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
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)

(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.

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2poor
Nov 9, 2012 1:35 PM CST
As opposed to the Liberal News Media and Benghazigate....LOL Any liberals know what a low life coward Democrat was awaken at 4 AM in the morning pleading for Help??? NOPE,,,,and you will not unless you seek the truth of a conservative sight or channel. That is the way it is newser fans..
piankeshaw
Nov 8, 2012 7:47 AM CST
Conservative media has failed its viewers: period. A quick FACT CHECK reveals most of the information is erroneous or opinion expressed as fact. Just like the 47% myth that Romney took as fact and then made an ass of himself. Get information from a wide variety of sources.
DougMasters
Nov 8, 2012 7:24 AM CST
" and they should be very angry at just how remarkably said media failed them" Right! the media failed us all right? Pretty common knowledge that the media, left and right blows, if it isn't biased it's sensationalist. There is no such thing as the media ( at least not television ) failing you because we have this thing called the internet and these things called libraries. Between these two things one can be pretty well informed with a fairly good measure of trying. We can't blame the media for sucking anymore. We have to blame ourselves for watching / buying into it ( well not me... I DON'T buy into it and hardly ever watch it ) They are only putting on what gets the ratings, and we are the ratings. We are the root of what's wrong with the media, we acccept and enable.