Thursday, February 03, 2005

What Liberal Bias?

This has got to be one of the funniest articles I've read in a long time, an attempted hit piece on reporter Jeff Gannon and his employer, Talon News. Imagine, the nerve of a reporter to ask Bush questions that aren't derogatory, insulting partisan attacks. He must be a GOP undercover operative. No sane person would agree with Bush on anything.

According to the article's author, Joe Strupp, a senior editor at Editor and Publisher:
He is known for inserting blatantly pro-Bush statements in his inquiries at televised press briefings.

"Would they let Joe Lockhart or someone who works for the DNC [Democratic National Committee (news - web sites)] come in and do that? I don't think so," Edwin Chen, who has covered the president for the Los Angeles Times, told E&P. "They ought to get legitimate members of the fourth estate, not political hacks on either side."

Earth to the L.A. Times - the MSM is infested with former partisan Democrat hacks masquerading as legitimate reporters. Two words: George Stephanopoulos.

What set off this particular sour grapes rant?
[D]uring President Bush (news - web sites)'s televised press conference on Jan. 26, the president called on him for a question, bypassing dozens of far more experienced reporters.

Mommy, teacher called on Timmy! Wah Wah Wah Wah.

And what was the offending question - the "softball" - that so infuriated the MSM?
"Senate Democratic leaders have painted a very bleak picture of the U.S. economy. ... Yet, in the same breath, they say that Social Security (news - web sites) is rock solid and there's no crisis there. You've said you're going to reach out to these people. How are you going to work with people who seem to have divorced themselves from reality?"

This is mild, but right on. Mr. Gannon could have quoted the dozens of Democrats during the Clinton administration, including Clinton, who all loudly professed that Social Security was on the ropes. "Save Social Security first," remember?

The MSM is cracking up. They can't handle competition. Like whinny little brats, all they can do is throw temper tantrums when they don't get their way. This article is yet another example.


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