York And Romney Are Right About The Left-Wing Conspiracy

In general, ideas don't win elections - targeted messaging does. And the far left is very good at needling specifics and disseminating talking points that tend to confuse the less informed. The Washington Exmainer's Byron York has more

"There will be an effort," Mitt Romney said recently, "by the, quote, vast left-wing conspiracy to work together to put out their message and attack me."

By those words, many observers thought Romney, speaking to Breitbart News, meant the press. After all, the Republican nominee is likely to face some pretty tough coverage from left-leaning outlets in the months ahead.

But Romney meant much more than the press. In fact, "vast left-wing conspiracy" refers to a set of institutions whose work helps shape the coverage that ultimately appears in the press.

"There is a network that seems to coordinate and push the liberal agenda, which then gets picked up by the mainstream press," says a Romney aide. "We're working to combat that."

It's fair to say that in terms of purely partisan impact, the Center for American Progress and Media Matters wield more influence than older models on the Right.

But when Romney talks about the vast left-wing conspiracy, he's not joking.

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