Journalism Replaced by Advocacy Media

October 31, 2008

A very sharp overview of media bias in this election cycle:

There have always been media biases and prejudices. Everyone knew that Walter Cronkite, from his gilded throne at CBS news, helped to alter the course of the Vietnam War, when, in the post-Tet depression, he prematurely declared the war unwinnible. Dan Rather’s career imploded when he knowingly promulgated a forged document that impugned the service record of George W. Bush. We’ve known for a long time — from various polling, and records of political donations of journalists themselves, as well as surveys of public perceptions — that the vast majority of journalists identify themselves as Democratic, and liberal in particular.

Yet we have never quite seen anything like the current media infatuation with Barack Obama, and its collective desire not to raise key issues of concern to the American people. Here were four areas of national interest that were largely ignored.

via The End of Journalism by Victor Davis Hanson


The LA Times Ethics “Problem”

October 30, 2008

In yet another demonstration of brazen MSM bias, the LA Times refuses to report the news in their very possession while no one has any doubt that they would act in a heartbeat if the roles were reversed..

By contrast, the mainstream media want the right to mislead you, to provide you with a woefully incomplete record, but to deprive you of clarifying information even when it is readily at their disposal. You just have to take their word for what happened, and never you mind the details.

Are you comfortable taking the Obamedia’s word for it? Or do you think you ought to have a look at what Los Angeles Times has unilaterally decided not to show you?

The time for a newspaper to start worrying about journalistic ethics is when it publishes the story, not six months later when, in the stretch run of a crucial election, it gets called on an obviously incomplete report. Ethics, furthermore, are about fair and honest treatment. If the videotape at issue involved John McCain rubbing elbows with radicals or the CIA trying to protect national defense secrets, the Times would publish it and revel in the inevitable Pulitzer for its “courage” in doing so.

Let’s see the tape … or at least a transcript.

via The Los Angeles Times’s Strange Notion of Journalistic Ethics by Andrew C. McCarthy on National Review Online

WaPo Finally Covers Obama’s Untraceable Donations

October 29, 2008

The Washington Post is a week late in getting to the story of the Obama campaign’s low security web donations.  The default setup for credit card transactions is an up front check to match the address and phone number against what is on file; the Obama campaign shut that off and asks us to trust that they are verifying on the back end.  The McCain campaign does perform the default up front check but imagine the scandal if the roles were reversed…

Sen. Barack Obama’s presidential campaign is allowing donors to use largely untraceable prepaid credit cards that could potentially be used to evade limits on how much an individual is legally allowed to give or to mask a contributor’s identity, campaign officials confirmed.

Faced with a huge influx of donations over the Internet, the campaign has also chosen not to use basic security measures to prevent potentially illegal or anonymous contributions from flowing into its accounts, aides acknowledged. Instead, the campaign is scrutinizing its books for improper donations after the money has been deposited.

How Slate’s staff and contributors are voting on Election Day.

October 28, 2008

Barack Obama: 55

John McCain: 1

Bob Barr: 1

Not McCain: 1

Noncitizen, can't vote: 4

via How Slate’s staff and contributors are voting on Election Day. – – Slate Magazine

Election 2008: Objective journalism the loser

October 28, 2008

Did you see that amazing video obtained by the Los Angeles Times of Sen. Barack Obama toasting a prominent former PLO member at an Arab American Action Network meeting in 2003? The video in which Obama gives Yasser Arafat’s frontman a warm embrace, as Bill Ayers look on?

You haven’t seen it? Me, neither. The Los Angeles Times refuses to release it.

And so an incriminating video of Obama literally “palling around” with PLO supporters becomes one more nail in the coffin of “objective journalism.”

Alas, the obit for objective reporting has been buried – along with the stories about Obama’s 2001 support for court-imposed “redistribution of wealth” and Joe Biden’s latest gaffe.

via Election 2008: Objective journalism the loser –

CBS covering only part of the Obama fundraising story

October 28, 2008

CBS mentions Obama’s public financing flip-flop and business as usual big-cat fundraising but doesn’t mention how lax the Obama campaigns controls are for online fundraising..

Media not covering Obama confirmation of desire to redistribute wealth

October 27, 2008

On the day after new audio of Obama again supporting the “redistribution of wealth” appears, CNN’s lead political story is still about Palin’s clothes…  The blogs are covering the news while the MSM is covering for Obama. What bias?