The Extremist Rhetoric is Self-Reinforcing

This aide and other Republicans describe a recurring chicken-and-egg question: Who came first to these hardline, no-compromise stands – conservative media or their audiences? Are media celebrities and outlets simply reflecting their audiences, or shaping the views of readers, listeners and viewers? “I think they just feed off each other” in “a pact from hell,” the Senate aide said. “In a way we’re our own worst enemies, not the Democrats. It’s the conservative media pushing us to take these positions, these extremist positions. And of course there are those who are more than willing to take them because it gets them press. It’s a vicious cycle: The shows want ratings – they’re a business. The members want publicity. So it’s just this unholy alliance.” (As the aide speaks in a Senate cafeteria, a man in the telltale colonial garb of a Tea Party adherent – long coat and tri-corn hat – strides by on his rounds of lawmakers’ offices.)[50]

“It’s a synergistic relationship,” said Cole, the congressman.[51] Many Republicans despair of countering the impact of the constant red-meat diet on conservative voters. Said a Republican strategist who has worked for congressional leaders and in presidential politics, but declined to be named criticizing conservative media or the party base, “Just like when you feed a tiger blood all day, it thirsts for more blood.”[52]


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 They Don't Give a Damn About Governing: Conservative Media's Influence on the Republican Party
Electronic/World Wide Web>Internet Article:  Calmes, Jackie (July 27, 2015), They Don't Give a Damn About Governing: Conservative Media's Influence on the Republican Party, Shorenstein Center, Retrieved on 2015-11-09
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