Thursday, April 05, 2012

The hard-line conservative majority

I know, I know, pointing out a leftward skew in the major media is old hat. Jaded as I am, though, I'm still occasionally surprised by just how blatant the bias can be. From a story this morning on former corporate sponsors dropping their memberships to the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) under pressure from Color of Change (what a surprise!), testosterone-laden NPR correspondent Peter Overby reported:
Coca-Cola's announcement came hours after a civil rights group, ColorOfChange.org, launched an online drive calling on Coca-Cola to stop underwriting the ALEC agenda on voter ID laws in several states.

It's part of a much broader campaign to spotlight companies that sell products to a public that might object to hard-line conservative policies such as stand your ground laws or requirements that voters show a photo ID at the polls.
I've not seen scientific polling data on "stand your ground" laws, but to describe the requirement that voters present photo identification when voting as "hard-line conservative" is to commit journalistic malpractice more severe than what occurs when ethno-nationalist parties across Europe are lazily and disingenuously amalgamated under the descriptor "far right". A Rasmussen poll from last year revealed that 75% of the American public supports the photo ID requirement.

Three in four Americans are hard-line conservatives? If only! A far more accurate approach would be to describe these policies as "populist", but, while every good SWPL is wary of populism, it doesn't quite cause weeping and gnashing of the teeth like "hard-line conservative" or "far right" does.

2 comments:

Matthew said...

By my own rough calculation, judging from the Facebook posts of friends (and "friends"), who favors voter ID laws? 100% of Republicans, 95% of independents, and the 40-50% of Democrats who don't automatically assume that all Republicans are evil and/or stupid.

Honestly, I can't think of any current political issue with as solidly bipartisan a majority as voter ID.

Democratic politicians are opposed to them because they know voter fraud works in their favor. But they can't say that publicly, which is why their arguments (if any) are so ridiculous, and why opposition melts away when Republicans take control of any given statehouse.

Audacious Epigone said...

Matthew,

Your personal experience looks like it comes pretty close to reflecting that 75% support figure that Rasmussen found. Really, it would've been more accurate for NPR to characterize opposition to voter ID as a "hard-line liberal" position.