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Rev. Moon Exemplifies Right Wing GOP Subsidy of Big Media to Frame Message

Reported by Ellen - March 29, 2009 -

Buzzflash's Mark Karlin has written an excellent column about the significance of The Washington Times' upcoming foray into "investigative journalism" on talk radio. Says Karlin: "The Washington Times -- like the New York Post and Weekly Standard for Rupert Murdoch -- are investments in obtaining financial regulatory and other favors from Republican administrations in return for helping frame and market the GOP talking points of tax cuts, cultural wars, and Wall Street gambling."

Noting that the Washington Times' byline gives credibility to its writers to appear on television and to insert its reporting as "balance" into the mainstream media, Karlin adds, "The Washington Times doesn't have the incendiary flamboyant impact of Rush Limbaugh, but it has played a vital role in moving the "frame" of what is considered "centrist" in the U.S. among D.C. insiders way to the right."

Democrats, on the other hand, "don't buy up or create large media outlets; they just support efforts to criticize the corporate press and the likes of Rev. Moon. And the only other daily in D.C. is the pro-war Washington Post, which is the voice of the status quo self-appointed punditocracy. It's like a right leaning Democratic Leadership Council."

Karlin concludes: You can win elections, but you can't make dramatic change unless you own part of the major media.

Maybe not, though I think it's arguable that liberal blogs have staked quite a claim in the wellspring of "liberal media" dynamics. However, I'd also add that it's not just the conservative platforms that have given the GOP a media edge. They know how to use what they've got. If Democrats have any kind of strategy for dealing with the likes of FOX News, Limbaugh and now the Washington Times, they've done a great job of keeping it secret. They've been lucky that there's no viable GOP to lead an effective opposition of late. The better the conservative message machine, however, and the longer the Democrats wait before realizing they need an effective strategy for dealing with it, the less likely their luck will last.

You can read the rest of this article, which I highly recommend, here.