There is a school of

There is a school of thought that says the Democrats have been hurt by their dominance of the media because it allows them to harbor their illusions and overlook uncomfortable realities. This seems to be true as to the “gender gap,” which has almost always been presented as a Republican problem–Republicans need to do a better job of attracting women–notwithstanding the fact that the Democrats’ deficit among men exceeds the Republicans’ deficit among women. Yet I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a single article about how the Democrats can stop offending men. Here is another example from the Washington Post. The headline says “Among Young Voters, Gender Gap Narrows.” You have to read to the end of the article to discover that among adults aged 18 to 37, both men and women identify themselves more often as Republicans than Democrats–Men by a 32% to 23% margin, women by a 34% to 32% margin. And only in the last sentence does the Post disclose that “The dwindling gender gap also has made the GOP the party of young adults overall, with 33 percent identifying with the Republicans and 27 percent with the Democrats.” That would seem to be the real story here; but it is simply inconceivable for the Post to headline a story “GOP Is Now the Party of Choice for Young Adults.”


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