Conservatives have every piece they need to “balance” the scales, as it were, except for the actual stolen election. It would seem that somehow having an election stolen of their own might make the difference for eight years of George W. Bush qualitatively and would arm the next several decades of debates about who and what defined the 21st century in America, following the attacks of September 11th. Taking the fact that the media gives Obama, at least, better coverage and spin with George W. Bush received the conservative mouthpieces of Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh, Mark Levin, and Michael Savage (to name a few from the AM talk circuit) have started to relate this narrative of the liberal media’s conspiracy to re-elect Obama. Essentially it’s the Conservative Conspiracy to create the perception of Liberal Conspiracy. The language of this comes time and again as they talk about the “liberal media” and the “death of journalism” in regards to Obama’s presidency. For the conservative talk media this is a smart move because it sets them up with plenty of talking points in either eventuality following November 6th. Should Mr. Romney win his bid for the Presidency then they were successful in over powering the news media (even though they are a part of the news media as news talkshow hosts), and should Obama get re-elected then they can just point their finger and say “You see, the media duped you all again!” And either way they fill their 3 hours of air time 5 days a week until the next shoe drops. It’s a win-win accusation as far as their ratings are concerned.
Do I think that either of these conspiracy theories are true? No, neither in their entirety—perhaps there were some malicious moves made in 2000 and perhaps there are members of the media spinning for an Obama re-election. It is fair to assert that Obama gets better coverage than Bush did…and it is fair to say that there was probably some bias in Jeb Bush’s heart in his handling of the butterfly ballets and half punched chads—but at this point its neither here nor there. The accusations about the media are probably untrue as a whole though, if for nothing else than the simple reason that all the television news media cares about are ratings and sensationalism—and they can get, manufacture, or conjecture about that no matter who is in office. Would it tip the scales to even if both conspiracies turned out to be true and successful? I’m not sure, it depends on what else occupies those lists of “wrong doings”. If anything though, it is fun to entertain these notions and pretend we live in a world where these sorts of plans could be executed—in a world where Obama is the Manchurian Candidate and George W. Bush was the Illuminati’s marionette. Of course, in the end we’ll all have to come crashing back to reality and remember that while we have landed a man on the moon we don’t live in a world of James Bond villains and doomsday devices adorned with “the red button”…in fact most of us arrive late for dinner parties. Also, people have big mouths and deep throats if you catch my drift…conspiracies and acts on that scale tend not to stay clandestine very long.