Saluting with misty eyes
I was going to let this one go; however, me being who I am cannot do so in good concsience. SO, here are thing in my view:
Today's "issue" of mediamatters.org contains the following:
Acorn Videographers- 3 negative stories
Glenn Beck- 7 negative stories and a tag to even more negtive stories
Sean Hannity- 5 negative stories and a tag for more negative stories
Rush Limbaugh 3 negative stories, and a tag for more negaitve stories (it must have been a slow day)
Bill O'Reilly- 1 negative story with tagsg for more (did I read that right? ONLY ONE for Bill???)
Chris WAllace- 1 negative story
Fox News- only 1 negative story... with a LARGE tag for an entire section slamming anything they do.
Other Concervative Outlets- 11 negative stories with yet more tags.
They DO have links to liberal content... only in that it completely slams conservatives... and THESE are the people complaining about Fox News?
Let's take a quick look at some of the more reviled people on that particular network:
Glenn Beck- He does not host a news show... he has an OPINION show... and until this year, had it on CNN... with absolutely no one complaining about anything he said.
Bill O'Reilly- Once again, Mr. O has an OPINION show. Not only that, he has liberals on that he allows to give their opinion and is respectful to. (point of order, Madame Speaker- He has liberal professor and Fox News contributom Marc Lamont Hill, PhD on at this very moment). He had the CEO of ACORN on a couple of months ago, and was unerringly respectful to her, and never raised his voice to her. He gave President Obama a very tough, yet severely respectful interview during the campaign.
Sean Hannity- Another OPINION show. His nightly Great American Panel ALWAYS has a liberal or two (and on quite a few nights, all three members were liberal). Sean NEVER goes after them disrespectfully. He usually asks a question, and sits back to allow the guests to argue it out.
Rush Limbaugh- Yet another OPINION show (on the radio, this time). He doesn't usually allow guests on his show from either side of the isle.
I would tend to think that, in this case, What's not good for the Fox is perfectly fine for the Media.
One interesting thing about a Fox News personality that no one seems to have a hassle with.... Geraldo Rivera. I guess it is only OK to slamm the white guys and gals on Fox. Because he is Latino, Geraldo gets a pass.
Anyhow. Air America has had such liberal hosts as Jenine Garafolo (who demanded that the only reason people didn't like Obama is because they were racist) and Al Franken (who never met a concervative he was willing to allow the freedom to breathe. They are nowhere near being fair, or willing to give both sides of an issue.
I do not aften watch MSNBC, and do not, under any circumstances watch the nightly broadcast news, so I will ask you, Bob, to point to me ANY member of the MSNBC staff that allows concervatives onto their shows unless it is to make them look foolish, and where having their reporters call the people who attended the teaparties redneck racists is being fair?
I would also invite any other member of our little family who resides on the opposite side of the isle to admit that they ever watch Fox News, or any of the people I have mentioned in this post. I seem to hear many of the lineral party wailing and gnashing their teeth at the mean and vile Fox News, yet they cannot give example one of anything they know to be "true" that they have seen first hand.
I saw the video where Speaker Pelosi called the health reform protesters "astroturf" and "brown shirts"; I saw the video where Charles Rengel stated that he had not read HR 3200 (the health reform bill), and yet was demanding that it be passed; I saw the video of liberal college students shouting down a conservative speaker, and praising the Iranian leader who villifies America; I have seen the video of ACORN supporters beating a black man for selling t-shirts outside of a town hall meeting; I have seen with my own eyes ACORN members being led through a side door of a town hall meeting where the "regular" citizens were being pushed out the door, and being told they could not attend because there was no room at the inn.
The White House admitted that they were accepting e-mails from citizens who wished to send in the names of people who were speaking ill of the administration. The White House admitted that they were paying people to search the internet for stories that were not complimentary to the Administration.
If "media matters" then where is their coverage of these stories?
This post, Bob, got much longer than I wanted, or anticipated. If you wish more examples of why it is *I* feel that Media Matters doesn't really matter at all, please feel free to e-mail me, and wer can continue this discussion.
Life's journey is not to arrive at the grave safely in a well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, totally worn out, shouting, "WHAT A RIDE