Cal  Thomas

And so it goes in every modern election cycle. To the mainstream media, Republicans are pigheaded and unwilling to compromise with a Democratic president (or a Democratic Congress). That's because in media-land, only Democrats want what is best for "real Americans." Get it? MSNBC has apparently suspended conservative Pat Buchanan because that network doesn't like his "biases," but Democratic biases are just fine with management.

None of this will change as long as liberals continue to dominate major media.

Instead of complaining, which changes nothing, Republicans should run the equivalent of a Tebow option play. They should refuse to participate in any more dog-and-pony shows designed to trip them up. Instead, they should create their own panels with an ideological mix of interrogators.

Invite a couple of "wild card" conservative partisans like Rush Limbaugh or Sean Hannity to add to the journalistic mix. If the "Miss America" contest could invite Limbaugh as a judge in 2010, why can't the Republican presidential candidates invite him, or Hannity, to judge and question them? The ratings would be huge and the public would get better answers to more substantive questions than the "gotcha" questions they must now endure.

Perhaps it's too late for this election cycle, but maybe not. All it would take is one such event and the public will instantly see what it's been missing. After that there would likely be no turning back.

Cal Thomas

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Cal Thomas is co-author (with Bob Beckel) of the book, "Common Ground: How to Stop the Partisan War That is Destroying America".
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