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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.


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"If the media had been inve... (Below threshold)

"If the media had been investigating names like Jeremiah Wright, Michael Klonsky, William Ayers, the New Party, Jim Johnson and lksajroiuehokpijrkan..."

Oh boy, it's going to be a long couple of weeks for Lorie...

What is jp2 doing here? I ... (Below threshold)
Lorie Byrd:

What is jp2 doing here? I think he/she said my posts were dishonest and uninformed or uneducated -- not sure of the exact wording, but I think that is close if not exact. Why would anyone waste their time reading, and even more time commenting on, blog posts they consider dishonest and stupid? Life is short. Unless you are one of those college kids that liberals pay to comment on conservative blogs, why would anyone waste their time reading something they consider to be uninformed lies?

Two weeks is nothing. It is going to be a long 4 or 8 years if the media get their way. Are liberal Democrats not embarrassed that the only way liberals can win is for the media to completely ignore any negative information about them and distort and quote out of context things Republicans say? Look at Michelle Malkin's column about all of Joe Biden's bizarre comments made just in this campaign. Heck, just in the past, what, 30 or 40 days? If Palin said even one of the crazy things Biden has said she would be skewered for it. (Franklin Roosevelt addressing the market crash on tv alone would be good for an entire SNL skit.)

Why do Dems and the media have to lie and distort to win? Why do they have to run 3 or 4 times as many negative stories about Republicans to win or even to break even? Why do liberal comedians on late night shows have to ridicule Republicans about 8 times more frequently than they do Dems? It is not for lack of material. Just look at Foley's Dem replacement for a wealth of it. Or to any of Biden's 14 plus errors/lies from his debate, or to Obama going after an Ohio plumber for daring to ask him a question, etc. Why doe Obama send his followers out to "get in people's faces"? Why do his followers try so hard to silence any criticism?

Lorie, you have to remember... (Below threshold)

Lorie, you have to remember that all politicians are liars by nature. But the Demo's woke up and followed the GOP playbook, that's all.

Neither side is telling the truth, they both slant it to themselves. And yes, it could be a long 4 to 8 years, or maybe even longer. But the fact remains, who ever wins the White House has one hell of a bunch of problems facing him.

This issue is VERY importan... (Below threshold)

This issue is VERY important for the GOP.
Every election has dynamics that go back and forth from one side to the other, it's a battle.
Strategy of raising money, taking stances, co-ordinating volunteer operations etc.
Getting your message out to the public is a key component that costs money, but what if ONE side gets a free ride at the expense of the other side??!! The status quo..

Before the GOP can battle the liberal Democrats, WE/they must level the battlefield by doing something with the media.

Ignore, buy out, start new? All options should be on the table. I think the NRA at one time was thinking about buying CBS because of the anti 2nd Amendment crap they kept spinning.

Whatever the direction, THIS ISSUE MUST be addressed!!! Good post!
As for jp2, I think the term troll monkey comes to mind....

I see the trolls here demon... (Below threshold)

I see the trolls here demonstrate no historical memory and instead substitute banalities like Allen' above.

This was an excellent post Lorie. What we are witnessing today is the denouement of several decades of mainly conservative pushback against an entrenched media establishment. The media establishment for decades operated in a noncompetitive environment (three networks, a few big national newspapers and the print weeklies) that fostered a culture of intellectual laziness and a level of "group think" that Huxley would have clearly recognized.

Then came the likes of William Buckley and some smaller players (like Reed Irvine) and things started to become unsettled in media land. When Reagan took office, the tidy monopoly of thought began to fall apart and something curious happened. While conservatives had Buckley to articulate and formulate a conservative message that was grounded in classical liberalism and the early writings of men such as Burke, the liberal media elite had no such intellectual foundation to lead them through a time of change.

So today, we have an out of control liberal mob operating under the protection of the First Amendment parading as news organizations. They demonstrate no evidence of ethics or integrity as they carry on, behind their very telegenic facade, their mission to simply destroy whatever they do not like.

The 2008 campaign is an example of what happens to a soulless institution that encounters change. Arrogant and inbred, it simply lurches and lashes out. David Halberstam wrote a very interesting book about these phenomena years ago called The Reckoning. It was the story of how mighty Detroit lost half of its global auto market share to the Japanese. The same thing is happening with the media establishment today; unfortunately, this same media establishment may still be worth five or more points to Obama at a very critical time in our nation's history. In ten years the same folks will be entirely irrelevant.

Allen and his buddies AGAIN... (Below threshold)

Allen and his buddies AGAIN, miss the point of the post.

Yea! The fix is in. Well, at least they are trying harder then I have ever seen them try. Thank God most people are not bound to the MSM. ww

Its the actions of Dick-hea... (Below threshold)
Mark Bishop:

Its the actions of Dick-head republicans Like Newt that have gotten us to this point. The news media has been this way for forty years since they effected the withdrawal from Vietnam, and the downfall of Nixon. Are you really suprised that they drooling over completing the revoluton started in the sixtys? Quit whining.

Where was Newt's PR. campaign in the Ninety's when we needed it?
Oh he was having an illicit affair while pointing the finger at Clinton,,,,
Clinton hung the Government shutdown around his neck....

#4 knightbrigade...W... (Below threshold)

#4 knightbrigade...
Why do you disparage trolls & monkeys by comparing them to jp2? He is a turd polisher of the highest order. But, I suppose that disparages turd polishers too...

Gotta love the counter-argu... (Below threshold)

Gotta love the counter-argument...

"Well, yeah, the Democrats are doing a lot of dirty things, but they learned it from the GOP."

Pretty much everything the Dems are doing is plain old Democratic Machine politics, and has been going on for as long as the party has existed. Heck, some of this stuff would be familiar territory to Boss Tweed and Tammany Hall, a century and a half ago...

Of course, one of the first things they perfected was saying "we may do bad things, but the other guy forced us to." So when the Chicago machine started the habit of "voting the cemeteries," they certainly had the "well, our opponents were going to do it so we did it first" line already warmed up.

We keep hearing "the GOP screwed up the elections in 2000 and 2004 to steal the elections," but they always gloss over the part where Democrats were running the polls in pretty much every location where voting went weird...

Those evil Republican geniuses. Forcing good, law-abiding Democrats to completely screw up their own election process so they could win.

the only way conservativ... (Below threshold)

the only way conservatives will get fair treatment is to start their own competing news organizations

Except that the journalism schools are liberal-controlled and pretty much just churning out left wing 'journalists'. As an example, our local paper recently ran an investigative story by a few journalism students who are in a class being taught by one of the paper's editors or something like that. Their 'investigative' piece approached the story (I think it was a business story) from an position easily identifiable as being from the left and contained nothing by way of explanation or defense on the part of the party they were 'going after'. It was classic modern journalism, revealing beyond any shadow of doubt that what you see in the NYT today is the type of 'journalism' being taught in the journalism programs around the country. The days of a reporter having a hunch or seeing something out of joint (Hmmm...ACORN is under investigation nationwide and Obama gave them hundreds of thousands of dollars...maybe there's a story here) and then digging and digging and finding out some buried truth are long since over. Modern investigative journalism, if you can call it that, is to take an assumption ('Deregulation caused the housing meltdown and John McCain loves deregulation!') and then find a few things to seemingly prove your hypothesis (Republicans sponsored a bill that had something to do with banking just a few years after the housing bubble started, John McCain said something about being in favor of deregulation all the time if you truncate his quote), making no effort to disprove it (Dodd? Frank? CRA? Clinton?). A couple of quotes from leftists that agree with you (that you identify as 'non-partisan'), a few poorly-sourced anecdotes ("I'm going to lose my home and since I'm on welfare I can't afford to get a new one!") and, voila, a hit piece ready for page A1.

So where do you get the people to staff 'our own news organizations? CNSNews does a fairly decent job, they call people and provide quotes from both sides (sometimes I think they give too much time to the often-ludicrous explanations they get from the left). They clearly approach stories from a middle or right perspective (vs. the middle or left perspective of the MSM). And they are dismissed utterly and completely by the media and, consequently, most of the public. "Real" journalists dismiss them because they don't work for a print paper - never mind the fact that the people that do work for a print paper simply write stories about what is in other papers or just babble Democratic talking points and have never investigated anything in their lives. First you need to get a few programs set up to teach actual ethical, independent journalism, preferably at a non-ivy school with a reputation for fairness. Then you need to get hard-working big names to head up the organizations from a visible perspective. Beyond John Stossel I don't know who would even fit the bill. The left has taken control of this country (don't fool yourself) via the Barack Obama/Bill Ayers method - through the schools. Every attempt to push back against the liberal agenda in schools is portrayed as racist or violating some imaginary wall of separation or bigotry, etc. Unless and until the right is willing to start taking back the schools, from K to college, it's not going to work. And we're talking about a 30-40 year effort.

jp2 = FOOL. She sounds ve... (Below threshold)

jp2 = FOOL. She sounds very foolish each time she posts.

LorieThanks for po... (Below threshold)


Thanks for posting the link to Orson Scott Card's diatribe on the sorry state of journalism. Card is a Liberal Democrat of long standing, yet he understands the cost of the big lie.

One of the Fox programs - think it was Greta - had a Professor on who had signed the petition FOR Bill Ayers. One listen to that guy and you know why our Universitites are churning out a leftist mentality. They get 'em young and train them the way they want them to think.

It really started in the 60's and has grown to the point where it is going to take a mass awakening to find a retreat to common sense. I dunno how long that is going to take. If I have any understanding at all of the macro economic forces that drive the world's economy, we are at the point now, but unfortunately for reality, the public isn't being informed with the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.

The Mortgage mess and associated economic downturn was caused by a bubble. It was caused by an out of control attempt to dictate who should and shouldn't get a mortgage. It was caused by bad regulation and it was caused by out of control CEO's looking to cash in without any consideration for the health of the company who they signed on to manage.

Our economic mess was caused by spending more than we tax and taxing job generation to the point where we export jobs instead of creating them. Our current President did a great job of managing the War on Terror and a rotten job of managing the process whereby the economy chugs along. Congress, our elected bunch, has become partisan to the point where it is literally out of control, mirroring the economy.

What really bothers me about Obama and his ilk, is that I don't think he (they) understands that energy at an affordable price is the engine that drives our economy. I can survive higher taxes even if more people will be out of work because of it and I can survive distribution of money. What I cannot survive is $5.00 a gallon gas and that is where we are going under what appears to be the Democratic Liberal agenda.

Complaining about ther MSM,... (Below threshold)

Complaining about ther MSM, pointing out its gross and breathtaking bias are a total waste of time. The only way in which to mend any of this is to start a truly conservative TV news channel. FOX is a joke. It is CNN lite, not a conservative network. I've yet to see hourly news reports on FOX, blowing the lid off of the most corrupt MSM reportage in history...naming names, playing interviews and "news" reports. And FOX demanding the MEssiah open his college records, his medical files...crickets chirping. Will conservative millionaires/billionaires start a true, conservative TV news channel? Hell, I'll contribute. Millions would! Or is it illegal unless your name is Soros?

Great post, Lorie, and grea... (Below threshold)

Great post, Lorie, and great questions - why do liberals cheat? The same reason birds fly. Failed ideology can't make the argument, so they eliminate the argument. They indoctrinate instead.

Journalism schools do turn out scores of inbred yutes, but conservatives do make it through from time to time. My daughter is one.

The talent is out there, but it may be a day late and a dollar short, because obama's yute squad is going to doctor fairness for us.

"What is jp2 doing here?"</... (Below threshold)

"What is jp2 doing here?"

Lorie, maybe he has a secret crush on you. Notice he quotes you in one place, and without really understanding your post, makes a statement as vague as the lost weekend. Or, as you suggested, someone is paying him. Neat, huh? :p

In regards to the media, th... (Below threshold)

In regards to the media, though, MSN did manage to sneak in a blurb yesterday on how McCain and Obama were neck and neck, contrary to what most polls are saying. Go figure. The best method is for the msm to tell the truth, then cut and run.

After reading some the comm... (Below threshold)

After reading some the comments so far, I think things need to be separated into to long term and short term solutions.

Long term---#10 Falze makes an 100% observation "Unless and until the right is willing to start taking back the schools, from K to college, it's not going to work. And we're talking about a 30-40 year effort."
The brain washing that goes on is disgusting, and will only get worse if not corrected.

For the short term we must not set out to fight FIRE with FIRE.
It would be a mistake to form "CONSERVATIVE" spin media outlets. That would only escalate the slanted spin into a food fight that would frustrate and confuse the public.
WE NEED to form an OBJECTIVE FACT based format that communicates NEWS in a straight forward manner.
Breaking story: Three teenagers shot at Mall.

#1 (NBC spin) Horrific tragedy has lawmakers calling for MORE Gun control for the safety of children.

#2 (Conservative spin) This tragedy shows the need for more carry permits so every citizen carries a gun.

#3 (Objective report) Three teenagers shot at Mall, NO SPIN, NO EMOTION, JUST REPORT it and then do the Weather...

FACT based news, NO agendas just REPORT what IS.
THIS should be the goal, to create such an entity and communicate directly to the people.
HOW!? Now that's the question.






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