“Ben Shapiro Shows the Right How to Beat the Media,” John Nolte of Big Journalism writes:
For years now the media’s used rhetorical tricks to bait our side into divisive arguments based on the kind of false premise Democrats never face. Whether it’s abortion, contraception, same-sex marriage, or guns — the media hits us again and again and again until someone like a Todd Akin says something stupid enough it can be used to tar the party as a whole and our presidential nominee.
This isn’t fair, but it is reality. Complaining about it will get you nowhere and exposing it has proven absolutely worthless because you can’t shame the shameless.
Instead, we have to start beating the media at its own game.
After Fox News rose to prominence, Democrats trained themselves to face the likes of Bill O’Reilly and Megyn Kelly. Because Democrats weren’t used to being challenged, they were frequently caught off guard, the videos would go viral online, and the damage would be done. You don’t see this happen anywhere near as often as you did ten years ago. That’s because Democrats fixed the problem.
Republicans need to first come to terms with the fact that they have a problem, a big one. Then they need to man up, go to school, and do something about it.
And they can start by studying Shapiro’s CNN appearance last night like the Super Bowl game-tape it is.
Read the whole thing. How bad was it for Morton Downey Morgan? “WaPo: Yeah, Morgan got pwned last night,” Ed Morrissey notes at Hot Air.
And finally, via Jim Treacher:
Best comment I’ve heard all day: Piers wanted a serious conversation about guns in America? Well, he sure got one from @benshapiro
— Brad Thor (@BradThor) January 11, 2013
As Jim notes from Morgan’s petulant reaction afterwards, both on the air and on Twitter, Morgan’s none-too-happy about having that serious conversation.
Update: “Sore Losers: Piers Team Mock Shapiro on Twitter After Debate:” “In summation: This is how CNN senior producers treat guests who don’t roll over and play dead.” You stay classy, Time-Warner-CNN-HBO.
More: Always question the MSM’s premise, Joel Pollock writes:
Ben put into practice something that Andrew Breitbart preached throughout his career of battling the mainstream media: Question the premise, whether it’s an assertion that you don’t care about the victims of Sandy Hook, or a faulty definition of Critical Race Theory, or that Barack Obama is a nice guy who only wants America to succeed. Ben destroyed the faulty premise of the gun control debate last night. And the debate is now changed.
And via Kathy Shaidle, video of Ben’s appearance on Canada’s Sun News: