Howard Kurtz: "Media coverage of John McCain has been heavily unfavorable since the political conventions, more than three times as negative as the portrayal of Barack Obama, a new study says."
Really? Ya think? That sure is a shocking revelation. Was a study really necessary? If the media had been investigating names like Jeremiah Wright, Michael Klonsky, William Ayers, the New Party, Jim Johnson and lksajroiuehokpijrkan, then a study might be in order, but seriously, even those on the left know the media is deep in the tank for Barack Obama. They are in the tank to the point that they are committing gross journalist malpractice. (Don't know who lksajroiuehokpijrkan is referring to? I guess you missed that big report on Obama's small money donors.) If you really need to see the study, here is a link to a story about the Pew report.
When people talk about the media, they generally are referring to the news media, but in my opinion the most influential media outlets are those that pose as something else. One example is The View, which gave Barack Obama a swoonfest, and then gave John McCain a rectal exam. Now Joy Behar, who is almost as shrill as she is uninformed, is calling Rush Limbaugh a terrorist. John Hinderaker had the best line, "Maybe Rush should try to blow up the Capitol and the Pentagon. Then instead of being a terrorist, liberals would call him an education reformer."
In another post at Powerline, John says the media is too far gone to be reformed and the only way conservatives will get fair treatment is to start their own competing news organizations:
But the mainstream media--which is to say, most reporters and editors who work for "mainstream" news organizations--have no honor and are not interested in truth. They are, as Card says, "the public relations machine of the Democratic Party." It's time to accept that fact and move on. Our existing news organizations--the New York Times, the Associated Press, NBC, CNN, CBS, and so on--can't be reformed, they can only be ignored. It is time for conservatives, libertarians, moderates, and normal citizens who are interested in straightforward reporting of the news to build their own news organizations in competition with the corrupt ones that now exist.The quote he cites is a reference to Orson Scott Card's open letter to journalists. Here is an excerpt:
This housing crisis didn't come out of nowhere. It was not a vague emanation of the evil Bush administration.
It was a direct result of the political decision, back in the late 1990s, to loosen the rules of lending so that home loans would be more accessible to poor people. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were authorized to approve risky loans. ...
This was completely foreseeable and in fact many people did foresee it. One political party, in Congress and in the executive branch, tried repeatedly to tighten up the rules. The other party blocked every such attempt and tried to loosen them.
Furthermore, Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae were making political contributions to the very members of Congress who were allowing them to make irresponsible loans. (Though why quasi-federal agencies were allowed to do so baffles me. It's as if the Pentagon were allowed to contribute to the political campaigns of Congressmen who support increasing their budget.)
Isn't there a story here? Doesn't journalism require that you who produce our daily paper tell the truth about who brought us to a position where the only way to keep confidence in our economy was a $700 billion bailout? Aren't you supposed to follow the money and see which politicians were benefiting personally from the deregulation of mortgage lending?
I have no doubt that if these facts had pointed to the Republican Party or to John McCain as the guilty parties, you would be treating it as a vast scandal. "Housing-gate," no doubt. Or "Fannie-gate."
Instead, it was Senator Christopher Dodd and Congressman Barney Frank, both Democrats, who denied that there were any problems, who refused Bush administration requests to set up a regulatory agency to watch over Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, and who were still pushing for these agencies to go even further in promoting sub-prime mortgage loans almost up to the minute they failed. ...
Yet when Nancy Pelosi accused the Bush administration and Republican deregulation of causing the crisis, you in the press did not hold her to account for her lie. Instead, you criticized Republicans who took offense at this lie and refused to vote for the bailout!
Your job, as journalists, is to tell the truth. That's what you claim you do, when you accept people's money to buy or subscribe to your paper.
But right now, you are consenting to or actively promoting a big fat lie -- that the housing crisis should somehow be blamed on Bush, McCain, and the Republicans. You have trained the American people to blame everything bad -- even bad weather -- on Bush, and they are responding as you have taught them to.
If you had any personal honor, each reporter and editor would be insisting on telling the truth -- even if it hurts the election chances of your favorite candidate.
Do your own poll. Ask the people you know who do not follow politics closely, but who do vote, if they have heard any of the following:
-- Joe Biden's comment about the election of Obama inviting a generated crisis to test him.
-- That Barack Obama tried to convince Iraqi officials to delay negotiations over troop withdrawals until after the election, while back home he was telling voters he wanted a speedy withdrawal from Iraq.
-- The Democrats' role in the Fannie/Freddie debacle, that John McCain warned of a coming crisis way back in 2005 and co-sponsored legislation to address it, and that Barack Obama is one of the biggest recipients of Fannie/Freddie money in the Senate.
-- The full extent of Barack Obama's relationship with a "liberal Timothy McVeigh" named William Ayers who tried to bomb our troops and their dates at a dance at Ft. Dix.
-- That Barack Obama's campaign gave $800,000 to an ACORN group to "get out the vote."
Just try those for starters. If the news media were doing their jobs voters would have that information and much more. Republicans have never won an election with the help of the media. Every vote Republicans have gotten was hard fought in spite of the media. Why John McCain's campaign has not made sure that voters have at least the information listed above is a big disappointment. I don't know if it is a money thing or a strategy thing, but it is a damn shame. If voters have all the info and choose the most liberal presidential candidate in the history of the country to serve with the most liberal congress in the nation's history, that is one thing. If they choose that person and that congress without all the information available because the Obamedia chose to filter out the negative, and only give the public the information that would lead them to vote for their guy, that is just plain deceitful. Simply put, the news media has been playing their readers, listeners and viewers for chumps. At some point, as is slowly beginning to happen now, those news consumers are going to find out the media is not giving them good and complete information and they are going to go to someone else who will.
Update: I'm still waiting on the mainstream media to report this story about the controls on the candidates' contributions.
Update II: Sister Toldjah has video and partial transcript of Newt Gingrich on the media in this campaign. Here is an excerpt. Read Sista for the rest and for video.
The elite media's attack on Governor Palin again and again has been factually wrong, intellectually dishonest, totally biased, worthy of the Polish State news media attacking Lech Walesa back in the 1980's. I mean this is the type of deliberate, vicious, dishonest, total distortion of who Governor Palin is including by the way, the Saturday Night Live Skit some of which by the way, I think were slander and were worthy of a lawsuit.
And, I think the American people should realize that the elite media on the Left is so desperate to elect Barack Obama that the view they are giving you of Governor Palin is fundamentally a falsehood. And, the one you saw from CNN is so outrageous that they owe her an absolute apology. But frankly, Katie Couric misquoted Henry Kissinger, earlier than that, ABC News misquoted the Bush Doctrine. Again and again you've seen elite reporters do things that were false in order to try to make Governor Palin look bad...
If you would look at the coverage Michelle Obama has gotten and the coverage that Cindy McCain has gotten you have to believe that the fix is in. When you look at the magazine covers, the pictures that were taken, again and again, over and over for the last year we have been brainwashed, propagandized, insultingly lectured by the news media. If you look what happened to Joe the Plumber... Now, I haven't seen anyone from the elite media do a live broadcast from the non-existent Katie's Restaurant to point out that Joe Biden is just out of touch with reality. He's either dishonest or has a total memory lapse about his hometown. Yet, nobody notices it. Again and again there were 14 factual mistakes by Biden in the vice-presidential debate. Nobody said that disqualified him. This has been a totally one-sided campaign where the news media has been the best ally that Barack Obama has gotten. And we ought to be honest about it. There's no pretense, not a shred of neutrality on the part of the major networks or The New York Times...
I've been thinking about having one of my researchers look at every single elite media interview of Governor Palin to see if any of them asked her how she gave $1300 a person back to Alaskans as a tax break, how she negotiated and got so much money out of Big Oil, how she worked out the deal for the natural gas pipeline, or anything of substance about how she shaped an $11 billion budget involving 29,000 employees of the state government.