People always ask me if the media's liberal bias is caused by ideology or ignorance.
My answer is "Both."
Exhibit A: Cynthia Tucker, the Pulitzer Prize winning editorial page editor for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, actually believes Republicans controlled Congress in 2007.
Appearing on this weekend's syndicated program "The Chris Matthews Show," Tucker said the following after the host asked her why neither political party, including the current president, seems to be able to do anything concerning immigration (video follows with transcript and commentary):
CHRIS MATTHEWS, HOST: Cynthia, why didn't even the shock factor of Arizona, where we saw what draconian measures would be followed, which will lead to some kind of profiling, even that hasn't gotten the grownups, the Democrats and Republican leaders of this country, even the President, to step forward and say, "Here's a compromise: we'll get tough on enforcement, tough on employment, but there's a chance here for people who live here to become Americans." Even with the perfect solution, nobody's moving.
CYNTHIA TUCKER, ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION: Well Chris, remember that we had almost this exact same package of compromises three years ago when George Bush was president, Republicans dominated in Congress, and the economy was much better then than it is now. If they couldn't get it done then, it's unlikely they're going to be able to get it done now, because people are so uncomfortable with demographic change. I'm not going to blame that all on the Republicans. There are many people broadly who are uncomfortable with it.
Um, Cynthia: aren't you forgetting that the Democrats took back Congress in the 2006 midterm elections, and that Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) became the Speaker of the House in January 2007 at the same time Harry Reid (D-Nev.) became Senate Majority Leader?
A little less surprising: nobody corrected her.
I guess liberal media members are allowed to say anything they want when there isn't a conservative on the set.
And don't give me Kathleen Parker, because she's about as conservative as New York Times columnist David Brooks.
With that in mind, this program once again demonstrated exactly why these talk shows are an affront to the senses when there isn't at least one real conservative present.