In short, post-election we are getting Big Media futile confessions and NutKooks carping.
The latest, and surely not last, Big Media confession of pro-B.O. bias comes from Mark Halperin of Time Magazine:
Media bias was more intense in the 2008 election than in any other national campaign in recent history, Time magazine’s Mark Halperin said Friday at the Politico/USC conference on the 2008 election.
“It’s the most disgusting failure of people in our business since the Iraq war,” Halperin said at a panel of media analysts. “It was extreme bias, extreme pro-Obama coverage.”
During the two years of the primary and general election Mark Halperin said close to nothing about Big Media pro-Obama bias that now, post-election, Halperin rightly and hypocritically denounces as “EXTREME” bias and a “DISGUSTING” failure.
Those of us who denounced the extreme and disgusting Big Media bias during the primary and the general election were not only ignored we are still mocked as somehow delusional. We were and still are correct. The Hopium addicts will live to regret their alliance with corrupt Big Media. Big Media power elected its stooge Barack Obama.
Mark Halperin has a position of great influence in the Big Media world. Yet Mark Halperin stood by silently as Big Media bias was disgusting and extreme.
Halperin, who maintains Time’s political site “The Page,” cited two New York Times articles as examples of the divergent coverage of the two candidates.
“The example that I use, at the end of the campaign, was the two profiles that The New York Times ran of the potential first ladies,” Halperin said. “The story about Cindy McCain was vicious. It looked for every negative thing they could find about her and it case her in an extraordinarily negative light. It didn’t talk about her work, for instance, as a mother for her children, and they cherry-picked every negative thing that’s ever been written about her.”
The story about Michelle Obama, by contrast, was “like a front-page endorsement of what a great person Michelle Obama is,” according to Halperin.
Excuses that Obama was “new” and more interesting (and black) are not a credible excuse. Usually a “new” political figure gets the “not experienced” vetting which is deserved. With Obama, Big Media did not vet. Big Media protected Obama and savaged Hillary Clinton. Big Media is still savaging Hillary Clinton. Benign Big Media excuses for the pro-Obama bias do not comport with the facts.
Halperin’s “disgusting” and “extreme” comments were met with little resistance by other Big Media figures. “I think it’s incumbent upon people in our business to make sure that we’re being fair,” he said. “The daily output was the most disparate of any campaign I’ve ever covered, by far.”
Big Media never vetted Obama and still continues to protect and deify Obama.
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Big Blogs, which advertised themselves as balance against Big Media bias have instead become part of the problem. The nutroots kook sites became soiled unpaid prostitutes for the Obama campaign. The nutroots kook sites (and yes that now includes Josh Marshall’s TPM and Arriana’s Huff n’ Puff) walked the streets for their Obama but like aged street walkers the pimp is no longer interested in them.
“With its congressional majority, the Democratic Party has refused to seriously try to end the war, to stop the bailout and to stop the trampling of civil liberties, just to name a few off the top of my head,” wrote David Sirota on the popular liberal blog OpenLeft, decrying the serial betrayals of Obama and the congressional Democratic majority. The Democratic Party, he wrote, has “faced no real retribution” for its manifold heresies, something that Sirota believes he and his band of angry bloggers must change. “We better understand why this happened,” he fumed.
Allow me to provide an answer. You don’t matter.
Sirota and his ilk are irrelevant fools. Big Pink has more respect and influence at the Obama campaign than these boobs.
The nutroots nutkooks are learning their idol is a Backstabber.
That the Netroots – the fabled bloggers who, in 2004, carried Howard Dean from being an unknown governor of a small state to a Democratic presidential front-runner – are not the potent political force that the media portrays was confirmed this past week when Senate Democrats resisted their “demand” that Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman be punished for endorsing John McCain for President (Lieberman was reelected as an independent in 2006 and caucuses with the Democrats). Ever since Nov. 4, when Democrats increased their majority beyond the point that Lieberman’s allegiance was necessary for them to maintain control over the Senate, punishing Lieberman has been the primary goal of liberal bloggers. For weeks, they pounded their keyboards, huffed and puffed on their Internet radio shows and called on their readers to flood the offices of Democratic senators with phone calls and e-mails demanding that Lieberman be stripped of his chairmanship over the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. Yet on Tuesday, Democrats voted an overwhelming 42-to-13 to let Lieberman keep that chairmanship.
“He wasn’t sanctioned,” seethed Markos Moulitsas, founder of the Daily Kos. “And Senate Democrats trying to make that claim are dishonestly trying to cover up the extent of their betrayal of the American people’s vote for change.”
We do not pity these loser Big Blogs. Big Blogs have sold their souls and whatever credibility they once had in order to walk the streets and now the pimp is dumping them. The Backstabber is stabbing Big Blog backs.
Given the intensity of blogger rage over Lieberman, one can understand how their defeat at the ends of their own party would lend itself to hyperbole, but when did the “American people” appoint Markos Moulitsas their spokesman? And while there are many ways to interpret the outcome of this year’s presidential and congressional elections, that voters across the country wanted Joe Lieberman to be stripped of his committee chairmanship is not one of them. [snip]
Most Americans probably recognize Lieberman as the guy who ran with Al Gore in 2000. But to the Netroots, Lieberman is an obsession, an individual who inspires mania. He is the worst thing possible: not only someone who disagrees with them about foreign policy, but a liberal who disagrees with them on foreign policy.
“No matter what Joe Lieberman does,” wrote Jane Hamsher, proprietor of the popular liberal blog Firedoglake, “the people who are protecting him hate you much more than they hate him.” The Netroots are all about hate; its denizens are incapable of seeing shades of gray. (And Ms. Hamsher knows a thing or two about hate, having doctored a photo of Joe Lieberman in blackface during his primary battle against Netroots favorite Ned Lamont two years ago.)
We happen to agree with Jane Hamsher when she states “the people who are protecting him hate you much more than they hate him.” What Hamsher and Big Blogs ignore, which we do not ignore, is that it is Obama who protected Lieberman. And we do think Barack Obama hates Big Blogs much more than he hates Joe Lieberman.
Lieberman lucked out. In any other election cycle, he’d be doomed. It wasn’t so much that the former Democratic and now independent senator from Connecticut supported John McCain. That was forgivable. But blasting Barack Obama at the Republican convention was crossing a bridge too far, a bridge to nowhere. Right after the election, it looked like good ole Joe would be getting his pink slip as chairman of the Senate homeland-security committee. But word went out from Chicago that the president-elect was not interested in recriminations, and the lions laid down with the lambs, and Sen. Joe Lieberman was once again back in the good graces of his fellow Democrats.
Obama has the same level of respect for Big Blogs (like Arriana) that supported him that a pimp exhibits towards dried up street walkers.
The Big Blogs, the nutroots, have been and continue to be a disaster with disasterous effect. The sexism and misogyny of Big Blogs along with extreme and disgusting Big Media pro-Obama bias has helped elect the inexperienced and unqualified Barack Obama.