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Wednesday, December 21, 2005

MSM Say The Darndest Things

The Media Research Center, run by Brent Bozell, has annual awards they call "Notable Quotables". It is a collection of the most outrageous, stupefying, gob-smacking and otherwise incomprehensible things that the liberal media say during the year.

To further pique your interest, here are some of the categories.

Slam Uncle Sam Award
Captain Dan the Forgery Man Award
The Barbra Streisand Political IQ Award (I think Babs should win this every year!)
Good Morning Morons Award
What Liberal Media? Award
and "The Quote of the Year"
You will laugh, unless you want to cry.

Is it ANY wonder that Fox News has been a success with the idiots that the Main Stream Media employs and the things that come out of their mouths? Believe me folks, BDS is a wide-spread disease among the chattering classes. (Bush Derangement Syndrome, a "brandy snifter clink" to Charles Krauthammer for that acronym!) -- Mike

P.S. How's that new knee, Mark?


At 8:27 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Aren't there similar syndromes named for Bill And Hillary Clinton?
Wasn't the former's impeachment a manifestation of a mass hysteria revolving around such a syndrome? Where is this generation's Dean Swift?

At 12:24 PM, Blogger mttaylor1959 said...

I suppose that some people on the conservative side were a little obsessed with Bill and Hillary.

But they're not to be found in the main stream media. Which is the point of the MRC piece. If there was balance in the media we would see criticism of Republicans as well as Democrats.

What we see is only criticism of Republicans... if Democrats have done the same thing... it's ignored.

The impeachment had basis in fact. Some conservatives felt that Bill Clinton should not serve as President if he indeed committed "high crimes and misdemeanors". The House acquitted him... so I'm content to let that judgment stand. We conservatives had our "bite at the apple" and that's good enough for me.

So count me out of the mass hysteria about Clinton.

But if you can point me to any record of the media regularly accusing Bill and Hillary of mis-deeds... or over-reacting to Bill and Hillary's public conduct... or not suppressing stories (remember that Newsweek spiked the Monica story... but felt that "flushing a Koran" was ready for print) that are damaging to Democrats... I'd like to see it.

Or if you can find a pattern of the media calling for the resignation of killers (Ted Kennedy) or Klansmen (Robert Byrd) or not investigating nepotism (Harry Reid) or Senators calling our military Nazis and Pol Pot (Dick Durbin) then I'd like to see that too.

The reason that these people aren't vilified for their behavior is simply that they are Democrats.

I was a Journalism major... and I can vouch that many journalists hate America, blame America for all the world's ills and believe that Republicans are evil and Democrats are angels.

If you represent yourself as "impartial" as the MSM does... then it ought to be easy to prove impartiality.

However, it appears to me that the MSM is indeed radically biased. It doesn't seem like mass hysteria to me.

What's changed is that there is no longer four networks (ABC, NBC, CBS and PBS) with just a half-hour of news per night GREATLY editing the news to reflect personal preferences.

There are now media figures and one TV news network that aren't toeing the liberal Upper West Side line and they're pointing out hypocrisy of the MSM.

That's what I think you are mistaking for mass hysteria. It's just too easy to point out the MSM shortcomings. Embarrassingly easy, as a matter of fact.

I do not know of a Dean Swift.

At 2:45 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Much of the non-MSM suffer the syndrome vis-a-vis the Clintons. That's another larger point. (Dean Swift aka Jonathan Swift of Gulliver's Travels fame.)

At 9:10 AM, Blogger mttaylor1959 said...

All I would say about non-MSM fascination with the Clintons is that the MSM enables Clinton hypocrisy and that drives some people crazy.

We conservatives find that shining example of media bias and fundamental un-fairness.

If you claim to be fair, you ought to be fair.

I once heard an NPR reporter defend against attacks of liberal media bias by claiming (and I'm paraphrasing here): "Some might confuse the medias' bias as as leaning to left because most reporters are distrusting of the powerful and are looking out for the less powerful, the little guy. I think that is what is improperly labeled as media bias". (I believe it was Bob Garfield.)

If only that were true!

It's my observation, and the observation of the Media Research Center, that the MSM is only interested in reporting stories of Republican abuse of power. Democrat abuse and Democrat mis-deeds are either: 1) ignored as not necessarily newsworthy, or 2) covered as briefly as possible in order to provide a fig leaf defense that MSM reporting is "fair and impartial".

Those are judgment calls by the media, and I contend that their judgment serves their political preferences. I want the media to cover abuses of Republican power. I am GLAD that Duke Cunningham was found out. He should get the maximum sentence. We don't need Republicans like him.

Nixon had to go. We didn't need Republicans like him either.

But I would also like to see coverage of Democrat abuse of power.

If it's not evidence of any inherent MSM bias, why else ignore juicy stories of corruption swirling around the Clintons? such as:

Financial corruption: (Whitewater was not a failed land deal but a system to rip off small-time investors),

Abuse of power (Confidential FBI files handled by Craig Livingstone, Hillary denies ever knowing him... then six photos of her 'walking and talking' with Livingstone are produced. Why don't we hear about Hillary lying? How did Livingstone, whose previous most important job was a bouncer at a bar, get the HIGHEST national security clearance and how did end up at the White House with an office full of FBI files? Why can no one in the Clinton Administration recall hiring him?),

More abuse of power (Why isn't the MSM interested in the what's in the Barrett report? Apparently the Clintons used the power of the IRS to harass people or bury evidence. Maybe they didn't. I know I'm curious)

Sandy Berger (What did he remove from the NSA files? Was there a pattern to those reports he shredded? Is he protecting himself? Is he protecting Bill Clinton? Was he removing evidence that could be used to indict someone? Fer crying out loud, we're talking attacks against America here!)

Bill Clinton either raped or did not rape Juanita Broadrick. (Is she a nut? Does her story have credence? Only one network ran ONE single story on Ms. Broadrick: NBC aired on their Saturday night broadcast and NEVER followed up. That's "fig leaf" coverage if you ask me.)

Then there's sales of missile technology to the Chinese in exchange for campaign contributions, Johnny Chung, James Riady, the TravelGate firings, what files were removed from Vince Foster's office, Rose Law firm billing records, pardoning of Puerto Rican terrorists in exchange for votes for Hillary, pardoning of Jewish criminals in exchange for votes for Hillary, pardoning of Marc Rich in exchange for contributions to Bill Clinton's Library...

Why is there no MSM desire to distrust the powerful Democrats?

Until that question is satisfied I'm sure that some conservatives will continue to be bemused as to why the MSM doesn't hang Bill and Hillary Clinton in effigy.

Jonathan Swift I've heard of. "A Modest Proposal", satirist from what, the 18th Century?

At 10:32 AM, Blogger neal phenes said...

The Chinese money for access scandal and the sales of missile defense technology was a matter that will reverberate long after we have forgotten about semen stained dresses. If not for this, Clinton is another Millard Fillmore.

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