A Stunning Admission

This took me three attempts to write because I was literally speechless.

Every once in a while a Democrat spills the beans and says what they really believe. Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-CA) on why she thinks the Dems lost.

BLITZER: What do you think? Loretta Sanchez, what do you think?

SANCHEZ: I agree with Jesse. I agree with my colleague. I believe that we made mistakes. The media certainly is not in our hands any longer, and, in particular, radio talk shows where that is completely in the opposition’s hands, and they use it effectively against us.

BLITZER: But, Loretta, when you say the media — when you say the media is not in your hands, are you saying that ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN are hostile to Democrats?

SANCHEZ: No, that’s not what I said. I’m saying that — if you would let me finish — that the majority of people are now receiving a lot of their information out of radio. And the radio isn’t in the hands of the Democrats anymore.

Many years ago, the Republicans made a very effective play. They sat down. They made a strategy. They decided they were going to put big thinktanks around, that they were going to fund them. They decided that they would buy radio, that they would use that to talk to people. And people drive in their cars, they’re listening to the radio all the time. They’re getting a lot of information that way.

You know, networks are losing — you know, they’re getting less and less viewership.

Read that again, it is amazing.

She laments that people get their information from sources (ie rado) the Democrats no longer control like they do TV. Blitzer even makes sure the TV nets are still OK in her opinion — which they apparently are.

If only people would get their news from TV, which the Dems still control, then Democrats could get elected, she says. But, damn us, we listen to radio and we get something other than the Democrat dogma. Damn us!

Those Republicans use radio to “talk to the people” and we can’t have any of that!

What this really shows though, is her world view. There is no free market. Conservatives are not popular because the free market chooses to listen to conservatives. Rush Limbaugh does not attract dozens of millions of people to his message or his style of delivery. No, those people only listen to him and other conservatives because the Republicans “bought” radio and the Dems “made a mistake” by not buying it first. As if you could “buy” a free market.

The media is not, in her mind; a free market, an arena of ideas, it is a pawn to be captured for political power.

What a great “brand” for the Democrats.

“Democrats: We can’t win unless we control the media.”

An amazing admission.

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