Queen Elizabeth II, 2008 is not a year on which
honest journalists shall look back with undiluted
pleasure. This has turned out to be even more of an
annus horribilis than 2004, when
Dan Rather`s fake Bush/National Guard memo fiasco
redefined the "BS" in CBS News. There were so many mainstream journalists swimming
in the Democratic tank this year, the nation`s newsrooms
looked more like overcrowded aquariums at PetSmart.
In less than a week, the campaign
season will be over. But the Obamedia`s most shameful
biases and notorious blunders shall not be forgotten.
Here are my Top Five, by no means comprehensive and in
no particular order:
Los Angeles Times and the suppressed Obama/Jew-bash videotape.
In April, L.A. Times reporter Peter
Wallsten reported on a 2003 farewell party for Rashid
Khalidi, a radical Palestinian Liberation Organization
spokesman/adviser turned Ivy League professor. The
anti-Israel Arab American Action Network sponsored the
gala. In attendance: good neighbors Barack Obama and
Weather Underground terrorist duo Bill Ayers and
Wallsten reported that the
"event was videotaped, and a copy of the tape was obtained by
The Times." But the news organization refuses to
let readers watch the video of Obama and his left-wing
terrorist friends and will not release the tape. It`s
"old news" now.
The paper had no problem, however,
embedding a video clip of Sarah Palin`s 1984 swimsuit
pageant on its gossip blog and deeming it newsworthy.
In May, CNN posted
video" of female journalists on Obama`s press plane
fawning over the Democratic presidential candidate
as he talked on his cell phone. The caption listed on
the network`s website:
"Obama in jeans: Sen. Barack Obama surprises the press corps by wearing
clip, several members of the press corps yell at a
Secret Service agent to
because she`s obstructing the view of their beloved
Obama. They giggle and sigh as Obama straddles over a
row of seats and they furiously click away on their
killing us," one of them says breathlessly.
No, you`re killing yourselves.
Runners-up for Most Drool-Covered
Groupies: The journalist who squealed
"He touched me!"
UNITY minority journalists` convention in July; the
MSNBC producer who broke down and shed tears of joy upon
learning that The One had clinched the Democratic
presidential nomination; MSNBC host Chris Matthews, who
proclaimed that he
"felt a thrill up
his leg" after an Obama speech in February; Oprah
Winfrey, who confessed she did a
for Obama; and the writer for the German publication
worked out with Obama at the Ritz-Carlton in
Berlin and reported:
"I put my arm around his hip—wow, he didn`t even sweat!
WHAT A MAN!"
Publisher David Bradley`s
once-esteemed magazine hired celebrity lens-woman Jill
Greenberg to snap portraits of John McCain. Greenberg,
outspoken left-winger who goaded children into
crying on film and captioned the images with anti-Bush
slogans, sabotaged the photo shoot and gloated about it
on a photo industry website.
After tricking McCain into standing
over a strobe light to create ugly shadows on his face,
she then posted vandalized versions of the imagery on
her personal website with crude, vulgar labels. One
featured McCain with fangs and blood dripping from his
mouth—with the Greenberg-added words,
"I am a
bloodthirsty armongerer (sic)." Another piece of
showed an ape (a favorite Greenberg subject) defecating
on McCain`s head. The highly respected editors at
professed shock despite Greenberg`s notoriety. The name
of her blog:
4. The quote doctors and math-manglers
botched attack on Sarah lin, CNN reporter Drew
Griffin cited National Review writer Byron York allegedly questioning Palin`s
abilities and character:
had a story saying that, you know, I can`t tell if Sarah
Palin is incompetent, stupid, unqualified, corrupt, or
all of the above." York, however, was
press coverage of Palin.
In a botched tally, CNN anchor
Soledad O`Brien proclaimed that an audience poll showed
preference for Joe Biden after the vice presidential
debate. A freeze frame of the show of hands, however,
showed the audience split. The mathematically challenged
O`Brien also claimed that Palin slashed Alaska`s special
needs budget by 62 percent (which she recycled from the
liberal Daily Kos blog), despite the fact that the
governor increased special needs funding by 12 percent.
Us Magazine publisher Jann Wenner`s Obama
The gossip mag`s partisan slime job
on Palin and her family ("Babies,
lies, and scandal") last September opened the
floodgates of Palin-bashing across the mainstream media
and was the nadir of the year. Wenner—a prominent Obama
backer who ran countless hagiographies of him in sister
Rolling Stone and featured the Obamas with the
"Why Barack Loves Her" on Us Magazine`s June cover—had his media flack e-mail the anti-Palin
hit piece to all media in St. Paul for the Republican
"Might be useful as an illustration of how the news is
playing out," the flack wrote.
Indeed, the side-by-side covers of
the Palin smears and the Obamas` deification perfectly
illustrate the year in Obamedia.
CREATORS SYNDICATE, INC.
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Invasion: How America Still Welcomes Terrorists,
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