Speaking of the Palin-boosted Glenn Beck show, complete with a Rush Limbaugh interview: MRC's own Seton Motley will be on Beck's show on the Fox News Channel this evening to continue their discussion about Mark Lloyd, the former fellow at the liberal Center for American Progress who's now the "chief diversity officer" at the FCC.
His interview is scheduled for around 5:20 pm Eastern time.
Today NewsBusters' parent organization, the Media Research Center (MRC), revealed that ABC News is not the only network guilty of giving Democratic-donating medical doctors a microphone to "report" on President Barack Obama's government health care proposal.
CBS and NBC medical physician correspondents have also chipped in their own cash to Democratic - but never Republican - candidates.
"ABC, CBS and NBC have no excuse for the applause these doctors have given to promote the largest expansion of government-run healthcare our country has ever seen," MRC President Brent Bozell said in a statement. "There's nothing benign about giving a megaphone to doctors who have a financial stake in the success of liberals' most aggressive platform in decades," he added.
“Nixon didn’t try to do that,” Thomas said. “They couldn’t control (the media). They didn’t try. “What the hell do they think we are, puppets?” Thomas said. “They’re supposed to stay out of our business. They are our public servants. We pay them.” Thomas said she was especially concerned about the arrangement between the Obama Administration and a writer from the liberal Huffington Post Web site. The writer was invited by the White House to President Obama’s press conference last week on the understanding that he would ask Obama a question about Iran from among questions that had been sent to him by people in Iran. “When you call the reporter the night before you know damn well what they are going to ask to control you,” Thomas said.
It's a supposedly objective news outlet, yet ABC News is cozying up with the White House for a health care special to assist President Barack Obama in selling his plan. But according to ABC's "Good Morning America" co-host Diane Sawyer, there's nothing wrong with it. In fact, she's proud of ABC.
"Again, ABC, I'm so proud of ABC," Sawyer said. "And I hope that there is some recognition for the fact that this network is trying to tackle a serious issue in a serious way, and we are doing something that we would love to see a lot more air time dedicated to. What is more important than a dialogue about health care? It is not an infomercial. ABC News does not do that. We will be there, and these people in this room are going to be able to ask questions from every single vantage point. And they are going to challenge the president, many of them."
"I’ve always been struck by how -- and it’s not too strong a word -- how obsessed the President and the White House are with Fox News."
So said ABC's George Stephanopoulos during the Roundtable segment of Sunday's "This Week."
I kid you not.
With an on-screen chyron shockingly asking, "Free Media Ride For Obama?" the former member of the administration exceedingly paranoid of what it declared was a vast right-wing conspiracy actually discussed with his guests the fawning coverage the current White House resident is getting from the press.
You want a blatant example of the Old Media's over-the-top, gobsmacked love affair with Obama? Well, one would be hard pressed not to see Time Magazine's latest piece by Nancy Gibbs as a perfect example of the media ignoring all ills and of projecting only what is wonderful onto the dearly beloved as this piece represents. The lionization of Obama is bad enough, but the selective memory of the writer is even more appalling.
Writer Gibbs begins her column trying to "place" Barack Obama in a "cultural map." Most famous people are remembered for a certain place that formed their inner core, of course, and Gibbs tries to pinpoint that place for several presidents including Obama. She pegs Ronald Reagan to Hollywood, Clinton to Hot Springs and W. to Texas. But where does she place Obama?
White House Chief of Staff David Axelrod appeared on a National Public Radio game show on Saturday called "Wait! Wait! Don't Tell Me!" This being NPR, the program has been previously cited here when host Peter Sagal joked Dick Cheney ordered John Murtha's murder and Karl Rove's butt was his "undisclosed location."
Knowing the liberal sense of humor required for this crowd, Axelrod joked that Miss California, Carrie Prejean, was in contention for the job of -- White House dog? Yes, reports the New York Times:
Finally, there was the conversation weaving between, of all things, Miss California U.S.A. Carrie Prejean, the same-sex marriage opponent who the panel had already mocked at length, and Bo, the Obama family’s Portuguese water dog.
When Mr. Axelrod was asked how involved he was in the selection of Bo, he jokingly answered that he “only got called in for the final three.”
But as Mr. Axelrod was trying to set the record straight – he actually was not consulted – Mr. Sagal asked about the two runner-ups.
“One was Miss California,” Mr. Axelrod cracked to the audience’s laughter.
For general discussion and debate. Possible talking point: swine flu.
So far, there's been one American death associated with this strain -- by someone who came here from Mexico -- and we're closing schools, wearing masks, and acting like this is the bubonic plague. Now we're hearing that this apparently isn't even that powerful an influenza.
Has this been WAY overhyped beyond the real risks, or is it better to be safe than sorry?
Thoughts about politics? Jim Geraghty notes a report on Chris Dodd from Connecticut: "At the well-attended annual meeting of the Northwest Connecticut Chamber of Commerce on Thursday, outgoing President Joe Greco’s comments about various dignitaries, including Gov. M. Jodi Rell, being unable to make it was followed by a crack about Dodd being available but the group asking him to stay away. It was met by laughter and a very loud round of applause from the several hundred, typically reserved, local businesspeople, in the room."
Plus: any thoughts on the NFL Draft? Jim Souhan of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune cracked wise about Minnesota's decision to draft wide receiver Percy Harvin: "Just as there are no atheists in foxholes, there can't be any moralists in NFL draft rooms. Saturday night, the Vikings selected a pot-smoking, coach-challenging, injury-hampered athlete from Florida." Randy Moss parallels?