Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Media Bias

With the archives of the now-defunct Journolist being made public, can you lefties still argue with a straight face that there is no media bias?

According to records obtained by The Daily Caller, at several points during the 2008 presidential campaign a group of liberal journalists took radical steps to protect their favored candidate. Employees of news organizations including Time, Politico, the Huffington Post, the Baltimore Sun, the Guardian, Salon and the New Republic participated in outpourings of anger over how Obama had been treated in the media, and in some cases plotted to fix the damage.

In one instance, Spencer Ackerman of the Washington Independent urged his colleagues to deflect attention from Obama’s relationship with Wright by changing the subject. Pick one of Obama’s conservative critics, Ackerman wrote, “Fred Barnes, Karl Rove, who cares — and call them racists.”

Michael Tomasky, a writer for the Guardian, also tried to rally his fellow members of Journolist: “Listen folks–in my opinion, we all have to do what we can to kill ABC and this idiocy in whatever venues we have. This isn’t about defending Obama. This is about how the [mainstream media] kills any chance of discourse that actually serves the people.”

“Richard Kim got this right above: ‘a horrible glimpse of general election press strategy.’ He’s dead on,” Tomasky continued. “We need to throw chairs now, try as hard as we can to get the call next time. Otherwise the questions in October will be exactly like this. This is just a disease.”

Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2010/07/20/documents-show-media-plotting-to-kill-stories-about-rev-jeremiah-wright/#ixzz0uFPo9eoj

It goes on from there.

Thomas Schaller, a columnist for the Baltimore Sun as well as a political science professor, upped the ante from there. In a post with the subject header, “why don’t we use the power of this list to do something about the debate?” Schaller proposed coordinating a “smart statement expressing disgust” at the questions Gibson and Stephanopoulos had posed to Obama.

“It would create quite a stir, I bet, and be a warning against future behavior of the sort,” Schaller wrote.

Tomasky approved. “YES. A thousand times yes,” he exclaimed.

And how about this good patriot?

“Our country disappears people. It tortures people. It has the blood of as many as one million Iraqi civilians — men, women, children, the infirmed — on its hands. You’ll forgive me if I just can’t quite dredge up the requisite amount of outrage over Barack Obama’s pastor,” Hayes wrote.

There's plenty more, and I recommend that you read it--the final six sentences will sock you between the eyes. And remember, these are the "the press" that hide behind the 1st Amendment, even though that in the spirit of that Amendment, I'm just as much "the press" as they are--the difference is, I don't sneak around to collude and lie, I'm up front with my readers.

Update: This commenter on another post really lays out the bias in a way that can't be denied--unless you're a leftie, in which case it's just racism, or something.

Update #2: I've decided to quote the final six lines here, just in case that link ever goes bad:
Kevin Drum, then of Washington Monthly, also disagreed with Ackerman’s strategy. “I think it’s worth keeping in mind that Obama is trying (or says he’s trying) to run a campaign that avoids precisely the kind of thing Spencer is talking about, and turning this into a gutter brawl would probably hurt the Obama brand pretty strongly. After all, why vote for him if it turns out he’s not going change the way politics works?”

But it was Ackerman who had the last word. “Kevin, I’m not saying OBAMA should do this. I’m saying WE should do this.”

"Professional journalists."


Ellen K said...

Wow....Kay was right, the tabloids are the real news.
(Obscure Men in Black reference..)

Ellen K said...

You might want to read this column from Mother Jones. Read the comments too. He's not getting much sympathy....

neko said...

"This is about how the [mainstream media] kills any chance of discourse that actually serves the people.”

Finally, a journalist telling the truth... unfortunately, he couldn't even see the truth that was in his own statement. His statement actually sums up this entire story in just seventeen words.