There are severe dangers to this choice, specifically that the traditional media has become the arm used to manufacture or hide real news. Many times it creates the path that makes the desired policy outcomes of the plutocracy tomorrow’s reality.
The midterm narrative is that the party in the sixth year of an administration will take a beating at the polls. In other words, Democrats will lose the Senate, some House seats and some governorships, leaving an impotent president. Red state Democratic Senators are supposed to take a beating because their constituents hate President Obama and his poll numbers are in the toilet (well, near the toilet, they imply).
Activists, however, know that Americans are not dumb. Generally many are just misinformed. Eventually however, truth becomes the disinfectant that cleans up many messes. For example, McCarthyism ultimately was exposed. The false rationale for many prejudices has been exposed. The false narrative for many of our wars has been exposed.
More on the issue of reality versus narrative below the fold.
Many realities are all around us, yet remain unreported by the traditional media in any substantive manner. How many realize that the Rasmussen daily tracking poll, a conservative poll, has President Obama with a 50-percent approval rating? How many know that the Gallup's daily tracking poll currently pegs his approval rating at 45 percent, and that he has been skirting 50 percent at times? How many know that the five supposedly endangered Red state Southern Democratic senators are virtually even or leading in every race?
Did you know that the governor’s race in Georgia is very competitive? Did you know that the failure of the Republican governor to accept the Medicaid expansion to Obamacare could cost him that race?
The narrative is that Democratic voters fall off more than Republican voters in the midterms. Should it not have been news that the virtually uncontested Democratic Senate race in Kentucky drew more voters than the contested Republican Senate race (402,421 vs 355,132)?
The traditional media narrative on Republican governors gives the impression that their governance would propel them to the heights of being president. How many know that states in which these governors have been able to institute their policies substantially, they have decimated their states’ coffers?
How many know that Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ) is robbing the pensions of those from whom he extracted concessions? He tries to blame others while refusing to implement any increase in revenues.
Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback (R-KS) instituted standard Republican policies—he cut taxes, cut education budgets and turned down the Medicaid expansion to Obamacare. He preached the same trickle-down nonsense that has never worked in the past. His state’s revenue has dropped dramatically. How many know that he is now in a dead heat with his potential Democratic rival, Rep. Paul Davis (D-KS)?
Did you know that media darling Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s (R-WI) 7-point lead in the poll has vanished? He is now tied with his Democratic challenger, Mary Burke (D-WI).
Did you know that a general election disaster, Chris McDaniel, may defeat incumbent Sen.Thad Cochran (R-MS)? This puts a solid Southern senate seat in play.
The traditional media has laid out a narrative. To most of them, reality does not matter— everything fits into a pre-conceived narrative. They ignore what does not fit. The problem is that this behavior can promote self-fulfilling prophecies. If one believe the outcome is already baked in, then why vote?
It is that behavior that activists must mitigate. These narratives are not just journalistic heresy. They are intentional. Journalists are not dumb; they simply know who signs their paychecks. They know what is expected of them and they oblige.
The traditional media are not oblivious to their narrative falling apart. In fact, they are petrified that everyone else will realize it. It is for this reason they figuratively ask, “Are you going to believe me or are you going to believe your lying eyes?”