Saturday, November 17, 2012

The Conservative Entertainment Complex

The 2012 election will go down in history as a major turning point in American politics that shattered many points of view and vindicated the ideas of many Americans frustrated with what appeared to be a country having no grasp of reality. For four years, many of us have been scratching our heads, “How can anyone possibly believe this $#%^&!”

From the birther nonsense to Obama being a socialist or a Muslim or an alien from outer space, pick your conspiracy, . . Who are these people? Four years ago I used the phrase “choir blogging” for the blogs preaching to their own choirs. Who was reading that crap?

Now we have a far superior distinction – the conservative entertainment complex. Yes, the left has Chris Matthews and Rachel Maddow, Inc., but their rather well grounded fabrications pale in comparison to the sheer fantasy worlds created at Fox News. While democrats may watch MSNBC, they also remained grounded in the reality provided by professionals.

The GOP, however, drinks deep from the Foxiverse and buys the charade whole hog including the postage. When highly refined, expert developed scientific polls repeatedly showed an electorate favoring Obama by a few points, GOP pundits vilified the lot as biased. Conservatives wailed that the New York Times and statistician Nate Silver were “hopelessly in the can” for Obama. They even created their own polls, adjusting the numbers as they wished. They really did that. A legion of mouthpieces called for Romney's landslide.  Romney and his entire campaign bought it all, hook, line, sinker, and fishing pole.

I've taught statistics at a university. A real class with real students learning material that can be proven / refuted by these things called textbooks. Nate Silver nailed the election with the laser precision that well conducted polls with 1000+ sample sizes can provide. I know the math, and clearly Nate Silver does. He batted 50 out of 50 in calling the states.

Perhaps the GOP bubble was best crystallized for all to see when Karl Rove's Ohio meltdown showed a goon so saturated in his own juices that he foamed and flailed when Fox News called the state for Obama. Methinks Karl's orgy may have to trim its budget in future elections.

We've sensed it, smelled it, and talked about it, but now it is truly exposed for all to see. The conservative entertainment complex is just that, entertainment for an aging and dying set of white folks increasingly outnumbered by a growing set of people with more advanced ideas about the well being of a nation. We may or may not see setbacks, but the day is coming when those entertained by the circus lack the numbers to win elections. The day may also be coming when enough of them have expired that Fox viewership no longer sustains its existence.

The sooner the better.


Blogger Sirocco said...

I don't have anything useful to add to this post that hasn't already been said here or elsewhere. I confess to a fair amount of schadenfreude while reading the various post-election analysis pieces about how surprised Republicans were by the results - it's nice to know the real reality can still bite you in the ass, no matter how much one tries to create one's own reality.

I did see reports this morning that, for the time being at least, any Fox News show which wants to bring Karl Rove or Dick Morris on needs to receive special permission from the higher-ups first. I guess you can be too embarrassingly wrong for the channel. I suspect they'll be back as regulars in about two years.

12/05/2012 10:20 AM  
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