South Dakota news anchor suspended for Tea Party participation

posted at 7:04 pm on April 28, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

Let a thousand tu quoques commence!  For once, though, conservatives may have some impulse to defend a member of the mainstream media.  Shad Olson, a Rapid City, South Dakota TV news anchorman, will return to the air soon after completing a suspension received for his participation in a Tax Day Tea Party rally:

KOTA TV newsman Shad Olson will be back on the air soon, following a disciplinary suspension from his news anchor duties in the Rapid City coverage area because of his speech at a tea party rally.

Olson was taken off the air locally a few days after his April 15 speech at the Citizens for Liberty tax day rally in Memorial Park.

“Shad’s speech to the tax day rally was a lapse in ethics, so we took appropriate action,” KOTA news director John Petersen said.

Petersen said Olson will resume his anchor duties for KOTA at some point in the near future, but declined to offer a date. He also declined to discuss specifics of the disciplinary action taken against Olson.

Olson gave an impassioned speech at the rally, as reported at the time by the Rapid City Journal:

Featured rally speaker Shad Olson, a news anchor for KOTA TV, spoke of misconceptions about the makeup of tea party participants.

“Did you all forget your militias?” Olson said, referring to allegations of militia influence in tea party gatherings. “We must have forgotten to notify the militia.”

Olson also noted the absence of insulting, profane signs or misspelled slogans. He said most Americans agree with the tea party mission, once they understand its consistent place in American history.

“The point is, most people agree with us; they just haven’t been taught enough history to know they agree with us,” he said.

Olson said the group is “not radical.”

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch got Peterson to state that “a journalist should not participate … A journalist should report the news, not make the news.” Olson responded by pointing out that no one had discerned his politics after several years of anchoring the news, which demonstrated his ability to report without bias. Olson’s unlikely to press his case further, and his return will certainly be closely watched by KOTA management and his audience after this contretemps.

Will conservatives defend Olson? Dan Rather took a lot of heat for speaking at a Democratic fundraiser in Texas, which conservatives used to paint him as biased. Rather claimed that he didn’t know the event was a fundraiser, but as the Washington Post reported at the time, he wasn’t exactly contrite about it, either. His management at CBS had a different opinion, but didn’t suspend Rather, calling it an “honest oversight.”

Olson’s appearance didn’t involve fundraising, or even partisan identification. However, it still speaks to the basic problem for supposedly objective journalists and political activism. The Tea Party is at least philosophically opposed to the current agenda of the Democratic Party, even if its activists aren’t entirely sold on the GOP, either. A keynote speech would not be a problem for an opinion journalist, but for a reporter? I suspect that had we seen Brian Williams as a speaker at an antiwar rally in 2004, he’d still be hearing about it from conservative critics. While reporters are American citizens like anyone else and have the right to participate in the political process, their publishers/editors have the right to consider whether that erodes confidence in their product, too.

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I voted no they shouldn’t… and I think the punishment is fair…

O/T

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ninjapirate on April 28, 2010 at 7:05 PM

Now they’re worried about ethics.

Cicero43 on April 28, 2010 at 7:06 PM

The question should be asked: Should Conservative journalist participate in political events?

mobydutch on April 28, 2010 at 7:09 PM

Why not? Then you know what, if any, bias exists. If that hurts their career, then fine. But the constant ‘no bias’ crap we here out of lefty ‘journolists’ is rubbish and everyone knows it is. For instance, we know the AP is heavily biased toward the left, based on the constant lefty spin of their stories, but we have to accept that they aren’t biased just because they don’t speak at International ANSWER rallies?

AUINSC on April 28, 2010 at 7:10 PM

Should journalists participate in political events?

A better question is, should journalists refrain from participating in political events?

Patrick Ishmael on April 28, 2010 at 7:10 PM

Should journalists participate in political events?

Moot question. MSM journalists already politicize everything. Most news “reporting” is an ongoing political event.

infidel4life on April 28, 2010 at 7:10 PM

More Tea Party news from Gateway Pundit:

OBAMA & BIG SIS Call In Riot Police on Quincy Tea Party Patriots (Video)

There was no riot and no reason to do this. Grandmas in red, white and blue represent the new threat, I suppose.

INC on April 28, 2010 at 7:11 PM

Tough call. I almost wouldn’t mind seeing KO and Matthews just admit their bias and attend Democrat events.

The honesty would be refreshing.

BadgerHawk on April 28, 2010 at 7:11 PM

I think it depends on a lot of circumstances. One being any standing policies any particular outlet has, along with the whole ethical thing as well. And it depends on just who it is as well. A commentator may work for a station, and I think it would be perfectly fine for them to speak at any darn function they want to. An anchor, like Mr. Olsen is, the line gets a little fuzzier. If for no other reason, the fact one advertises their personal politics might cost any given station half their audience.

JamesLee on April 28, 2010 at 7:11 PM

I suspect that had we seen Brian Williams as a speaker at an antiwar rally in 2004, he’d still be hearing about it from conservative critics.

But would NBC suspend him?

Mark1971 on April 28, 2010 at 7:11 PM

I want news from a news anchor or hard news journalist, not opinion, I think that applies to conservative leaning or a left leaning . I applaud this man for his politics but I can understand the manageament being upset. If they are opinion guys, do whatever you want.

bluemarlin on April 28, 2010 at 7:12 PM

Everyone got a political opinion , just be honest about it like Stossel.

the_nile on April 28, 2010 at 7:12 PM

It is fine for them to participate. What is wrong is for a news organization to hire reporters from only one side of the spectrum, not that any would ever do that… Same applies to universities and so on.

pedestrian on April 28, 2010 at 7:13 PM

Meh. I think news reporters shouldn’t participate in political events.

I could care less if a sports reporter or a lifestyle reporter does, so long as they don’t then report on them in their columns/airtime.

Red Cloud on April 28, 2010 at 7:13 PM

Chris Matthews and George Stephanopoulis were unavailable for comment.

halfastro on April 28, 2010 at 7:14 PM

http://biggovernment.com/jhoft/2010/04/28/team-obama-calls-out-swat-team-on-tea-party-patriots/

Team Obama Calls Out Swat Team on Tea Party Patriots!

ninjapirate on April 28, 2010 at 7:14 PM

Journalists should be upfront with their readers and tell of any bias. That includes political ones.

Enoxo on April 28, 2010 at 7:15 PM

“… A journalist should report the news, not make the news.”

BBBBBBWWWWWWWWWWAAAAAAAAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHA…!!!

(chortle, snort, gasp…)

… Stop it Allah, you’re killing me.

Seven Percent Solution on April 28, 2010 at 7:15 PM

More Tea Party news from Gateway Pundit:

OBAMA & BIG SIS Call In Riot Police on Quincy Tea Party Patriots (Video)

There was no riot and no reason to do this. Grandmas in red, white and blue represent the new threat, I suppose.

INC on April 28, 2010 at 7:11 PM

That is pathetic, scared of Granny! Have no fear he will handle imadinnerjacket, hamas, putin, dear leader and all the rest no problem.

bluemarlin on April 28, 2010 at 7:17 PM

I don’t care if they participate in the process, are they not Americans?
As long as they aren’t going as a journalist, but as an American, who cares?

Conservative Voice on April 28, 2010 at 7:18 PM

Had to vote YES.

Since the MSM already participates daily in “political events” by the method of its reportage which slants the news to prop up and promote the political regime they support.

They don’t do it overtly by joining in these rallies, but covertly by pretending to “report” on such events objectively.

Which is far worse.

profitsbeard on April 28, 2010 at 7:19 PM

I hear a hundred ACLU attorneys coming to this guy’s defense.

jukin on April 28, 2010 at 7:19 PM

Conservative Voice on April 28, 2010 at 7:18 PM

And after submitting that, I want to add I don’t care if they went as a journalist and as an American…I don’t care. All I care about is are they honest and fearless.

Conservative Voice on April 28, 2010 at 7:20 PM

I don’t mind if journalists do participate — but they need to take off the partisan hat when they are reporters. However, if their agreed to contract says “no political participation,” then the news organization is right to suspend or fire the journo.

rbj on April 28, 2010 at 7:21 PM

I’m not sure either. The good side, we’d know where they stand (even tho we really know that anyway). I think as long as they are honest about it… shouldn’t be a problem.

stenwin77 on April 28, 2010 at 7:23 PM

Isn’t an anchor quite different than a journalist?

I mean, they aren’t mutually exclusive… but i always just kind of assumed that “news anchors” simply read copy in front of a camera.

Rude on April 28, 2010 at 7:25 PM

Rude on April 28, 2010 at 7:25 PM

I thought so to. He’s basically a reader of stories written by other people. Our local anchors get involved in lots of charity and public events.

Cindy Munford on April 28, 2010 at 7:30 PM

I just wonder, was he invited to speak? I’m sure he didn’t just jump up on the stage and grab the microphone and start talking. Clearly he was asked to speak at the rally. I lived in SD for 2 years and watched him report the news every night. Makes me think that the Duhamel family who owns the station are more left leaning than I thought. They did love them some Tom Dashel.

milwife88 on April 28, 2010 at 7:30 PM

I voted NO only because he actually spoke at the event. If he would have just gone as a regular citizen like everyone else it would have been fine.

Vigilante on April 28, 2010 at 7:31 PM

Since we’ve obviously gone past the days of an impartial media, who the Hell cares? Politicians put judges on the bench based on political alliances, the media is obviously slanted, we must live with that.

Would this be a non-issue if the Anchor was at a pro-gay marriage rally, the sad truth, yes. Selective outrage is the norm these days, but hey, we should be used to it by now. It’s a crying shame that we don’t have a media that would point this out.

M-14 2go on April 28, 2010 at 7:32 PM

He works for an ABC affiliate, Shad Olsen should have attended a coffee-party ! Duh ;-)

macncheez on April 28, 2010 at 7:32 PM

Should journalists participate in a political event?

Wow. Everyday for the MSM is involvement in a political action, i.e. protecting the Zero.

My question would be, “Should journalists openly engage in sex for political purposes?” Why? Because the MSM performs endless journalistic fellatio for Zippy every day. One only has to look at Chris Matthews for starters. The rest aren’t far behind wiping their chins.

I’ve never seen anything so obvious, cheap and disgusting.

Cody1991 on April 28, 2010 at 7:34 PM

Sorry for the OT but, whoever airbrushed Nancy Piglosi deserves a Noble Peace prize for Humanitarian Work. I can look at the picture without dry heaving in my mouth.

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/politics/blogs/yeas-and-nays/Vogue_-Cover-girl-Pelosi-looking-rather-airbrushed-in-D_C_-glossy-92327844.html

:)

milwife88 on April 28, 2010 at 7:35 PM

Depends on the ‘representation’ of the individual.

A member of the military is prohibited from engaging in political activities in uniform, or using their ‘standing’ as political leverage.

In civilian mufti, that’s entirely different matter [although it's sorta frowned on].

That being said, members of the press are supposed to be politically impartial [that doesn't mean they can't have opinions].

I think we all know the current reality of that ‘ideal’.

I do wonder though, if a journalist served as a ‘warm-up’ speaker for Obozo, would said individual get suspended?

Hmmmmmmmm.

CPT. Charles on April 28, 2010 at 7:35 PM

Allahpundit certainly understands the concepts envisioned here.

unclesmrgol on April 28, 2010 at 7:36 PM

milwife88 on April 28, 2010 at 7:35 PM

Ahhhh.

The miracles one can work with digital editing.

CPT. Charles on April 28, 2010 at 7:38 PM

http://biggovernment.com/jhoft/2010/04/28/team-obama-calls-out-swat-team-on-tea-party-patriots/

Team Obama Calls Out Swat Team on Tea Party Patriots!

ninjapirate on April 28, 2010 at 7:14 PM

Scary stuff. Reminds me of martial law in Poland. Why were marching in formation down a street like that? I’ve never seen it in America. Our police are supposed to serve the community. They ain’t milicja.

year_of_the_dingo on April 28, 2010 at 7:38 PM

He should have spoke at the illegal immigration rally … then it would have been fine.

It’s getting a bit transparent, no.

tarpon on April 28, 2010 at 7:38 PM

There’s a way to finesse it. I remember, years ago Judy Woodruff, then one of the Big Cheese anchors at CNN, spent her day on location “covering” a pro-abortion rally in Washington. It was the first and last time I saw her work on a Saturday.

mesquito on April 28, 2010 at 7:38 PM

Yes, the station, a private entity, has the ability to run its operations as it see fit. Their prerogative.

On the subject of ‘straight’ journos participating in political activities, one first has to accept the premise of the ‘un-biased reporter’. Since such a creature is so rare as to be virtually non-existent, awareness of the messenger’s biases is certainly helpful in assessing the message being delivered. For example, it would have been helpful to have understood Uncle Walter’s sentiments in evaluating his reporting of the Tet Offensive in Vietnam – an event that North Vietnamese leadership readily admits quite literally almost broke the back of their efforts, but which ‘The most trusted man in America’ informed the public was an absolute sign of an American debaucle.

On a national level, this is important. On the local level, delivering cut and dried local issue reporting, not so much, but still potentially applicable. Likely not.

Certainly the station had a right to act all kerfuffled and suspend him. But they look like fairly petty tight-ar$ed nincompoops for soing so, if the reporting the news versus making the news part of it be told.

Wind Rider on April 28, 2010 at 7:38 PM

Entirely fair. I’d be as furious with an anchor that participated in a Coffee Party rally and then had the audacity to call him/herself fair and unbiased.

Dark-Star on April 28, 2010 at 7:39 PM

Tough call. I almost wouldn’t mind seeing KO and Matthews just admit their bias and attend Democrat events.

The honesty would be refreshing.

BadgerHawk on April 28, 2010 at 7:11 PM

Neither of those buffoons is a journalist from whom we should expect objectivity.

KO and CM are just like Hannity in that they are all pundits who at one point claimed objectivity.

Hannity has actually uttered the phrase “I’m a journalist.”

The Race Card on April 28, 2010 at 7:40 PM

For example, it would have been helpful to have understood Uncle Walter’s sentiments in evaluating his reporting of the Tet Offensive in Vietnam – an event that North Vietnamese leadership readily admits quite literally almost broke the back of their efforts, but which ‘The most trusted man in America’ informed the public was an absolute sign of an American debaucle.

Dude, could you possibly cite an instance of clear liberal-media-bias within the past quarter-century?

Thanks.

The Race Card on April 28, 2010 at 7:41 PM

It would be easy to say no if it wasn’t for the billions in “in-kind” donations the MSM gives to the Democrats every year through severely unbalanced coverage. As in, you guys have far, far bigger problems to solve – when do we start seeing some newsreaders that lie about Republicans and about the news of the day get suspended?

This isn’t principle, it’s hypocrisy. And they’ll get away with it because the majority (in their little community) can stomp all over the minority and get away with it. They’re their own “policemen,” and they choose who gets punished and whether it gets reported.

Merovign on April 28, 2010 at 7:41 PM

milwife88 on April 28, 2010 at 7:35 PM

Unreal. They made her look like Katie Couric.

Cody1991 on April 28, 2010 at 7:42 PM

They’re their own “policemen,”

No dipshite, the free-market is.

The Race Card on April 28, 2010 at 7:42 PM

I voted no. News anchors should not partake in Tea Parties or any other political rallies, left or right.

Doughboy on April 28, 2010 at 7:43 PM

Hypothetical: Popular local tv newsman appears at Tea Party rally. In his comments, he criticizes news coverage of Tea Party rallies and Tea Partiers generally as pejorative and non-factual, and he lauds them for taking serious responsibility for the direction of their government. He encourages political involvement generally, and encourages everyone to vote. He makes no remarks that either support or oppose any political positions.

Unethical or not?

Try substituting any other identifiable political group for the Tea Party and see if your analysis still works for you.

Is it simply appearing at a rally or meeting or is it promoting a political position, aligned with a particular party or not, that creates the ethical issue?

novaculus on April 28, 2010 at 7:44 PM

If he’s going to be reporting on Tea Parties, he should not participate in one. If the station’s lineup includes 2 anchors, then his partner should be the one to handle any stories related to Tea Parties.

Also, of course, if he participates he should take special care to make sure his personal opinions are not assumed to be representative of the station, but it doesn’t sound like that was an issue here.

malclave on April 28, 2010 at 7:45 PM

So a journalist doesn’t have 1st amendment rights?? Who would have thunk it especially considering how opionated is the news they report on the job.

docdave on April 28, 2010 at 7:45 PM

Sorry for the OT but, whoever airbrushed Nancy Piglosi deserves a Noble Peace prize for Humanitarian Work. I can look at the picture without dry heaving in my mouth.

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/politics/blogs/yeas-and-nays/Vogue_-Cover-girl-Pelosi-looking-rather-airbrushed-in-D_C_-glossy-92327844.html

:)

milwife88 on April 28, 2010 at 7:35 PM

I wonder what brand of dogmeat you’ll resemble at 70.

The Race Card on April 28, 2010 at 7:46 PM

docdave on April 28, 2010 at 7:45 PM

Explain how his rights were violated. Be specific or please admit that you’re just making things up.

The Race Card on April 28, 2010 at 7:46 PM

Cody1991 on April 28, 2010 at 7:42 PM

Ugh! I can;t stand KC. I can’t decide if, when she smiles, does she look more like “The Joker” from Batman or a Pez dispenser.

milwife88 on April 28, 2010 at 7:48 PM

Obama called in the swat team for TV propaganda, knowing it would be played over and over on his TV stations and they would present it in a way that made it seem as if the TPers were out of hand. Watch for it!

silvernana on April 28, 2010 at 7:49 PM

YES! As a journalist myself, I can assure you there is no such thing as “objective reporting” of any sort. All reporting is colored by the wold views of all the individuals working on the stories. I would rather read, hear, or see news from sources that are not afraid to admit their biases. Those that hide behind “objective reporting” are cowards afraid to display their true colors.

Ace ODale on April 28, 2010 at 7:51 PM

An anchor, like Mr. Olsen is, the line gets a little fuzzier. If for no other reason, the fact one advertises their personal politics might cost any given station half their audience.

JamesLee on April 28, 2010 at 7:11 PM

Defending the owner of the company, as JL states above, advertisers are the main source of income, and, that is the owners main concern. The position Mr. Olsen holds requires him to leave his political leanings at the door. Although, if no policy was agreed to in advance, suspension should be the harshest penalty for speaking the truth about a runaway government.

Does Mr. Olsen get a raise if the audience ratings go up?

Rovin on April 28, 2010 at 7:51 PM

His punishment was proper; he should have not participated, but hardly a serious offense.

michaelo on April 28, 2010 at 7:51 PM

So called”journalists” in the MSM are part of the Democrat political party there for their participation in said events are already in full swing. The question is should Conservative journalists, if you can find any, be allowed to do the same? I for one wish they would.

sandee on April 28, 2010 at 7:51 PM

The Race Card on April 28, 2010 at 7:46 PM

Well what do you know. Some one was able to set aside enough of the welfare money to maintain their internet connection. Nothing is more responsible than a troll on a budget!

milwife88 on April 28, 2010 at 7:52 PM

Yes, Journalists should openly participate in political events.

This sham of objectivity is a very, very modern contrivance. There’s no reason for it and it pollutes actual news and discourse.

Lehosh on April 28, 2010 at 7:52 PM

Explain how his rights were violated. Be specific or please admit that you’re just making things up.

The Race Card on April 28, 2010 at 7:46 PM

Maybe you need to read the 1st amendment especially the part that says ‘or abridge the freedom of speech’. I may have missed something but I didn’t see where he give up that right because of his profession.

docdave on April 28, 2010 at 7:52 PM

No dipshite, the free-market is supposed to be.

The Race Card on April 28, 2010 at 7:42 PM

Mild ftfy.

But you can’t expect the free market to pick decent news orgs anymore, not when the majority of the populace is as ignorant and gullible as the USA’s.

That’s why everything ‘newsy’ is shifting to the Internet over the old TV & print sources: there is a near-unlimited ‘market’ for people to go and get their opinions validated.

Dark-Star on April 28, 2010 at 7:54 PM

Dude, could you possibly cite an instance of clear liberal-media-bias within the past quarter-century?

Thanks.

The Race Card on April 28, 2010 at 7:41 PM

The most dangerous bias is subtle. I’m afraid I can’t provide a link, which means you’ll probably just disregard this… but not long before the 2008 election I recall reading AP stories in my local newspaper (on the same day) about rallies held by McCain and Obama.

The report on McCain’s rally was dry and factual. Obama, on the other hand, was described as “confident” and the size of the crowd was “jaw-dropping”. The use of language was clearly promoting one candidate over the other.

malclave on April 28, 2010 at 8:05 PM

milwife88 on April 28, 2010 at 7:35 PM

That has to be the photo they took of her when she first got elected. According to the article “The photos were purchased from Vintage Books and Anchor Books of Random House.” She did not sit for a new photo, I am going to go out on a limb and say the photo ties into the story.

Cindy Munford on April 28, 2010 at 8:06 PM

I didn’t realize that the constitution said you have freedom of speech unless you’re a journalist on personal time. I think I’d make a real big stink about this if it was me.

boomer on April 28, 2010 at 8:06 PM

The Race Card on April 28, 2010 at 7:41 PM

Don’t you think that the Tea Parties have been covered with a clear bias? I haven’t read all the remarks but I think the free market is being heard with low ratings on “news” shows and newspaper facing severe financial problems.

Cindy Munford on April 28, 2010 at 8:08 PM

boomer on April 28, 2010 at 8:06 PM

I would love to know what the heard from the audience.

Cindy Munford on April 28, 2010 at 8:09 PM


..Maybe it depends on what you are protesting….
……This supposed “journalist” got a big promotion even after she bragged about marching against our President,our Soldiers,and their mission in Iraq:


1. New Today Co-Host an Anti-War Protester: “War Built on Lies”

http://www.mediaresearch.org/cyberalerts/2006/cyb20060406.asp

Meredith Vieira, the replacement for Katie Couric as co-host of NBC’s Today this fall — Wednesday’s New York Times reported that “NBC has nearly concluded an agreement with Meredith Vieira of ABC to replace Ms. Couric as co-host of the Today morning show” — marched in an anti-Iraq war protest back in August of 2004. On the Monday, August 30, 2004 edition of the ABC daytime show she quad-hosts, The View, the former CBS 60 Minutes reporter told viewers that she attended the anti-Bush protest held in New York City on the Sunday before the Republican convention opened, insisting: “I didn’t go anti-Bush or pro-Kerry. I’m still so upset about this war and I’m so proud I live in a country where you can protest.” She showed a photo of herself marching with her pre-teen daughter and her husband, Richard, who was the senior political producer at CBS News for most of the 1980s. Behind her in the photo: A protest sign featuring a “W,” for George W. Bush, with a slash through it. Earlier in 2004, she declared of the Iraq war: “Everything’s been built on lies. Everything! I mean the entire pretext for war.” When guest Ann Coulter charged that “liberals hate America,” Vieira called that “stupid.”


…………of course this is when dissent was patriotic

Baxter Greene on April 28, 2010 at 8:11 PM

the notion of objective, unbiased reporting is a crock and has been utopian from the day that “creed” took root. Let the reporters do what they want, as is their right as a citizen. Then if the dude comes on the tube spouting whatever, you the viewer know where he’s coming from. I think this ‘objective reporting’, like most fantasies, is something most people are loathe to give up.

AH_C on April 28, 2010 at 8:12 PM

I suspect that had we seen Brian Williams as a speaker at an antiwar rally in 2004, he’d still be hearing about it from conservative critics.

He was doing so. With every nightly broadcast.

Overall this amuses me though. The left and the MSM are tied at the hip, and the compliant here is the person is evidencing bias by participating in a non-partisan event? Stop helping the left – they will not return the favor.

18-1 on April 28, 2010 at 8:16 PM

Should journalists participate in political events?
Moot question.

MSM journalists already politicize everything. Most news “reporting” is an ongoing political event.

infidel4life on April 28, 2010 at 7:10 PM

Exactly what I was thinking infidel

Wine_N_Dine on April 28, 2010 at 8:17 PM

Yes, Journalists should openly participate in political events.

Lehosh on April 28, 2010 at 7:52 PM

That is a critical point. As we’ve seen with JournoList, the MSM coordinates behind the scenes to decide how to cover the news. If the Journolist members were at least open about their conspiring, I would be a bit more positively disposed, and the people would know where this supposed news is coming from…

18-1 on April 28, 2010 at 8:19 PM

Don’t you think that the Tea Parties have been covered with a clear bias? I haven’t read all the remarks but I think the free market is being heard with low ratings on “news” shows and newspaper facing severe financial problems.

Cindy Munford on April 28, 2010 at 8:08 PM

Cindy – racecard just covers his ears and hums. He’s an idiot and a liar.

CWforFreedom on April 28, 2010 at 8:19 PM

the tea party treatment by the mainstream media is full of bias. anyone -including the idiot racecard–who cannot see it are just useful.

CWforFreedom on April 28, 2010 at 8:21 PM

Dude, could you possibly cite an instance of clear liberal-media-bias within the past quarter-century?

Thanks.

The Race Card on April 28, 2010 at 7:41 PM

“If we could be one-hundredth as great as you and Hillary Rodham Clinton have been in the White House, we’d take it right now and walk away winners….Tell Mrs. Clinton we respect her and we’re pulling for her.”
— Dan Rather to President Clinton, via satellite, at a May 27, 1993 CBS affiliates meeting, referencing his new CBS Evening News co-anchor Connie Chung.

18-1 on April 28, 2010 at 8:22 PM

http://biggovernment.com/jhoft/2010/04/28/team-obama-calls-out-swat-team-on-tea-party-patriots/

Team Obama Calls Out Swat Team on Tea Party Patriots!

ninjapirate on April 28, 2010 at 7:14 PM

I bet those officers were all thinking “What the hell are we doing here?!”

ThePrez on April 28, 2010 at 8:26 PM

I think it’s inappropriate for Brian Williams and Katie Couric to blog at Huffington Post. I don’t think they’ve done it lately, but they’ve each done it more than once, IIRC.

juliesa on April 28, 2010 at 8:26 PM

Dude, could you possibly cite an instance of clear liberal-media-bias within the past quarter-century?

Thanks.

The Race Card on April 28, 2010 at 7:41 PM

Certainly you kid, dude…Dan Rather, the case that made Allahpundit famous, the NYTs in its entire existence, the Washington Post, CNN, CNN international, NBC, CBS, ABC, CBC, the LAT…but you know all this. You just love to antagonize people. I can see you smirk with glee.

Schadenfreude on April 28, 2010 at 8:27 PM

MSNBC, how could I forget?

Schadenfreude on April 28, 2010 at 8:27 PM

In an ideal world, no they shouldn’t participate in political events. But as has been pointed out, the state-controlled media are just mouthpieces of the DNC anyway, so…

ddrintn on April 28, 2010 at 8:30 PM

I think it’s inappropriate for Brian Williams and Katie Couric to blog at Huffington Post. I don’t think they’ve done it lately, but they’ve each done it more than once, IIRC.

juliesa on April 28, 2010 at 8:26 PM

Did they discuss the evils of vaccination or the healing power of crystals like the rest of the Puffingtons?

18-1 on April 28, 2010 at 8:30 PM

Dude, could you possibly cite an instance of clear liberal-media-bias within the past quarter-century?

Thanks.

The Race Card on April 28, 2010 at 7:41 PM

The fact that Barack Obama never got a tough question until he appeared with Baier on Fox.

ddrintn on April 28, 2010 at 8:32 PM

^ Anyway, you could read Ann Coulter’s book Guilty. It’s thoroughly documented as well, so “Eeeeewww…Coulter!” won’t work as a dismissal.

ddrintn on April 28, 2010 at 8:33 PM

In an ideal world, no they shouldn’t participate in political events. But as has been pointed out, the state-controlled media are just mouthpieces of the DNC anyway, so…

ddrintn on April 28, 2010 at 8:30 PM

They have the right to protest but their employer does not have to employ them if they do. I would rather know for sure their leanings.

CWforFreedom on April 28, 2010 at 8:39 PM

Well what do you know. Some one was able to set aside enough of the welfare money to maintain their internet connection. Nothing is more responsible than a troll on a budget!

milwife88 on April 28, 2010 at 7:52 PM

I think it’s a shame, but chances are that if you’re a military wife your own joke applies to you way before it does me, dear.

Thank you for your famiy’s commitment.

The Race Card on April 28, 2010 at 8:42 PM

Dude, could you possibly cite an instance of clear liberal-media-bias within the past quarter-century?

Thanks.

The Race Card on April 28, 2010 at 7:41 PM

Matthews: My Job Is To Make Obama Presidency a Success
By Mark Finkelstein
Created 2008-11-06 09:35

CHRIS MATTHEWS

: Yeah, well, you know what? I want to do everything I can to make this thing work, this new presidency work, and I think that –

JOE SCARBOROUGH:

Is that your job? You just talked about being a journalist!

MATTHEWS:

Yeah, it is my job. My job is to help this country.


Matthews wasn’t done with his odd new job description . . . An incredulous Scarborough kept pressing, astonished at such a complete 180 from Matthews’s repeated insistence during the Bush presidency that he had to hold the government accountable.

SCARBOROUGH:

Your job is the make this presidency work?


MATTHEWS:

To make this work successfully. This country needs a successful presidency.


…….even other journalist see the liberal bias in the media

CNN’s Howard Kurtz Renames MSNBC ‘The Obama Network’
By Noel Sheppard
Created 2009-01-25 11:29

After some discussion, Kurtz hammered home the point:
Wasn’t he really saying, “If you like Barack Obama, this is the network to watch?”
Guest Amanda Carpenter of TownHall.com nodded her head, smiled, and said, “Right.”
Kurtz replied: “Okay, well then I just want to be clear about it, because MSNBC denies that it has moved to the left, and I think the evidence is pretty strong.”

‘Gerbilists’ In The National Press Corps

By K. Daniel Glover  |  June 24, 2009

Gerbilism is what you get when:

A president coordinates questions with friendly reporters and snaps at independent thinkers in the White House press corps who don’t pitch softballs;

A national network agrees to a one-sided special report on healthcare policy at the White House and even goes so far as to reject advertising with alternative viewpoints;

A national news anchor at another network bows his head before the president;

The press fawns over everything from the president’s dessert stops to his skill as a fly killer.

And those are just a few snapshots from the month of June alone. That kind of coverage has been commonplace for more than two years now and shows no signs of abating.

Unlike those other groups, however, the Common Purpose meeting has involved a White House official, communications director Ellen Moran, two sources familiar with the meeting said. It’s aimed, said one, at “providing a way for the White House to manage its relationships with some of these independent groups.”

Rahmbo’s Echo Chamber
Filed under: General — Karl @ 6:36 am
[Posted by Karl]

The latest in a series of new, low-profile efforts to coordinate the unusually focused progressive coalition backing the White House’s goals is a quiet weekly meeting run by a new group called the Common Purpose Project.

Unlike those other groups, however, the Common Purpose meeting has involved a White House official, communications director Ellen Moran, two sources familiar with the meeting said. It’s aimed, said one, at “providing a way for the White House to manage its relationships with some of these independent groups.”

However, Jane Hamsher let slip who is really behind Common Purpose, calling it “one of the many groups Rahm Emanuel has set up to coordinate messaging among liberal interest groups”:

There are a variety of vehicles through which this is done — the 8:45 am call, Unity 09, Campaign to Rebuild and Renew America — and they’ve been extremely successful. When the banks told the White House they wouldn’t cooperate with the PPIP plan unless they got their bonuses, and the administration made the decision to “ratchet down their rhetoric,” the call went out to the liberal interest groups to stay silent too…and silent they remain.


Newsweek, Around the Bend

June 5, 2009 Posted by John at 9:43 PM

Newsweek editor Jon Meacham has announced that he wants to turn the magazine into a journal of liberal opinion with a smaller circulation. I’m not sure that readers will be able to tell the difference between the Newsweek of recent years and the forthcoming “journal of liberal opinion,” but to the extent they notice any change, it’s a sure bet that circulation will decline.


THOMAS:
Obama is ‘we are above that now.’ We’re not just parochial, we’re not just chauvinistic, we’re not just provincial. We stand for something – I mean in a way Obama’s standing above the country, above – above the world, he’s sort of God. He’s-

MATTHEWS: Yeah.

THOMAS:
He’s going to bring all different sides together.


Noted imbecile Mark Morford: Obama is a “Lightworker,” an “enlightened being”

posted at 5:28 pm on June 6, 2008 by Allahpundit
http://hotair.com/archives/2008/06/06/noted-imbecile-mark-morford-obama-is-a-lightworker-an-enlightened-being/

Here’s where it gets gooey. Many spiritually advanced people I know (not coweringly religious, mind you, but deeply spiritual) identify Obama as a Lightworker, that rare kind of attuned being who has the ability to lead us not merely to new foreign policies or health care plans or whatnot, but who can actually help usher in a new way of being on the planet,


How the White House Used Gruber’s Work to Create Appearance of Broad Consensus

Jane Hamsher
Founder, FireDogLake.com
Posted: January 13, 2010 10:14 AM

Up until this point, most of the attention regarding the failure to disclose the connection between Jonathan Gruber and the White House has fallen on Gruber himself. Far more troubling, however, is the lack of disclosure on the part of the White House, the Senate, the DNC and other Democratic leaders who distributed Gruber’s work and cited it as independent validation of their proposals, orchestrating the appearance of broad consensus when in fact it was all part of the same effort.


Reporter: ‘We Took Sides, Straight and Simple’ Against Palin

By Tim Graham
Created 2009-07-10 07:56

On AOL Politics Daily [1], long-time White House reporter Carl Cannon bluntly declared that the political press gave Sarah Palin a raw deal in the 2008 campaign, and seriously failed to scrutinize Joe Biden, especially his fact-mangling and odd statements in the vice presidential debate. Cannon summed up:

In the 2008 election, we took sides, straight and simple, particularly with regard to the vice presidential race. I don’t know that we played a decisive role in that campaign, and I’m not saying the better side lost. What I am saying is that we simply didn’t hold Joe Biden to the same standard as Sarah Palin, and for me, the real loser in this sordid tale is my chosen profession.

WaPo ombud demolishes paper’s cover story on WaPimping
posted at 1:45 pm on July 11, 2009 by Ed Morrissey
http://hotair.com/archives/2009/07/11/wapo-ombud-demolishes-papers-cover-story-on-wapimping/

The Washington Post tried to explain away its “salons”, which basically sold off-the-record access to the Post’s journalists and government officials for lobbyists, as a misunderstanding and mistaken marketing campaign by one of its executives.  WaPo ombud Andrew Alexander demolishes the cover story that made Charles Pelton the fall guy, and clearly shows that both publisher Katharine Weymouth and executive editor Marcus Brauchli not only knew that the salons provoked serious ethics questions, their chosen fall guy raised them before producing the fliers that exposed the program (emphases mine, via Instapundit):

While Brauchli and Weymouth say they should have realized long ago that the plan was flawed, internal e-mails and interviews show questions about ethics were raised with both of them months ago. They also show that blame runs deeper. Beneath Brauchli and Weymouth, three of the most senior newsroom managers received an e-mail with details of the plan.

…Race Card has to be an absolute liberal useful idiot not to see the bias that the vast majority of this Nation sees in our MSM.

Baxter Greene on April 28, 2010 at 8:42 PM

The fact that Barack Obama never got a tough question until he appeared with Baier on Fox.

ddrintn on April 28, 2010 at 8:32 PM

Hmmmm?

The Race Card on April 28, 2010 at 8:45 PM

Baxter Greene on April 28, 2010 at 8:42 PM

not a journalist, move along

The Race Card on April 28, 2010 at 8:45 PM

…Race Card has to be an absolute liberal useful idiot not to see the bias that the vast majority of this Nation sees in our MSM.

Dimbulb, when did I refute the idea of a liberal media bias? Never. I simply ask for posterity. In your case you’ve shown your posterior.

The Race Card on April 28, 2010 at 8:47 PM

Race Card you’re an arse of the 1000th degree.

CWforFreedom on April 28, 2010 at 8:50 PM

I’d rather have a conservative who is fair on the job and saves his bias for his own time than a liberal who pretends to be unbiased but who steeps their reporting in their bias.

jnelchef on April 28, 2010 at 8:52 PM

Hmmmm?

The Race Card on April 28, 2010 at 8:45 PM

Baxter Greene on April 28, 2010 at 8:42 PM

not a journalist, move along

The Race Card on April 28, 2010 at 8:45 PM

You are such an idiot. The journalists do not ask the hard questions. That is the point. Sheesh you are stupid. It doesn’t matter if he said Baier or Mickey Mouse. You have been PWND.

CWforFreedom on April 28, 2010 at 8:52 PM

I think it’s a shame, but chances are that if you’re a military wife your own joke applies to you way before it does me, dear.

Thank you for your famiy’s commitment.

The Race Card on April 28, 2010 at 8:42 PM

Race Card you are a true Bittchhh as well. Sure you thank her family. Sure. You should be banned sik fukkk.

CWforFreedom on April 28, 2010 at 8:54 PM

not a journalist, move along

The Race Card on April 28, 2010 at 8:45 PM

…Race Card has to be an absolute liberal useful idiot not to see the bias that the vast majority of this Nation sees in our MSM.

Dimbulb, when did I refute the idea of a liberal media bias? Never. I simply ask for posterity. In your case you’ve shown your posterior.

The Race Card on April 28, 2010 at 8:47 PM

this is what you asked dumba$$:

Dude, could you possibly cite an instance of clear liberal-media-bias within the past quarter-century?

Thanks.

The Race Card on April 28, 2010 at 7:41 PM

….of which I provided many and can provide many more…

…I guess we can add “I am to dumb to read” to the list of idiocy you are showing here.
There are several journalist listed as well as editors,writers and political commentators.

You are to stupid and infantile to even suggest that there is no bias and when you challenged for it to be produced, you are to stuck on stupid to acknowledge that you just got your “posterior handed to you.

….how pathetic.

Baxter Greene on April 28, 2010 at 9:03 PM

Blackballed for not toting the party line? Now where has this happened in history before?

Inanemergencydial on April 28, 2010 at 9:15 PM


…Found some video of race “I see nothing” card and his useful idiot act:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=34ag4nkSh7Q

….race exhibits the typical liberal idiot stance of “nothing to see here” in the face of indisputable facts…

…Jim Jones and his People’s Temple could not have produced a more ignorant,brainwashed idiot than what the democratic party has produced here with race card.

“Yes We Can!!!!”

Baxter Greene on April 28, 2010 at 9:17 PM

The fact that Barack Obama never got a tough question until he appeared with Baier on Fox.

ddrintn on April 28, 2010 at 8:32 PM

Hmmmm?

The Race Card on April 28, 2010 at 8:45 PM

Yeah. Can you think of any? O’Reilly was even soft on the guy. Most of what Obama got was “how do you function being so wonderfully wonderful? How proud do you think your parents would be right now? How does it feel to have the hopes and dreams of so many resting on your gorgeous shoulders?” Give me a break.

ddrintn on April 28, 2010 at 9:20 PM

I suspect that had we seen Brian Williams as a speaker at an antiwar rally in 2004,

He bowed to Obama and it was talked about for the weekend and dropped. That’s the thing about conservatives, we beat the horse until it’s dead and stop unlike the left who continue to flagellate the poor thing.

thomasaur on April 28, 2010 at 9:24 PM

This is my story.

I was a news photographer/reporter/weather anchor and anchor for many years and then News Director of a national Christian broadcasting company for five years after that. As much as I wanted to get involved personally politically I would never allow myself (or my employees) to cross that line as long as I was on the air. Did my views (conservative and Christian only the last 9 of those 20+) spill over on the air? Sometimes.

It wasn’t until, AFTER I left broadcasting and started my own business that I went to my first Tea Party. I brought my video camera and edited the #iamthemob video that was picked up by HotAir and other Conservative blogs and even got me an interview on theBCast! It changed my life. Now I make political videos and web sites for a living. The latest was a border clean-up and tour of the border fence last Saturday that was picked up by Michelle Malkin. Oh, and the Boycott Grijalva, Not Arizona, Vote Ruth McClung video.

This guy should absolutely not have made a speech at a political event whether it be promoting the left or the right. Most stations ask (require) that you clear those types of public appearances through management. Had he done that, he would have saved himself a suspension.

Ordinary1 on April 28, 2010 at 9:25 PM

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