Comments: No, the MSM isn't biased!

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Clearly a majority of the media agree with Obama politically. But the dominant CW is that most also dislike him personally. He's trying to completely change the game on them/circumvent them -- relying on the web and doing things like trying to text message before telling them the Veep pick have infuriated the press corps.

More than any candidate in recent memory besides perhaps GWB, he's shown time and time again that he views the media as unnecessary and distasteful -- beliefs with which I'm sure you can sympathize.

Given that he's up against one of the media's all-time favorites in McCain, I'd say the media impact here will be far less than it was in '92 (pro-Clinton) or in 2000 (pro Bush).

Posted by dan at August 31, 2008 09:04 AM

I have heard Eleanor Clift does not have a college degree. It's funny that she and others like her are the opinion makers.

Peter Jennings was a high school dropout whose father happened to run Canada's national news network.

It would be nice to see the experience of big media's big shots before they joined the MSM.

Posted by AJ LYnch at August 31, 2008 12:43 PM

So now one needs a college degree to express an opinion, is that it? Now that IS elitist.

On Matthews and Olberman, I agree with Maher's hyperbolic statement. Those two were way, way out of line, as are Limbaugh and the rest of the mainstream radio hosts.

We are constantly bombarded with bs by these people, because it earns them a lot of money. What a disgrace!

I rely heavily on the likes of Diane Rehm and Jim Lehrer, since they attempt to present different sides of important issues using experts in their fields.

Posted by Perry Hood at August 31, 2008 02:59 PM

Sort of on topic:
For the first time since Tim Russert's death, I watched a full episode of Meet the Press today and it made me miss him that much more.

Tom Brokaw is a partisan jack-ass who seems bent on tarnishing Russert's hard work. The topic of the day, of course, was Palin. I was disgusted by the way Brokaw was arguing with his guest Pawlenty, sometimes not even asking a question just stating his opinion that Palin is unqualified. Of course when Pawlenty said that Palin is as experienced, if not more than, as Obama, Brokaw whined out the apparent official Democrat response that Obama has been vetted by the media over the last 8 months so that makes it ok. The supreme idiocy of this defense makes my head hurt. We are supposed to believe that Obama is "qualified" because he has had a bunch of debates (of course, remember he and the other jackasses were too scared to go on Fox news) and has been in the news for 8 months...give me a break. The two weeks Clinton, somehow, convinced the media to actually do its job and look paste Obama's words and see who actually is, his popularity plummeted.

Brokaw further presented his opinion by showing a critical blurb from some liberal source and saying something to the effect of "this is the general consensus regarding Palin." Sure, Russert's bread and butter was confronting his guests with differing opinions or quotes, but he would couch it in terms of "now, here is the NY Times take on such and such;" there is a big difference.

NBC used to have a good thing going with MTP, I hope they find a host who is willing to go to work every Sunday and just ask non-leading questions without infusing his or her opinion.

Posted by Max Power at August 31, 2008 04:29 PM

Perry:

I did not say or imply ay that. I was pointing out the hypocrisy of a uber-deutsch like Clift when she questions Palin's credentials.

Posted by AJ Lynch at August 31, 2008 05:27 PM

"Those two were way, way out of line, as are Limbaugh and the rest of the mainstream radio hosts."

Maybe, but most of the conservative radio hosts don't pretend to be newsmen. Limbaugh used to turn down requests from Russert to be on MTP because he didn't consider himself "press." He considered himself to be the radio equivalent of an opinion columnist, not a reporter. He thought that was an important differentiation to make. They might report on stories they consider undercovered by the MSM, but they don't pretend to be politically unbiased when they do it.

Compare that to Olberman or Matthews who get treated like news staff by their respective networks. These are men with strong partisan beliefs that bleed into their work quite heavily, but they get treated like they are unbiased reporters.

Posted by Jeff the Baptist at September 2, 2008 09:38 AM