It’s been awhile since I’ve used the “oh, THAT liberal bias” tag. It’s not been for a lack of ample evidence that the Fourth Estate skews consistently to the left. Hell, they don’t even really try and hide it much these days. Still, I came across a couple of glaring examples this morning and for what it is worth (nothing I suppose) I felt compelled to point them out.
The first case deals with Wisconsin governor and potential presidential candidate Scott Walker. Now, Walker has done some pretty amazing things as the Republican governor of a blue state. Naturally, this makes him a threat to be neutralized. A Democrat prosecutor has been trying unsuccessfully to bring an indictment on campaign funding issues for a couple of years now, but two different judges have deemed the charges bogus and chastised the prosecutor for abusing the system. What, you didn’t read about that? Ah well, I suppose that news was a local issue unworthy of the attention of the national media. Now, the prosecutor’s office has unsealed the repudiated indictment and guess what–it’s big news! Except the news didn’t report that the charges were found to be without basis by two judges. They are reporting the unfounded accusations as if those charges had some merit. The politics of personal destruction would not be possible without the complicity of the liberal media. More details on this fiasco at Althouse.
The other example is less obnoxious but just as telling. Those virtuous folks at CNN (home to the infamous Candy Crowley) hosted a Town Hall with Hillary Clinton featuring star reporter Christiane Amanpour. Now, this was billed as a straightforward news event. So, why was the audience coached on when and where to cheer? A small thing perhaps, but another indication that the media is in the agenda-setting business. Making news as opposed to reporting it.
Maybe we’ll have a Republican in office come 2017 and the press can once again return to its role as government watchdog.