HT to Right Voices
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Given the “passionate discussion and comments, I did a bit of digging and found some stats at Hot Air.
In 2004, Bush beat John Kerry by winning 62.04 million votes. In 2008, Obama won 62.443 million, a gain of only 400,000. In 2004, Kerry garnered 59.028 million votes; John McCain only got 55.386 million. That means this election saw 3.24 million fewer votes than four years ago. Far from being more energized, the nation appeared to be more apathetic.
It also means that GWB got 51.2% and Obama got 52.99%. So the number for GWB is correct, not the 50.7 cited below, but BHO should be 53%.
Joe Biden has gaffed it again. The Democrat vice presidential candidate guaranteed that if Barack Obama is elected president, there will be an international crisis within six months. I was especially curious to see how the Obama-loving media would report this potentially huge verbal faux pas by the Delaware senator.
As I expected, hardly a ripple in network television and the news above the fold focused on Britney Spears new hairstyle but no mention of Joe Biden and our impending international crisis. The old double standard was working overtime. I found myself wondering how the MSM would have treated Sarah Palin if she had said something the same thing.
Dan Rather to the rescue. Occasionaly, someone in media remembers that fair and balanced is not just a network tagline. In this video, Dan Rather is talking with Joe Scarborough and calls the media whitewash exactly what it is; a double standard. Take a look
Newsbusters has a transcript
I have been very critical of the MSM regarding their overt bias and over/under reporting. I am always glad to give a hat-tip to CNN when they do a good job.
…the detail about the 2,100 phony registrations in Indiana is recycled from the segment Ed posted on Friday but the close-up of the registration forms and the extended interview with ACORN’s lawyer are new, proving that not only is CNN sticking with this story but they’re actually building it out. And not just this one. Remember, Drew Griffin’s also responsible for that clear-eyed, bolt-from-the-blue look at Obama’s relationship with Ayers. What on earth’s going on over there? Are they worried that MSNBC will be the Obama administration’s mouthpiece of choice so they’re slapping him around a bit as a warning not to make enemies of them?
Serious exit question: How, precisely, do people think ACORN’s going to influence the election? The worry, as I’ve understood it, is that the race will narrow and we’ll end up a la 2000 in a cliffhanger with one or two counties in some swing state deciding who wins. In that scenario, a few thousand phony votes would be monumental. Judging from some of the e-mail we’re getting, though, true believers think something bigger’s going on, as though an Obama win by a few percentage points — which would mean a margin of a few million votes — would be inherently shady. Explain to me how ACORN’s supposedly planning to convert these bogus registrations into actual bogus votes on a mass scale.
Just when I was gaining some confidence that the MSM was exercing a bit of fairness.
Alert Paul Krugman and Frank Rich! There’s another outbreak of campaign-induced rage to report. Dissent has been stifled. Free speech is under assault.
Oh, never mind.
If it were a Republican mob, you know this would be front page on the NYT and echoed on MSNBC, Jon Stewart, David Letterman, etc., etc., etc….
They result in a net increase of spending of $281 billion.
The claim that, “Actually I’m cutting more than I’m spending so that it will be a net spending cut” is totally false.
How did the morning shows in the MSM confront this? They ignored it.
NewsBusters highlights this problem while AP takes issue with both candidates on factual errors.
If you read this blog with any regularity, you know how abhorent double-standards are to me. I regularly criticize the media, and anyone else, for praising one person and condemning another person for exactly the same action.
On that rare occasion when a regular transgressor gets things right, I am glad to call attention to their good deed.
Barack Obama has been lying about his relationship with William Ayers. Obama claims to have barely known Ayers even though Obama served on two non-profit boards with Ayers, put on a major fundraiser with him, and arranged grants to schools at Ayers direction. Anderson Cooper calls this “dishonest” in his report.
Way to go Coop!
Check these blogs with additional info:
The Obama Ayers Relationship
Judge Right has an extensive post
Yesterday, McCain blasted Obama and the Democrats for the mess we are in. How does the LA Times cover the story? They pretended he never said anything about the #economy!
I have been asking myself, What if Sarah Palin was a Democrat?” How would the media be treating her? Would they like her? Would she be treated like an outcast by the National Organization of Women?
Hot Air has a great blurb in their Quote of the Day.
If she were a Democrat, her unusual life would be spun into a compelling narrative that would make her the darling of the coastal elite.
How she’s raising that lovely brood of kids, her care for that severely handicapped baby, her relationship with that rugged hubby who often cares for the kids and is part native, her unlikely rise through the political minefields, her tough knocks and gutsy performance on the national stage – all would be testament to a breakthrough of historic proportions we would be ordered to celebrate in the name of diversity and equality…
Sarah Palin is a dolt says Chris Matthews of MSNBC’s Hardball. She looked into the camera during the debate and it made her look like a dolt.
Just a few days earlier though, when Barak Obama looked into the camera to answer debate questions Matthews judged the moved as forceful and direct.
A clear case of Chris Matthews allowing his bias and personal preferences to overshadow his reporting.
While everyone has their personal preferences, public news media is supposed to have a bare minimum of even handedness. This grows out of the fact that the public airwaves are, well, public. They exist to serve the public good. Extreme partisanship has no place in standard news reporting. That is why Newspapers have OpEd pages.
Mainstream Media has blurred the line between news and opinion these days.
Today’s Double Standard Award.
Here are the Matthews quotes:
You know what I think of people when they come on “Hardball,” and they look at the camera, I think they’re dolts.
The differences were in no small part stylistic and visible with a glance to the stage: a 47-year-old black man who has been in the Senate for nearly four years standing at one lectern, facing a 72-year-old white-haired fixture of the Senate standing across from him. In many ways, Mr. Obama was a very different candidate than he was during the primary battles. He answered questions directly and affirmatively, typically looking right into the camera as he spoke.
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