Wednesday, November 01, 2006
Who Is Giving The News Nets Their Marching Orders?
I was driving in my car this afternoon, listening to CNN Headline News on XM radio. Suddenly, I was subjected to a special report, referring to what would happen if the Democrats became the majority party. One by one, a series of potential horrors were being ticked off, as the potential chairpersons of various committees were named. It sounded like a GOP talking point, so I kept waiting for the report to be balanced out by how the Dems viewed these folks that were getting demonized. Shockingly, it never occurred. The report was so unbalanced it could have been a GOP campaign ad... but it wasn't. I was so angry over the irresponsible reporting, I turned to a different channel. Unfortunately, I was not watching with my DVR on television, so I cannot provide a transcript.
This comes after watching all 3 of the news networks earlier today beating the John Kerry story into the ground. On MSNBC, the question kept being asked if the Kerry story had legs and would cost the Democrats the election. It got to the point, where one wonders if this isn't all just wish fulfillment.
Many seem to believe that Fox is the only problem. However, it pervades CNN, MSNBC, CBS, NBC and ABC, as well
And that's just the broadcast outlets. The print media is no better.
A little while ago, I took a gander at the latest news from Media Matters to see if they were seeing some of the same things I was. I highly recommend a daily visit to their site, so any illusion that these nets are 'fair' and 'balanced' can be seen for the partisan outlets that they truly are.
Some nuggets, currently on the Media Matters site (click on the hyperlink for the story):
Broadcast networks all led with Kerry's "botched joke," entirely ignored Bush's statement that a Democratic victory means "terrorists win and America loses"
Media ignored context of Kerry's remarks and acknowledgments by prominent Republicans that Kerry did not mean to insult troops
NBC's Mitchell hosted segment that falsely asserted Kerry "refus[ed] to apologize" for "botched joke," even while mentioning Kerry's appearance on Imus in which he did
Time's Tumulty reported as fact that Kerry "insulted" U.S. troops
Those are just some examples of the ongoing battle that we are up against. To defeat the GOP on election day also seems to require defeating the misinformation campaign of the major news outlets.
So, exactly who is giving these news networks their marching orders?