Conservative Media Blew It

How the right-wing media failed its audience: Conor Friedersdorf

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Nov 7, 2012 1:22 PM CST

(Newser) – If you relied on conservative media for your election news, last night's Obama win likely came as quite a surprise. But, while right-wing pundits had long been predicting a Romney victory, the mainstream media knew all along that the president had a much better shot, writes Conor Friedersdorf in the Atlantic. Voters who got all their information from conservative media were vastly "misinformed," and they should be very angry at just how remarkably said media failed them, he writes. By rejecting rigorous, credible experts like Nate Silver in favor of "ideological hacks," conservative pundits "were operating at a self-imposed information disadvantage."

But that's no surprise—they've been doing it for years. Conservative media outlets wasted time on ridiculous stories, candidates, and conspiracy theories (birtherism, Herman Cain…) while pundits refused to criticize their own side, resulting in a "conservative echo chamber" that—while sad—certainly made "a lot of cynical people" a lot of money, while keeping voters in the dark. "On the biggest political story of the year, the conservative media just got its ass handed to it by the mainstream media," writes Friedersdorf. "It ought to be an eye-opening moment." Click for his full column.

In this photo combo, Mitt Romney gestures during his election night rally in Boston, and President Barack Obama waves to the crowd of supporters at his election night party in Chicago.   (AP Photos)
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