Conor Friedersdorf of the Atlantic Online has a great piece on the disservice the conservative media did to the conservative cause in yesterday's election. They simply kept on telling their audience what they wanted to hear, steering far from fact. In his conclusion, he writes that "But I expect that it'll be quickly forgotten, that none of the conservatives who touted a polling conspiracy will be discredited, and that the right will continue to operate at an information disadvantage."
It took the folks at Breitbart very little time to prove Friedersdorf right. Their Joel Pollack's first sentence reads that "Though Obama failed to win a majority in the popular vote--and may even have lost the popular vote outright--he won enough votes in the Electoral College to claim victory. " Yet the Wall Street Journal has Obama at 50%, Romney at 48%. The rabid right seems incapable of telling the truth.
In a similar vein, I was struck by how their distrust of science, especially the social sciences, continues to hurt the right. When telephoning people in Ohio for Obama, I was amazed at how precise his team's targetting was and how much they had learned about the psychology of motivating people.
Peggy Noonan could feel that Romney was going to win. Scarborough could call Nate Silver an ideologue because it was outrageous to suggest that it was clearly going to be a victory for Obama.
Reality does have a liberal bias, especially if you try to ignore it.