You know, when my daughter is old enough to be snide with me, I think the proper response would be something along the lines of “watch your tone, young lady.”
That seems appropriate here.
I could go on for hours about how the reaction to the tea party protests served as a bellwether for bias in the mainstream press, but it’s nearing 3:00 a.m. and I’ve still got some more studying to do before hitting the pillow. So, fill in the blanks yourselves here, folks. It certainly doesn’t take a master of perception to see what’s going on — the overt bias here sticks out like Rosie O’Donnell’s thonged posterior in a Victoria’s Secret catalog.
Incidentally, I do think that Fox News Channel’s coverage was a little too overzealous at times. In fact, since the election, the network has indeed made a big jump to the right (though it’s still closer to the center than either MSNBC or CNN). Honestly, with regard to the network’s rightward jump or its blanket coverage of the tea party protests, I don’t have a problem with it at all. Like the folks over at Ace of Spades said today, I’m fine with Fox News being a little overzealous in tea party coverage, as it nearly compensated for the complete blackout from the rest of the mainstream press.
That’s “the other side” of the story he gives you for balance, in a “to be fair” type one paragraph diversion. The main side he pushes is that FoxNews is too much the cheerleader for tea parties — arguably true, yes, but given that FoxNews’ mission is to be a tonic and corrective to the lapses and biases of the MSM, ought we not dwell on the MSM black-out of the movement rather than FoxNews’ “overcaffeinated” reportage?
I know for a fact that when 50 or so professional leftist protesters congregate to protest, say, the Asian Dawn (“I read about them in Time Magazine”), the MSM covers the story, often prominently. CNN’s top headlines never fail to include some small potatoes lefty protest. And yet when millions of amateur protesters get together, the MSM deems it unworthy of mention.
steve_in_hb made that point to me yesterday: the left protests on a near-daily basis, because they’re students or permanent casualties of the acid-fueled Summer of Love. As a general matter, they are underemployed; they don’t usually have to get away from the office to protest. Furthermore, it’s largely the same people week-in, week-out protesting; as such, these are largely social gatherings, street parties with placards.
Any way you look at it, the Hans Gruber quote is phenomenal, as is the assessment about the difference in coverage between protesters on the left and the right. When thousands of illegal immigrants–people who should not be here in the first place–congregated for May Day celebrations, the networks were out in force, practicing their horrible Spanish by asking people tough questions like, “do you have huevos rancheros for breakfast, even here in America?”
What you saw, in this clip, was a propagandist for the political left debating someone now characterized by Homeland Security as a right-wing extremist. You didn’t see a reporter actually reporting the news. That’s what’s so terrible about this. The political left in America is so terrified that some of its supporters might wake up and smell the hilarity which is liberalism that its media arm simply refuses to report objectively.