From my installment in TheBlaze’s “GOP: What’s Next?” original series:

A report that Fox News contributors Karl Rove and Dick Morris have been put on the backburner by higher ups at the network feeds into the theory that at least some of the blame for Republicans’ recent electoral failures rests with the conservative media.

It’s an idea that was kicked around by several high-profile Republicans immediately after Mitt Romney lost the election to President Barack Obama and Democrats picked up seats in both the Senate and the House.

On MSNBC a few days after the election, Morning Joe co-host and former Republican Congressman Joe Scarborough said “Conservatives have been lied to” by what columnist David Frum called “the conservative entertainment complex.” …

“It’s not the conservative media per se, but a few purer-than-thou right-wingers,” [author Ann Coulter] wrote in an email to TheBlaze. “Yes, that’s a problem.” She said, however, conservatives in the chattering class who promoted candidates that lost their races, such as Rep. Todd Akin and Senate candidate Richard Mourdock, were “not helpful.” Akin and Mourdock’s defeats are widely chalked up to public comments they made about rape and abortion.