An interesting article from the New York Times on how alternative media, which is becoming increasingly less alternative, is changing the game in Washington DC. The narrative, long crafted by an #oldmedia with a generally statist agenda is being outflanked in many ways. Syria, drones, to some extent the recent Obamacare debates, have been defined in large part by the new media.
We have a lot of love for Peter Schweizer at ACC. I know him personally and had him on a panel discussing crony capitalism that I did in New York last October. He is for real. He pulls no punches, and he punches both sides of the aisle.
Say what you will about the Breitbart suite of online media. Are they over the top sometimes? Absolutely. But do they also do great reporting and interesting and valuable news? Without doubt. The attached article is an example of this.
This is just the tip of the iceberg. These are just the big names. All of the news outlets are full of people at nearly every level who have spent time in government, then gone into the media, then back into government, then back into media, etc. This is why many folks in the news game (and for most of them it is a game) really do think of themselves as “The Fourth Estate.” They consider themselves part of the “government.”
The infographic below sheds a little light on the connection. But trust me, its far worse than this.