Sunday, September 16, 2012

Media Monitor



Why is Rove still on Fox?
By Joseph Farah
I want you to try to imagine that any political commentator-activist other than Karl Rove had “joked” about murdering a sitting U.S. member of the House of Representatives and a candidate for the U.S. Senate. At the very least, you might expect the leadership of the party supported by this major fundraiser to denounce him. At the very least, you might expect Fox News to relieve him of his duties as a Fox New contributor. It has been two weeks since Karl Rove made his infamous statement about Rep. Todd Akin to a small group of Republican high donors. Yet, there have been no denunciations from Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney or vice-presidential nominee Paul Ryan. I can tell you this: Many regular commentators have been dropped by Fox with much less excuse…….What we witnessed two weeks ago from Rove is the kind of temper tantrum he is famous for in politics. He exhibited it in 2010 when he refused to support Christine O’Donnell as the nominee for a Senate seat in Delaware. He exhibited it again in 2010 when he refused to support Sharron Angle as the nominee for a Senate seat in Nevada – the Senate seat held by Harry Reid, no less! He exhibited it again when he refused to support Joe Miller, the nominee for a Senate seat in Alaska. He didn’t support their bids to win because they weren’t his favorites to win the nomination – just as Todd Akin wasn’t his choice…..Nobody elected Rove. He is not a political genius. He is the “architect” only of a big fact bank account, a hyper-inflated ego and a big mouth.

CASSIDY: Why are two Plain Dealer editors so hypocritical
If the editors of the Cleveland Plain Dealer had any regard for their own principles, they would have reassigned reporter Tom Feran a long time ago. But Editor-in-Chief Debra Adams Simmons and Managing Editor Thom Fladung are hypocrites who publicly espouse one principle while practicing something very different. Earlier this year, they forced out their reporter covering the Cleveland Browns over an errant tweet, yet they ignore a steady stream of lefty tweets from the reporter sitting in judgment over Ohio’s political class. Feran is the reporter assigned to PolitiFact Ohio, the Plain Dealer’s franchise of the national fact-checking operation from the Tampa Bay Times in St. Petersburg, Fla. He produces one-sided hackwork, but so do most of the reporters who write for the site. What makes Feran unique is that he’s unembarrassed to use Twitter to offer support for President Obama, or call conservatives “yahoos” and “wingnuts” and compare them to Mephistopheles.

Lamar Smith: The Liberal National Media Admittedly "Culture of Like Minds"
It is not often that members of the liberal national media admit their biases. Americans know that the media is not impartial and that objectivity is not a priority when reporting on current events. Americans need and deserve a balanced media…..This is not breaking news. Eight years ago, the very first public editor of the Times, Daniel Okrent, wrote a column about the political leaning of the newspaper. Okrent agreed that a tone of “implicit advocacy” was apparent in the newspaper on social issues such as “gay rights, gun control, abortion and environmental regulation, among others.”

Politico’s Executive Editor Jim VandeHei also admitted to the media’s bias. In his analysis of the recent media coverage of the political arena he stated, “the mainstream media tends to be quite smitten with the Obamas.” The liberal media’s bias is becoming so apparent that prominent members of the media can no longer defend the media’s impartiality. Even those who are notoriously seen as unapologetically biased like CNN’s Soledad O’Brien don’t deny the fact that bias in the national liberal media is out of control. She recently cited the administration for its tactics against Republican ideas for Medicare reform by pointing out their strategy amounts to a scare tactic aimed at seniors.

Obama State Department to Media: Stop Asking Questions About the Libya Mess
There's an "open investigation" underway, you must understand, so they're "not going to be in a position" to talk to reporters about the who, what, where, when, or why of the disastrous security meltdown that left four US diplomats and two servicemen killed in Benghazi:

The Media's Rape of Reality
Derek Hunter

I didn’t want to write this column. I definitely didn’t want to use these words. I wanted to write about something else, but after the events of this week, I had no choice.  I am here to report a rape. To protect President Obama from the failure of his administration to anticipate or respond appropriately to the attacks on our embassies in the Middle East, the media has absolutely raped the truth.   Americans were targeted and murdered by radical monsters around the globe. The president did nothing about it. The White House had at least a 48-hour advance warning this was coming. It told no one. It didn’t warn the diplomats or increase security at the embassies. It didn’t warn the complicit governments – and they are as involved in this as the mobs and murderers themselves – of potential consequences. And when the attacks were over? The president took all of one hour of out of his busy fundraising/campaign schedule to address this matter. Then, it was off to Las Vegas and back to his rich friends to shake the money maker. Let me be clear, every drop of blood spilled by Americans as a result of the actions of these monsters drips through the hands of this administration before it hits the ground.

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