‘They are so afraid’: Glenn explains the growing power of conservative media

There was an encouraging article in the New York Times this weekend about the growth of conservative media in the United States. With government shutdown on the horizon, Times columnist Jeremy Peters took a look back at the 1996 shutdown, in which Republicans shouldered a large majority of the blame. This time around, however, the “digital revolution” has the power to prevent a similar fate.

The article reads:

Ask conservatives what went wrong for them the last time the government shut down, and many of them will bring up the cover of The Daily News of New York from Nov. 16, 1995.

Under the block-lettered headline “Cry Baby,” it showed a cartoon of Newt Gingrich, then speaker of the Republican-led House, in tears, clutching a bottle and wearing nothing but a cloth diaper.

Back then, Rupert Murdoch’s Fox News Channel was a year from its debut, Andrew Breitbart was a lowly assistant at E! Online, and The Drudge Report was an obscure gossip and news digest sent by e-mail — to the lucky few who had e-mail.

But today, a fervent group of conservatives — bloggers, pundits, activists and even members of Congress — is harnessing the power of the Internet, determined to tell the story of the current budget showdown on its terms.

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“The New York Times wrote an article this weekend and said, ‘Here’s the good thing. If you’re a conservative, you suddenly know how to use the Internet. You suddenly know how to use Facebook and Twitter.’” Glenn said on radio this morning. “I told you when we started TheBlaze that it was really essential that we are tweeting stories and that we are using Facebook and posting stories. The left understands this. The right has not understood this traditionally.”

Thanks to its every-growing and extremely loyal readership base, TheBlaze recently found itself ranked 11th on the NewsWhip ranking of the top Facebook publishers in August:

“A year ago we were thrilled when the news analytics group NewsWhip found TheBlaze to be one of the most shared news sites anywhere,” Glenn said. “News this year, this week from News Whip is even better. They ranked the top news publishers on Facebook for the month of August, and TheBlaze was number 11.”

“This is just, this is fantastic news. And the New York Times, on Saturday, picked this up and was talking about, not this particular report, but they picked this up and they were reporting that the right is no longer the right of even 2010,” he continued. “You’re now understanding how to use Facebook and this is why we have begged you, and we do again today: If you see a story on TheBlaze that you think is important, tweet it. Facebook it. It’s really important because it multiplies and spreads everywhere.”

While conservatives are in no way close to “controlling the media” as Juan Williams bizarrely suggested last week, we have made significant inroads towards at least being a part of the conversation.

“And they are so afraid. They are absolutely terrified of Drudge, they’re terrified of Rush, they’re terrified of TheBlaze, they’re terrified of anybody. That’s why they work so hard to put all of us out of business. And this is why it’s so important that you share. If you read something or if you hear Rush say something, spread it. Go to his website, click on it and spread it. You hear Sean Hannity, you’re listening to Mark Levin, and you see his book, go out and buy it. If it’s of interest to you, go out and buy it,” Glenn said. “It’s amazing to have somebody like Bill O’Reilly on 60 Minutes. Go out and buy his book. Support the people who are standing on the front line because we’re in the trenches right with you.”

One of the things the left does particularly well is its ability to present a unified front, and this morning Glenn advocated for the right to work towards a similar sense of harmony.

“We just all have our own gifts, and we have to all start working together… We all have our own expertise. Let’s use them. And if we all start to put them together, we win in a big way. And I’m telling you the Republicans have no idea what’s about to hit them,” Glenn said. “Let’s really have that battle, not this bogus battle that we’ve been having… It was progressive versus progressive. That’s the battle we’ve had for the last hundred years – with an exception of Ronald Reagan. What do you say we open it up? You go ahead. Have your progressive thing. Be out in the open. Have your progressive thing. You go ahead and do that. We’re going in another direction. Let’s have that battle because that battle, my friend, we win.”

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  • http://www.artinphoenix.com/gallery/grimm snowleopard (cat folk gallery)

    Here is the truth of the matter, the left and Rino’s are beyond scared, they are terrified, for the new generation of true conservatives is responding to what the people want them to do.

    It’s past time to give the entrenched old-guard and give them the boot.

  • http://www.artinphoenix.com/gallery/grimm snowleopard (cat folk gallery)

    Let them be afraid, in that way we can give the old-guard of Washington DC the boot and get real conservatives to replace them.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Irina-Krasnyuk/745534442 Irina Krasnyuk

    We win!
    We win in tweaks and pix and dix.
    We win this battle of the sphinx.
    We win this friend of yours. We sin.
    We win to make it better!

  • Bonnie Somer

    u bet that is what we need to do now 

  • http://www.facebook.com/rigoberto.serrano.39 Pachy Serrano

    Why be afraid??
    Only the “lunneys” in the conservative movement believes The Blaze has better reporting than The NYT or CNN . . . And again, I am talking about real reporting, NOT political pundits, talking points, fear mongering, conservative propaganda, etc. In that area, The Blaze is #1, hands down! At the end, all newspapers and TV news will disapear anyways . . . The future is the web.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CUrbEIqFl_Q Sam Fisher

    The New York Times and CNN are liberal propaganda news from the left but of course you would think that to failing news empires are better than someone thing like Fox and The blaze. I am sorry but the American people think your full of it just look at the ratings moron and you will see what the people trust but of course you think the more than half of the country lunneys.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CUrbEIqFl_Q Sam Fisher

    We will beat the liberal zombie hoards. 

  • Anonymous

     Pachy, the entire Main Stream Media (MSM) censored Gosnell because they didn’t want people to see what they really supported.  They censored Benghazi because they didn’t want to show that the WH spun a huge tail that they knew was false … when the truth was that our “allies” who we funded to topple Khadafi tortured and raped our ambassador for 8 hours before he bled out … but you watch only the MSM, so you didn’t hear any of this.  You probably think Fast and Furious was no big deal.  Stop all guns to the US, but send them to the Mexican cartels (and Al Queda).  I’m sure you’re fine with the IRS targetting groups that the president doesn’t like … and the rest of these scandals … but some of us actually want to know the truth … so go sip your kool aid and believe the MSM is worth more than the air they waste … because the create the news by censoring what they don’t like and sensationalizing what they do like … sounds like you and they are good company.  Keep sipping.

  • Anonymous

    Don’t start the party yet.  The left has an excellent machine that censors what they don’t like and sensationalizes what they do like to watch the president’s back … but they have already neutralized the first amendment with “hate speech” (they’ve also neutralized the 2nd and 4th amendments … but I digress) … don’t think for a minute that they will not ram in legislation making it impossible for conservative voices to be heard.  Feinstein is already on the case.

  • Anonymous

    Don’t start the party yet.  The left has an excellent machine that censors what they don’t like and sensationalizes what they do like to watch the president’s back … but they have already neutralized the first amendment with “hate speech” (they’ve also neutralized the 2nd and 4th amendments … but I digress) … don’t think for a minute that they will not ram in legislation making it impossible for conservative voices to be heard.  Feinstein is already on the case.

  • Anonymous

    What some call the main stream media, is in fact, needing a new label. Let’s try one of the following: either Propaganda Machine, or Lame Stream Media. Either is appropriate, but there is nothing main stream about them. Once they became radicalized, they became irrelevant. 

  • Anonymous

    I’m not concerned about power, I’m concerned about Truth.  Truth already has everlasting, infinite power.  If the “conservative media” conveys Truth then OK.  If not, then they join the growing scrapheap of Lies.

  • sryan

    My dream would be to see Rush, Glenn, Mark Levin, Drudge, and Sean stage Conservative rallies together all around the country so the media can’t ignore us anymore.  Start with the million trucker march, each one of the top conservative talkers driving a truck into DC then getting on stage together and letting Congress know that we are mad as hell and not going to take their crap anymore.  If they (and we) don’t work together we will all hang alone. 

  • Mr_TrueReality

    Analogy here: If one flows with the ‘main stream’ and just ‘goes with the flow’ eventually, that one will be swept over the waterfall, or pounded into the rocks of the rapids, or swept out to sea. Ergo the saying, “Up Sh#t creek without a paddle!!”

    Seek out the eddys where the other water dependent life dwells and thrives!
    Nothing can live for long in the “main stream”

    Mr. TR

  • Anonymous

    You hit the nail on the head.  We need people who can out-wit the obnoxious left propaganda machine and then destroy their lies and deceptions.  That is the only hope we have left to regain the REPUBLIC.

  • Anonymous

    You hit the nail on the head.  We need people who can out-wit the obnoxious left propaganda machine and then destroy their lies and deceptions.  That is the only hope we have left to regain the REPUBLIC.

  • Mr_TrueReality

     NOT!
    -if your post reflects your accurate thoughts.
    Check your entries. If correct, you are on glue….like Patchy (Sgt. Pepper ;-)
    Mr TR

  • Anonymous

    As more and more people turn to the internet for their news, more and more, the entrenched politicians in DC are panicking.  They see their golden goose be char broiled with fries on the side!

  • Anonymous

    Seems to me, there was once a slogan which read: “In Unity is Victory.”   Which translates into

    all conservatives working together.  Hope this wasn’t a Marxist saying!  Even so, it would still

    work well for conservatives.

  • Ron Schinners

    I listen to your radio program every morning.What I find fascinating how uninformed most American people are.I just do not understand how in the world they messed up Universal Healthcare.Being Canadian living in Ontario Canada our Universal Healthcare is free to everyone. There is no death panels.
    What  I find crazy is the American obsession with firearms. I do believe in the right to bare arms.I just do not understand the reasoning for people to have an arsenal  of weapons.
    My self I have been train in safe handling and operation of certain firearms. I do not own any firearms and at this time have no desire to own one.

  • Joshua Strunk

    As a pastor I have been preaching about the need for conservative/ faith-based voices being heard in the public arena for years.  It is nice to see that finally happening.

  • greywolfrs

    Here, let me explain it to you. It’s about the OUR Constitution. Nowhere in OUR Constitution does it say anyone has a RIGHT to health care, especially on the backs of their fellow citizens. As for the right to arms, right in OUR Second Amendment it says “SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED.” Now, do you understand what those words mean? Do you understand that OUR Constitution only ensures three to the people, Life, Liberty and the PURSUIT of Happiness. Nothing more. Next you do not understand, read this statement.

  • greywolfrs

    Well, it would seem to me that slogan isn’t working. Conservatives elect these idiots, like McCain and Graham, expecting them to follow their Conservative view points and they don’t. Besides, I find it much easier to forward Constitutionalist ideas and candidates. It’s difficult for anyone to say they do not want freedom.

  • greywolfrs

    And now you can understand the point of the Net Neutrality Bill.

  • greywolfrs

    So, it’s only “real reporting” if they say what YOU want to hear. Got ya, fudgepacker.

  • Ron Schinners

     The reason Obamacare is bad is no buddy read the Bill before they passed it. Dingbats Pelosi,Reid,Obama shoved this down your throats.
     In  Canada we realized the benefit of Universal Healthcare for all our citizens rich and poor.
    When it was first read in Parliament it had objections and it had a committee setup to go through it to know what we were getting.

    In the USA case they blindly passed this Affordable Care Act which has the IRS operating this. That is crazy and  what does the IRS have to do with healthcare?

    You are right under your Constitution  you do not have the right for healthcare.

    The Democrats lied to you about Obamacare and it will hard to have it repealed.
    You have Medicade and Medicare which could have been expanded to cover those who did not have any health care and just left you healthcare system alone.

    We live in different countries with  different Conservative ideals.
    Universal Healthcare has helped me and my wife she has had five strokes and has spent months in the hospital receiving treatment. The cost to us was 0 dollars.
    How much would that treatment cost in the USA under its old system how much would it cost under Obamacare? It scares me to think about that?

  • greywolfrs

    Well, you can claim that the Canadian system is great all you want, but I know better. My sister has lived in Canaduh for last 35 years. She needed a pace maker. It took over 3 months to get it. FOR A PACE MAKER. So, do not think all Americans are dumb to the sytem in Canaduh.

    You may like Universal Healthcare, but you just said it yourself, it is UnConstitutional, so everything else you said means NOTHING.

  • Anonymous

    It appears, wolf, that there are many ”conservatives” who follow politics in the
    same way many of Obama’s fans do—they DON’T!  If someone has been in
    politics for awhile and has no scandals attached to him/her, often it’s an automatic reelect.  In the case of some with ”shady dealings”, even better!

    In other words, they don’t really know the candidate, whether he’s new or one
    who is returning.  When I arrived in CA from WA many years ago, it didn’t take
    me long to figure out that the Dem. I helped send to Congress was leftist.  And
    do you know, he is still in Congress!  Close to 40 years or more!   Now, I look a
    little more carefully into a candidate’s past and who he’s hanging with.  Such a
    big pity and a dereliction of duty that the LSM NEVER vetted B.O.  I didn’t support the man because of his stance on abortion and his lack of experience.
    I kept yelling at the TV: “But, what has he ever done?”