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MSNBC’s O’Donnell Denies Anti-Palin Media Bias
Newsbusters ^ | February 23, 2009 | Kyle Drennen

Posted on 02/24/2009 6:53:25 AM PST by curth

During the Monday 12PM EST hour of MSNBC news coverage, anchor Norah O’Donnell interviewed conservative film maker John Ziegler, creator of ‘Media Malpractice,’ a documentary on media bias against Sarah Palin, and denied any such bias: "Well, let me ask you, you called the treatment of Sarah Palin and her family a, quote, 'media assassination, one of the greatest public injustices of our time.' Is that a little strong? Are you and her a little thin-skinned?"

Ziegler responded by pointing out O’Donnell’s own anti-Palin bias: "The evidence is overwhelming. It's continuing today. I mean, just a few weeks ago, Norah, you incorrectly stated on the air Sarah Palin called Barack Obama a terrorist during the campaign." NewsBusters reported on O’Donnell’s January 29 smear of Palin.

O’Donnell criticized part of Ziegler’s documentary: "Let me ask you, in your documentary you cite examples of media bias by Saturday Night Live, that that's media bias. Aren't those comedians?...How's that media bias?" Ziegler explained: "Poll after poll shows that more people get their news from comedy shows because the line between entertainment and news, as this network has shown time and time again, has virtually evaporated...MSNBC used to be a news organization, now it's an advocacy organization, and SNL is actually thought to be a news organization."

(Excerpt) Read more at newsbusters.org ...


TOPICS: Politics
KEYWORDS: 2008electionbias; bias; denialaintariver; dnctalkingpoints; fakebutaccurate; lies; lyingliar; media; palin; partisanpress; pravdamedia; stalinisttactics
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1 posted on 02/24/2009 6:53:26 AM PST by curth
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To: curth
"...MSNBC used to be a news organization, now it's an advocacy organization, and SNL is actually thought to be a news organization.

Ziegler nailed it right there.
2 posted on 02/24/2009 6:55:24 AM PST by nhwingut (,)
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To: curth

How stupid do these people think we are?


3 posted on 02/24/2009 6:55:34 AM PST by La Lydia
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To: curth

How can someone deny an undeniable, obvious bias?


4 posted on 02/24/2009 6:56:59 AM PST by ripley
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To: curth

‘Ziegler responded by pointing out O’Donnell’s own anti-Palin bias: “The evidence is overwhelming. It’s continuing today. I mean, just a few weeks ago, Norah, you incorrectly stated on the air Sarah Palin called Barack Obama a terrorist during the campaign.” NewsBusters reported on O’Donnell’s January 29 smear of Palin. ‘

I’d note Nora O’Donnell is a political hack, but thats a requirement for employment at MSNBC.


5 posted on 02/24/2009 6:58:24 AM PST by Badeye (There are no 'great moments' in Moderate Political History. Only losses.)
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To: ripley

I can imagine that they are so deluded by their own lies to the point they actually believe it.


6 posted on 02/24/2009 6:58:40 AM PST by SolidWood (Palin: "In Alaska we eat therefore we hunt.")
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To: curth
How's that media bias?" Ziegler explained: "Poll after poll shows that more people get their news from comedy shows because the line between entertainment and news, as this network has shown time and time again, has virtually evaporated...MSNBC used to be a news organization, now it's an advocacy organization, and SNL is actually thought to be a news organization."

For further evidence of this, consider a poll taken by a news organization right after the election in which respondents were asked to identify which candidate/ticket was identified by various statements or positions expressed during the campaign. One of the questions in the poll was about which candidate considered being able to see Russia from his/her home foreign policy experience. This was one of the questions with the highest "correct" responses, but the pollsters apparently failed to recognize that it was Tina Fey in her impersonation of Palin that made that claim rather than Palin herself.

7 posted on 02/24/2009 6:59:13 AM PST by VRWCmember
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To: curth

Media bias? Does O’Donnell cast a shadow?


8 posted on 02/24/2009 6:59:54 AM PST by Paladin2 (No, pundits strongly believe that the proper solution is more dilution.)
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To: nhwingut
I admit to watching a small amount of the Academy Awards. When Tina Fey came out to present an award, she got a huge, thunderous round of applause. It wasn't because of her work on SNL or 30 Rock.

Tina Fey is a hero because she had a big role in ridiculing Sarah Palin. Many Americans got their knowledge of current political events from Tina, and learned that Gov Palin was a blithering idiot.

The Left knows that comedy shows have power and uses them and artfully denies that it has an impact "It's just a comedy show!"

9 posted on 02/24/2009 7:00:08 AM PST by ClearCase_guy (American Revolution II -- overdue)
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To: Badeye

Nice catch...O’Donnel...busted.


10 posted on 02/24/2009 7:00:18 AM PST by padre35 (You shall not ignore the laws of God, the Market, the Jungle, and Reciprocity Rm10.10)
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To: Paladin2

Rosie.


11 posted on 02/24/2009 7:01:12 AM PST by Paladin2 (No, pundits strongly believe that the proper solution is more dilution.)
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To: ClearCase_guy

Hearing Tina ScarFeyce is even more obnoxious than Nancy Pelosi. I know it’s almost impossible. Almost.


12 posted on 02/24/2009 7:04:30 AM PST by SolidWood (Palin: "In Alaska we eat therefore we hunt.")
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To: curth

As with other Marxists who open their mouths, she lies. Simple as that. Liar!!!!!


13 posted on 02/24/2009 7:05:33 AM PST by RetiredArmy (America is headed over the cliff. America is headed for total destruction. 3d world nation next.)
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To: curth
"Are you and her a little thin-skinned?"

Nora, are you?.....every time a liberal is exposed as being bias,they automatically resort to asking questions instead of answering...the claim,media bias,the retort are you this or that?

14 posted on 02/24/2009 7:05:36 AM PST by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: curth

I am hearing impaired and use closed captioning when watching TV. During the Academy Awards Tina Fey was presenting an award. She introduced herself as Sarah Palin and then said some really non-sensical, stupid stuff. The audience was roaring but I don’t think the TV audience heard it because of Fey’s off-timing and the noise in the audience. The deaf and hard of hearing did though via the captioning. Just another example of the infiltration of “Sarah is stupid” campaign of the left.


15 posted on 02/24/2009 7:07:26 AM PST by crymeariver (Good news...in a way)
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To: ClearCase_guy

Remember,Jerry, it’s not a lie,if you believe it.(George
Constanza.)


16 posted on 02/24/2009 7:07:48 AM PST by Dr. Ursus
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To: curth
' Is that a little strong? Are you and her a little thin-skinned?"

Norah, your husband sexually abuses your oldest daughter. Any children you might have aren't really yours - they belong to your oldest daughter.

I've hacked into your personal e-mail and am now accusing you of misusing the e-mail system. Your hair and clothes are ugly. You're nothing but trailer trash trying to pretend to be someone. You're as dumb as a stump. And. . .P>What's wrong, Norah. A "little thin-skinned"?

17 posted on 02/24/2009 7:08:14 AM PST by MEGoody (Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.)
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To: curth

Maybe we should ban political comedy?


18 posted on 02/24/2009 7:08:38 AM PST by gracesdad
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To: curth

She is not predjudiced. She just hates Palin.


19 posted on 02/24/2009 7:09:05 AM PST by screaminsunshine (f)
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To: VRWCmember
Ziegler has great footage of interviews with people being asked questions. For the most part, they don't know Obama's position on oil exploration, abortion, taxes, or anything. The same for McCain: his policy positions were unknown. Biden? Who is this Biden guy? But then it came time for questions about Palin.

The man (or woman) in the street knew ALL about Gov Palin: the questionable parentage of her young son, the pregnancy of her teenage daughter, the banning of books at the local library, charging people for rape kits -- man! The amount of "information" about Palin that people had been exposed to was sure staggering.

20 posted on 02/24/2009 7:10:13 AM PST by ClearCase_guy (American Revolution II -- overdue)
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To: MEGoody

... and that’s just a small fraction of the drivel.


21 posted on 02/24/2009 7:11:47 AM PST by SolidWood (Palin: "In Alaska we eat therefore we hunt.")
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To: curth

“Are you and her a little thin-skinned?”

Nice grammar, Norah Einstein. You’re a network news anchor that cannot construct an intelligible sentence.


22 posted on 02/24/2009 7:26:43 AM PST by Choose Ye This Day (B.O. ? BOHICA!!!)
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To: gracesdad

the country didn’t have a problem with will rogers.


23 posted on 02/24/2009 7:27:17 AM PST by DWC (what do kids know about)
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To: DWC

“the country didn’t have a problem with will rogers.”

Sure didn’t. So what’s the problem with Tina Fey?


24 posted on 02/24/2009 7:32:04 AM PST by gracesdad
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To: curth

I don’t know about SNL, but way too man young “adults” get their news from “The Daily Show”.


25 posted on 02/24/2009 7:33:43 AM PST by Tanniker Smith (The sun glinted off chiseled pectorals sculpted during four weight-lifting sessions each week and...)
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To: ClearCase_guy

Tina Fey is a hero because she had a big role in ridiculing Sarah Palin.

Palin did NOT help herself by going on the show a couple of times either. SNL has made a mockery of our political system and the enablers are the ones who go on the show for face time...DID the magic negro go on it?....


26 posted on 02/24/2009 7:37:36 AM PST by oust the louse (This Country now has a smelly BO problem.....)
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To: gracesdad
So what’s the problem with Tina Fey?

Mean spirited witch that relishes in spewing gutter-level drivel and character assassination.

Cheap shots at the womb of an 18 year old girl and a Downs baby... really great comedy!!! I'm slapping my knee!/sarcasm and barf

The real problem of course are the idiots who think she's really quoting Palin (or that she IS Palin) and media circle-jerkers who elevate her to the status of an all-American heroine.

It has nothing to do with comedy. It's fools glorifying another fool, thinking they are absolutely brilliant.

27 posted on 02/24/2009 7:42:36 AM PST by SolidWood (Palin: "In Alaska we eat therefore we hunt.")
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To: oust the louse

I think she went to SNL only once. But I agree that this was her one big bad decision. In the Ziegler interview she said that she didn’t see a large part of the SNL crap before going there.


28 posted on 02/24/2009 7:45:57 AM PST by SolidWood (Palin: "In Alaska we eat therefore we hunt.")
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To: SolidWood
In the Ziegler interview she said that she didn’t see a large part of the SNL crap before going there.

I really like Palin. I always cut her a lot of slack because I think her mis-steps are compartively minor and her principles are strong and good.

Now, having said that, I would hope that Palin and other Republicans really re-think their approach to the media. You can't feed the beast. If you go on a show, or agree to an interview with someone, you really have to have thought it out and put some agreements in place. You're dealing with the enemy. Don't go in blind.

29 posted on 02/24/2009 7:50:40 AM PST by ClearCase_guy (American Revolution II -- overdue)
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To: oust the louse

Sarah Palin only went on SNL once and did very well especially when she put Alec Baldwin down by saying, “My favorite Baldwin is your brother Stephen.”

What was unbelievable was that McCain went on SNL with Tina Fey and while appearing in the same skit, Tina again misrepresents and mocks Sarah, but this time within earshot of John.

Stupid, stupid, stupid-after Sarah legitimizes herself as not a moron the McCain campaign allows it to be done again and on the last weekend before the vote.

Idiots, morons: the McCain campaign.


30 posted on 02/24/2009 7:51:29 AM PST by techno
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To: curth

You said MSNBC right? Of course they’ll deny the bias. Because they’re the biggest culprits behind it.


31 posted on 02/24/2009 7:54:21 AM PST by Tempest (There's a storm coming...)
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To: ClearCase_guy
We mocked Obama for not going on Fox. He knew exactly what he was doing. You don't let yourself define by (potential) enemies. It has nothing to do with cowardice. The McCain campaign was out of mind to let the fresh face Palin be introduced to the world by Courick and Glibbson. It was a no brainer.

She should have gone to FOX, Glenn Beck and talk radio. The first impression is vital.

I don't blame her... it was the McCain staffers utterly mishandling and cuffing her. Let Palin be Palin.

32 posted on 02/24/2009 7:55:35 AM PST by SolidWood (Palin: "In Alaska we eat therefore we hunt.")
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To: techno
McCain went on SNL with Tina Fey and while appearing in the same skit, Tina again misrepresents and mocks Sarah, but this time within earshot of John.

McCain doing what McCain always does.

33 posted on 02/24/2009 7:57:05 AM PST by SolidWood (Palin: "In Alaska we eat therefore we hunt.")
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To: curth

The left wing losers are trying to bury the message at youtube. I would recommend that Freepers take to voting down their propogandist videos and voting up the factual ones.


34 posted on 02/24/2009 7:57:42 AM PST by Tempest (There's a storm coming...)
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To: SolidWood
She should have gone to FOX, Glenn Beck and talk radio. The first impression is vital.

I agree. And this is another reason why the Fairness Doctrine is a terrible idea. Conservatives currently have some media outlets, and so someone like Gov Palin can obtain a fair hearing of her ideas if she chooses her opportunities carefully. But the Fairness Doctrine would severely cut into that and leave perhaps 3 choices: Katie Couric, Chris Matthews, or silence.

35 posted on 02/24/2009 8:00:28 AM PST by ClearCase_guy (American Revolution II -- overdue)
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To: ClearCase_guy

If you remember most of the so-called ‘damage’ that was done to mock Sarah’s reputation or downgrade her intellectual ability was done on SNL or by late-night comedians when she was NOT present or could not defend herself; when she was on SNL the one time I think she did a lot to discount the negative impact with her ‘brother Baldwin comment’ and when she said ‘Live from New York, it’s Saturday Night with clarity and conviction.

And when any rational thinking person looks back, what are the chances that anybody could deliver a convention speech that many pundits claim was the best by anybody on a GOP Presidential ticket since Reagan’s speech in 1980 could stand toe-to-toe with Joe Biden during her debate and attract crowds of 60,000 screaming fans and still be a simpleton, idiot, or moron?

My friends, this does not compute.


36 posted on 02/24/2009 8:01:31 AM PST by techno
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To: Tanniker Smith

and that’s why we’ve become a nation of idiots.


37 posted on 02/24/2009 8:03:29 AM PST by mrmargaritaville
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To: nhwingut
"...MSNBC used to be a news organization, now it's an advocacy organization, and SNL is actually thought to be a news organization."

The Daily Show even more so.

38 posted on 02/24/2009 8:06:16 AM PST by NonValueAdded (May God save America from its government; this is no time for Obamateurs)
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To: curth

The GOP has got to smarten up because the Dems have got too many things sown up. Liberal media & Hollywood 24/7 and people don’t even know they are liberal; ACORN getting billions as an advance for the next election; too many bipartisan RHINOs who’d sell out their granny; big swaths of the ethnic pop voting Dem because of free handouts or the Dems strong horse “cool” image; no GOP fighters with charisma, youth, looks sex appeal and passion. What has the GOP to offer the average unthinking, liberal indoctrinated, Joe?


39 posted on 02/24/2009 8:06:16 AM PST by Blind Eye Jones
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To: techno
stand toe-to-toe with Joe Biden during her debate

That's not too difficult. LOL. Problem with Biden was that everything he said was a lie... but he tells them as if he believes it.

40 posted on 02/24/2009 8:07:44 AM PST by SolidWood (Palin: "In Alaska we eat therefore we hunt.")
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To: ClearCase_guy

Who controlled Sarah’s media moves? It WAS NOT Sarah. It was McCain and McCain’s handlers who determined the sequence of media outlets as to who would interview Sarah.

By the way Sarah said (I can’t remember where or when) that she had to sneak away from her handlers with her cell phone in Pittsburgh to call Rush Limbaugh.

Folks, I have harped on this for several months. McCain might not have won (because of the financial meltdown) but one of the most egregious errors in the campaign was not to introduce Sarah to America through the Rush Limbaugh program.

Did you hear the actual interview when Rush conducted it in October? You could tell he sympathized with her and loved her conservative spunk. By the way, Rush has an audience of 20m.


41 posted on 02/24/2009 8:08:37 AM PST by techno
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To: Blind Eye Jones
no GOP fighters with charisma, youth, looks sex appeal and passion

Sarah Palin, anyone?

42 posted on 02/24/2009 8:08:49 AM PST by SolidWood (Palin: "In Alaska we eat therefore we hunt.")
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To: techno

And I wish Sarah would have gone on with Jay Leno. Whoever thought that was a bad idea should be exiled to St. Helena and live forever where Napoleon did on bread and water.


43 posted on 02/24/2009 8:14:11 AM PST by techno
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To: Doogle

Tell sanctimonious Nora (member of the East Coast elite) that it should be: “Are you and she a little thin-skinned?”


44 posted on 02/24/2009 8:19:08 AM PST by 12Gauge687 (Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice)
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To: SolidWood
You're right. I thought about including her and, maybe, Mitt but those were the only ones that come close. Both had a chance already and maybe the two together can work a miracle and not have things screw up or make the same mistakes like in the last election.
45 posted on 02/24/2009 8:23:09 AM PST by Blind Eye Jones
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To: SolidWood

Comparing Tina Fey with Will Rogers is like comparing ‘Wrong way’ Corrigan with US Airways pilot Chesley Sullenberger.


46 posted on 02/24/2009 8:24:33 AM PST by 12Gauge687 (Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice)
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To: Blind Eye Jones
Both had a chance already

Sarah didn't yet run for Presidency. She would not be the first failed VP candidate to return successfully.

47 posted on 02/24/2009 8:25:14 AM PST by SolidWood (Palin: "In Alaska we eat therefore we hunt.")
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To: curth

Maybe it should be BSNBC.
Oblermann is still going after Bush.

48 posted on 02/24/2009 9:40:59 AM PST by HowlinglyMind-BendingAbsurdity
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To: curth

it’s all about Nora and all these other crazy assed spoiled rotten self absorbed women who cherish the right to kill their babies in the womb

that need trumps anything

and Sarah Palin stands in the way of that....a woman who knows the TRUTH and will fight them

God bless her if for nothing but that alone....a strong woman with a national following to protect our babies

what has happened to our women?

how did they get like this...so...guided by evil?


49 posted on 02/24/2009 9:46:20 AM PST by wardaddy (I feel like a Boer but this time white northern liberals are playing the English)
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To: SolidWood
“She would not be the first failed VP candidate to return successfully.”

Interesting question. The only one I could find (with an admittedly quick search) in the “modern” (post-1836) era of party politics was Franklin D. Roosevelt, who ran unsuccessfully with James Cox on the Democrat ticket in 1920.

50 posted on 02/24/2009 10:07:48 AM PST by riverdawg
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