But … Objectivity Doesn’t Pay!

Assigned Reading: Obama Merchandise a Big Seller at NBC Store
(FROM: Fox News)

I saw this last night, but due to some obligations at home and in advance of the next semester–starting next week, unfortunately–I couldn’t get to it until today. In some cases, when the timeliness of something passes, I just let a story go (I can’t get to everything, given that America’s Right is a part-time gig); in this case, however, it was far too startling to pass by.

Now, I’m certainly used to shaking my head at the television when it comes to overt displays of media bias. And, frankly, I pick up on examples that may not be as obvious. This, however, even blew me away. Sadly, though, it wasn’t surprising.

If you’re a fan of all things Obama, NBC Universal’s online store has no fewer than 29 options for your buying pleasure — from a shirt with the president’s picture proclaiming “YES WE DID”…to both of his books…to a special inauguration DVD…to a refrigerator magnet of the first couple.

And don’t forget the Barack Obama Action Figure — yours for $15, plus tax.

You can buy them online — or at NBC Universal’s retail store in New York.

Some analysts say it’s good business, that NBC is simply offering what people want to buy. They point out that the adult version of the “YES WE DID” shirt ($25) was so popular, it sold out on the Web site.

But others note that there is no merchandise available that shows support for the other side of the political aisle. And they question whether the political bent of the items on sale are healthy for a corporation that operates an impartial news outlet.

Some of NBC’s item descriptions would seem to support that notion: “Bring reform to your refrigerator. Or at least keep company with the President while you’re at work, with the Barack Obama Magnet,” one item description reads.

“From Yes We Can to Yes We Did! Celebrate Barack Obama’s historic victory with the new ‘Yes We Did’ Unisex T-Shirt,” reads another.

But if your favorite color in the red, white and blue just happens to be red, you’re out of luck.

There are no t-shirts or refrigerator magnets for George and Laura Bush, and NBC did not say whether it ever sold Bush items after his victory in 2000.

To paraphrase a remark made late yesterday by an acquaintance of mine: “I don’t think NBC is even trying anymore.”

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  1. BIRD FLU says:

    NBC, no longer a peacock, just a lot of poppycock.

  2. Georgia Traveler says:

    I don't watch any of the news channels but FOX, Even they can be biased on their news reporting though, like calling the ouster of a criminal in Honduras a COUP. Now we need to ouster the criminal in the White House and the rest of the crazies in Congress too.

  3. VEGAS BILLBOARD says:
  4. DEFENDGLENN.COM says:

    UPDATE: The lie about Best Buy applies also to CVS and WalMart, which has NEVER sponsored the Glenn Beck Show. Therefore the press release from Color of Change is absolutely meaningless.

  5. Rix says:

    As I mentioned a few times, and as example with Beck's boycott proved yet again, there is no money and plenty of danger in opposing the Anointed One. So the choice is rather obvious: lick the boots unless you are too rich to care.

  6. ROFLMAO says:

    NBC?
    Expressing or dealing with facts or conditions as perceived without distortion by personal feelings, prejudices, or interpretations

    NOT!

  7. goddessdivine says:

    Haven't you seen the Obama stores? Yeah, there are a few of them in malls back east. An entire store devoted to the Obamas. Now that's change I can't believe in.

    Big shocker about NBC. They're practically in bed with the administration. Or is that ABC? Or both…..

  8. Gail B says:

    ROFLMAO!!! We now know what the "Presidential Gift" will be for the next visiting dignitary! It's about time for another gaffe.

    On a more serious note, if it's an international fascist, don't you know he will be thrilled to receive a cup with Obama/Soetoro's face on it? Maybe the visitor will even buy a case of them, to be used as target practice, as The One's usefulness declines due to ineffectiveness in getting Marxist legislation passed.

    The left is making sure that the world knows that American citizens have raised their eyebrows at what's going on and are attending town hall meetings peacefully to get answers. Pelosi and other leftists are calling us inflammatory names, hiring protesters, causing trouble, and wrongly blaming it on the right.

    So, you have a leader losing his usefulness, leftists who want him out of power, and conservatives to blame his demise on, if a leftist gets the opportunity.

    As Jeff said earlier, security is better–where Obama/Soetoro shows up at meetings–with armed conservatives present! No conservative would harm a hair on Obama/Soetoro's head–for that very reason. They would not even "pass gas in class!"

  9. Gail B says:

    goddessdivine–
    It's all of them (except maybe FOX News). Listen to Dr. Laura Roth's interview with Douglas Hagmann and Judi McLeod to hear how the networks have been threatened. Hagmann and McLeod have documented proof.

    http://www.therothshow.com

  10. OBJECTIVITY IN ENERGY? says:

    So why is it that during these tough times, when we have great needs at home, the Obama White House is prepared to send more than two billion of your hard-earned tax dollars to Brazil so that the nation's state-owned oil company, Petrobras, can drill off shore and create jobs developing its own resources? That's all Americans want; but such rational energy development has been continually thwarted by rabid environmentalists, faceless bureaucrats and a seemingly endless parade of lawsuits aimed at shutting down new energy projects.

    -Sarah Palin

  11. ATOP THE CUCKOOS NEST says:

    In the photo, is that momma peacock nestling atop her dear baby, protecting it from all that might 'disturb' it?

  12. AL GORES MOUTH IS WARMING UP TOO says:

    MIAMI – Hurricane Bill became a Category 4 storm as it rumbled across the Atlantic early Wednesday with maximum sustained winds near 135 mph.
    And forecasters say the dangerous hurricane could get even stronger.

    verification word: active
    what a coincidence

  13. USURPATION INCLUDED? says:

    Whoever, having knowledge of the actual commission of a felony cognizable by a court of the United States, conceals and does not as soon as possible make known the same to some judge or other person in civil or military authority under the United States, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both.

  14. Anonymous says:

    NBC and for that matter all of the other stations with perhaps the exception of Fox are the propaganda arm of the Obama administration. However, they are faltering since so many people are on to them. The best thing for us to do is turn our TV off. This will send a message loud and clear. Besides, the TV is just another distraction for real life -doing things with your family, taking a walk with your spouse, reading a good book, getting involved in an organization that contributes to mankind. If enough people turn off the tube or listen only to Fox then sponsors and the station will get the message. As for New York, it has always been a stronghold for the democrats and let them have it. That state is really having problems and many are moving out of it and leaving the masses to pay the astounding taxes. I do not think it will be long before New York has a "crisis" which Obama will try to capitalize on.

    Has anyone seen this item from the Canadian Free Press on "Democratic Socialists of Congress: Meet the Members" an article by J.B. Williams on 13 August 2009. There are links to the Congressional Progressive Caucus and lists of members from Congress who are part of this group. Check it out…interesting. Beck was right on this one….

    Jeff this article could give you a lot of material for America's Right.

  15. DUNDER MIFFLIN says:

    Except for "The Office", NBC could go to Hades as far as I am concerned.

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