The Myth of a Conservative Media Cocoon

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


Professor Jacobson has one reply to Politico’s “Conservative Media Cocoon” column and what he says is true, we are surrounded and infused by the material of the mainstream media. But there’s another side of the coin. And that’s the reason why FOX News is so big.

As print media and television decline, the future of the media converges on the internet. And on the internet, alternative viewpoints have much less of an uphill climb.

FOX News has managed to beat a collection of liberal cable news channels. MSNBC has managed to beat its less liberal colleague CNN.

This is where we are now and the media cocoon works both ways. Or rather there is no cocoon because there is no mainstream media, just polarized outlets that appeal to different points of view.

In 10-15 years, MSNBC and CNN will just be websites. They mostly are already. That’s why MSNBC bought out Microsoft’s site. And they’ll be competing side by side with conservative rivals. Both sides will be there to tell a story. Neither will be a cocoon keeping viewers from the outside world, because there is no outside world, just a fractured media landscape.

That kind of fractured world leads to political tribalism and there isn’t anything to be done about it. This is the world that the left, including and especially, the mainstream media wanted. A world of relativism.  They just assumed that they would be in control of it. And they were wrong..

There is no single organ left and when the New York Times finally sinks into bankruptcy and sells itself to the Daily Beast for a dollar, we’ll be done with the illusion of any kind of consensus. Everyone is Pauline Kael now. It’s a Kael world. And we’ll all living in it.

  • amused

    G_D help us all Daniel with the likes of Kos , Anti-War.com , Breitbart , Jim Hoft , Fpm et al , I'm sure we'll all get UNBIASED information …..right ?
    If you heard it on the internet it's got to be true …where'd you hear that ? ……I heard it on the internet .

    • Daniel Greenfield

      Unbiased is a dead letter. This is a FOX/MSNBC environment.

      • Steeloak

        I prefer my news to be openly biased. I want to know the bias of the reporting & I want it up front and in the open.
        What I don't want are national news organizations that slant their reporting, both in their spin on the story and their choice of what to report, while pretending to be objective & unbiased.

  • http://whatdirectdemocracymightbe.wordpress.com/ Daryl Davis

    It seems we're headed toward a world where at best a few enterprising, ambitious reporters willing to dig for the truth, wherever it leads. practice a sort of "gotcha" journalism. This was how ACORN was brought to its knees; and this is essentially how Romney''s 47% comment saw the light of day.

    Sensationalism and infotainment win out. Ironic that it may have been a less biased news and a more difficult road for politicians to escape scandal when it was only ABC, CBS, and NBC. Now the networks, CBS for example, have entered the scandal.
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  • Mary Sue

    I'm tired of CBC news and I love Sun News.

  • amused

    G_D help us all Daniel with the likes of Kos , Anti-War.com , Breitbart , Jim Hoft , Fpm, huffpo et al , I'm sure we'll all get UNBIASED information …..right ?
    If you heard it on the internet it's got to be true …where'd you hear that ? ……I heard it on the internet .

    • HiPlainsDrifter

      amused
      You already said that, dimbulb..

  • HiPlainsDrifter

    Policy RESULTS are what count. Left or right.

    When a voter looks at fuel prices, food prices, record unemployment in the teens, black unemployment 20%, embassies burning, diplomats murdered, 48 million on food stamps, Increasing taxes to pay for "free healthcare", an intellectually vapid media, that ignores corruption and 50% of voters exclaim
    "YEA, GIVE ME 4 MORE YEARS OF THAT !"
    Then there is some intangible factor at work causing UP to be DOWN….

  • AdiosPandejo

    -Could be a 'cult of personality"
    -a better get out the vote machine
    -blatant voter fraud
    -a nice but milktoast candidate
    -protest voting morons
    -Repub base sitting on it's hands, giving US this scourge for another 4 years..

    Just some thoughts to explain something that seemed impossible a week ago…

  • Jim

    Romney not only did not get the Colored vote but he did poorly with the White vote . Main,New Hampshire Washington , Minnesota etc do not have much of a Colored Voting Population and the White vote was very close.

  • Jim

    Romney not only did not get the Colored vote but he did poorly with the White vote . Main,New Hampshire Washington , Minnesota etc do not have much of a Colored Voting Population and the White vote was very close.
    Arizona and Texas have a large Mexican population yet Romney won. there.

    When I heard he wanted Ryan for a running mate and I heard his comment about the 47% I knew it was all over.

    The issue of amnesty and entitlements are survival issues for Whites,Browns and Blacks.. There is no ideology issues or racial issues. With high unemployment and old age the issue is "are we going to eat tomorrow ,?

  • A 22 Year Old Man

    Daniel, I'd really like to see what you think will happen as a result of this, in a new column (I'm sure you've got some predictions to make).

    Do you think we'll really see a free Internet in the future, or is it likely that Big Media or Big Government will try to restrict our internet freedoms (or force us to pay a stiff price for, or get licensed in order to access), fearing the loss of power? With SOPA, CISPA and ACTA seem to indicate that powerful interests might try to limit our freedom of access to the alternative media on the internet. What are your thoughts?

  • Cat K

    There is only one rude person posting here. Not surprisingly, he/she/it disagrees with Daniel.

    Thanks, Daniel for your ideas and your always eloquent words.

  • Raymond in DC

    Much of "conservative" media suffers from the same kind of tunnel vision often seen in the big-name network media – maybe worse. In the lead-up to the election, for example, Fox News focused on only three subjects: the election, Benghazi, and Sandy. Most of us, fortunately, wisely seek out broader sources of information. But it's a sad day when some will turn to the BBC and Al Jazeera, with their patent biases, to get a sense of what else is going on in the world.