The Death of Objectivity ... Journalists work to elect Obama

*OPINION: The death of objectivity

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             October 24, 2008 - 6:23PM
                                                                                 Regardless of who wins the presidential election, one outcome of the 2008 campaign is decided. This will go down in history as the year the mainstream media came clean, throwing all pretense of objectivity and fairness out the door to indulge a no-holds-barred mission to elect the Democratic ticket. The Fourth Estate will never be the same. It's not a bad thing, because Americans have a more honest relationship with the media than they have ever enjoyed.

The vast majority of reporters and editors at the big three networks, the wire services and the nation’s major newspapers and magazines have historically been liberal Democrats proclaiming objectivity while providing biased coverage. That’s one reason right wingers do so well on A.M. radio. It’s a niche born of blowback against the establishment press.
It’s the last refuge of Joe the Plumber, whose radio plays while he solders pipe.
Journalism faculties at major universities are overwhelmingly and radically liberal. It’s the nature of the beast. The liberal Democratic politics of taxing, spending and redistribution are interpreted as populist policies that will give comfort and aid to people who have the least. That makes liberalism the obvious refuge for journalists who embark upon their careers to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable.
A famous 2004 report by the Media Research Center summarized media bias just four years before the façade came down: “Surveys over the past 25 years have consistently found journalists are much more liberal than the rest of America. Their voting habits are disproportionately Democratic, their views on issues such as abortion and gay rights are well to the left of most Americans and they are less likely to attend church or synagogue.
When it comes to the free market, journalists have become increasingly pro-regulation over the past 20 years, with majorities endorsing activist government efforts to guarantee everyone a job and to reduce the income gap between rich and poor Americans.” (They should love Obama, who says he’ll take from the rich and give to the poor).
Way back in 1986, when there was an effort at balance in the nation’s leading news rooms, three leading political scientists surveyed 240 journalists at ABC, CBS, NBC, PBS, the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Time, Newsweek and U.S. News & World Report. In no election they asked about did the percentage of journalists voting Democrat ever dip below 80 percent.
Historically, however, the liberal Democrats who staff major media organizations have made concerted efforts to at least feign objectivity. Not anymore. By mid-August, Obama had graced the cover of Time, the country’s premiere weekly news magazine, seven times in one year! John McCain had been featured twice. Newsweek gave Obama the cover for the 10th time in mid-August, but suffice to say he’s on the cover of Newsweek and other major slicks pretty much every week these days. Newsweek editors have rendered their once-great magazine a national laughing stock. Newsweek’s Obama covers are reportedly tweaked to make the candidate look flawless. One Obama cover features a white light shining down on his head, creating the image of a halo around his hairline. An unflattering cover of Sarah Palin, by contrast, features every wrinkle and every flaw, and the headline: “She’s one of the folks, and that’s the problem.”
The Media Research Center reported Oct. 2 that ABC’s “Good Morning America” skipped reporting the results of its own poll, which showed at the time a tight race between Obama and McCain in Florida and Ohio. Instead, it reported a Quinnipiac poll that showed far more favorable results for Obama.
The mainstream media have rightly given scant attention to silly GOP-driven scandals, like the one that portrays Obama as the bosom buddy of some loser who tried to terrorize his own country when Obama was 8. Journalists have taken the high road with that story, preferring to focus on more substantive policy issues. Yet mainstream journalists burned substantial print space and air time this week alerting us that donors spent $150,000 to outfit Palin for the campaign - the biggest “who cares?” ever told in a national campaign.
In one classic last-minute effort to ensure an Obama landslide, CNN’s Drew Griffin used an interview with Palin to fully distort the text of a National Review article written to expose media bias. National Review’s Brian York wrote: “Watching press coverage of the Republican candidate for vice president, it’s sometimes hard to decide whether Sarah Palin is incompetent, stupid, unqualified, corrupt, backward, or - or, well, all of the above.”
Clearly, he was criticizing the press. But York’s words were parroted back to Palin as an example of criticism she’s receiving even from conservatives. He asked Palin to answer to the fact a National Review writer had penned: “I can’t tell if Sarah Palin is incompetent, stupid, unqualified, corrupt or all of the above.” He reversed the message of a tiny niche magazine in order to fool an enormous, mainstream TV audience into believing that even conservatives think Palin is awful.
The anecdotal evidence of bold, overt and unapologetic mainstream media bias seems endless. That’s why a Pew Research Center poll released Oct. 22 showed that by a whopping 70 percent margin Americans say “most journalists want to see Obama, not John McCain, win on Nov. 4.” Only 9 percent think the media favor McCain. Rarely has an opinion poll about anything shown such overwhelming and decisive results.
The pretense of objectivity, long a part of our country’s Fourth Estate, has been sacrificed at the altar of Obama. A majority of mainstream journalists have given up on the illusion of objectivity. They want the Democrats to win, they don’t have the time or energy for fairness, and they’ll give their professional lives for the cause if necessary. And that’s OK. The genie has emerged from the bottle and she’s never going back. At least Americans see her and know her better than ever.

*Courtesy of the Colorado Springs Gazette, OPINION column, dated Sunday, October 26, 2008

The election isn’t even over yet and the Repugnantcans are already scapegoating the media for their repulsive liberal nominee losing to the DemocRATS. :roll:

Paragraphs are our friends, do not fear grammar, but embrace it. :wink:

It will be interesting to see what happens when they bring back the “fairness doctrine” and take right leaning shows off the radio waves. Then, all the media (with the possible exception of Fox News) will be on the left.

May you live in intersting times.

Always the optimist, it is very doubtful that Faux News will survive in it’s current state, why should it?

And just to add insult to injury, Obama gets the friggin’ moose vote too! (notice… paragraphs) :smiley:

Alaska’s largest newspaper endorses Barack Obama](

ANCHORAGE, Alaska – The Anchorage Daily News, Alaska’s largest newspaper, has endorsed Sen. Barack Obama for president.

The newspaper said Sunday the Democrat “brings far more promise to the office. In a time of grave economic crisis, he displays thoughtful analysis, enlists wise counsel and operates with a cool, steady hand.”

The Daily News said since the economic crisis has emerged, Republican presidential candidate John McCain has “stumbled and fumbled badly” in dealing with it.

“Of the two candidates, Sen. Obama better understands the mortgage meltdown’s root causes and has the judgment and intelligence to shape a solution, as well as the leadership to rally the country behind it,” the paper said.

The Daily News said Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has shown the country why she is a success as governor. But the paper said few would argue that Palin is truly ready to step into the job of being president despite her passion, charisma and strong work ethic.

“Gov. Palin’s nomination clearly alters the landscape for Alaskans as we survey this race for the presidency — but it does not overwhelm all other judgment. The election, after all is said and done, is not about Sarah Palin, and our sober view is that her running mate, Sen. John McCain, is the wrong choice for president at this critical time for our nation,” the paper said.

“Like picking Sen. McCain for president, putting her one 72-year-old heartbeat from the leadership of the free world is just too risky at this time,” the paper concluded.

You didn’t understand the article Steven posted at all did you joe. It is not Alaskans for obama, it’s the leftist media.

Joes hate makes him snow blind.

I live in Florida, what is this thing you call snow, can you show it to me or is it something else that I must accept on faith? :smiley:

The so called fourth estate is primarily owned lock, stock, and barrel by large corporations.

There is very little about them that is liberal, or radical.

Their primary job is to sell advertising, and to do this they basically tell their customers what they want to hear. Think back to the run up to the Iraq war. :cool:

Market forces at work anyone? :stuck_out_tongue:

Maybe MSNBC can clone Keith Overbite and every station can have one.:roll:


Whether or not you believe in something has absolutely NOTHING to do with its reality.

Hope this helps;

Send me a picture of your god. :wink:

Don’t’ worry Joe.
One day you will meet Him yourself.
You won’t need His picture to identify Him.

and the second you see him, you will be destroyed, just as darkness is by light. However it will not be his fault, but yours, for not accepting a way out.

I’ll bet you are jerking off to the thought of my destruction just like all good Christians do… Kenny, don’t get any on ya. :mrgreen:

No Joe, you have it backwards again, no real Christian can be happy to see you suffer for eternity. That is a long, long, long time. None of us deserve to be saved, but fortunately, he does not see it that way. He gave it all for you!

The Death of… 10/27/08 3:42 PMYou’re no Christian and you know itWrong again