(LibertySociety.com) – After years of allegations of slanted coverage from most of the mainstream media, many Republicans are utilizing other ways to reach their voters, potentially snubbing many of the mainstream media outlets altogether. Former President Trump famously used social media to sidestep the traditional way of getting mass messages out to potential voters in the 2016 Presidential Election cycle, showing other candidates that they could succeed by following in his footsteps.
David Drucker, a journalist for Dispatch, warned of the potential snub, stating that candidates, including incumbents, “could attempt to freeze out mainstream journalists,” which he said would affect content creation and the appearance of impartiality among the parties. One of the reasons that Drucker makes this claim is because many of the staff members of the GOP are younger, which means they utilize different forms of media to reach potential voters, remaining “unaccustomed to working with mainstream journalists.”
Representative Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y., has already signaled a shift in strategy, as many Republicans argue they’ve been unfairly covered by the mainstream media. Rep. Stefanik’s strategist, Garrett Ventry, touted the new efforts as a smart way for Republicans to get their message out, according to Breitbart News. He cited the success of former President Trump, who was still covered by mainstream outlets even though he spread his campaign messaging elsewhere.
Reports suggest that trust in the mainstream media is at an all-time low, with many voters seeking other sources to give them information. A number of well-known outlets such as CNN, MSNBC, and The Washington Post are reportedly dealing with low ratings or losses in revenue.
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