From bias to adoration: The absurd reporting of political news
Posted: Wednesday, June 24, 2009 8:01 pm
By: Floyd and Mary Beth Brown
By FLOYD and
MARY BETH BROWN
Here’s a hint, David Letterman: An apology starts with you admitting you were totally wrong… no equivocation… no explanation… no rationalization; it ends with you expressing your sorrow, giving a promise that it won’t happen again and offering an act of contrition (such as your resignation or self-imposed suspension)… no smirking… no laughing… period.
Your “apology” to Sarah Palin and her daughter is totally insufficient. She should have never accepted it.
For anyone who missed the brouhaha, you missed Letterman joking about the rape of Palin’s 14-year-old at the hands of a professional baseball player. And you missed him calling Palin “slutty.”
Letterman’s attacks on Palin are just the latest example of media bias out of control. Even the late-night comics can’t keep out of the bash-Palin game. The election is over, but they still can’t resist the cheap shots.
The facts don’t lie; almost all programming conceived and controlled by the elites of network programming contains a blatant liberal and pro-big-government bias.
But the attacks on Palin go beyond bias and are a clear attempt to destroy her because as a beautiful, well-spoken, conservative female, she is threatening to the liberal machine that runs America.
As John Ziegler in his excellent documentary “Media Malpractice” has demonstrated, during the 2008 election the press moved from liberal bias to advocacy. In the movie, Ziegler demolishes Letterman’s employer, CBS, for their earlier mistreatment of Palin.
But CBS is not alone in the 2008 distortion game. While The New York Times published a highly critical report alleging that John McCain had an affair with a lobbyist and questioned whether he was eligible to be president because he was born on a military base, they ignored questions about Obama’s eligibility and his extreme inexperience.
Rather than talk about the issues, the media were busy ogling a shirtless Obama and elevating him as the world’s newest celebrity.
Chris Matthews even reported that Obama gave him a tingly feeling in his leg, and he stated it was his job to make the Obama presidency a success.
The media have only gotten worse since the election. In recent weeks, Obama made the claim that his stimulus bill has “created or saved” over 150,000 jobs and will do the same for roughly 600,000 jobs this summer.
This claim is completely fabricated; even the director of the Bureau of Labor Statistics admitted they could not prove how many jobs they have created and saved. Would President Bush have been allowed to con these same journalists by fabricating a story to back up his economic proposals?
The news media have ceased reporting the news; instead they focus on celebrity worship of Obama. On a recent hour-long special with Obama, host Brian Williams asked him no substantial questions, but he got Obama to plug the new “Tonight Show” host, Conan O’Brien. Then Williams bowed down to Obama as they parted ways. If we hadn’t seen it ourselves, we wouldn’t have believed an anchor of a major news broadcast would bow to any president.
But it gets worse, on “Hardball with Chris Matthews,” the editor of Newsweek, Evan Thomas, while calling Reagan “parochial, chauvinistic and provincial,” stated that “Obama is standing above the nation, above the world. he is sort of god.” This is the same Evan Thomas who in 2007 stated, “Our job is to bash the president, that’s what we do.” Evidently the media only bashes the president if he is a Republican.
The media adulation is getting ridiculous. Reese Schonfeld, the former president of CNN, in an article on Huffington Post argued that crazy Obama-haters were driving up Fox’s ratings. These liberal media elites simply don’t get it.
The American people want to watch the news, not uncritical praise of Obama’s every move. Last Monday, Katie Couric drew the smallest audience for “CBS Evening News” since 1991; you would think these folks would get the message. Stop treating Obama like the messiah, or viewers will tune in elsewhere to get their news. Right now people are flooding away from the mainstream media and watching Fox News or tuning into websites such as WorldNetDaily.com. People want objective and factual reporting, not propaganda.
©2009 Floyd and Mary Beth Brown. The Browns are bestselling authors and speakers. Together they write a national weekly column distributed exclusively by Cagle Cartoons newspaper syndicate. For more info call Cari Dawson Bartley at 800 696 7561 or e-mail email@example.com.
Floyd’s latest book (with Lee Troxler) is “Obama Unmasked,” from Merril Press. Mary Beth’s latest book is featured at www.condibook.com. Time magazine wrote of Floyd: “Brown has stature among devoted conservatives that almost matches his physical heft (6 ft. 6 in. and 240 lbs.)” See more at Floyd’s blog at www.2minuteview.com. To comment on this column, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Published in The Messenger 6.24.09