From The NY Times, the media world has changed:
Ask conservatives what went wrong for them the last time the government shut down, and many of them will bring up the cover of The Daily News of New York from Nov. 16, 1995.
Under the block-lettered headline “Cry Baby,” it showed a cartoon of Newt Gingrich, then speaker of the Republican-led House, in tears, clutching a bottle and wearing nothing but a cloth diaper.
Back then, Rupert Murdoch’s Fox News Channel was a year from its debut, Andrew Breitbart was a lowly assistant at E! Online, and The Drudge Report was an obscure gossip and news digest sent by e-mail — to the lucky few who had e-mail.
But today, a fervent group of conservatives — bloggers, pundits, activists and even members of Congress — is harnessing the power of the Internet, determined to tell the story of the current budget showdown on its terms.
That’s true, but only to an extent. The liberal mainstream media is not the only voice, but it’s still the dominant voice. What power it has lost has been filled by liberal non-mainstream internet media.
It’s why reporters can collude at a press conference just after four Americans were killed in Benghazi to make sure the appropriate “gotcha” question was asked not of the officials responsible for the safety of our personnel, but of … Mitt Romney.
With only a couple of exceptions, no mainstream media reporters were the least bit interested in the utter failure of the Obama administration from Obama on down to address the situation, or to demand an answer as to what Obama was doing that night. Not the least bit of interest.
Instead, we had two days of non-stop all-out Romney bashing from the media. It was a circus that comes to town whenever an event threatens Obama and the Democrats.
While there was a conservative media to push back, it’s was like spitting into the wind. When the liberal mainstream media wants to get the job done for Obama, it gets the job done.
And it’s getting the job done on Obamacare and the government shutdown. The media almost exclusively blames a potential shutdown on Republicans, when in fact it is Obama and Harry Reid who are willing shut down the government over Obamacare.
We’ve come a long way, baby, but we have an even longer way to go.
— Kristinn Taylor (@KristinnFR) September 28, 2013