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Secrets of the conservative media machine [FR and yours truly mention]
Salon ^ | April 23, 2013 | By Lee Fang

Posted on 04/23/2013 2:02:19 PM PDT by Jim Robinson

To borrow a Sarah Palin aphorism, after their election defeat in 2008, conservatives didn’t retreat, they “reloaded.” Instead of finding new solutions to public policy problems or seriously reevaluating Bush’s failures, conservatives focused almost solely on new ways to communicate their old ideas. To do so, they looked to their natural allies in corporate marketing for inspiration — and they looked to the Left for imitation. The result has been a recent and profound turnaround that has allowed the Right the bury Obama’s message and dominate the political debate.

Historical right-wing domination of the media

Traditionally, conservatives have almost always dominated direct mail solicitations, retained the best pollsters money could buy and paid for the most celebrated advertising makers. Message discipline is the first lesson for any Republican politician. Talk radio? unquestionably controlled by conservatives.

Cable news? Fox News couldn’t be more right-wing and popular. The Right had also dominated the Internet for most of the Internet’s fledging history. Throughout the 1990s and for much of President George W. Bush’s first term, conservatives easily ruled online news. And much of that initial sucess stemmed from foundations and entrepreneurial pioneers such as Matt Drudge, creator of the wildly popular headline-aggregating site Drudge Report, and Jim Robinson of the news message board Free Republic. The pair formed a symbiotic relationship. Drudge, who played a role in breaking the Monica Lewinsky story, made waves in the media with scoops on the latest Clinton scandals, and Free Republic provided a platform for conservatives to share conspiratorial perspectives and to organize their own rallies and events. Many of the angry mobs hounding Clinton at public events were mobilized by Free Republic. The impeachment rally that was organized by the Free Republic, “Treason Is the Reason,” featured Republican lawmakers and writer Christopher Hitchens...

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Editorial; Free Republic; Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: astheyshould; awaitingordersjimlol; fresnomarchingorders; palin; pleasedonate; sarahpalin; theyfearus
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FR is needed now more than ever! We're over the target! bombs away!
1 posted on 04/23/2013 2:02:19 PM PDT by Jim Robinson
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To: Jim Robinson

Dam’ fine job, sir!


2 posted on 04/23/2013 2:03:56 PM PDT by dynachrome (Vertrou in God en die Mauser)
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To: Jim Robinson; onyx; DJ MacWoW; trisham; Bikkuri; 2ndDivisionVet
To borrow a Sarah Palin aphorism

Wow, not 5 Words in and we have them mentioning Sarah.

It is Her, JimRob and Free Republic keeping them up at night!


3 posted on 04/23/2013 2:05:04 PM PDT by KC_Lion (Build the America you want to live in at your address, and keep looking up.-Sarah Palin)
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To: Jim Robinson

BTTT


4 posted on 04/23/2013 2:05:47 PM PDT by DocRock (All they that TAKE the sword shall perish with the sword. Matthew 26:52 Gun grabbers beware.)
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To: All
"new solutions to public policy problems"

Aphorism for government forced implementation of the godless Marxist/socialist agenda.

5 posted on 04/23/2013 2:06:18 PM PDT by Jim Robinson (Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God!!)
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To: Jim Robinson

Tip of the hat to you sir!


6 posted on 04/23/2013 2:07:08 PM PDT by MWestMom ( "I will not sit quietly and let [the president] shed the constitution." Senator Rand Paul)
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To: dynachrome
the Right the bury Obama’s message and dominate the political debate,

....Right up to the point where they got beat in 2012....

Kudos to Jim & FR for the mention, though. 'Tis good to be a member of the vast right wing conspiracy.

7 posted on 04/23/2013 2:07:12 PM PDT by wbill
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To: Jim Robinson

I see a smidge of envy creeping out of Salon’s site.


8 posted on 04/23/2013 2:08:29 PM PDT by KC Burke (Plain Conservative opinions and common sense correction for thirteen years)
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To: Jim Robinson
Fox News couldn’t be more right-wing and popular.

Fox right-wing? Since when?

9 posted on 04/23/2013 2:09:27 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: onyx; trisham; TheOldLady; DJ MacWoW; JoeProBono; RedMDer; musicman; Lady Jag; MEG33; STARWISE; ...

Free Republic, instilling the fear of the American patriot into the godless socialist left since 1996. Pour it on, FReepers!!


10 posted on 04/23/2013 2:09:58 PM PDT by Jim Robinson (Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God!!)
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To: Jim Robinson

"..this story by Lee Fang has teeth"

11 posted on 04/23/2013 2:10:20 PM PDT by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: Jim Robinson

focused almost solely on new ways to communicate their old ideas.

You mean morality, freedom. liberty, protection of the Constitution, strong defense?? You mean those old ideas?


12 posted on 04/23/2013 2:10:20 PM PDT by SECURE AMERICA (Where can I go to sign up for the American Revolution 2013 and the Crusades 2013?)
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To: Jim Robinson

Salon article?

Did they go on to suggest YOU were the right wing nut-case they had hoped was responsible for the Boston bombing?

lolol


13 posted on 04/23/2013 2:10:59 PM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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14 posted on 04/23/2013 2:12:23 PM PDT by DJ MacWoW (My faith and politics cannot be separated)
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To: Jim Robinson; 2ndDivisionVet; Bikkuri; onyx; trisham; TheOldLady; DJ MacWoW; JoeProBono; RedMDer; ..
You Keep Good Company Jim!!!


15 posted on 04/23/2013 2:12:39 PM PDT by KC_Lion (Build the America you want to live in at your address, and keep looking up.-Sarah Palin)
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To: Jim Robinson

Still hurting after the “Let’s hope the Boston Marathon bomber is a white American” fiasco.


16 posted on 04/23/2013 2:13:57 PM PDT by reagandemocrat
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To: Jim Robinson

How is FreeRepublic’s membership? Have we grown since the days of Clintoon?


17 posted on 04/23/2013 2:14:17 PM PDT by Viennacon
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To: Jim Robinson

I love sharing “conspiratorial perspectives”. Here’s to you!


18 posted on 04/23/2013 2:14:55 PM PDT by Sender (It's never too late to be who you could have been.)
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To: Jim Robinson

BOOYAH!


19 posted on 04/23/2013 2:14:56 PM PDT by humblegunner
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To: Jim Robinson
Instead of finding new solutions to public policy problems or seriously reevaluating Bush’s failures, conservatives focused almost solely on new ways to communicate their old ideas.
There they go again, projecting.

This is the exact response of the Democrats after Kerry went down in flames. And to complain about "old ideas" is laughable.

The liberal Democrats haven't had a new idea since the mid-30's. Every bill they propose is simply re-cycled New Deal hogwash.

20 posted on 04/23/2013 2:16:03 PM PDT by Bratch
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To: Jim Robinson

They ‘won’ by a few percentage points, most of which were fraudulent. Why would conservatives change?

Only RINOs have changed and they are adopting the leftists agenda.


21 posted on 04/23/2013 2:17:01 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do ithat when I have a fire.)
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To: Jim Robinson

Good grief....I might take this idiot more seriously if he could learn to spell, and proofread his work before hitting the submit button. I’m sure what he has to say is hugh and series! KUDOS to Jim!


22 posted on 04/23/2013 2:17:38 PM PDT by Mama Shawna
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To: Jim Robinson

“Instead of finding new solutions to public policy problems....”

Translation: “Instead of caving in to libtardism like we want them to, they did something we didn’t expect. So now we’re going to insult them until they do as we say!”
Such children the left is.


23 posted on 04/23/2013 2:18:11 PM PDT by Darksheare (Try my coffee, first one's free.....)
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To: Jim Robinson
The Right had also dominated the Internet for most of the Internet’s fledging history.

The reason for this is the internet is a level playing field so the Left can't compete.

24 posted on 04/23/2013 2:18:12 PM PDT by Entropy Squared (The Rush to Chaos)
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To: Jim Robinson

He implies that HuffPo is more widely read than Drudge? I doubt that.

He implies that the use of technology is the key. It is but a tool.

The real battle is a battle of ideas and common perception conveyed to the public by media. Media does not shape like casting a mental image. It shapes by clarifying how all they pieces fit together cementing common experience into a common understanding. From that goals and plan of action.

Unification on the common battle front.

The Left has no common base to build on. They have no base value system. They don’t believe in God. They hold no morals constant. There is nothing there to build upon, except a blind faith in the power of government that they shape.

The right is built upon groups with overlapping common value systems. That makes us more powerful if we are not divided by the fog of war.


25 posted on 04/23/2013 2:18:36 PM PDT by Texas Fossil
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To: Jim Robinson

Woo-Hoo!

Message Board!

Have 2nd Amendment, will travel...far and wide.

Hear us roar!!!


26 posted on 04/23/2013 2:19:24 PM PDT by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: Jim Robinson

27 posted on 04/23/2013 2:19:53 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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To: KC_Lion

Yup. And apparently I’m in league with Drudge too. Other than the March for Justice, that’s news to me.

I can now proudly say that it’s no longer Bush’s fault. It’s Jim’s fault!! ROFLOL!!

I also love the part that says we’re financed by rich investors. That’s news to me, too. We’re funded solely by thousand of $10, $20, $50 and $100 dollar donations from FReepers and lurkers who love God, love freedom, love America and love FR!!

Sixteen years going on seventeen and still running strong via reader donations!!

Long live America!! Long live the grassroots patriots!!


28 posted on 04/23/2013 2:20:56 PM PDT by Jim Robinson (Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God!!)
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To: Jim Robinson

What an amazing journey...


29 posted on 04/23/2013 2:21:28 PM PDT by gaijin
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To: Viennacon

Not growing at the early rates, but we’re still getting 30-50 new members per day.


30 posted on 04/23/2013 2:22:08 PM PDT by Jim Robinson (Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God!!)
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To: Jim Robinson
Instead of finding new solutions to public policy problems or seriously reevaluating Bush’s failures, conservatives focused almost solely on new ways to communicate their old ideas.

How neanderthal of us, sticking with support for individual responsibility, individual freedom, and limited government! Apparently, we should be experimenting with liberal ideas to show that we are enlightened.

Traditionally, conservatives have almost always . . . retained the best pollsters money could buy

I'll take that as a compliment - and it's true, we always have had the best in private polling.

31 posted on 04/23/2013 2:22:41 PM PDT by Pollster1 ("Shall not be infringed" is unambiguous.)
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To: Jim Robinson

It reads as if Lee Fang is saying that without F.R. and Drudge, this country would already have gone down the tubes.


32 posted on 04/23/2013 2:24:45 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (The monsters are due on Maple Street)
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To: Jim Robinson
It is not everyone who makes the history books during his or her lifetime. Generally, such recognition comes after that person has passed on to their eternal reward.

To be recognized and acknowledged by your enemies is indeed a high honor. Congratulations Jim.

33 posted on 04/23/2013 2:24:50 PM PDT by Neil E. Wright (An OATH is FOREVER OathKeeper III We are EVERYWHERE)
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To: Jim Robinson

“Instead of finding new solutions to public policy problems or seriously reevaluating Bush’s failures,..”

Liberals lie. First to themselves, then to others.

Too many of liberal (er, “progressive”) public policy problems are horses that liberals have saddled up in order to ride to greater glories, and especially to ride to the Secular Utopia they are fixated Gollum-like on.

Conservatives understand where Bush failed more accurately than liberals do. Liberals have still not gotten over their blind raging hatred of Bush.


34 posted on 04/23/2013 2:26:54 PM PDT by theBuckwheat
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To: Jim Robinson

I thought it was all Jim Thompson’s fault? (At least this one spelt your name correctly!).


35 posted on 04/23/2013 2:28:17 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty (I am a dissident. Will you join me? My name is John....)
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To: Jim Robinson; onyx
You are truly Amazing Jim, you have built an Amazing Website.

I can honestly say that I spend the majority of my Online time here on F.R.!

I am more Informed now than I was before I FReeped. It is the Best Website on the Net.

I was 8 years old when F.R. Launched I pray it is still here when I am 80.!

Go F.R.!!!


36 posted on 04/23/2013 2:29:31 PM PDT by KC_Lion (Build the America you want to live in at your address, and keep looking up.-Sarah Palin)
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To: KC Burke
Salon forgot to mention that TV died in 2011 ~ which sure didn't help Romney's campaign strategy which was to wait to the end just before the election and run a lot of TV advertising.

Television still hasn't recovered and probably never will ~ I just watched 500 hours of Korean history soap operas through Crunchy Roll.

Some fascinating stuff out there.

37 posted on 04/23/2013 2:31:28 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: Jim Robinson; FReepers; Patriots; FRiends
"FR is needed now more than ever!
We're over the target! Bombs away!"


Please Help FR complete THIS FReepathon ASAP!

38 posted on 04/23/2013 2:31:39 PM PDT by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: KC_Lion
B T T T ! ! ! ©


Thank you so much, for your awesome support and participation to match!!!
39 posted on 04/23/2013 2:33:59 PM PDT by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: Neil E. Wright
Thank you very much, Neil!!

You and me, baby, against the corrupt, godless communist, socialist, Marxist Islamofascist world:

It's a never ending march for liberty and justice!!

40 posted on 04/23/2013 2:34:41 PM PDT by Jim Robinson (Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God!!)
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To: Jim Robinson
Free Republic provided a platform for conservatives to share conspiratorial perspectives and to organize their own rallies and events.

...because they can't call it what it is....FReepers are always seeking the TRUTH!!

Congrats, Boss!

They've got you, Drudge and Sarah under their skin....bwahahahah!

41 posted on 04/23/2013 2:35:37 PM PDT by Jane Long (Background checks? Dandy idea, Mr. President. Shoulda started with yours. - Sarah Palin)
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To: Jim Robinson

I guess you can take some credit for getting in the way of the glorious communist takeover of America.


42 posted on 04/23/2013 2:36:00 PM PDT by dforest (I have now entered the Twilight Zone.)
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To: Jim Robinson

Fox News couldn’t be more right-wing and popular.

Fox is a left of center RINO habitat but they’re still better than the rest.


43 posted on 04/23/2013 2:39:58 PM PDT by freedomfiter2 (Brutal acts of commission and yawning acts of omission both strengthen the hand of the devil.)
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To: Jim Robinson

Not in Breaking News?
Everything else is...LOL.


44 posted on 04/23/2013 2:41:15 PM PDT by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: onyx; Jim Robinson
The Left Always tells you who they are Afraid of.

They are Terrified of Free Republic, JimRob and Sarah!


45 posted on 04/23/2013 2:41:27 PM PDT by KC_Lion (Build the America you want to live in at your address, and keep looking up.-Sarah Palin)
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To: Jim Robinson
Hat tip to you, boss.
We are the resistance!


46 posted on 04/23/2013 2:44:25 PM PDT by deoetdoctrinae (The Old White Flag Republicans can go straight to He// and take their pal Obama with them!)
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To: KC_Lion

For me, the Internet is Free Republic.


47 posted on 04/23/2013 2:45:03 PM PDT by atc23 (The Confederacy was the single greatest conservative resistance to federal authority ever.u)
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To: Jim Robinson

Congratulations!

This actually showed up on one of my secular news feeds before I saw it on Free Republic. Good for you that you’re getting recognition as part of the “Vast Right Wing Conspiracy” — a part you’ve been involved in for a very long time but not always been recognized for doing.


48 posted on 04/23/2013 2:47:17 PM PDT by darrellmaurina
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To: Jim Robinson




click.

49 posted on 04/23/2013 2:48:53 PM PDT by glock rocks (No, the game never ends, when your whole world depends, on the turn of a friendy card.)
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To: dynachrome

Fox and FR also started in the same year (1996).


50 posted on 04/23/2013 2:49:57 PM PDT by darkangel82
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