Thursday, October 23, 2008

Bias Part II

Orson Scott Card isn't the only Democrat journalist furious with the flagrant pro-Obamitude of the media. Kirsten Powers of the NY Post notes that Biden is getting a free pass from the press:
Barack Obama's choice of Joe Biden as his running mate prompted a small wave of warnings about Biden's propensity for gaffes. But no one imagined even in a worse-case scenario such a spectacular bomb as telling donors Sunday to "gird your loins" because a young president Obama will be tested by an international crisis just like young President John Kennedy was.

Scary? You betcha! But somehow, not front-page news.

Again the media showed their incredible bias by giving scattered coverage of Biden's statements.

There were a few exceptions. On MSNBC's "Morning Joe," co-host Mika Brzezinski flipped incredulously through the papers, expressing shock at the lack of coverage of Biden's remarks. Guest Dan Rather admitted that if Palin had said it, the media would be going nuts.
I would add to Powers' remarks that Biden didn't get the kid-gloves treatment from the media when he was running against Obama, back in the primaries. His comment about Obama being "articulate and bright and clean" was heavily covered at the time. During her campaign against Obama, Hillary Clinton also felt (unfamiliar) opposition from the press.

Will the media be willing to hold an Obama administration accountable after they help elect him? Or will every economic failure and military snafu for the next eight years be blamed on George W. Bush?

Hat tip to James Taranto at BOTWT.


Chops said...

And really, if this happened to a Democrat, wouldn't it be decried as racism, horrible violence, redolent of Jim Crow, etc.

There's no excuse for vigilante punishment of free speech... and there's no excuse for covering one party's excesses but not the other.

Chops said...

And yes, the data support Card and Powers' observations.

gary said...

Michael S Malone has one or two things to say about the subject.