Thursday, November 15, 2012

More Voters Get News From Internet: End of Liberal Monopoly?

Opportunity for conservatives. / 47% of voters say the internet was a main source of campaign news, up from 36% 

Here's the Pew Research Center article and graph:

This is an opportunity, as Steven Ertelt of says. So long as the internet remains a place for the free exchange of ideas, protected by the First Amendment, we'll be able to wield it. And there is no reason we shouldn't be able to wield it just as effectively as liberals do.

Well, there's one remaining obstacle: credibility.

While few people still own land lines or receive paper newspapers on their doorsteps, most still go to trusted names to get their news: C-SPAN, CNN, etc.

Average conservative blogs may not have as much a chance in this 'new frontier' as established big names do, but we can establish credibility among the rising generation who sees CNN as old media. That's the goal of sites like

You can get involved. Collaborative blogs, social media, and even vlogs (video blogs on YouTube) like Steven Crowder can make a big impact.

To gain credibility:

  • be witty, original, and creative (watch a few Steven Crowder videos for inspiration)
  • cite your sources
  • cite from a variety of sources (check out He puts a conservative spin on his headlines, but the actual sources are very balanced.)
  • no attacks, especially unfounded ones - fastest way to gain negative attention and lose credibility
Any other ideas on how we can get the upper hand in new media? Share in the comments below.

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Right Wingnut said...
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Right Wingnut said...

It definitely is an opportunity, going forward. Having said that, I would need to see evidence that the Democrats have an advantage in this area, so I'm not ready to declare that we have a problem.

As mobile devices continue to grow in popularity, look for the MSM to become even less influential. That is assuming that Obama doesn't enact some sort of ban on free speech as it relates to the internet.

Good post.

JRTerrier5 said...

stop eating our own and stop sounding like neanderthals (yes, I'm talking about you Akin & Murdoch).

Lionhead said...

Katrina, I can think of one; make some videos for the RightSpeak YouTube channel on subjects you think are right for a video.

I've been thinking of that for awhile. We could present some varying points of view on all the issues both big & small.

Right Wingnut said...

Great idea, LH.

There's a woman who has several videos out there explaining the conservative viewpoint on several issues. I can't remember where I've seen them, but I can look.

newark hawk said...

Conservatives long ago conceded the radio & television airwaves to liberals, so it's only a matter of time before they do the same with the internet.

It won't be long before there's a Federal Internet Commission working day & night to censor conservative speech on the internet, just like the Federal Communications Commission does on radio & TV.

Not 100% censorship, of course, because the natives might get restless if they're completely muzzled.

Conservatives will be thrown a bone or two, a DrudgeReport or NewsMax, just to keep us happy, but not nearly enough to put us on a level playing field with the libs.

And the sad truth is, conservatives will accept this second-class citizen status on the internet, just like they've accepted it on radio & TV for decades.

Unless, and only unless, conservatives get mad as hell and refuse to accept being treated like second-class citizens any longer, and demand from the feds equal time on all public media - on radio, on television, and on the internet.

Katrina L. Lantz said...

Newark, the reason that won't happen is because the internet is 1000 x more accessible than radio or tv to the common person, most of which are traditional conservatives. Many of my privately conservative friends are just now beginning to be outspoken on facebook, maybe following the lead of others, maybe because they just realized they have a sort of power. That's the wonder of the internet: empowering the everyman. A few might relinquish power. But there are more than a few of us online.

Katrina L. Lantz said...

Lionhead, good idea with the videos. Not sure I'm the best person to do that, but I'll see what I can come up with. I'm more a writer than a speaker when it comes to communicating.

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