Skip to comments.Our Enemy The Media (Don Feder On The MSM's Adoration Of The One Alert)
Posted on 11/02/2008 8:03:23 PM PST by goldstategop
Based on her interview with Sen. Joe Biden, we may assume that WFTV, Orlando Anchor Barbara West: 1. Did not graduate from a school of communications, 2. Will never receive an award from the Society of Professional Journalists, 3. Is unlikely to be employed by The New York Times in the foreseeable future, and 4. Will soon be working with Joe the Plumber, installing bathroom fixtures.
Silly rabbit -- Didnt West know that tough questions are reserved for Republicans?
Yet, there she was asking old leaden-tongued Joe how his running mates spread-the-wealth platform differed from standard Marxist redistributionism (from each according to his abilities, etc.) The vice-presidential candidate was reduced to sputtering Are you kidding? and I dont know whos writing your questions.
Im surprised the Delaware Senator didnt remind West that when a TV reporter posed impertinent queries to President Franklin Delano Roosevelt in 1929, FDR penned an article for People magazine reminding his fellow Americans to ask not what your country can do for you.
As all good journalists knoweth, youre only supposed to ask embarrassing questions of Republicans. As a media minion, your curiosity should be confined to Sarah Palins wardrobe, her daughters pregnancy and Cindy McCains past addiction to prescription painkillers.
Wests grilling of Biden (the campaign retaliated by canceling a later interview with his wife) was so extraordinary for the mainstream media as to constitute a freak occurrence like a snowstorm in July or a British MP plagiarizing one of Bidens speeches.
Media bias in past presidential campaigns (going back to 1964) is nothing next to the way the drive-bys managed, manipulated and mangled coverage of the McCain-Obama race.
MSNBCs Chris Matthews epitomized media worship of the messiah, when he confessed that while listening to Obama, I felt this thrill going down my leg. Matthews colleagues probably feel more like the prom queen when the star quarterbacks hand is reaching up her leg.
The media doesnt even try to disguise its school-girl crush. According to a survey by the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press, by a margin of 70% to 9%, those polled in mid-October said most journalists want Obama to win, over John McCain.
At this stage of the 2004 campaign, the public said the media favored Kerry over Bush by 50% to 22% (comparable to 2000, when 47% of those surveyed said the press liked Gore, versus 23% who said reporters leaned toward Bush).
The publics perception is confirmed by a Project for Excellence in Journalism study, which looked at coverage of McCain and Obama in the six weeks following the nominating conventions. It found that while 57% of stories about the GOP nominee were negative and 14% positive, Obamas positives/negatives were 36%/35%. In other words, there was four times as much negative coverage of McCain as of Obama.
If the news media is a criminal conspiracy, The New York Times is its Vito Corleone. The Gray Lady set the tone for the rest of the press which sounds a lot like The Dixie Chicks humming The Internationale.
You probably didnt know that besides editing the editorial pages of The Times, Andrew Rosenthal is also a stand-up comic. Performing live at the Association of National Advertisers annual conference, Rosenthal observed that The New York Times aims to ensure opinion and news are kept separate, even as the Internet increasingly blurs the line (as reported by Advertising Age on October 17).
For sheer hypocrisy, this is hard to beat. In the real world, The New York Times is to objectivity what Jack the Ripper was to womens rights.
After seeing their candidate bludgeoned in its news pages for months, on September 22, the McCain campaign charged that The New York Times is 150% behind Barack Obama. Said McCain spokesman Steve Schmidt: Whatever The New York Times once was (in the middle of the 19th century?), it is not today by any standard a journalistic organization. It is a pro-Obama advocacy organization that every day attacks the McCain campaign, attacks Senator McCain, attacks Governor Palin and excuses Obama.
This is a revelation on par with: Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has issues with Israel.
In late July, Rosenthals paragon of objectivity ran an opinion piece by Obama (My Plan for Iraq), then rejected a similar offering by McCain the rationale being that McCains piece didnt mirror Obamas. As a top McCain aide explained, the paper simply didnt agree with McCains Iraq policy, and wanted him to change his position, not re-work the draft. Thats fair.
From the moment McCain announced his choice of Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as his running mate, The Times attack machine went into hyper-drive. A division of investigative reporters was deployed to Juneau, literally sifting through garbage to get dirt on Palin.
Every aspect of the ladys personal life has been subjected to media scrutiny.
On September 2, The Times ran a convention story (Palins Daughters Pregnancy Interrupts G.O.P. Convention Script) worthy of The National Inquirer. Her daughter, Bristol, age 17, was five-months pregnant, the family announced. The Times covered the disclosure with glee. Here was a pro-family candidate who was such a lousy mother that she couldnt keep her teen-aged daughter from getting pregnant -- this from a newspaper that believes in giving condoms to 14-year-olds, without parental notification.
From there, it was a dizzying descent into tabloid hell. The Times breathlessly informed readers that the Palins eloped on Aug. 29, 1988, and that their first child, Track, was born eight months later.
The article hit rock-bottom, when it reported some claimed that Ms. Palin had not actually given birth to Trig (her youngest son), but that Bristol had, and that the family had covered it up. As support for this absurdity, The Times cited photos posted on various websites supposedly showing that the governor didnt look pregnant in the months leading up to Trigs birth.
In his speech to The Association of National Advertisers, Rosenthal compared the wild rumors and preposterous theories flying around the Internet with impeccable reporting at The New York Times. But the paper is willing to repeat the most outlandish cyber speculation, if it suits its purposes.
Rosenthals rag was also fascinated with Palins wardrobe. The Republican National Committee is reported to have spent $150,000 to outfit her in a manner befitting a vice-presidential candidate.
An October 23 New York Times story mentioned unnamed Republicans expressing consternation at the Palin shopping spree and wondering if this would compromise her standing as Senator McCains chief emissary to working-class voters.
Naturally, there was no speculation on how Obama could campaign as a middle-class hero attired in $1,500-suits. At least Palin didnt get her duds compliments of Tony Rezko.
But most Times coverage of Palin focused on her alleged lack of experience, corny rhetoric and the contention that she just wasnt vice-presidential material.
In an October 3 story on the vice-presidential debate, The Times termed Palins performance unusual theater, while stressing her use of phrases like a heck of a lot.
The governor was said to rely on a steady grin, folksy manner and carefully scripted talking points. In other words, shes a hick, a rube, a Republican Stepford Wife who cant function without 3x5 cards. You may recall another politician whose intelligence the media questioned because of his use of index cards. He was the president who won the Cold War and gave us the longest peacetime prosperity in our history.
A Times editorial, which ran the same day, charged that after a series of stumbling interviews that raised serious doubts even among conservatives (again, unnamed) about her ability to serve as vice president, Palin never really got beyond talking points in 90 minutes, mostly repeating clichés and tired attack lines and energetically refusing to answer far too many questions. For The New York Times, anything not heard recently at a Manhattan cocktail party is a cliché or a tired attack line.
Compare the foregoing to The Times carefully crafted coverage of Biden, whose gaffes are either buried with the TV listings or totally ignored.
Discussing the current financial crisis, Biden reminded us that in 1929, President Roosevelt (who didnt become president until 1933) went on television (which wasnt widely used until the late 1940s) to explain the Great Depression to the American people.
Speaking to Virginia coal miners, Biden revealed I am a hard coal miner. The closest anyone in his family came to working in the mines, was a great-grandfather who was a mining engineer.
At a September 9 rally in Columbia, Mo, Obamas running mate urged a Democratic state senator in a wheelchair to stand up so the crowd could get a better look at him all of which was studiously ignored by the mainstream media.
Then there was Bidens prediction, at a Seattle fundraiser, that six months after he took office, foreign powers would test President Obama the way Khrushchev tested JFK in the Cuban missile crisis, thus implying Obama is so green that his inexperienced hand at the helm would invite an international crisis.
Other than Fox News, the networks refused to air the remarks. The day after the event, The Times mentioned it briefly in the 11th. paragraph of a page A-18 story headlined Obama Briefly Leaving Trail to See Ill Grandmother.
If Palin had said McCain is so old and feeble that his election would have our adversaries circling like vultures it would have appeared in The New York Times above the page-1 fold.
The Palin Treatment wasnt confined to coverage of the Alaska governor. Candidates spouses are usually off limits. Not this year. Not when the candidate is John McCain.
In an October 18 profile, The Times just had to mention Cindy McCains past addiction to prescription pain-killers a story which was old news a decade ago.
The article noted that the McCains are apart much of the time -- he in D.C., she in their Arizona home. For Congressional wives, this is hardly unusual, but, along with the revelation that the couple sometimes vacation separately, the story suggested that Mr. and Mrs. McCain arent that close and perhaps their marriage is troubled.
The how-low-can-they-sink moment came when it was revealed that one of the reporters who wrote the piece tried to contact a friend of the McCains 16-year-old daughter, through her Face Book page, to ask what she knew about Cindy as a mother.
Even Joe The Plumber got The Times once-over with a blowtorch. An October 17 story (Real Deal on Joe the Plumber Reveals New Slant) sought to debunk the GOP icon.
Joe doesnt have a plumbers license (gasp!), owes back taxes and is a registered Republican, the story disclosed. And his name isnt even Joe, its Samuel J. Wurzelbacher (who, FYI, owes less than $1,200 in back taxes.) For The Times to attack so minor a figure shows that the Democrats dont have to spin the news; the media does it for them.
All that was missing was an expose of the McCains dog: He benefited from the financial crisis. He voted with George Bush 96% of the time. His name isnt Fido; its Floyd, and he isnt even an Irish Setter. Hes really a Golden Retriever.
The only time the paper mentioned Obamas friendship with 1960s terrorist William Ayers was to rationalize the relationship or to attack the McCain campaign for raising the issue.
An October 11 story said Ayers worked with him (Obama) on a school project and a charitable board and gave a house party when Mr. Obama was running for the U.S. Senate. This is like saying that Monica Lewinsky was a White House intern who shared certain interests with then-President Clinton.
The Times didnt think it was relevant to mention that Ayers and his comrades carried out more than 30 bombings, including the Capitol Building and the Pentagon; that Ayers current goal is to teach against oppression embodied in Americas history of evil and racism, thereby forcing social transformation; that Ayers chose Obama to serve as chairman of the Chicago Annenberg Challenge -- a group they used to fund radical causes like ACORN; and that the duo served together on the board of the Woods Fund of Chicago another milch cow for the radical left.
The New York Times used its editorials to blast McCain and Palin for talking about Ayers (one of the most appalling campaigns we can remember the paper wailed.) In so doing, the Republican ticket has moved beyond mere distortions of Obamas record into the dark territory of race-baiting and xenophobia, The Times screeched.
Given that Ayers is white and native-born, this isnt an easy case to make. But The Times doesnt have to actually prove a charge, just make it.
A few more things about which The New York Times and the rest of the establishment media displayed a stunning lack of curiosity include:
· Why Obama sat in a pew of Chicagos Trinity United Church of Christ for 19 years listening to his preacher/mentor the Rev. Jeremiah (God damn America!) Wright spew racism and anti-Americanism?
· Obamas relationship with Louis Farrakhan. Wright and Father Michael Pfleger (another friend of Obama) are tight with Americas most dangerous demagogue. Obama attended Farrakhans 1995 Million Man March, and described it in glowing terms in a community newspaper. Farrakhan practically anointed Obama in a January address to the Abomination of Islam.
· Obamas connection to the leftist ACORN (voter-fraud-r-us)
· Michelle Obamas embrace of black power as a student at Princeton.
· The details of Baracks drug addiction what substances did he use besides cocaine? When did his addiction end? Was he using drugs as an Illinois state senator? Who was his supplier?
· Obamas foray into Kenyan politics in support of an avowed Marxist who ran for president.
· Obamas missing birth certificate, which is said to prove he was born in Kenya.
· Why Mr. Compassion hasnt done anything for his Kenyan half-brother, whos living in poverty, or his best friend from prep school days, who just got out of prison?
Of course, the medias interest in any of the above would presuppose that they actually wanted to report the news, instead of advancing their ideological agenda by pushing the candidate they adore.
One of the defining moments of the 1964 Republican National Convention, which nominated Barry Goldwater at the Cow Palace in San Francisco, was when a speaker mentioned the media and angry delegates turned around and shook their fists at the press box. As the French say, the more things change, the more they remain the same.
"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus
Holy crap, that was long. But worth the read. This guys calls out the MSM beautifully. Thanks for posting!!
"Believe it or not, in the future, the Democratic Party, its Presidential candidate,
his closest associates, and even the mainstream media will actually honor my murderer."
"Sirhan Sirhan, is that you? Stand up, and come up here
and take your place of honor right between Caroline and Ted Kennedy,
because I am putting you and Prof. Ayers onto the US Supreme Court."
Ok, so after M/P wins, why don't we, the conservative end of the electorate, pick a vulnerable newspaper and do what we can to put it out of business? Then move on to the next one.
Bump for later read.
The MSM truly deserves the scorn and contempt of the American people.
“Ok, so after M/P wins, why don’t we, the conservative end of the electorate, pick a vulnerable newspaper and do what we can to put it out of business? Then move on to the next one. “
I would just modift what the “fairness doctrine” is and put it up for a vote. Something like, all network talk shows have to have an opposing view TV show. Wouldn’t it be funny to have “Meet the real press” on after Meet the press. Jim Rob can host.
All news shows that offer opinion cannot be call “news”. They have to be labeled commentary. Any show that calls itself commentary, doesn’t need an opposing view.
This goes for print, radio and television. All print opinion pieces have to print both points of view.
AP, Reuters, etc. are forbidden from offering as a product opinion pieces. They are news organizations. They can only offer news as a product. Media outlets who purchase Third Party services are liable if fairness doctrine laws are broken.
Finally, media outlets can cancel opposing viewpoint shows after six months, should they not turn a profit. The station does have a two year option, to recoup any losses before having to air another opposing viewpoint show.
Don Feder bump!