Isn't it sad how Maureen Dowd's Palin-Pounding articles about her and her children have become typical of the nasty,yellow journalism we have sadly grown accustomed?
This blog spoke of that type of "reporting" a few weeks ago, and Tommy De Seno at Fox News does a really good piece on liberal "journalism", and its massive deterioration to the "Dowd-Style" of reporting. Oddly enough, the name-calling has increased with the far left winning political power. The collective voice of the media would make you think Bush was still in office and had escalated the War in Iraq.
This media reporting phenomena is not typical politics. There is something much more sinister in the viciousness of its attacks. The media demonstrates daily no bounds of decency. We witnessed thiswith Hillary Clinton's candidacy, and then with Palin's vice-presidential run. What is so cruel and despicable are how children are now subject to this depraved style of reporting.
De Seno makes an observation in his column that notes these attacks against children actually began with Kerry and Edwards in the 2004 campaign with Dick Cheney's daughter, Mary Cheney, and the fact that she is a lesbian. When John Edwards made his attack during his debate with Cheney, one could feel the earth "cringe" with Edward's cruelty.
Attacks from Democrats and their media cohorts have been relentless ever since. The news is stalled on personal attacks...never policy issues. Journalism today can be defined as : child abuse;personal attacks; and say anything-just apologize once it's out there.
It appears that Frank Rich at the New York Times holds the political "Right" (typified by Rich as Fox News and all Conservatives) solely responsible for the "Obama Haters".
Frank Rich,NYT: "fearful of the fast-moving generational, cultural, and racial turnover Obama embodies," only grows angrier as the president's popularity rises. This rage is spilling over, and it's not just the TV and radio entertainers that are feeding this hysteria: The conservative establishment is dipping into fringe rhetoric.
Last Wednesday,Shepard Smith,expressed outrage over the Holocaust Museum shooting while notinng all the hate mail he was receiving from the Right. It appears that Rich took hold of that statement,and now holds Fox and all Obama criticisms by the Right as "flaming" the fire of Obama hatred with anti-Obama rhetoric.
Rich believes that as Obama rises in the popularity charts, so does the intensity of hatred among Conservatives which has and will lead to more violent acts from the fringe,and that Conservative comments by Fox News has 'dipped' to the level of fringe rhetoric. Rich goes on to mention other cases of hate acts and finishes his column by noting he has warned Fox about the power of their rhetoric.
Those who oppose Obama's policies have every right to voice their alarm over the direction they think Obama is taking this country. During the campaign, Americans in large number wanted reasonable answers about Obama's questionable associations,but did not have a media that would vet this presidential candidate.
The NYT's article fails to bring up the recent murder by a Jihadist convert who had a plan to continue killing after murdering a young soldier at the navy recruitment center in Little Rock. Where is the outrage from Rich? Was this murder inspired by Obama's apology speech in Cairo?
Any criticism of Obama brings accusations of racism. The Left-winged media refers to the "Right" as toxic. Paul Krugman carried the same sentiment in his opinion articles earlier in the week by ranting that Janet Napolitiano was accurate in her assessment of the "right-wing".
Not once does Rich or Krugman consider how this dire economy affects radical acts. It seems that the media,which reports from the palm of Obama's hand, would suppress free speech from those who oppose Obama's policies.
Over the last few years,many Americans have realized the lack of reliability of mainstream media news along with major newspapers. In fact, more American readers are turning to news from British Newspapers on-line such as the Telegraph, and in many cases Russia Today.
Problems that have been cited with the American media include:
reporting that lacks objectivity
editors that sit on news stories
not verifying news stories
In fact, Politico just reported a "rant" that Gibbs gave the British press. Obviously,The Daily Telegraph doesn't report on cue as the White House would like: "Let's just say if I wanted to look up, if I wanted to read a write-up of how Manchester United fared last night in the Champions League Cup, I'd might open up a British newspaper," he continued. "If I was looking for something that bordered on truthful news, I'm not entirely sure it'd be the first pack of clips I'd pick up.
What would cause Robert Gibbs to complain about the British Press? Is it simply their calling into questioning issues the Obama administration doesn't want printed or reported?
There are still drawbacks to reading news from foreign sources. The nuances of a political culture are sometimes lost in reading or listening to foreign news as versus having an American correspondent to explain how the news facts relate to our government. Unfortunately,that can be the trade-off. Yet, once it is determined that your own American news source has a specific political agenda, it is no longer viable either.
Meg Sullivan at The UCLA Newsroom reported the following on media bias:While the editorial page of The Wall Street Journal is conservative, the newspaper's news pages are liberal, even more liberal than The New York Times. The Drudge Report may have a right-wing reputation, but it leans left. Coverage by public television and radio is conservative compared to the rest of the mainstream media. Meanwhile, almost all major media outlets tilt to the left.
These are just a few of the surprising findings from a UCLA-led study, which is believed to be the first successful attempt at objectively quantifying bias in a range of media outlets and ranking them accordingly.
"I suspected that many media outlets would tilt to the left because surveys have shown that reporters tend to vote more Democrat than Republican," said Tim Groseclose, a UCLA political scientist and the study's lead author. "But I was surprised at just how pronounced the distinctions are.
Note: Don't know about you, but I don't find this study surprising at all! Perhaps the best thing to do is to read as many sources as possible,and rely on The Daily Telegraph as well.
Of course the White House MSM gets an "A" from Robert Gibbs. They have reported as usual and that is what is expected. If the White House Press gets a good grade, they will continue the soft questions.
Fantastic news! It really makes my day when anyone gets the best of NBC, and boy did she.
Ann Coulter Takes Matt Lauer and Brian Williams to Task on 'Today'
By Geoffrey Dickens (Bio | Archive) January 7, 2009 - 11:58 ET
After reports that Ann Coulter had been banned from NBC News, her return to the "Today" show set this Wednesday morning was, as expected, a fiery one with co-host Matt Lauer. The conservative author put Lauer on the defensive on her being bumped for the likes of Rachel Maddow and Perez Hilton, his colleague Brian Williams’ softball questions to Barack Obama, and Lauer’s charges that Coulter’s takes on single motherhood and Obama’s middle name were "outrageous," and "venomous."
First up, Coulter stuck it to Lauer on his, rather lame excuse for her being bumped from yesterday’s "Today" show:
MATT LAUER: Let me just get to this little controversy. You've been all over the blogs in the last day or so. We cancelled your appearance here on Tuesday. And from what I've been reading you thought you were banned for life from the show. Did, were you behind that report?
ANN COULTER: No, I didn't say that. That was from a reliable news report that, by the way, had never, has never had to retract a report on exploding GM trucks. But I do know that, like NBC. Um, it apparently took-
LAUER: So we're either dead or you weren't banned.
COULTER: It apparently took eight hours for the "Today" show to remember that there was a Wednesday show that I could be invited back to. It took the Drudge Report posting that, for the Wednesday invitation to appear.
LAUER: You, you-
COULTER: But I'm very happy to be here Matt Lauer.
Finally, we are seeing some retrospection from the media regarding the horrific sexism used against Sarah Palin and Hillary Clinton. Yet this consideration is coming from another woman. The media bias continues on not missing a beat. Many women are outraged, but not enough. Maybe it will have to be an onslaught of consciousness raising among the fair minded in the media before we do see any progress with this issue. So far, as a group, women allow it to happen. How much will be tolerated before there is any kind of accountability? TRedwine
"Hillary was framed as a ‘bitch’ and ‘ball buster’ for playing the big boys’ game using their rules. Palin was openly scorned for ‘playing too female.’ "...Caroline Heldman.
"Piling On Palin, Hating On Hillary"
by Caroline Heldman
The treatment the Alaskan governor got during the election was an embarrassment for the media.
Now that Hillary Clinton is on the brink of being appointed Secretary of State, the same media figures that trashed her in the primaries are at it again with the same old sexist themes. Earlier this month, Chris Matthews, the host of MSNBC’s Hardball, held forth, “Do you think she's willing to be a subordinate?”
Talk of hemlines and hairstyles, child rearing and cookie recipes has dominated media coverage of women in politics since the supposedly post-feminist 1990s. But the sexism directed at Sarah Palin hit a new low. As a feminist, I abhor her politics. As a political scientist who researches sexism in the media, I have studied her pornification and ditzification. read on at The Daily Beast
(MarketWatch) I'm starting to feel a little guilty about the media's treatment of President-elect Barack Obama -- and I may not be the only one.
Chalk it up to a phenomenon I'd like to call "Obama-remorse." You know how you feel buyer's remorse after you've spent a lot of dough on some big-ticket item, only to realize that you might have made a mistake? Well, it's going to happen to the president-elect as well. read more
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