Young conservatives have managed to create a social media empire, yet the mainstream media continues to report as though they are non-existent.
As a young conservative, there is nothing more frustrating than to turn on a major news network and hear adult, political pundits ramble about what it is the youth want in this country. These pundits sit there on television making broad based assumptions about the youth, without ever asking young conservatives what their opinions are on political issues of the day.
For example, the day that Governor Romney announced Representative Paul Ryan as his Vice Presidential pick, Fox News’ Bret Baier asked the question, “Will Ryan affect the youth vote?” Great question, but why was an adult asked this? That question would have been a fantastic opportunity to talk to a young conservative and ask them what their thoughts were and how they thought their peers would lean; it would have been more accurate also. But in typical mainstream fashion, they chose to ignore the youth.
It’s no lie that Fox News and most of the mainstream media attract older generations over younger, but why is there no effort to improve the viewership among young people? Though the current Fox News’ shows have great ratings, eventually they will have to pass the torch onto the next generation. But unless they start building relationships now, and begin to train the youth, there will be no one standing on the side lines, ready to take over, when the time comes.
Due to a lack of coverage of young conservatives, many Americans have been led to believe that they are few and far between, which then gives the mainstream media an excuse not to pursue them. But if there is one thing I have learned over the last year in politics, it is that young conservatives are everywhere; they’re just looking for a stage to make their voices heard.
The amount of young conservatives, who have created their own blogs, podcasts and even their own organizations are incredible. They have stood up for their future, and yet, most people have no idea they exist, because the mainstream media will not give them the time of day.
I spoke to several young conservatives who have experienced firsthand the frustration that comes with being ignored by the mainstream media. Here’s what they had to say: