The big story in the media these days is the need for the GOP to appeal to Hispanics and other minorities. What's strange is that they never seem to focus on a big cause of the disenfranchisement - conservative media and the culture of racism itself.
So it was refreshing to see journalist and former Congressional aide Brent Budowsky call out The Drudge Report today. His opinion piece is just a matter of stating the obvious.
A visit to the Drudge Report at any given time in recent months bears witness to story after story, time and time again, day after day, week after week, month after month, of a laundry list of stories with racial innuendo and suggestion and implication that I would like to believe are below the standards you would set for yourself and your profession.
Do these stories help Republicans? No...These stories embody a road to demographic ruin for Republicans. In the aftermath of this last election I wrote a piece for The Hill about "Why Obama Won.” One of the major reasons is that when voters are demeaned, ridiculed and insulted they tend to vote in larger numbers than expected against those who demean, ridicule and insult them.Somewhat predictably, Drudge himself linked to the opinion piece, and it was quickly flooded with angry, vitriolic comments from Drudge readers babbling about black people, socialism and liberal media bias.
There's probably little incentive for Drudge or other sites like Daily Caller and The Blaze to change course. They make money off page hits, and just like HuffPost featuring celebrities stories and "side boob" for a general audience, they will go for whatever works. Is Drudge really the problem here, or is it conservatives themselves?
That's why I laugh when I hear in the mainstream media pretending that immigration reform or Marco Rubio will end the GOP's problems among minorities. The problem runs much deeper than that.