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How Conservatives Must Counter the Media’s Left-Wing Election Advocacy

Posted on Thursday, December 17, 2020
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While there’s little doubt that left-leaning bias is rampant throughout much of the political media, is that bias powerful enough to swing a presidential election? According to a survey of those who voted for Joe Biden in November, it made a big enough difference to hand six swing states to the former vice president.

Unfortunately, there are no recounts for media bias. So, how do we prove the effect of that bias, and what can conservatives do to counter it in the future?

Brent Bozell, president of the watchdog Media Research Center, surveyed swing-state Biden voters and found that the media’s refusal to cover certain stories may have cost President Donald Trump the election.

The Media Research Center asked voters about eight news stories, including the unfolding scandal involving Hunter Biden’s foreign business dealings that may have included Joe Biden himself, a former staffer’s sexual assault allegation against Joe Biden, and positive stories about Trump’s successes, including 33% economic growth during the pandemic, an upcoming coronavirus vaccine rollout, and Middle East peace deals.

The Media Research Center found that 17% of Biden voters wouldn’t have voted for him had they known about one or more of the stories. Bozell’s calculations show that was enough to move six swing states into Trump’s column, giving him 311 Electoral College votes—enough to retain the presidency.

For example, 39% of Biden voters said they didn’t know about the record 11 million jobs created from June to October in the snapback from the pandemic. If they had, 5.4% would have changed their vote. And if they had known about Biden’s sexual assault allegations, 8.9% said they wouldn’t have voted for him.

Of course, reporting wasn’t always this slanted. Years ago, Sam Yette, a former Newsweek reporter and a leftist who nonetheless took pride in his straight reporting, once invited me to his journalism class at Howard University.

I was there to test his students to see if they could interview and write a story about a conservative black woman with whom they likely disagreed without injecting their biases. The hitch was that I got to grade their papers. Yette’s lesson that day was how to report the facts without editorializing.

Unfortunately, today, editorializing regularly gets passed off as news, and we’re seeing its grave effects. The media’s coverage of the presidential election served the left’s agenda, not democracy.

So what’s the solution to countering the bias?

The first part of the solution is continuing the great work of the Media Research Center and others to expose bias and let Americans know they’re being lied to.

The second part is growing the reach of conservative news outlets like The Washington Times, Fox News, Newsmax, talk radio, and The Heritage Foundation’s own Daily Signal (where we produce both news and opinion, but we clearly label them as such and work to keep our opinions out of the news).

Alternative outlets like these are critical to reporting on the multitude of important stories that the legacy media refuses to cover—or cover truthfully.

The third part is conservatives showing up where the rest of America is tuned in. Conservatives can’t expect that Fox News will steal away every viewer from CNN or CBS, or that The Daily Signal will wrest all the readership from The New York Times.

While it’s important for conservatives to inform their base through friendly media outlets, they have to do more than preach to the choir. They need to show up on left-leaning media outlets, especially whenever they can be live and unedited.

Good things can happen when they do. Trump proved in this election that the conservative policies that unleashed our economy and left more money in the pockets of American families appealed to people who didn’t necessarily consider themselves conservative. Ditto for issues like immigration reform and election integrity.

Trump’s conservative approach to many issues led to significant increases in the number of blacks, Latinos, and Asian Americans who voted for him over 2016.

When conservatives speak to people other than conservatives, their ideas can win many of them over.

In the end, journalists who disguise opinion as straight news are admitting that they don’t have enough confidence in their leftist philosophy to trust people with the facts to make up their own minds. And they’re right—the appeal of leftism withers in the sunlight of truth.

Those kinds of journalists aren’t the guardians of truth that the Founders envisioned for the media in our democracy. Instead, they’re little better than the propagandists who’ve done the bidding of tyrants and dictators throughout history.

Their credibility rests on a thin thread that will eventually break as more Americans seek the truth. It’s up to conservatives to expose Americans to that truth, making sure the media either changes their ways or that thread snaps once and for all.

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Stephen Russell
Stephen Russell
3 years ago

Use facts, videos etc A-Z, raw numbers,. Daily, Unite our media outlets., Challenge Dems ( they Lie all the time).
Probe NV GOP tossing ballots Ive heard.
( RINO operation for NV).
Share on NewsMax & OAN

Ronne Lippenholz
Ronne Lippenholz
3 years ago

Fox news should not be included in the list of reliable sources. It has joined forces with the other leftists

par
par
3 years ago

I am now hearing the left wing liberals beginning to whim, living in the Asheville area the media is already beating down on the newly elected Republican US House representative Madison Cawthorn. He beat the heavily favored Democratic rival handedly and not even inaugurated the liberal media is all over him. As he was an avid Trump supporter. Yet the liberal media chastised all the conservative candidates during the election. Classic hyprocrites.

RJ from Arizona
RJ from Arizona
3 years ago

Until there is integrity in the ownership of the media companies, we will have to deal with the Ministry of Propaganda.
And yes, don’t include Fox as conservative. They are sliding left.

Jack
Jack
3 years ago

No sure Fox should be the standard bearer for conservatism. Their news dept is a loss. Better go to OANN or Newsmax.

Mary
Mary
3 years ago

I agree with a lot of this article but don’t list Fox news as a conservative source. They are just as biased as CNN. Oann,and CBN news are two good sources for unbiased news as well.

Matthew Gabor
Matthew Gabor
3 years ago

I personally know lots of Liberal Demonrats that are not radical. They go to work each day, pay their bills and taxes and obey the law. What frustrates me is they refuse to listen to me and hang onto these long time ideals with an iron fist! They continue to believe that Republicans are responsible for every problem! It is human nature for people to resist change and admitting when they are wrong. I live in a Demonrat run county and have watched it disintegrate steadily over the last 50 years. The people who are smart and able to have moved away! Our leaders continue to preach the same message every election cycle and the average person is just too naive to see the bigger picture that nothing is changing for the better! As our schools and universities continue to brainwash the younger generation it will become much more difficult. Even many churches have become Left Wing and have embraced Radical Left ideas and politicians. Keep praying for America!

Rik
Rik
3 years ago

All fine and dandy, and yes, the media didn’t help but NO WAY was this the real reason President Trump “LOST” this Election! … Old Biddy Biden COULDN’T DRAW FLYS TO POOP! This election was STOLEN at the ballot box and everyone with half a brain KNOWS IT! To think that Biden could draw more votes than both Obama AND Hillary is beyond belief! … NO, THIS “ELECTION” WAS STOLEN AT THE BALLOT BOX!!! … NOW, What are WE going to do to Save America?

Ron
Ron
3 years ago

Don’t expect the mainstream media to fall in love with conservatives after President Trump lashed back at them as they were castigating him every day for 4 1/2 years. It is revenge with them. Have faith God is still in control and rules in the affairs of men! We over came the destruction of the Obama Biden years pretty quickly and will again. We will be ready next election cycle to stop the fraud as it is happening.

walter bailey
walter bailey
3 years ago

The only solution to the left wing media problem is for some Republican billionaires to purchase one or more of the main stream biased media outlets, ABC, CBS, NBC or CNN and change the scope of the reporting done by them and make sure they only report the news and not opinion as news. I wish I had the money to do it and I would make a hostile takeover if needed.

radmat6
radmat6
3 years ago

It is not hard to understand how liberals won the White house. Their promises of pie in the sky are very appealing to those who don’t have. Work hard everyday, keep the faith and work your way to the top don’t fit today’s spoiled children. Promises of free college education, free housing, free food, free medical care and it’s okay to loot stores to get the cool new sneakers because you “can’t” find work as the CEO of General Motors right out of high school. That is the crap liberals have sold their sheep for their vote. Socialism with all it’s glitz and glamor is here to stay. Prepare for the 3rd world, we are soon to be a part of it. “That ain’t workin’ that’s the way you do it. Money for nothin’ and chicks for free.”

Kenneth Scott
Kenneth Scott
3 years ago

One America News should be included in the list of conservative news outlets, in my opinion, but I really believe their philosophy is more purely unbiased compared to all media. The network has not shied away from reporting and commenting on Trump’s failures and successes. We recently moved the Roku to the guest bedroom and added Spectrum cable to our internet not knowing that we would not be seeing OAN. The Roku might be moved back to it’s original place.

J. FARLEY
J. FARLEY
3 years ago

Americans need to go to the streets and peacefully protest just like Black Lives Matter and Antifa, we must be respectful just like they were.

James
James
3 years ago

The national news media, the entertainment industry, big tech. like Google, Facebook, Amazon etc., most universities, China and companies that now reside there, all support the democrat party. They’re unanimous in their democrat support! They do not give a rat’s behind about America or the American worker! Now, consider the fact that the democrat party still had to cheat to win the national election! They will also cheat in Georgia! It’s in their DNA! Never forget, this cheating will continue because the SCOTUS has turned a blind eye to election corruption!

Dina Kim
Dina Kim
3 years ago

We’re never going to be able to do anything about liberal social media and liberal news outside of pure competition. As far as clean elections, now that the fraudsters got away with the 2020 steal, the one thing that can be done is to move the election date from November to the last week of May or the first week of June so there’s time to discover and remediate fraud and errors before the January swearing-in.

David B.
David B.
3 years ago

OAN, NTD, and Newsmax are all that’s left for the Truth. Keep your powder dry, as Jan. may turn into a $hitstorm.

PapaGrouch
PapaGrouch
3 years ago

Stop mincing words. Biden got elected not in spite of the cheating but because of it. Trump is still our legal and rightful President, even if he’s President in “exile.”
Americans, Patriots, this is our “Bolshevik revolution.” Anyone with a scintilla of historical knowledge can see, this is exactly how the reds overthrew Russia’s monarchy and created Marxism Leninism and the Soviet state. Minneapolis, Seattle, Portland….all communist tests for their “green new deal,” or to what America will be transformed in their minds. I keep hearing China and Russia as our enemies. Maybe competators, even antagonists, but our real enemy is right here in our own borders: the leftists and elitists, academia and their unions, Hollywood and the media, spawns of Satan all. Conservatives speak of “secession.” Wrong. Wrong strategy. It speaks to the weak, fragmented right. We won’t ever win by giving up ground, compromising and working across the isle. That time has long passed, which is why the left continues to win, even mostly by cheating and illegal means. But they stick together and don’t compromise. Give them nothing. The only rule in war is to win. And make no mistake, we are in a war now. Only the left seems to recognize this. They destroy the Constitution using the Constitution, they destroy our freedoms abusing freedom, immorality.
Keep your faith and trust in Almighty God. He is still on the Throne. Do you ever notice how Hollywood and the media and academia and the left writhe and hiss when God’s name is invoked publicly? In spite of everything, God is in control. His plan is in place. Keep the faith, but be alert. Be ready.
Remember (I’m paraphrasing) “they came for the (other), but I was not (the other), so I did nothing. Now they come for me but there is no one left to call to…” It’s here, and we let them walk us right in to it.

John A. Fallon
John A. Fallon
3 years ago

Why was the voter fraud not included in this research? Many registered dems have not heard this story and if they did, MAYBE they would be as upset by it as WE are, after all many dems are still part of “WE THE PEOPLE”, that could help a LOT in getting OUR country back, they would realize how they have been LIED to all these years.

Brenda Blunt
Brenda Blunt
3 years ago

The media should be held somewhat more responsible for what they have done! The median used to be honest and full of integrity.

GKP
GKP
3 years ago

Joe HIDING Biden is a putrid/frail/dementia laden old fart being led around by the radical liberals and it will take the people who voted for this crook very little time to realize they have been and will be lied to again just like OBAMA lied to the African Americans for 8 years and now his cronie will steal more money// there is and old saying =lead a horse to water and free giveaways and the liberals will drink the poison and smile while getting robbbed//Just a matter of time because half the country despises this old man by the name of Biden//

John Karkalis
John Karkalis
3 years ago

“To the victor go the spoils”.
Thanks, Andy Jackson.
The liberal news cabal control the media, at least for now. Will voters wake up to this fact?
Dumping stories favorable to your “enemy” is sadly a fact of life.
Members of Amac must be vigilant and do the heavy lifting of ferreting out the truth.

Robert
Robert
3 years ago

One America News & Newsmax…Get on them and drop the trash networks that feeds us B.S. all the time. May also consider subscribing to the Epoch Times newspaper……

Doug Drennan
Doug Drennan
3 years ago

The MSM suppressed information and basically colluded with big tech to control the outcome of the election. Add to that the worst voter fraud in history, and now the media trying to cover it up, corrupt judges and apathetic courts and the only clear path forward seems to be insurrection. Veterans fought for this country before and perhaps we need to once again.

Biden: MAO More Than Ever!
Biden: MAO More Than Ever!
3 years ago

This article does a great job of exploring one aspect of the issue, leaving the other, equally important, half ignored. The writer asks, would certain Biden voters have voted differently, had they known about one or more of eight news stories? Left unasked, will those same voters who replied that they would have voted differently had they known, make a greater effort to inform themselves in upcoming elections? The fact that they remained ignorant in this most important and contentious election speaks volumes to that question.

People are intellectually lazy, and they are not particularly inquisitive, unless of course where Really Important Issues are concerned, such as sports and the Kardashians’ latest exploits. And they have short memories. They no longer remember the dark days of obamunism, just what they heard on last night’s news about yet another litany of Trump’s failures and shortcomings. How do we persuade these people that issues and facts are important? CAN we persuade them? And if we do, how many of their informed votes will be negated by Dominion voting machines or whatever replaces them?

I’m gonna end there and NOT bring up the question, will the Republicans nominate a true conservative next go-round to run against Harris, and if by some miracle they do, will they support him, or will they cut him off at the knees, like they did with Trump? Nope, I’m not gonna ask that question.

Yippee! I am not a robot!

Victoria Johnson
Victoria Johnson
3 years ago

I will NEVER accept a senile, racist, 47 year corrupt politician LEGALLY garnered more votes than any other Presidential candidate in America’s history including the “first Black president” or even Hillary Clinton. He can’t draw more than a 100 people to his events in GA even now since his ‘historic’ election. Almost everyone you see there is the press. The election was STOLEN from the American people. I do not count votes illegaly cast (dead people, ineligible or fictional ‘persons’, duplicate, or multiple casters, machine manipulated tallies as valid votes). You can’t ‘disenfranchise’ someone who wasn’t eligible to cast a ballot in the first place. The legally eligible American PEOPLE are being disenfranchised by allowing these illegal votes.
The Dems thought they had Hillary’s election in the bag in 2016 but underestimated Trump’s margin of victory and weren’t prepared for what it would take to overcome it. They weren’t going to let that happen again in 2020. They didn’t have to cheat everywhere. Democrap stronghold states were a foregone conclusion. They carefully chose the few very targeted locations necessary to steal the election; (overwhelming Democrap control of ballots, processes, and polling places, governors and/or Secs. of State, and judges.) They didn’t have to inflict one major blow just “death by a thousands cuts” to achieve the electoral ‘death’ of their victim(s); Trump, John James (MI), Purdue/Loeffler (GA), et al. They will use these next 4 years to codify and enshrine their methods as permanent election law just as they have for years in California, Washington, Oregon and other permanent Democrap governed states.

Kristin j
Kristin j
3 years ago

Watch Greg Kelly Reports on Newsmax from 12/11/20 & 12/15/20. He offers some hope………this election needs to be turned over. Let’s pray our Constitution is honored………on January 6,2021

David
David
3 years ago

For the election to be challenged in Congress, representatives from BOTH parties must object.
Vernon Jones is a Black Democrat Congressman who spoke at the large rally in GA a couple weeks ago with Lin Wood and Sidney Powell.
In this as well as other times I’ve heard him speak, he strikes me as a good, level headed man.
He supports President Trump, and has spoken out against the democrats on several issues. He may well side with the GOP on this as well.
Perhaps we should all contact him and politely urge him to back the GOP and Trump.

Garye
Garye
3 years ago

Simple- 75+ million voters must stay together, fight everything the socialist, failed,corrupt democrats try to do and in 2 years start throwing ALL of them out!
We the People must impose OUR will , Stand up America!

M. Beaumont
M. Beaumont
3 years ago

Unfortunately most viewers rely on their local news outlets which are controlled by the Big Three, ABC, CBS & NBC or Fox. These outlets dribble out what their mainstream masters tell them. The average American won’t spend the time to seek ot the truth from reliable sources. The MSM has become the American propaganda machine of the CCP. Most Democrat politicians are in bed with the Chinese Communists. I fear for our country, our liberty and freedoms are on the way out the back door. When we cannot have a fair presidential election, it’s all over. The only remedy will come through the shedding of blood, on both sides. I only hope and pray there are enough patriots left in America who are willing to stand up for our Constitution and against Democratic Socialism.

Rose
Rose
3 years ago

Stop watching/subscribing to the left media options. When their “viewers/numbers” decline, they will have to make changes.

Stan
Stan
3 years ago

Don’t be so charitable by including Fox News in it. This is not the same Fox today as back when Roger Ailes created it. With characters like Donna Brazile, Juan Williams, Chris Wallace, Jessica Tarlov, Marie Harf, Leslie Marshal, Neal Cavuto your Fox subscription is worthless. Might as well watch CNN or vist Mother Jones. Fox has lost it’s way and stabbed loyal viewers in the back.

Frank
Frank
3 years ago

The author of this article suggested that one approach to combating the liberal media bias was for more conservatives to go on these shows. Wouldn’t they have to be invited? Unlikely that many would or they’d be cut off like happens sometimes even on Fox News!

Arthur Warmack
Arthur Warmack
3 years ago

If Uncle Joe and “Knees” Harris actually come in to office I believe that to bring the country together that the two should get together and enjoy a motorcade through downtown Dallas.
Talk about a happy new year!!

DGW
DGW
3 years ago

Contrary to one point made above regarding the percentage of folks who would not have voted for Biden, I think it would not have mattered anyway. The left had this thing worked out so that no matter how many votes President Trump got they would have manufactured more votes.

Ginger Lymbery
Ginger Lymbery
3 years ago

The first thing to do is cut them off. Don’t watch them and that includes Fox News. We do have other options. I would like to throat punch George Snotpus and David Makemesick.

Walter
Walter
3 years ago

With the concern about Fraud during this very important Presidential election, and Congress sitting on their hands as usual-Why not just have another voting election-this is too important. Only valid US citizens with the appropriate ID and bi partisan monitoring. Concern is the Dominion company that runs the voting booths-Isn’t China heavily invested in them and weren’t they made in S. America by a socialist country? Look, it’s not to late, America’s future rests with integrity not the dishonest media, the traitorous Biden family on and on. There are so many people out there thinking they are going to get a free ride-they need to wake up-nothing is free. I will never support Biden. He sold out our country a long time ago. As far as he and Obama creating so many jobs in 2008-take a hard look at this. They took a lot of 40 hour jobs and made them 4 10 hour jobs-we know this when my brother’s son law applied to a big outdoor supply store. The stores did not have to pay benefits. Also, people who were tired of the loss of jobs and no expectations never returned to work after the unemployment expired-these numbers make Obama and Biden look great another line of BS-they never looked good. There is no way Trump lost this election!

Sharon
Sharon
3 years ago

What can I do to change things? Voting did NOT help

Robin Walter Boyd
Robin Walter Boyd
3 years ago

I truly wish we would not use the terms conservative and liberal as if they were opposing evils. It is the extremists we need to oppose, both from the Progressive left and the fundamentalist right. Most of US are moderates who lean somewhat left or right.

Elaine Edford
Elaine Edford
3 years ago

Untrue. You must continue to support the GOP–because that is ALL we have. Stop pouting.

Rich
Rich
3 years ago

It’s time to write our local and national news stations and the advertisers that support these stations and tell them enough is enough. We won’t watch this garbage anymore. We must hit them economically to get their attention. In our house we won’t watch the news anymore. We rely on conservative (honest) stations on TV and the net. You also must use intelligent common sense to analyze the data through reason. I know, that is something that is totally lacking with some people, but many could make the switch.

Matthew Hunter
Matthew Hunter
3 years ago

I believe things will only improve if we address the breakdown of family values within the hearts and minds of our people….our fellow citizens. The breakdown of the family unit with the accompanying erosion of traditional values equals higher concentration of people making choices in violation of God’s laws. The more ripened in iniquity we as a people become, the more we will fall into all of the traps and snares into which Lucifer lures us. The more we fall into the snares and traps, the more public sentiment including political policy will become foundation-less. Those who have no foundation, will fall for anything. And like a vicious destructive yet consistent cycle the more often and the deeper the erosion of family and the values taught in the family, the more broken we become.

As unpopular as it sounds, I find myself praying to God to bless our nation with STRONGER family values and also in 2020 for the first time, I contributed my God-given money to political forces that I believe will work to strengthen the values upon which a happy society is built and upon which a society prospers. I imagine that we as an entire nation would do well to spend WAY MORE TIME supplicating the Lord as described above. I believe if we all work WAY HARDER at living God’s laws with exactness (see the 10 commandments as a good start) as individuals, sincerely pray daily, and regularly support causes that hold firm to the belief in obedience to God’s laws, He will bless us with exactly what we are requesting if enough of us do it.

Let us become ripened in righteousness!

If anyone doesn’t believe this, just try it and see for yourself……don’t take my word for it, just test it….try it….like an experiment. But I find it is effective only when I do it with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ.

These are my terribly unpopular ideas but I can tell you from first-hand experience that IT WORKS!!!!!!
Matthew Hunter
801-755-2839

JEFFREY C JONES
JEFFREY C JONES
3 years ago

To get the USA back to its founding principles al of the demonrats,antifa,blm and socialists must be executed for treason right now!!..There is a new civil war coming…BOOM!

Bill Brown
Bill Brown
3 years ago

Our Supreme Court is compromised and has ceased to valid! Roberts has told his “colleagues” that, if they rule anything in President trump’s favor, there will rioting and that, using a severe expletive, he will do anything he can to get rid of President Trump!!! If Roberts had even a 100th of an ounce of honesty, he would immediately resign!!! Understand, when a government stops following it own laws, it has ceased to be legitimate!!!! The House and Senate has become terrorists also. It just may be time for honest Americans to physically remove the liars and cheats from office!!!! We no longer have fair and honest Elections!!!!!

Bill Brown
Bill Brown
3 years ago

In general terms, establishment Republicans were big-government politicos who appeased their base with the pretense of fiscal conservatism, but were moderate or even liberal in regard to the size and role of government. Form a new Political Party – The Freedom Pasty!!! President Trump and FreedomWorks.org have consolidated the base!!!!The American Revolution 2.0.!!!!!

Lorey
Lorey
3 years ago

The lack of humanoids demorats info will cost them. Biden will be the same as obummer no real growth blaming trump 4 all ails in the mext 4 years. So enjoy your poverty ,& ,homelessi future where south of the border will be the new americans. Hate 2 be white 4 the next 4 ye0ars

Kim
Kim
3 years ago

Contribute to individual candidates you like, instead of to the party.

Ted
Ted
3 years ago

The media needs to be continually called out by truthful reporters like Lix Wheeler. I would love to see conservative reporters sticking microphones in the face of the mainstream media as they leave work every day. We also need to educate ourselves and close our accounts with the like of Facebook and Amazon.

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