McConnell: NYT monopoly is over

• July 30, 2012 2:29 pm


In an interview Monday with BuzzFeed, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Kentucky) praised the proliferation of online media and declared the days of media dominance by left-leaning newspapers over:

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell told BuzzFeed that while many of his generation mourn the fall of newspapers, he is celebrating the rise of social media — precisely because of the havoc it has wreaked on an old media landscape that, in his view, favored the Democrats.

"Let me tell you, I think the New York Times monopoly is over," McConnell said. "Arthur Sulzberger used to have the biggest megaphone in America. And all you have to do is look at the dwindling size of newspapers, even one as big as his." …

"To the extent that there isn’t media domination like there was in the days NBC, ABC, CBS the New York Times, the Washington Post, particularly since most people on my side of the aisle feel they had a pretty obvious bias … those days are over," he said. "I kind of like this new environment. I think its much more competitive, much more balanced."

"From a conservative point of view we have a better chance of competing in the marketplace of ideas," he said.