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Media Bias: Media Bias of all kinds.

Meet the New Boss

Feb 8, 2013 7:22 AM PT

In response to Nick Gillespie's brilliant insight about journalists' hypocrisy on drones:

Someone commented on Twitter, I think maybe Kirsten Powers, that libertarians seem to be the only ones with any consistency on this subject.  We expect partisans to be partisan about their guy, which is why I think Gillespie's indictment of the media is particularly noteworthy:

By making clear that as a journalist he tries to see things first and foremost from the perspective of the powerful, Michael Tomasky helps to clarify why so many in the media are rushing to the president's defense. They are entranced with power and the view from the top. "Presidents live with that responsibility [of protecting American lives] every day," he writes. "If that responsibility were mine, I can't honestly say what I'd do, and I don't think anyone can." Not all journalists are awed by power, of course, even on the right (National Review's Jim Geraghty, for instance, asserts that this sort of thing of extra-judicial killing policy wouldn't be cricket even under a GOP president).

This isn't ultimately about ideological hypocrisy - of liberals changing their tune once their guy is in office - but something much more basic and much more disturbing. It reveals that for all their crowing about being watchdogs of all that is good and decent in society, when push comes to shove, too many journalists are ready and willing handmaidens to power - including the power to kill.

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What say you, Sheriff Dupnik?

Feb 8, 2013 6:06 AM PT

Hey, liberal media guys!  Remember Sheriff Clarence Dupnik?  Sure you do.  You've probably still got his number in your speed-dial systems from 2011.  He's probably still in your email contact list.  

For the benefit of those who don't remember him, Dupnik is the Pima County, Arizona sheriff who became an overnight media sensation when he blamed the Jared Lee Loughner shootings on conservative talk radio.  "When you look at unbalanced people, how they respond to the vitriol that comes out of certain mouths about tearing down the government, the anger the hatred, the bigotry that goes on in this country is getting to be outrageous," he told breathless reporters looking to keep that Climate of Hate narrative alive.

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Nick Gillespie's brilliant insight about journalists' hypocrisy on drones

Feb 8, 2013 4:37 AM PT

Nick Gillespie has written a brilliant essay on how the media, which once considered Bush/Cheney to be fascist-dictators-in-waiting because of the powers they assumed to fight terror, is now eager to give Obama's greater and more brazen powers a pass. 

Gillespie's key insight is that something more than partisan bias is at work here: namely, the tendency of journalists to worship power. And Obama has lots of it, thanks to the media themselves. 

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Maybe it's time to ask Obama about those Benghazi 'directives'

Feb 7, 2013 2:46 PM PT

Thursday's testimony by Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Martin Dempsey revealed that President Barack Obama had not been in touch with anyone on Sep. 11, 2012, the night of the Benghazi attacks. Nor had they been in touch with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Yet Obama said in October that he had given "three directives" as soon as he found out "what was going on"--i.e. as the attacks were ongoing:

...the minute I found out what was going on I gave three very clear directives. Number one, make sure we are securing our personnel and that we are doing whatever we need to. Number two, we are going to investigate exactly what happened and make sure it doesn't happen again. Number three, find out who did this so we can bring them to justice.

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Ace: Basis of Media Bias is a Value Judgment

Feb 7, 2013 2:43 PM PT

Ace has some thoughts on the Floyd Corkins/SPLC issue over at his site. Actually, he goes beyond the current issue to shed some light on the media response to all of these incidents of political violence. The whole thing is worth reading but here's the current problem he seeks to address:

the media claims the right must "tone down its rhetoric" -- make its rhetoric less inciting -- in order to Protect the Public Safety. Any pungent, tough-worded bit of rhetoric could spur a nutter to do something violent.

True enough. I can't argue with that. History is filled with nutters who read something and then shot someone. For God's sake, John Lennon was killed by someone who got really, really incited by Catcher in the Rye.

But what you can't help but notice is that the media never makes a similar demand of those on the left to "tone down their rhetoric." Like, for example, the Southern Poverty Law Center's "Hate Map," which, it turns out, quickly became a leftist's Kill Map.


So where are the calls for SPLC to take down its Kill Map?

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The Stubbornly Stillborn Community at BuzzFeed Politics

Feb 7, 2013 10:27 AM PT

BuzzFeed Politics puts a ton of effort into using its content and contributors' Twitter accounts to suck up to the left-wing media, especially MSNBC, in the hopes of getting links and television appearances. And there's no question that's worked. The anti-gay site is now a part of the media's ongoing Obama defense line-up. But the site's lack of community is stubbornly and laughably barren.

Chris Matthews and Martin Bashir might love the talking points supplied by these guys, but nobody else seems to.

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