Dog bites man, and reports the story

posted at 8:00 am on September 30, 2008 by Ed Morrissey

Glenn Reynolds printed an e-mail from an anonymous worker in a major newsroom yesterday evening, informing him (and us) that the “fix is in” for Barack Obama:

“Off the record, every suspicion you have about MSM being in the tank for O is true. We have a team of 4 people going thru dumpsters in Alaska and 4 in arizona. Not a single one looking into Acorn, Ayers or Freddiemae [sic]. Editor refuses to publish anything that would jeopardize election for O, and betting you dollars to donuts same is true at NYT, others. People cheer when CNN or NBC run another Palin-mocking but raising any reasonable inquiry into obama is derided or flat out ignored. The fix is in, and its working.”

The Anchoress also notes a similar message she’s heard:

I have a couple friends who work in the MSM, too, and one of them tells me the newsroom is (exact words) “unbelievably cavalier” about any complaints viewers register about their reports, what they ignore, their bias or the way they edit Republicans vs. the way the treat Dems. “Cavalier” as in the fix is in and they don’t even have to pretend to care what half the country thinks or wants.

We’ve received several e-mails in the wake of these revelations, suggesting that a failure to mention it would doom the Right to a generation of the wilderness.  These are noteworthy leaks, but they tell a story that we have reported over and over again for as long as I’ve been blogging.  It was just as true in 2004, when no newspaper would report on John Kerry’s serial fabrications of his war record, but instead painted 250 veterans of the Swift Boat service as smear artists and turned “Swift Boating” into an unintentionally ironic gerund meaning smears — by the same media that attempted to turn a series of obviously-forged memos into a torpedo to defeat George Bush.

In the larger sense, this isn’t exactly news to us or our readers.  We don’t need to hear it from people on the inside, although it gives us valuable confirmation when we do.  We can see it for ourselves from their work.  I’ve written extensively about the New York Times and their jeremiad against John McCain ever since he clinched the nomination.  Allahpundit has documented the MS-NBC insanity of Chris Matthews and Keith Olbermann to such an extent that a search of either or both would keep readers busy for days.  Media criticism isn’t just a hobby for us, but a full-time job.

In fact, the awareness has gone beyond the blogosphere.  How do we know?  Newspaper readership has fallen significantly this decade, and only part of it can be explained by the Internet.  People no longer trust the media to deliver news objectively.  Rasmussen polled on this question, and over two-thirds of voters believe that reporters deliberately skew the news to support their favored candidate — and by a 5-1 margin believe that reporters want Obama to win over McCain.

They’ve been cavalier with the truth and with reporting for decades.  Their consumers have finally realized it.  The power of the media to shape opinions has waned as a result, but it doesn’t mean they have lost it altogether.  We’ll still work to expose media bias, and hope that the whistleblowers to Glenn and the Anchoress can work to bring reform to their newsrooms over time.


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The Anchoress also notes a similar message she’s heard:
“I have a couple friends who work in the MSM, too, and one of them tells me”

Glenn Reynolds printed an e-mail from an anonymous worker

Impeccable sources???

The port side thinks the media bias runs the other way.

“The single dumbest claim in our political culture is that the huge corporations which own our establishment media outlets promote a “liberal” ideology. Why would General Electric ever use NBC and its other media assets to promote political liberalism? They lavishly benefit from the whole panoply of right-wing policies — from endlessly expanding defense spending to deregulation. Their multiple businesses depend upon maintaining good relations with the right-wing ideologues who run our Government. The very idea that a corporation like GE — or Viacom (CBS), Disney (ABC) and Time Warner (CNN) — would actively promote a left-wing agenda in its news divisions and undermine the very Government power centers on which they rely has been the most self-evidently moronic premise one can imagine. As Viacom CEO Sumner Redstone confessed in 2004:

Senator Kerry is a good man. I’ve known him for many years. But it happens that I vote for Viacom. Viacom is my life, and I do believe that a Republican Administration is better for media companies than a Democratic one.

And yet the myth of the large-corporation-owned “Liberal Media” persists, and even intensifies.”

Chimpy on September 30, 2008 at 12:21 PM

What drive me nuts is that my Lib friends still deny it, in spite the fact I provide story after story about the MSM’s bias. In fact, one friend blew up at me when I sent the latest poll results saying the people of the US don’t trust the MSM to be balanced.

Libs blow my mind in willful disregard for facts. Even the “smart” Libs do it.

gmoonster on September 30, 2008 at 12:22 PM

What drive me nuts is that my Lib friends still deny it, in spite the fact I provide story after story about the MSM’s bias. In fact, one friend blew up at me when I sent the latest poll results saying the people of the US don’t trust the MSM to be balanced.

Libs blow my mind in willful disregard for facts. Even the “smart” Libs do it.

gmoonster on September 30, 2008 at 12:22 PM

I find I save a lot of time in poliical discussions if you can get that “no-media bias” opinion out early. There’s really not much sense in continuing the discussion if they don’t concede the obvious. Hell, if I were a liberal, I’d be bragging about how much of the media we had behind us.

hawkdriver on September 30, 2008 at 12:27 PM

Chimpy on September 30, 2008 at 12:21 PM

See, the chimpster is the kind of person that would come up to you at a party and start talking his point of “no-media bias”. To which you could politely chuckle, excuse yourself and go get a stronger drink.

hawkdriver on September 30, 2008 at 12:31 PM

gmoonster…I’m afraid to talk to my brother, my step-mother and my lefty ‘friends’ for fear of retribution. I got a scathing email comparing Obama to palin as if they were opponents from my stepmom. I deleted her email address but added a more relevant and accurate comparison as well as my comments to the snarky email as an attempt at self-help. You are not alone. Election years are always rough but this is a dangerous time in our history.

Christine on September 30, 2008 at 12:34 PM

PS Chimp-Boy, if you’d listen to Jack Welch these days, he’d tell you about where GE is headed because of their funded media outlets going so liberally slanted.

hawkdriver on September 30, 2008 at 12:35 PM