Double Standard of the Day

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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5 replies
  1. Nicholas
    Nicholas says:

    This is a conservative christian website? And you talk about double standards? Interesting indeed.

  2. David McKibben
    David McKibben says:

    Me thinks thou doth protest too much!

    Since we cannot continue on the path we currently follow with W. at the helm, we must get a fresh new perspective to allow this country to regain its dignity and standing in the world.

    Given the content of this website, I doubt you would understand the concept. We don’t need a “maverick”. We need serious change.

  3. Bosco
    Bosco says:

    Of course we can’t follow W. further, he can’t run again. Duh. Socialism isn’t a fresh new perspective. And my goodness aren’t you so superior.

  4. Dr.Bruce
    Dr.Bruce says:

    Hi Nicholas,

    Yes the worldview of this author is caring, Christian and generally conservative. However, the premise of this article stands on its own. Two politicians demonstrated the same behavior is nearly identical circumstances. A new commentator criticized one and chastised the other.

    Isn’t that the very definition of a ‘Double Standard’? Of course it is.

    BTW, I have been critical of such bias in conservatives as well.

    Thanks for your input.
    Blessings!

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