CONSERVATIVE ACTIVISTS: GOP OUT OF TOUCH WITH THE INTERNET NEWS MEDIA
NWV News writer Jim Kouri
Posted 1:00 AM Eastern
August 14, 2009
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With the health care controversy heating up this Summer, rank-and-file conservatives are relying on Internet news and commentary web sites such as NewswithViews.com to discover the truth about ObamaCare. Unfortunately, according to conservative Internet journalists, bloggers and activists, America’s conservative movement allowed the left-wingers, Marxists and One World Government advocates to form alliances with powerful politicians and deep-pocketed leftists such as George Soros.
Say what you will about the left-wing bloggers and left-leaning Internet web sites, they are a power to be reckoned with, according to a growing number of conservatives. And Democrat politicians with dreams of winning elections, changing American society, increasing their power and creating a New World Order know it.
For example, During the 2008 presidential election cycle, ABC News reported that close to 1,000 bloggers assembled in Las Vegas "to gear up for the 2008 presidential race."
The big news was that several potential Democrat candidates were there, as well. And they were kissing up to their new media base while receiving feedback regarding their political positions on key issues viewed as important to these "pajama journalists."
The weekend jamboree was organized by Markos Moulitsas, the founder of the far-left blog DailyKos. Democrats who attended included former Virginia Governor Mark Warner, New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson, Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack, and former NATO commander General Wesley Clark, all considered potential Democrat presidential contenders at that time.
Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton was absent from that convention, but that was due to the fact that she was intensely disliked within the radical left blogosphere because of her support -- soft as it was -- for the war in Iraq, which she used in order appeal to so-called moderates.
One source said that the left-wing blogs played a big role in hurting Democrats who attempted to move to the center of the political spectrum during the primaries and then they will turn their sights on the Republican presidential candidate.
"If you read the right-wing conservative blogs, well, they're all about ideas, whereas liberals do nothing but snipe and gripe at George W. Bush [and the Republicans]. They're all about power, winning the next election. Nothing else," said one attendee.
The DailyKos — said to be the most visited political web site on the Internet — became a big supporter of Howard Dean in the 2004 presidential cycle because he was willing to speak out against the Iraq war. It was largely through Dean's support on the Internet that he became, for a while anyway, the Democratic front-runner in the 2004 primary. By autumn 2003, he had raised $40 million with help from online advocates.
”Dean's popularity on the Internet soon garnered him an enormous amount of attention by the mainstream news media, or "old media," to the point that his mug showed up on the covers of many newsmagazines such as Time. The Dean Machine ran out of steam because ... well, he was Howard Dean, and Howard can't help being Howard,” said political consultant Nathan Tabor.
And it's not only at conventions that there's collaboration between Internet left-wing websites and left-wing politicos in the Democrat Party. For instance, during the confirmation hearings for US Supreme Court Associate Justice Alito, bloggers fed Democrats their research on Alito, complete with half-truths, innuendo and out-and-out lies.
While conservative bloggers and Internet news websites such as NewswithViews.com present ideas and solutions to problems, those on the left denigrate, smear and ridicule those with whom they disagree. Yet, most Democrat officeholders on the national level know that these radicals on the net are an important part of acquiring more power.
There is a major problem, however, between so-called conservative politicians and the conservative bloggers and commentators. The problem is there is hardly any relationship to speak of. Except for think-tanks such as the Heritage Foundation, there's scant building of relationships, little cooperation and, if anything, the GOP attempts to avoid contact with the blogosphere.
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“Why are they so slow in discovering what Democrats discovered long ago?I believe it's because most Republican officeholders in Washington turned their backs on their conservative roots as well as the conservative movement in general,” said political strategist Mike Baker.
“While most Americans are duped by the mainstream news media into believing that Republican equals Conservative, the truth is the current GOP is run by its RINO-wing (Republicans In Name Only),” aka liberals in GOPs clothing, he added.