Skip to comments.Cheerleaders for the Revolution - Network Coverage of Barack Obama’s First 100 Days
Posted on 05/11/2009 1:12:56 PM PDT by Conservative Coulter Fan
During his first 100 days as President, Barack Obama has pushed an audaciously liberal agenda which, if enacted, would have radical consequences for America for decades. With Democrats enjoying monopoly control of the House and Senate, the news media have a professional duty to scrutinize those policies, and give audiences both sides of the story — not just the perspective of a powerful Chief Executive.
Unfortunately, a Media Research Center analysis of ABC, CBS and NBC evening news coverage of President Obama’s first 100 days in office shows network reporters have failed as watchdogs. The networks have raised few doubts about Obama’s left-wing agenda and showered each of Obama’s major policy initiatives with positive press.
MRC analysts looked at all 982 broadcast evening news stories about Obama and his administration from Inauguration Day (January 20) through April 29. Key findings:
The networks spent days decrying AIG’s $165 million bonuses, but hardly mentioned the $210 million in bonuses handed out by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (the bailed-out mortgage giants with strong Democratic ties). ABC and NBC completely ignored the Fannie and Freddie bonuses, while the CBS Evening News gave it 27 seconds.
Such highly promotional coverage is not part of the normal “honeymoon” that exists between journalists and new Presidents. Rather, it seems to be a symptom of how few network reporters evidently see their professional role as operating on the public’s behalf as a check on whoever is in the White House.
The longstanding liberalism of network reporters made them aggressive adversaries of the Bush White House over the past eight years. The evidence from Barack Obama’s first 100 days is that that same liberal mindset has crippled reporters’ ability to be effective watchdogs on behalf of the public.
The once-fierce media watchdogs have become Barack Obama’s drooling, tail-wagging lapdogs.
"Most of you covered me (pause)... All of you voted for me."--Obama
TOM BROKAW: You know what it reminds me of? It reminds me of the Velvet Revolution. I was in Prague when that happened. And Vaclev Havel was a generational leader and was in the square in Prague and the streets were filled with joy. And we're not overthrowing a communist regime here, obviously, but an unpopular president is leaving and people have been waiting for this moment. And there's that same sense of joyfulness and possibility even though, as in Czechoslovakia, they had enormous problems and we do as well.(audio at link)
muh haa huuhh haaa.. *BARF*!!!!!!
The blind following by the drive-by media of 0bama’s agenda as put out by Emanuel every day in his calls with Begala, Stephanopoulous and Carville is disgusting. No wonder Rush is seeing record ratings, Fox News Channel is getting more than double CNN’s ratings most nights and more on some and the only major paper to see increases in revenues is the “conservative” Wall Street Journal. The liberal media is dying (Seattle Post Intelligencer, Boston Globe, Air America among others, because of the lack of truth and critical thinking.
I can’t stand CNN, PBS, ABC, CBS and NBC news efforts as they are too much in the tank for 0bama. I have not not do I ever expect to pay for a New York Times, Washington Post, LA Times or other liberal rag. I used to be like a sponge and couldn’t get enough of the “news”. They will all continue to drive themselves into the ground unless they can change to be thoughtful, truthful and critical of 0bama.
Stalin had Pravda and so to does Obama. Control the media, control the message the sheep will adore him and he will give them exactly what they want in the end he will dare them not to re-elect him because he will hold all the cards. Free Market Capitalism will give way to Oppressive Socialism.
I never thought that this could happen in America, I was wrong.
Our socialist leaders hate the free press just as much Hugo Chavez does. Our socialist leaders will be trying to do something about it just like Hugo has.
Maybe we should start sending these people “kneepads” with inscription - “for kneeling in front of Obama”...
Only 78% think the MSM is stacked for Obama? I would have guessed in the 90% range - it’s that obvious.