Quote Of The Day
You wonder if Maureen Dowd reads her own paper when she writes things like this: “Mr. Obama called W. on Friday to give him a heads-up about the repudiation on Iraq. Robert Gibbs said the call was not at all contentious.” Should someone tell her it wasn’t contentious because it marked the fulfillment not the repudiation of Bush’s Iraq policy? (Hence, the decision to leave | Read More »
Media Bias In The 2008 Presidential Campaign
Mark Halperin says that it got pretty bad and that it benefited Barack Obama tremendously. On balance, I think that Halperin got it right.
How About That Completely And Utterly Non-Biased Media?
Link: Media bias was more intense in the 2008 election than in any other national campaign in recent history, Time magazine’s Mark Halperin said Friday at the Politico/USC conference on the 2008 election. “It’s the most disgusting failure of people in our business since the Iraq war,” Halperin said at a panel of media analysts. “It was extreme bias, extreme pro-Obama coverage.” Halperin, who maintains | Read More »
Chris Matthews Auditions For The Job Of White House Press Secretary
No kidding. And the funny thing is that when one discusses bias in the media, a certain subset of the population gets either puzzled or indignant and proclaims that there is just no way that reporters would ever allow their own political preferences to creep into the way in which they do their jobs. Didn’t Chris Matthews also have an obligation to make the Bush | Read More »
It’s Open Letter Time
Dear News Media: Please explain why there is not more coverage concerning the fact that Barack Obama appears to have violated ethics laws as an Illinois state legislator. I mean, people have known about this issue since March of this year, at latest. There really is no excuse for the fact that this story has been swept under the rug for the past 7 months. | Read More »
I can understand being enterprising in seeking information concerning a story if one is a reporter. But this is beyond ridiculous. Does the New York Times discipline reporters who go to such outrageous lengths to do a smear job? Probably not. Those reporters likely get raises instead.
Working The Refs
VDH writes and people ought to listen. Of course, he is quite right in pointing out that Obama has prepped the rhetorical contest so that any criticism of him is met with overwrought expressions of concern and criticism, not to mention the now-expected tut-tutting that the McCain of 2008 is not the McCain we saw in 2000. The major reason why McCain is no longer | Read More »
Shorter Jacob Weisberg
Well, it’s really not shorter. It’s just plain Jacob Weisberg: There is no policy, ideological, or philosophical reason to vote against Barack Obama. If you do, you are a racist. End of story. People like Weisberg must be devastated that we are actually having an election. They probably think that a coronation is in order instead.
Below, You Will Find Sarcasm
Yeah, this gives me all sorts of faith in the media’s ability to remain objective during this election cycle: When Obama walked on stage at the McCormick Center, many journalists in the audience leapt to their feet and applauded enthusiastically after being told not to do so. During a two-minute break halfway through the event, which was broadcast live on CNN, journalists ran to the | Read More »
Joe Klein Is Large. Joe Klein Contains Multitudes.
And Tom Maguire goes all Walt Whitman on him. Funny that only a few days before complaining about John McCain stating that Barack Obama would rather lose a war than lose an election, Klein pretty much said exactly the same thing.
In. The. Tank.
Andrea Mitchell is not, of course, a tool for the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy. That doesn’t prevent her from properly pointing out that Barack Obama’s world tour is the Potemkin Publicity Stunt To End All Potemkin Publicity Stunts. The thing that interests me is whether at some point in time, other journalists will remember what it is like to be prideful of their profession and | Read More »
The Washington Post Goes in the Tank for Obama
The media have already picked their winner. My colleagues Pejman Yousefzedeh and Bob Hahn have pointed to a Rassmussen poll that indicates 49% of sentient Americans believe the media is in the tank for Barack Obama Today on the front page of the Washington Post two reporters, with a thrill running up their collective leg, demonstrate the veracity of this poll by engaging in blatant, | Read More »
That Old Time Media Bias
I am glad to read that members of the media are grappling with the issue of whether or not they are being fair to John McCain in conducting their Obamacentric coverage of the Presidential election campaign (note the statement by the director of the Project for Excellence in Journalism that “No matter how understandable it is given the newness of the candidate and the historical | Read More »
The Selective Media Frequent Flyer Program
Of course this is not evidence of any media favoritism at all: Senator John McCain’s trip to Iraq last spring was a low-key affair: With his ordinary retinue of reporters following him abroad, the NBC News anchor Brian Williams reported on his arrival in Baghdad from New York, with just two sentences tacked onto the “in other political news” portion of his newscast. But when | Read More »