On his Morning Joe program on MSNBC today, Joe Scarborough had some interesting statistics to discuss which fit into his often-critical perspective of "Fox News." I know that many conservatives don't consider him an "actual Republican", but just a RINO (Republican in Name Only). However, just because they don't like when he's critical or says things that aren't conservative enough to meet their standards, that doesn't change the reality that he not only considers himself a Republican, but that he was a Republican member of Congress. More to the point, though, whether conservatives like what he says, or whatever they "consider" him, the facts he notes in this piece are incontrovertible. One can disagree on the interpretation, but not the facts.
"For conservatives who think they have to stay in their own little media world, since Rush Limbaugh went on the air and became a national figure, Republicans have lost five out of the last six presidential elections in the popular vote. Since Fox News went on the air in 1996, Republicans have lost four out of the five last —"
He's interrupted by gues Chris Matthews, but comes back to make the point he's leading up to.
"When Ronald Reagan and Richard Nixon had to go up against a media culture that absolutely hated them, that despised the, that mocked them, that ran them into the ground every night, and there was no conservative outlet -- they won 49 states," Scarborough said, continuing, "Now, listen, I'm a conservative. I like conservative outlets to go to when I get frustrated looking at the mainstream media. But for people who say, Chris, they have to stay in the little box, I got bad news for you: it's not working."
Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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