As most of us know, the lamestream media is dominated by mushy minds that have been brainwashed by liberal propaganda and media elites. Of course there are in fact many true journalists, who if charged with delivering just the news, can do so without even subtle hints of political bias. But journalists of that sort seem to be far and few between . They are also the ones whom the liberal media holds up as evidence when they try to claim that the media is not biased. Sadly though, there are far more examples of media bias than there are of impartial reporting.
Take for example the treatment of the rise of the TEA movement as compared to the spread of the “Occupy” protests which have taken place.
While TEA Party protests and demonstrations gathered tens of thousands and even hundreds of thousands, the Occupy “Whatever” protests have
produced numbers in the hundreds. But despite the obvious lack of populist appeal of the liberal endorsed demonstrations, the mainstream media tends to downplay the TEA movement and inflate the Occupy protesters. For example, when anywhere from 200,000 to 400,00o or more TEA activists showed up in Washington, D.C. , on September 12th of 2009, newspapers reported that there were tens of thousands in attendance. But now that a few thousand leftwing, anti-capitalists band together with big union organized, professional, protestors, the event is described as “outrage” that “ has spread all the way to Anchorage, Alaska” and as “a group of protesters that is certainly growing in size and diversity.” Those comments came from so called “reporter”cilia Vega. On that same “unbiased” news” program, Vega and World News anchor David Muir, spoke of how the Wall Street protests have supposedly “gone global“
But as the TEA Party rose, it was described as little more than a group of angry Republicans and was accused of being violent and racist. That certainly isn’t the case here. Put a smiley face button on a person wearing a tie died t-shirt and put in their hands a sign with anything liberal written on it, and you have what the mainstream media is describing as being similar to “the Arab Spring of uprisings in the Mid East.”
As I said, none of this is new. We have all come to expect liberal bias from the mainstrem media. And I am not talking about clearly defined opinion programs such as Hannity or the Rachel Maddow Show, or periodicals like National Review or New Republican. I mean straight news services like CBS News, or The New York Times.
Which brings us to today’s new entrant into the Mainstream Media’s Liberal Hall of Shame.
His name is Steve Peoples and he works for Roll Call while the Associated Press often farms out some of his work.
Now according to Asssociated Press their mission is to “be the essential global news network, providing distinctive news services of the
highest quality, reliability, and objectivity with reports that are accurate, balanced and informed.”
Given that description, I find it hard to accept Mr. People’s October 10th story (and I do mean story) entitled “GOP presidential candidates keep focus off the economy“.
In it, Peoples, along with contributors Holly Ramer and Philip Elliott, try to live up to the AP’s mission of objectivity by writing a piece which insinuates that Republicans are trying to avoid the topic of the economy.
In an election that’s supposed to hinge on jobs and the economy, the Republican presidential contest in recent months has been defined by almost everything else.
Immigration and children’s vaccines. Race and religion. Homosexuality and health care. The issues range far from the economic woes that concern most voters, but they have captivated Republicans in New Hampshire and other early voting states, providing the candidates with ways to distinguish themselves from their rivals. The biggest applause lines on the campaign trail usually have little to do with a candidate’s economic positions.
I am not sure if Mr. Peoples realizes it or not, but we are not electing a Chairman of the Federal Reserve and their running mate, the Secretary of Treasury. We are in the midst of a long campaign to elect or reelect a President and Vice President of the United States. That responsibility deals with a host of issues, including those that are a part of the economic priorities that no one is doubting. As such, all issues are, and should be discussed. Additionally perhaps, Mr. Peoples missed the coverage of the economic programs which almost all of the Republican candidates dedicated their very first major policy announcements to.
To be sure, there is no doubt that the economy is in such dire straits that it is indeed a priority. To deny that would be like claiming that it is more important to put someone’s cigarette out while a woman is hanging out of the window of an inferno filled house, right in front of your face. But it is equally absurd to deny that the economy is not a primary issue in the Republican presidential primaries. Republicans have been and continue to make it a theme of their campaigns. Why wouldn’t they? Furthermore, the economy is just about the only issue that all the Republican running for President have similar ways to address. And all agree that the first thing to do is everything that President Obama is not doing.
Did Mr. Peoples dare write a similarly “objective” piece in 2009 about President Obama when many argued that the President made “a colossal miscalculation” by choosing the wrong priorities and instead of focussing on the economy “like a laser beam”, he essentially prevented government from dealing with anything else other than healthcare reform? Which ironically has proven to do little more than exacerbate the economic predicament we are in by creating a greater uncertain future among investors and businesses. I seem to have missed the story that Mr. Peoples and his liberal collaborators wrote about the President not devoting enough time to the Obama economy back then.
Did Mr. People’s accuse President Obama of avoiding the issue of the economy when he turned the nations’ attention to repealing Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell? Did he criticize the President and prompt people to provide him with quotes criticizing President Obama for traveling to El Salvador to discuss immigration and drug trafficking with President Mauricio Funes, instead of focussing on the economy? Or does Mr. Peoples just not understand that the presidency of the United States does not allow one to drop all else for the sake of just one aspect of life in America.
Even though his opinion on this issue is greatly flawed, Mr. Peoples’ article might have a place in an opinion oriented tabloid if it were written by an admitted partisan author. But it has no place in a newspaper or on an online newspaper, and especially not coming from a “news” outfit that claims its job is to be objective. You see, there is a difference between opinion and news. White House 2012 makes it clear that it covers the Republican race for the White House. It does so by also making clear that it covers the race from a conservative viewpoint and with opinions of the facts. Contrarily, the Associated Press bills itself as a news organization, a “premier” news organization, that delivers the news, not editorials.
You might think that this one story is not enough to hold one person up as a example of unsavory journalistic conduct. And that might be right……..if it was the only example. But it’s not.
Before jumping to conclusions, I tested my suspicions about Steve Peoples by researching past stories he wrote.
While there were many accounts of obvious bias that he penned under AP’s banner of objective reporting, one of the most interesting discoveries was an article by Tom Blumer for News Busters. In his September 7th piece entitled “AP’s Partying Peoples and Blathering Blood Celebrate Tea Party Negatives in Cooked AP-GfK Poll“, Blumer writes that Steve Peoples tailored an interpretation of poll results to “celebrate” negative sentiments towards the Tea Party that were created by a skewed AP-GfK . Blumer goes on to note that somehow, People’s article “failed to report on the president’s growing negatives found in a separate AP-GfK poll report with the same respondents.”
It is all just indicative of how careful Americans must be when it comes to trying to have a real picture of public sentiments and our political environment.
One must really be careful about what information they use as a foundation for establishing their own conclusions. What may seem to be fact is often in fact, not. Steve Peoples is just one example of that. And there are many other examples of Peoples’ and the AP’s crimes against journalistic integrity, but suffice it to say, White House 2012 is confident in the knowledge that Steve Peoples truly deserves to be hung in the Lamestream Media’s Liberal Hall of Shame.
The Associated Press’ picture has already been hanging there for quite some time now
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