Politico's Calderone Has a Woefully Bad Memory When It Comes to TEA Parties and 'MSM' Bias
UPDATE II: Politico Executive Editor and Co-Founder Jim VandeHei on Monday appeared on Fox News Channel's O'Reilly Factor to defend the indefensible (video at right; audio here).
UPDATE (below the fold): Calderone responds to us in electronic print.
The Politico's Michael Calderone on Sunday wrote the following headline and first paragraph. With what would appear to have been a straight face.
Fox News Washington managing editor Bill Sammon bashed the media's coverage of the tea party movement with unsubstantiated claims of bias during a panel on "Fox News Sunday."
"Unsubstantiated claims" of media bias against the TEA Party movement? Really? Seriously?
It may be time for Calderone to move off the media beat. He clearly hasn't been paying attention to major details of a major story for nearly a year.
I would offer he could be moved to Obituaries, but that too would entail coverage of the "MSM."
How has Calderone missed completely the now nearly ubiquitous presence of the sexually-explicit, derogatory term used by members of the "MSM" to describe the participants in said Movement? The in-person attacks on Party participants by the likes of CNN's Susan Roesgen (now no longer with the firm)? The over-arching denigrating words and deeds by people throughout the "MSM?"
There is so much "MSM" anti-TEA Party venom to substantiate Sammon's assertion, one hardly knows where to begin. So we will simply list, with links and dates, documentation aplenty below.
(Cursory glance result: 52 NB stories.)
We hope Calderone avails himself hereof, and repents. In writing. Today.
Tea Parties? What Tea Parties? Predictably, Established Media Coverage of Tea Party Protests Is Sparse
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Mister Calderone, grab your pen and commence to correcting.
UPDATE: According to NBer Rush Fan, Calderone published the following addendum to his original article:
UPDATE 2: "NewsBusters isn't happy.
Seton Motley writes that I should be cast off the media beat because I don't agree that the MSM, as a whole, "hates" the tea party movement, and said that Sammon made "unsubstantiated" claims of bias. Motley then provides a laundry list of examples to support his case.
While I agree that Olbermann, Garofalo and partisan commentators on his list have been over-the-top here, I'm more interested in reporting of the tea party movement. There are some links to reported stories, too.
But does the coverage, whether from CNN or Politico or the New York Times at this weekend's convention, show such hatred? Was it biased? Was the New Yorker's 7,000-plus-word piece on the movement a hateful rant?
I have no problem with Motley, or Media Matters, or whoever, criticizing MSM coverage. I just don't agree with Sammon that the media "hates" tea party movement."