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.