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Old 03-17-2012, 05:22 PM
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Worst Cases: Liberal Media Bias Over The Years

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DDT is my favorite, as these are the same climate-scamming vermin, now attempting the biggest rip-off in world history. But, all day long, they are murdering people. So... which is worse? Liberal mass-murder or liberal thievery? Tough call.



The Top 50 Examples Of Liberal Media Bias
DECEMBER 10, 2011 BY WARNER TODD HUSTON

Examples of Liberal Media Bias

Let’s face it, liberal media bias has been around since there have been liberals to do the “reporting” of the news. But this fact should surprise no one. After all, the news media has always been filled with bias of one type or another. In fact, there was a time when American customers of the news knew exactly which newspapers sported which point of view. It was taken for granted that one newspaper supported one side and another newspaper a different side.

Liberal Bias is Prevalent in the Mainstream Media
But in the late 1950s and early 1960s that all changed. Suddenly the folks in the news media began to present themselves as unbiased pursuers of “the truth.” Gone was the out-in-front bias and instead the media cloaked itself in a new air of detachment, a new just-the-facts mien.

This new era in media conceit coincided with the advent of a liberal mindset that took on the weight of the world, a new era in which liberals felt that their ideals rose above God, tradition and country.

Suddenly a journalist’s work was divorced from the trade in local news and became a profession increasingly assuming a national and ideological agenda, one fueled by journalism schools and professors that began to disgorge university trained “journalists” with a left-wing agenda.

These people then went forth to replace the grizzled local reporters that were wedded to their local political culture. This new wave of “journalists” did not want to report what was going on in their local news as much as they wanted to “save the world.”

In pursuit of that left-wing national agenda — if not a leftist world agenda — “reporters” began to spin all news stories, from the most mundane stories to the hottest national news, toward a left-wing agenda. These “journalists” slipped in bias in every way they could to push the leftist’s meme.

For decades this left-wing agenda drove the coverage of the news. Then in the 1980s talk radio came and conservative talkers began to point out this obvious bias. Even so the bias continued unabated.

Only one thing has begun to turn the tide — or at least succeed in educating news consumers — against liberal media bias. Since the advent of the New Media, Internet forums, blogs, podcasts, and on-line news sources, what I call the Old Media has had a much tougher time getting away with the bias that has plagued its work since the 1960s.
But that won’t stop them from trying!

Certainly any list will be somewhat subjective, and some may quibble with what is and is not on the list. But following is, if not the top 50 examples of media bias, 50 egregious and well-known examples of it.

So, without further ado, and in no particular order except a loose historical timeline, here are some of the top 50 examples of liberal media bias.

Joseph Stalin was loved by the U.S. Media
1) Better Red Than Informed: Probably the single worst example of liberal media bias is the media’s steadfast refusal to accurately report the monstrous evils of the Soviet Union — even still to this day. It didn’t matter how many millions of Soviet citizens that Joseph Stalin and his successors murdered, it didn’t matter how evil the Soviet Union was, the liberal media was not going to report about it. The media even awarded itself a Pulitzer Prize through the lies of one Walter Duranty a New York Times columnist that was a shill for the murderous Soviet Union.

2). Castro’s Cheerleaders: The Soviets weren’t the only communists that America’s liberal media establishment has for years worked to shore up. Cuba’s Fidel Castro was also a communist dear to the hearts of the Old Media establishment. Never an unkind word for dear leader.

3). The Vietnam War: “The American media played a major role in spreading the idea that the U.S. was not only losing the war, but was also routinely committing the most barbaric atrocities against the Vietnamese population. Writes Paul Johnson: “Once the TV presentation of the war became daily and intense, it worked on the whole against American interests. It generated the idea that America was fighting a ‘hopeless’ war. Not only did the media underplay or ignore any U.S. successes, it tended to turn Vietcong and North Vietnamese reverses into victories.”

4). DDT Ban: The biggest example of the media coming to the aid of environmentalism is, of course, is the worldwide ban of DDT. In 1962, a book titled Silent Spring written by American biologist Rachel Carson was published. The media pushed Carson’s work as settled science. It later came to light that much of Carson’s “evidence” was simply manufactured and the ban has been responsible for untold millions of deaths in places like Africa. Still, the media continues to cite Carson’s work as fact.

5). Edward Kennedy: One word explains how the Old Media covered for Senator Edward Kennedy throughout his political life: Chappaquiddick. How is it possible that a sitting senator could be involved in the death of a young woman and never really face any consequences for that crime? Even in death, Edward Kennedy benefited from media myth making.

The Media had a very different response to Elena Kagan than they did Robert Bork

6). Robert Bork and Clarence Thomas Vs. Elana Kagan: In 1987 and in 1991 when Robert Bork and Clarence Thomas were respectively nominated to serve on the Supreme Court of the United States, both men were utterly destroyed by the press. In the case of Bork they were successful in preventing his nomination, not so in the case of Thomas. It was so bad for Robert Bork that a verb was made of his name. After the press and Democrats succeeded in ruining his career and reputation the term “Borked” gained cache. On the other hand, when Elana Kagan was nominated by Obama to serve on the highest court in the land, the media went out of its way to ignore key factors in her career in order to facilitate her ascension to the court. Just for one for instance, when running as McCain’s VP, Sarah Palin the media reported that she engaged in “book banning” when she was mayor of Wasilla. But Elana Kagan actually ruled that book banning was OK and the media ignored the story during her confirmation hearings. Liberal media bias 101.

7). 1995 Oklahoma City Bombing: In an example of jumping to conclusions — as long as such jumping smears the right — the media has for years claimed that convicted Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh was a “Christian terrorist.” This is an absurd claim, though, because McVeigh did not perpetrate his crimes in the name of religion nor was he a proselytizing Christian. He was an anti-government activist and did not use religion to justify any of his actions. This claim is still extant and even came up recently in a piece by lefty journalist Juan Williams. McVeigh was also part of the mythic “white militias” fear that the media and President Bill Clinton drummed up in the 1990s with little to no evidence. ed.--also pushed by obama and his filth

8). Media Falsely Reports Bush Loss in Florida In 2000: As voting for president in 2000 was still going on in Florida’s GOP leaning panhandle, several Networks reported that Bush had already lost the Sunshine State even though the polls had not yet closed. According to some this cost Bush some 10,000 votes as voters who would have voted for Bush stayed home imagining that their candidate had already lost. If the Networks had not made this false announcement, the close vote in Florida would not have happened and Bush would have clearly beaten Gore.

9). KKK Double Standard: There are two stories (or one story and a lack of the other story) that shows how differently the media treats conservatives and Democrats on the issue of the KKK and the two stories can be summed up in two names: Trent Lott and Robert Byrd. Even though the Democrat Party is the party from which the KKK was born, the media constantly burdens Republicans with the epithet of being Klan members. In 2002 for instance, GOP Senate Majority leader Trent Lott from Mississippi attended a retirement party of long-time Senator Strom Thurmond, famed for his anti-Civil Rights activism of the early 1960s. At the party Lott praised Thurmond’s career and said that, “If the rest of the country had followed our lead, we wouldn’t have had all these problems over all these years either.” Lott later called this was a “poor choice of words.” The media, however, instantly whipped the story up into national news. So much so, in fact, that Lott had to step down as GOP leader. Lott’s poor choice of words cost him his powerful position. Some may say that it is good that someone with a racist past would be turned out of power and that the Old Media did its job properly. But if defeating racism was really the media’s goal, why did it never attack Democrat Senator Robert Byrd who became the longest serving Senator in history? After all Robert Byrd was an actual member of the KKK in the 1930s and 40s, even served as a recruiter for that hate group. Yet the media never bothered to question him on his membership in the KKK until 2005 only a few short years before his death. Obvious destroying Trent Lott, not rooting out racism, was the Old Media’s goal here and it illustrates well the left’s double standard on the issue.

The (In)Famous Dan Rather

10). Rathergate (or Memogate): In an effort to damage George W. Bush’s 2004 run for reelection, Dan Rather — whose bias goes back decades — floated a story based on forged documents that claimed Bush had gone AWOL from his Texas Air National Guard unit back in 1973. Internet sleuths, though, realized that the documents purporting to have been created on a 1970s era typewriter were actually made using a Microsoft computer font and obviously these computers did not exist in 1973. Rather refused to admit the truth, however, and ultimate lost his spot as the anchor of CBS’s nightly newscast. This takedown of a network news anchor put the Internet on the map as a force to be reckoned with.


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Old 03-18-2012, 05:11 AM
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No liberals will respond to this because they have no response to this. I think most of them deep down know that there is a bias, but getting them to admit to it is a different story.

No one can honestly look at the news over the last 12 years and not compare how Bush was treated by the NYT and the major networks vs how Obama has been treated by the same agencies and not see a difference.

This lack of enlightenment by the very people that claim to be the "intelligent, enlightened" ones is enough to dismiss their BS and show them for the frauds and hypocrites that they are.

What do you expect ? They are getting their marching orders from a fraud and a hypocrite ? If they believe all of his BS, I could make a lot of money of of these people selling them all kinds of $hit.



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No liberals will respond to this because they have no response to this. I think most of them deep down know that there is a bias, but getting them to admit to it is a different story.

No one can honestly look at the news over the last 12 years and not compare how Bush was treated by the NYT and the major networks vs how Obama has been treated by the same agencies and not see a difference.

This lack of enlightenment by the very people that claim to be the "intelligent, enlightened" ones is enough to dismiss their BS and show them for the frauds and hypocrites that they are.

What do you expect ? They are getting their marching orders from a fraud and a hypocrite ? If they believe all of his BS, I could make a lot of money of of these people selling them all kinds of $hit.

Male liberals are puzzies by nature, and there is nothing here they can twist, lie about or misdirect. Nary a foothold.


I think the article points out the actual evil that is represented by these scum.

Liberals are happy to lie about the bias because to them cheating is fun. They have been doing it ever since grade-school, when it became apparent they could not compete.

This is why they are in favor of any kind of affirmative action--which is, of course, nothing more than 'cheating'--giving something that hasn't been earned while taking it from someone who deserves it. They LIVE for that sh!t!

And they never give a fuck when the myriad abuse of the system are revealed(basically cheating on top of cheating).

Cheating and lying is their entire 'plan', now and going forward.

I mean, if they told the truth about their agenda, who the beep would vote for them?

The 5% of actual vermin and no one else.




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Male liberals are puzzies by nature, and there is nothing here they can twist, lie about or misdirect. Nary a foothold.


I think the article points out the actual evil that is represented by these scum.

Liberals are happy to lie about the bias because to them cheating is fun. They have been doing it ever since grade-school, when it became apparent they could not compete.

This is why they are in favor of any kind of affirmative action--which is, of course, nothing more than 'cheating'--giving something that hasn't been earned while taking it from someone who deserves it. They LIVE for that sh!t!

And they never give a fuck when the myriad abuse of the system are revealed(basically cheating on top of cheating).

Cheating and lying is their entire 'plan', now and going forward.

I mean, if they told the truth about their agenda, who the beep would vote for them?

The 5% of actual vermin and no one else.




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Hahaha.. That was an amusing read.

Thanks for that excerpt from your insane little Mein Kampf, ...Petey.

It goes like this: "Liberals", a genetic aberration , created to walk the Earth from birth to death on a mission to corrupt the purity of our ideologically sacred right-wing Reich"

You're nothing but one of the sickest most warped piles of human waste to ever stink this place up.

Congratulations.

Every time I read some of your disturbed trash, it's not the unadulterated hate and arrogance behind it.

It's not the fact that you're quite simply so staggeringly full of shit, fatuous lies and self indulgent delusions about the world that it leaves one slack-jawed.

It's that you've, somehow, been able to stay out of a mental institution and maintain anonymity among the local mental health professionals in your community.

That's, indeed, kind of scary.

You're quite clearly a total psychopath and probably would be rather dangerous - if you weren't such a craven pussy.



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Hahaha.. That was an amusing read.

Thanks for that excerpt from your insane little Mein Kampf, ...Petey.

It goes like this: "Liberals", a genetic aberration , created to walk the Earth from birth to death on a mission to corrupt the purity of our ideologically sacred right-wing Reich"

You're nothing but one of the sickest most warped piles of human waste to ever stink this place up.

Congratulations.

Every time I read some of your disturbed trash, it's not the unadulterated hate and arrogance behind it.

It's not the fact that you're quite simply so staggeringly full of shit, fatuous lies and self indulgent delusions about the world that it leaves one slack-jawed.

It's that you've, somehow, been able to stay out of a mental institution and maintain anonymity among the local mental health professionals in your community.

That's, indeed, kind of scary.

You're quite clearly a total psychopath and probably would be rather dangerous - if you weren't such a craven pussy.



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Thanks for clearing up the inaccurate points for me...
LOL...


90% of his posts are purely personal attacks against other forum members--because they have a different political opinion!--with nary a mention of the thread topic.


Just bizarre. Maybe a little sad. There are several other puzzies here with the same M.O. though they are not quite as verbose.



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Thanks for clearing up the inaccurate points for me...
I'm not interested in clearing anything up.

You think anyone can clear things up for hopelessly deluded kooks and crackpot ideologues like Petey?

All Petey is good for is to be put under observation.

Then you can see what it looks like when a highly unstable personality unravels at the seams.

Where do you begin to debate his "points" and refute his declarations like: "Liberals" are happy to lie and begin the practice in grade school because they can't compete and that Liberals are engaged in a conspiracy of evil, undermining all that's good and cheating society? LMAO

These aren't controversial issues open for debate.

They're the psychotic ravings of a mental case.

His mind is nothing but a polluted cesspool beneath contempt and not fit for a debate on anything.

Get real..

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I'm not interested in clearing anything up.

You think anyone can clear things up for hopelessly deluded kooks and crackpot ideologues like Petey? LMAO..

All Petey is good for is to be put under observation.

Then you can see what it looks like when a highly unstable personality unravels at the seams.

Where do you begin to debate his "points" and refute his declarations like: "Liberals" are happy to lie and begin the practice in grade school because they can't compete and that Liberals are engaged in a conspiracy of cheating society.

These aren't controversial issues open for debate.

They're the ravings of a mental case whose mind is nothing but a polluted cesspool.

Get real..

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LOL...

just to prove my point.

Again.

Immediately.



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LOL...

just to prove my point.

Again.

Immediately.



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Right.. The only point you're ever made, Petey, is that you're so laughably full of shit that you don't merit any consideration or the attention you obviously crave from serious adults who know what they're talking about.

Anybody who wastes their time to engage in one of your dialectic tirades soon realizes that you're not interested in an exchange of ideas and information...even as you're being made a fool by them - which has happened more than we can count.

You're here for a dick measuring contest.

The problem is that you're a charlatan suffering from micro-penis.

You need some real help... It's rather glaringly obvious that you're a kook, you know.

You have no point, no game, no life - just a toxic black hole filled with incarnate hate trying to impersonate a human being...and failing miserably.

If you can find anyone willing to sit in the same room with you long enough to get to the bottom of your issues, you should do it.

This isn't the place.

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Right.. The only point you're ever made, Petey, is that you're so laughably full of shit that you don't merit any consideration or the attention you obviously crave from serious adults who know what they're talking about.

Anybody who wastes their time to engage in one of your dialectic tirades soon realizes that you're not interested in an exchange of ideas and information...even as you're being made a fool by them - which has happened more than we can count.

You're here for a dick measuring contest.

The problem is that you're a charlatan suffering from micro-penis.

You need some real help... It's rather glaringly obvious that you're a kook, you know.

You have no point, no game, no life - just a toxic black hole filled with incarnate hate trying to impersonate a human being...and failing miserably.

If you can find anyone willing to sit in the same room with you long enough to get to the bottom of your issues, you should do it.

This isn't the place.

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Good point.


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aaaaaand....the THIRD consecutive purely-personal-attack-with-no-reference-to-the-topic post in a row!

You GO, you!

Nobody can ever say YOU don't contribute here!

LOL



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Debunking the Myth of Liberal Media Bias

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A journalist and author finds an enfeebled Washington press corps, more concerned with retaining personal access than serving the public interest.

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Lapdogs: How the Press Rolled Over for Bush
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Free Press. 333 Pages. $25.Few leading news organizations or well-known Washington journalists come off unscathed in this grim account of the news media's record during the last few years. Starting with the year 2000 and going through 2005, Eric Boehlert tracks the heavy hitters' coverage of George W. Bush and finds it lacking and them, often, lackeys.

"The goal of 'Lapdogs,'" Boehlert writes in his preface, "is to cut through incessant rhetoric about a liberal media bias, and to show, factually, just how the mainstream media has tipped the scales in President Bush's favor for going on six years .... the conclusion — that the press rolled over for Bush — [is] inescapable."

During this period, Boehlert wrote essays about the news media for the online publication Salon.com; now he is a contributor to The Huffington Post and a contributing editor to Rolling Stone. Having dozens of his own news articles and essays to work from enabled him to go back, easily, and revisit just about every press misjudgment, foible, stupidity, bias and kowtow that he captured along the way.

My impression is that his Salon reports, which he describes as the "foundation" of "Lapdogs," must have focused on the failures of editors and reporters and very rarely, if at all, on worthwhile accomplishments. Thus, chapter after chapter of his book consists of negative accounts of the work of well-known TV and newspaper figures who often are highly respected, even venerated, elsewhere. The book would have been a little less jarring had Boehlert reached out a bit. But that's not what he had in mind, and so be it. Authors are entitled to their approach, and Boehlert is scrupulous in documenting his many assertions.

Among those criticized to one extent or another are Ted Koppel, Chris Matthews, Bob Woodward, Wolf Blitzer, Nicholas Kristof, Bob Schieffer, Leonard Downie, Jr., David Westin, Katie Couric, David Broder, Tim Russert, Charlie Gibson, the late Peter Jennings, Howard Kurtz, Bill Keller, Newsweek, Time, The New York Times, and The Washington Post. Each is left somewhat scarred by Boehlert's knife.

Regarding Koppel, Boehlert writes about a certain affinity he has shown for secretaries of state: "'We are lucky to have had you,' Koppel phoned to tell Henry Kissinger as he prepared to leave office following the GOP election loss in 1976, and just years after Kissinger helped oversee the U.S. bombing of Laos and Cambodia which killed nearly one million civilians."

Given Boehlert's evidence, it does seem as though Koppel, Matthews and Schieffer were a little too close and comfortable, not at all adversarial — and not then able to represent the public's interest, as journalists should.About the friendship between Koppel and Colin Powell, he writes that Powell sat for three in-depth "Nightline" interviews in the 13 months after the invasion of Iraq. They occasionally talked on air about Powell's health and the Washington Redskins football team. But "during Powell's first 'Nightline' interview, October 31, 2003, he was not asked one question about his U.N. performance [a month before the Iraq war] despite the fact that observers had already detailed the obvious errors in Powell's presentation. In fact it took the international press just one week to detail the holes in Powell's speech. But eight months later on 'Nightline,' Koppel paid no attention to that fact."

Boehlert takes a look at some of the dialogue between Chris Matthews and George W. Bush in a 2000 interview. This conversation took place seven days after The Boston Globe had revealed that Bush had fallen off the Air National Guard's radar for months at a time between 1972 and 1973. It was well known, too, that Ben Barnes [former speaker of the Texas house] had testified under oath a year earlier that he'd placed a call in 1968 in order to help get Bush a coveted slot in the Texas Air National Guard. Yet Matthews refused to raise any uncomfortable questions for Bush about Vietnam:

Matthews: Let me ask you about Vietnam and your service. You were in the Air National Guard. You took a lot of — and I will give you credit. It takes a lot of guts to get in a jet plane and fly it. I mean, I don't think anybody ought to knock that.

Governor Bush: Thank you.

Matthews went on to ask Bush if, in retrospect, the draft system during Vietnam was unfair.

Matthews: Do you ever feel like, damn it, what an awful system to put some guys at risk and other guys not?

Governor Bush: No. You know what I felt? I felt like what a bad war, that we didn't fight the war to win. And the lessons from this generation ought to be not to commit troops to win a war .... (Applause)

As for Bob Schieffer, Boehlert finds more than a little cronyism, noting that he used to play golf and go to baseball spring training with Bush; that Schieffer's brother was a business partner of Bush's as president of the Texas Rangers baseball team; that Bush appointed the brother as ambassador to Australia and then Japan. "Immediately following his reelection as governor of Texas in 1998, Bush was inundated with interview requests from the national media, curious about his political ambitions. Bush turned them all down, but one," Schieffer on "Face the Nation." Boehlert also notes that in his 2004 book about his Sunday morning news show, Schieffer told of congratulating Bush, letting him know that "he had said exactly what needed to be said" in an interview on the eve of the 2000 New Hampshire primary.

Given Boehlert's evidence, it does seem as though Koppel, Matthews and Schieffer were a little too close and comfortable, not at all adversarial — and not then able to represent the public's interest, as journalists should. That is Boehlert's basic charge, one he makes time and again — and quite effectively — against so many stalwarts of the Washington press corps.

How the Press Responded

It can be easy to forget some of the Bush administration's gross and numerous missteps, but Boehlert reminds us of many while providing plenty of examples of feeble news coverage. What should have been a two- or three-day story, the vicious "swift boat" attacks on presidential candidate John Kerry, were paid for by major, longtime Texas backers of Bush. Then, with cable TV outlets leading the way and the more traditional news organizations close behind, the allegations came to dominate election coverage to the exclusion of other, more important and legitimate stories. As Boehlert put it, "The press spooked about being tagged as too liberal, played dumb on an unprecedented scale, much to the White House's delight."

One of the worst cases Boehlert explores — a news media forfeit, one could call it — is the bumbling coverage of the Valerie Plame/Joseph Wilson/Niger aluminum tubes/defective Senate Intelligence Committee inquiry of prewar behavior by Bush and others in the White House. In essence, these events all meld into one story, with the underlying issue being whether Bush knowingly hyped or twisted phony intelligence reports to gain public support for the war. That is no small issue, but readers and viewers couldn't tell it from much of the news coverage, not even to this day. Boehlert notes that as late as July 2005, ABC's "Nightline" reported that "for two years it has been unknown who told reporters the identity of Valerie Plame." The fact is, however, as he shows, at least 10 Washington reporters did know, but none either broke the story or advanced it in any way.

Other examples of poorly covered news events that Boehlert writes about can make one shudder. They include:

The run-up to the Iraq War, Abu Ghraib, and Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld

Halliburton, false estimates of the costs of the Iraq War

Vice President Dick Cheney, including his hunting accident

Guantanamo Bay

The Terri Schiavo case

Jack Abramoff and political corruption

Hurricane Katrina and its clean-up

Stem cell research restrictions

Forays against Social Security and tax benefits for the wealthy

Replacing Bill Moyers and weakening the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

An important criticism Boehlert makes falls into the "you can't criticize Republicans without also criticizing Democrats" department of so-called balanced news coverage, and it played out flagrantly in coverage of the Abramoff case. In Boehlert's words, here is what happened:

"In January 2006, when Newsweek wrote up the indictments of Jack Abramoff, the GOP kingpin lobbyist, the magazine's headline read: 'A Washington Tidal Wave: Members of Congress rushed to give back money,' suggesting the influence peddling scandal was a bipartisan 'Washington' problem. The Newsweek article stressed the public would likely 'remain appropriately skeptical of both parties.' [Emphasis added.] Time used the same kid glove approach: 'Jack Abramoff built a power network using the rich and naive. Washington may pay the price.' [Emphasis added.] The Washington Post falsely reported Abramoff had 'made substantial campaign contributions to both major parties,' and NBC's Katie Couric insisted, 'Democrats took money ... from Jack Abramoff, too.' All four MSM organizations dutifully mouthed GOP spin about a bipartisan scandal and ignored the plain fact that not one Democrat had accepted tainted contributions from Abramoff, not one Democrat had been indicted, and not one Democrat was under investigation for accepting Abramoff money."

Boehlert refreshes our memory, too, about some of the Bush administration's crude and malicious manipulations to undermine press credibility. In each instance, two key elements were intertwined: treachery or highly questionable decisions by those in power (more often treachery) and a weak, often lapdog response by the news media. About this Boehlert writes:

"All sorts of extraordinary press initiatives, like producing phony, look-alike newscasts to run on local television stations, paying pundits to hype White House initiatives, severely restricting the government's public flow of information, sponsoring a partisan crusade against public television, prosecuting journalists, and giving special White House press privileges to a former GOP male escort who was waved into the Bush White House — minus the FBI background check — while volunteering for a right-wing propaganda Web site."

What was the press's response? "In five-plus years the press failed again and again to assert itself and hold the administration accountable," Boehlert concludes. If what he argues and presents as evidence suggests that the press never asserted itself, then it's an exaggeration. But unfortunately, it's not much of one.

Barry Sussman is editor of the Nieman Foundation's Watchdog Project and the Web site, www.niemanwatchdog.org
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aaaaaand....the THIRD consecutive purely-personal-attack-with-no-reference-to-the-topic post in a row!

You GO, you!

Nobody can ever say YOU don't contribute here!

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Responding directly to your cut and paste hate fetish would be tantamount to discussing European History with someone claiming to be Napolean Bonaparte, Petey.

There's nothing in your sandbox to reference.

You paste BS from some right-wing kook's blog and then try to waste the time of those with good intentions by luring them into one of your absurd, hysterical, bi-polar bashing seizures directed at smearing so called "liberals" with a farrago of ridiculous accusations.

You're not trying to contribute any content for rational discussion.

All of your own rhetoric is nothing but a provocative spew of ludicrous and insanely prejudiced stereotypes that have been peddled by radical right cranks..

You're a one dimensional troll with an obviously pathological compulsion for spewing irrational toxic rancor at people who don't agree with you, ie: "libruls".

You're an arrogant bully looking for whipping boys so you can act out on your extremist kook agenda.

Responding to you requires me to paste up some extremist content from the other side.

It's a waste of time.

That's all the game is about here for you.

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