In mid-August, former Washington Post business columnist Allan Sloan wrote for Fortune that it’s time for new Post owner Jeff Bezos to discuss his politics. In Tuesday's Post, media reporter Paul Farhi conducted the first interview with the new boss -- and there's no mention of his politics, not even a question declined.
Is he a libertarian? Is he a promoter of "gay marriage"? There's no clue, and no wondering out loud. Instead, we get a pep talk for the news room, and pandering to the employees:
Evan McMurry at Mediaite reported on the latest cultural criticism at the RightOnline Conference in Orlando this weekend. Conservative blogger and screenwriter Bill Whittle diagnosed Seth MacFarlane’s cartoon “Family Guy” as a symptom of America’s decadent liberalism, and said that conservatives are losing the narrative needed to win elections due to “entertainment” like this.
Whittle charted the decline and fall of American values on our TV screens:
On Thursday night’s All Things Considered, NPR displayed how there’s no room for opposing views when the Obama administration makes socially liberal policy. No one calls it “liberal,” and no one’s allowed to disagree with it.
Whether it was making America friendlier for marijuana or gay relationships, NPR just announced Team Obama made a decision and turned to their reporters for calm explanations of what just happened – and whether it made sense was beyond the point.
In Monday’s Washington Post, reporter Darryl Fears reported on the latest crusade of green groups like the Sierra Club and the Natural Resources Defense Council: “greening” the college football stadium.
"Ohio State worked with food vendors to switch from plastic to fiber nacho trays because plastic couldn’t be recycled with cheese stuck to it,” said Corey Hawkey, the university’s “sustainability coordinator." They also switched to wax paper to wrap hot dogs instead of aluminum foil, and got rid of paper cups with plastic lids, substituting plastic souvenir cups to be taken home.
Kudos to the Outlook section editors at The Washington Post for allowing presidential historians Steven Hayward, Paul Kengor, Craig Shirley, and Kiron Skinner to address how the movie “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” is inaccurate and unfair about Reagan, who they say proved his lack of bigotry in Dixon, Illinois, in Hollywood, and in the White House.
They recalled a 1983 reception for the National Council of Negro Women in July of that year, Reagan declared: “I’ve lived a long time, but I can’t remember a time in my life when I didn’t believe that prejudice and bigotry were the worst of sins.” That isn’t what the fake Reagan is like:
The "civil rights" elite are still putting the memory of Martin Luther King's lieutenant Ralph Abernathy into the deep freeze. On September 1, four days after all the 50th anniversary events were done and after many Post pages were filled with gauzy memories, Washington Post reporter Michael Fletcher noticed that "save for an invitation to a White House reception that she said came too late to accept, [his widow Juanita] Abernathy was not asked to be part of the festivities."
The Sunday newspaper supplement Parade magazine has a cover story on "Putting America Back to Work," and promises as a guru "Robert Reich on the future of manufacturing jobs." Inside, Reich's article is titled "What America Needs Now."
Like a good liberal, Reich insisted "we should follow Germany's lead." America's high schools need a fifth year for what liberals call the working class:
First Mark Levin mocked Grover Norquist for his declaration that having Levin or Rush Limbaugh moderate a Republican presidential debate would be “not useful” in The Hill newspaper. Talk radio hosts, he said, are primarily entertainers who would draw attention away from the candidates themselves.
Now Kerry Picket at Breitbart News says Limbaugh's team isn't happy with Grover either, and mentioned Grover didn't find Limbaugh so distasteful that he wouldn't promote it when his group Americans for Tax Reform was discussed on Rush's show:
CNN’s Jake Tapper gave a “First Person” interview for Sunday’s Washington Post Magazine that showed he’s that rare news bird that strives to be seen as fair by both sides in today’s contentious political arena.
He began by suggesting he doesn’t like tough questions. It’s easier to be chummy with politicians, he says, less nerve-racking. But there are times when they’re definitely needed in political journalism, he insisted:
The September 9 edition of People magazine included an article on Bradley Manning headlined “The Secret After the Sentence: Found guilty of espionage, the discharged Army private reveals she is transgendered and will go to military prison as ‘Chelsea’.”
Reporter Johnny Dodd aggressively used female pronouns even inserting one in a quote from Manning's defense lawyer: “What drove [her] actions was a strong moral compass.”
The liberal offender is Betsy Karasik, a lawyer-turned-painter. For pure mythology, nothing beats this: "I’ve been a 14-year-old girl, and so have all of my female friends. When it comes to having sex on the brain, teenage boys got nothin’ on us." How does that excuse 30-year-old men preying on 14-year-old girls? Like a good liberal, Karasik laments that criminalizing this behavior fails to "advance" a "much-needed dialogue" about sex:
Attorney General Eric Holder's decisions about where not to apply prosecutorial resources -- illegal aliens, "medical marijuana" -- have created big fans at MSNBC. At the Maddow Blog, MSNBC's Steve Benen hailed how "Eric Holder steps in, digs in, and breaks out."
To Team Rachel, Holder "seems wildly underrated" and is "one of the more accomplished attorneys general in recent memory," as in one of the most liberal:
The nation’s biggest liberal newspapers demonstrated how there is nothing the Obama administration can do that can be described as “liberal.” The Treasury Department and the IRS announced on Thursday it would recognize all gay marriages under the tax code, regardless of whether the state of residence recognizes gay marriage.
The New York Times promoted it on the front page: “Gay Marriages Get Recognition from the IRS.” Their story and those in USA Today, The Washington Post and the Los Angeles Times never used the word “liberal” to describe the decision or the activists delighted by it. There were zero conservative critics in print, as liberals were celebrated, even in photos. Annie Lowrey reported:
Memo to the Corrections Department at the Los Angeles Times: The following sentence is utterly unhistorical. “Since Democrats led the passage of civil rights legislation that marchers pushed for in 1963, Republicans have struggled to recover with black voters”.
Civil rights legislation of the 1960s was favored more by Republicans than by Democrats, so how did Democrats “lead the passage”? With three reporters contributing to the story – Kathleen Hennessey, Richard Simon, and Alexei Koseff – none of them could locate the actual Sixties voting record as they labored to make the GOP look bad for the Democratic unanimity of the event:
On Wednesday night’s Mark Levin show, the popular conservative radio host and public-interest lawyer ripped into anti-tax lobbyist Grover Norquist for arguing that letting talk-radio hosts moderate Republican debates was a bad idea.
Having conservative talk radio hosts Mark Levin or Rush Limbaugh host debates would be “not useful,” Norquist told The Hill newspaper. Talk radio hosts, he said, are primarily entertainers who would draw attention away from the candidates themselves. “This is a conservative leader who has nothing but contempt for you,” Levin told his audience.
On page 2 of Thursday’s Washington Post was an article noticing “Republicans absent from March on Washington.” But reporter Ed O’Keefe turned that fact around on the GOP, noting that invitations were declined from three Bushes, two House leaders, and John McCain.
O’Keefe comically quoted Rev. Leah Daughtry claiming they tried “very vigorously” to find a Republican – and didn’t mention her recent partisan credentials: “Leah D. Daughtry is the CEO of the 2008 Democratic National Convention Committee and chief of staff to Howard Dean, the chairman of the Democratic National Committee.” The most jaw-dropping part of the story came when O’Keefe trotted out former RNC chairman Michael Steele to denounce his fellow Republicans for bailing out:
Anyone who’s actually seen the cartoonish Sarah Palin as a mentally imbalanced fruitcake in the HBO movie “Game Change” would laugh (or throw their remote-control) at the sound of the movie’s Jay Roach appearing on the PBS NewsHour on Tuesday night. PBS assembled a panel of political-entertainment makers.
Anchor Jeffrey Brown asked Roach, “How do you fictionalize what you see, you said you see as a kind of [political] dysfunction?” Roach insisted his liberal-propaganda HBO movies were non-fictional:
Ron Fournier, the former Washington Bureau Chief of the Associated Press, has drawn attention for being critical of President Obama...but not today.
In a series of tweets from the scene celebrating Martin Luther King at the Lincoln Memorial, Fournier is already imagining that Obama is making history in front of our eyes, speaking "words for granite." Urp:
The national media’s love affair with New Jersey’s Cory Booker continued in The Washington Post on Tuesday. On the front of the Style section was the headline “A perfect senator for ‘This Town’? Newark’s Cory Booker isn’t lacking in ideas, energy or self-promotion.””
Who needs self-promotion when you’ve got national media valentine-writers? This Jason Horowitz profile continued on the back page of Style with the headline “Booker seems to be a man made for D.C.” It was illustrated by pictures with captions that called Booker “POPULAR” and “CAGEY.” The Post can’t wait for Booker to thump the Tea Party opponent for the Democrats:
Even the lefties at The New Yorker magazine know that Fox offers more space to liberals than MSNBC does to conservatives. Washington Post media blogger Erik Wemple's headline was "MSNBC: Must-agree TV."
The New Yorker's Kelefa Sanneh (for eight years a music critic at The New York Times) profiled MSNBC and declared point blank that "Conservatives are far less visible on MSNBC than liberals are on Fox News." He absolutely nailed how Phil Griffin's shows prefer Republicans who trash the right-wingers as fanatics:
Daily listeners to the Laura Ingraham show (like me) know that she likes to interrupt silly soundbites with an explosion sound effect. Somehow on the Left, this is now being characterized as an audio assassination. The Daily Kos carried the headline “Laura Ingraham Uses a Shotgun to Imagine Assassinating Rep. John Lewis During his MLK Speech.”
On Monday, Ingraham exploded the Lewis soundbite as he demanded “comprehensive immigration reform,” just before he used the ridiculous metaphor of illegal aliens hiding “in the shadows" -- she noted they were brought as guests to Obama's State of the Union address. Ingraham explained their sound effect to NewsBusters:
The Washington Post is promoting Amazon.com today – a new series of “trim biographies” called “Icons.” The list of subjects includes Stalin and Hemingway, Poe and Van Gogh.
The Post is also bashing Fox News again today. The first “Icon” biography is about Jesus Christ. Post book reviewer Ron Charles surely caused a few coffee spews by suggesting that Christians typically threaten the lives of people who write about Jesus in a bad light:
Does Al Sharpton run MSNBC now? On Saturday, the cable network broadcast hours of live coverage of the Sharpton-organized 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. When Sharpton prepared for his keynote speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, his friend Rev. Franklyn Richardson singled him out as “the one who has become the voice of this era.” They broadcast Sharpton’s entire 20-minute speech live.
When he was finished on stage, MSNBC’s Ed Schultz, Melissa Harris-Perry, and Michael Eric Dyson formed a hallelujah chorus, all praising Sharpton in the same glowing light as the "peerless" and "pre-eminent" civil rights leader of our time, like he was paying everyone’s salary:
Reporter Greg Giroux (who is also white, if bean-counting is important) began this way: “The core group of Republicans who are pushing the House toward a showdown with the White House over the debt ceiling and government spending is made up of 41 members -- all white men except for two.” They were studying the conservative “Caucus of No.”
Liberals usually get upset when politicians suggest someone is on a mission from God when they have a political program to push – at least when it’s a conservative program. During Saturday’s live MSNBC coverage of the March on Washington anniversary (organized by Al Shaprton), Ed Schultz proclaimed that 9-year-old Asean Johnson, speaking out (well, reading a sheet of paper) on behalf of a teacher’s union, was “a gift from God” in fighting against “under-resourced” public schools.
God favors teacher unions? On The Ed Show hours later, Schultz fawned over the youngest speaker at the rally and his mother during an interview alongside his sponsor, Randi Weingarten of the American Federation of Teachers. Schultz repeated the “gift from God” reference. Schultz barely mentioned that Johnson’s nemesis was Democratic Mayor Rahm Emanuel:
On NPR’s race-conscious Tell Me More talk show on Friday, they discussed the white rapper Macklemore’s cover story in Rolling Stone, where he claimed that his skin color allows him to swear his rear end off in his “Thrift Shop” song.
“Even though I’m cussing my a-- off in the song, the fact that I’m a white guy, parents feel safe. They let their six-year-olds listen to it. I mean it’s just…it’s different. And would that success have been the same if I would have been a black dude? I think the answer is no." Former NPR digital reporter Corey Dade applauded the admission of “white privilege” in profane rap music:
This weekend's promotion of the legend of Rev. Martin Luther King offers a reminder that the liberal media can blatantly state that it is their job to "print the legend," and not report on a historic figure's flaws.
In the fall of 1989, King's longtime lieutenant Ralph Abernathy wrote a book titled "And the Walls Came Tumbling Down." Abernathy told the tale that Rev. King committed adultery with two women on the night before he was murdered. Bryant Gumbel, then a co-host of NBC's Today, lectured: "When the truth collides with a legend, print the legend." Our November 1989 newsletter MediaWatch reported the exchange:
People Magazine devoted five pages in the date issue to remembering the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King's March on Washington by soliciting liberal celebrities (like Harry Belafonte and Ruby Dee) and liberal "civil rights" leaders (like Andrew Young and Rep. John Lewis) for their memories.
Belafonte complained there were "so many things in reversal" in current-day Washington:
NPR’s All Things Considered on Saturday night offered unsurprisingly gushy coverage of Saturday’s Sharpton-replaces-MLK 50th anniversary march. There was no room in their stories for a black conservative or anyone who might be critical of the Black Left.
What might be surprising is NPR then airing a story getting out a hanky for sex offenders and warning about how a so-called “vigilante” group called “Parents for Megan’s Law” has way too much power on Long Island in monitoring sex offenders. They were even compared to George Zimmerman, the Left's favorite recent villain.