Making the media the story

Early stages but Rand Paul being the only candidate I have ever met and spoken with, and who I liked on the spot, there is a certain partiality I must confess to. He, like Marine LaPen, has a family past he must overcome but still embrace. I am nevertheless encouraged by his foray yesterday having put himself forward for the nomination. And what really appealed to me was that he has decided to take on the media, who are enemies not only of every Republican, but enemies of good governance and common sense.

Tuesday night, Paul came out swinging. “The media tells you and I that we should choose a GOP nominee with a track record full of sellouts, compromises and betrayals,” he tweeted. “So even though I’m at or near the top of every state poll for the nomination, they continue to try and dismiss my message of liberty!

“Thankfully, our national media doesn’t get to pick and choose our Republican Party’s presidential nominees. Patriots like YOU do!”

But by the end of the day Wednesday, the candidate seemed to recognize that perhaps that approach was bringing the wrong kind of attention to his nascent campaign, conceding that he often didn’t handle tough questions particularly well. “I’ve been universally testy and short-tempered with both male and female interviewers,” he admitted explained to CNN’s Wolf Blitzer.

Gage echoed Paul’s description, saying that in the interview with Guthrie, the senator had seemed to “come across as a bit of a bully. I don’t know if that’s specific to her being a woman, or in­cred­ibly bad manners.”

It’s an approach that usually fails to deliver in the long run, she added. “I think particularly when you’re trying to appeal to women voters, they’re a little turned off by that level of aggressiveness when it comes across as cranky and mean,” she said.

Whether he wins or not, this seems to necessary from the Republican side that I can only hope it is blessed with great success. The media has ruined the US by its lickspittle backing of parties to the left. Someone has finally tried fighting back. Even if it doesn’t work for Rand, it will help clear a path for others.

This was especially good: Rand Challenges Press: Ask DNC Head ‘If It’s Okay To Kill A 7-Pound Baby In The Uterus’. Only one journalist has to ask her to have her either reply or walk away from the question. No one has, of course, but it is the kind of pushback that should have been done years ago.

And having written the above, I now come across this: Cruz blasts ‘yellow journalism,’ mocks fact-checkers, accuses media of anti-conservative bias. First below is the journalist who is merely an agent for the Democrats, then Cruz’s reply. It’s not at the same level or temperature as Rand’s, but he’s getting the idea.

“You’ve said a few things that don’t necessarily comport with the facts, like, ‘125,000 IRS agents, send them to the border,'” Harwood said. “They’ve only got 25,000 agents or something like. You’ve talked about the job-killing nature of Obamacare. We’re adding jobs at a very healthy clip right now. Why shouldn’t somebody listen to you and say, ‘The guy’ll just say anything — doesn’t have to be true?'”

Cruz responded by accusing fact-checker groups of not making a good-faith effort to hold all politicians accountable, adding that such groups often subject conservatives to extra scrutiny.

“There is a game that is played by left-wing editorial writers. It’s this new species of yellow journalism called PolitiFact,” Cruz said. “Colloquially I was referring to all the employees as agents. That particular stat is in a joke I used. So, they’re literally fact-checking a joke. I say that explicitly tongue in cheek.”

Make the media defend itself. Here no one is in any doubt that the ABC tells the truth only when it suits Labor. This needs to become recognised as an established fact across the divide. If you hear it on the ABC, everyone should immediately recognise that they might as well have heard it from the ALP.

UPDATE: Rand Paul’s interview with Megyn Kelly on these issues, with Megyn’s interesting and to-the-point comment at the end.