Skip to comments.Media Bias and the Debates, Again
Posted on 03/31/2011 6:05:02 AM PDT by Hojczyk
The GOP is crazy to allow its presidential nomination process to be mediated by a left-of-center to hard left MSM. I interviewed John Harris of Politico today, one of the designated "moderators" of the proposed Reagan Library debate, now moved to September, and traditional conservatives and Tea Party activists alike will get no comfort from our conversation. (The transcript is here.)
Harris is an experienced and respected journalist, and a genuinely smart and nice guy who always agrees to interviews, but his responses to my questions confirm the blind spot the MSM has with regard to its own deep biases and the guild nature of the Manhattan-Beltway media elite. If the referee of the debate cannot simply state what everyone in America knows --that Chris Matthews is a hard left partisan-- how can this debate be anything other than an exercise in agenda journalism intended to serve the MSM's and the president's agendas, which are all too often one and the same thing?
The Republican candidates who refuse to come to the cattle calls for MSM branding will get points with many voters for declaring their independence from the gatekeepers. The RNC should save them from that choice, however, by stepping in and setting up a debate schedule with a format and questioners that put the party's interests first, and not those of the liberal elite of the MSM.
Because the Republicans are showing themselves to be spineless morons. Again.
Republicans will NEVER EVER learn. Try to imagine, as Hewitt points out, what would happen if FOX sponsored a debate.
Hugh Hewitt is generally a mushy get-along type. But he has been out front (from the very beginning) in boycotting the Politico/NBC debate. And he is now taking it further and demanding GOP debates not be co-opted by leftwing media hacks. Kudos for that.
the debates will be. the libhole moderater will ask the R candidate “tell us why you’d be a lousy president”. then to be completely fair, they’ll ask Obie “ tell us why your opponent would be a lousy president”
Hugh, you are obviously laboring under the delusion that Republican higher ups are actually CONCERNED with the well-being of the nation, the liberty of the American public or even WINNING at the polls!! It’s long past time you understood that these are simply ne’er do well, pseudo-Democrat wanna-be’s, intent upon keeping their place in the national political pecking order. Don’t annoy the NY Times or lib friends, pretend to care about the fortunes of the party and make certain underlings don’t embarrass themselves or YOU in the national media...those are the watchwords.