After President Obama handily won reelection against Mitt Romney, much has been said about whether the conservative media did more harm or good in trying to affect the national political dialogue.
Huffington Post reporter Michael Calderone has an extensive piece on the ongoing evolution of conservative media from its status as a massive noice machine to a collection of actual news operations:
[W]hile outlets like The Daily Caller, Breitbart News and the Washington Free Beacon have sprouted and, in some cases, prospered during President Barack Obama's administration, concern is mounting that they and others in the conservative media universe are shedding their credibility by focusing more on supposed scandals than reporting the basics of who, what, when, where, why and how.
"There's absolutely no pretense from any of these publications of giving a policy a sort of objective hearing,” Daniel McCarthy, editor of The American Conservative, told The Huffington Post. "It's very clear that it comes from the same mindset as talk radio and Fox News. This is something that's by and for a particular kind of conservative." McCarthy hesitated before asking, "It’s a circle jerk, isn’t it?"