars to other Fox programs. Rupert Murdoch still got their money, and thus eventually so did Beck.
If progressives want to have any hope of enacting their agenda, they have to do something about Fox News and its advertisers. And we obviously are going to have to do it without any help from this weak-kneed White House.
Follow up memo to all: The reason the progressive agenda is failing is that the American people did not think they were electing a progressive agenda.
There is no conspiracy to silence progressive voices. There is no attempt “to choke the breath out of American debate” as a DailyKos blogger claims. You own CBS, ABC, NBC, MSNBC, CNN, and PBS. You own The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, The L.A. Times, the Associated Press and Reuters. You own the House of Representatives, the Senate and the White House.
The failure to get your message out is not the problem. The problem is your message. Your feeling of being politically lost is the result of your own myopia:
This should serve as a reminder that many conservatives are not interested in solving the country’s problems nor helping to set a public policy agenda but rather they seek to destroy and derail the Obama Administration at any cost.
You do not understand that an increasing percentage of the population thinks the Obama administration is going too far too fast, and that derailing that agenda is the first step towards solving the country’s problems. People want solutions without restructuring society.
If you refuse to accept that the progressive agenda is an unpopular agenda, then start more boycotts. Because the Glenn Beck boycott worked so well.
UPDATE: Keith Olbermann declares war on Fox News (again):
I don’t know why I’ve got this phrasing in my head, but: Find everything you can about Glenn Beck, Stu Burguiere, and Roger Ailes….
Tuesday we will expand this to the television audience and have a dedicated email address to accept leads, tips, contacts, on Beck, his radio producer Burguiere, and the chief of his tv enablers, Ailes (even though Ailes’ power was desperately undercut when he failed to pull off his phony “truce” push).