Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Michael Ramirez wrote an absolutely must-read editorial for Investor's Business Daily Tuesday perfectly encapsulating the state of today's Obama-loving media.
Included of course was a cartoon wonderfully depicting the press in 2012:
After relaying the time in 1992 when Vice President Dan Quayle infamously misspelled potato, Ramirez observed, "It didn't matter that the flash card given to the vice president was prepared by a teacher and was itself misspelled. It was carried on every news wire, every news program and in every late night TV monologue."
"Quayle's mind must have been on other things," continued Ramirez. "It wasn't like he repeated the mistake in all 57 states, or more precisely in Beaverton, Ore., in May 2008; or while traveling on the 'Intercontinental' railroad in Cincinnati on Sept. 23, 2011; or perhaps, while he was speaking to the 'President' of Canada in Chicago on Aug. 7, 2007."
Ramirez then chronicled other gaffes by President Obama all "unreported or under-reported":
If Vice President Quayle had only been misspelling "Ohio" as "Oiho" with three college students instead of one elementary student, at an institution of higher learning like Ohio State University instead of an elementary school, the media would certainly have ignored it.
Or, perhaps, they would have been all over it, as the Washington Post was ... quick to defend President Obama, claiming the photo must have been "Photoshopped."
Unfortunately for the Post, the incident was captured by several different cameras from multiple angles. Oops. Apparently, misspellings are only important when they are done by someone with whom they philosophically disagree.
"It was an unimportant issue that was wildly blown out of proportion by a biased media back in 1992," Ramirez observed, "and now completely ignored by a hypercritical and biased media in 2012."
After analyzing other examples of media malpractice, Ramirez concluded:
The media's No. 1 job should be to cover the substantive issues of this campaign without regard to party affiliation or philosophical bias.
That it's now acceptable for many in the media to flaunt their bias should be, to use Joe Biden's words, "a big f-ing deal." Sadly, it isn't.
Indeed it isn't, which is why we recommend you read Ramirez's entire fabulous piece.
Bravo, Michael! Bravo!
(HT Just the Tip)