Thursday, September 18, 2008

Why Moms are the New Media

Sean Hannity commented recently that 2008 will be remembered as "the year journalism died." Being a glass-half-full kind of person, I shrugged this off. But as I thought back over the past year, the bloody primaries, the ignored facts, and the PDS pandemic (Palin Derangement Syndrome), I realized the slow death of one-way journalism wasn't entirely a bad thing. As regular people turn away from the arbitrary circus that is news today, regular people are getting their news from - gasp - regular people.

I started Moms4McCain because I had found good McCain blogs and tons of Mommy blogs, but nothing really married the two. "Regular Moms", whether security Moms, soccer Moms, or the demographic-du-jour hockey Moms, are a highly-coveted voting bloc who have eluded both parties in recent elections. So with 130 HD channels, high speed internet, thousands of newspapers and magazines available, why isn't there any information targeted to us?

Simply put, Americans have changed, but the American media has not. We're more likely to hear about the news that affects US from a friend than from a newspaper which occasionally presents facts, but doesn't present the context or the real impact of that information. A Mom who uses a breastpump and a Blackberry simultaneously is not interested in a 30-minute Dr. Sanjay Gupta special on John McCain's mole (and yes, this was an actual show). "Wal-Mart Moms" are discussed in the New York Times as a 19th-century explorer would describe an exotic jungle species, only now discovered in the depths of the rainforest. I could rant about why they are biased, sexist, incompetent, but folks, that has been done. I don't want to perpetuate the cycle of reporters analyzing reporters, that's not the real issue. Simply put: They. Just. Don't. Get. It.

Please take a few minutes to visit other Center-Right Moms, celebrating the selection of Governor Palin, reaching out across party lines, defending our freedom, and proving ourselves smarter than the rest of the media.

The Moms on the Right have found the blogosphere, and we are here to stay.


Paul said...

Fight, fight, fight, keep up the good fight!

Good post MomsForMcCain.


AmandaT said...

So very true. And often, we are the ones to influence our husbands and other family members when it comes to voting. When you talked about using a breastpump and a blackberry simultaneously, I chuckled, as that's what I do on my breaks at work.