Tuesday, August 26, 2008

The Facade

For those of you in the party opposite who are operating under the illusion that the divisions are done away with in the Democratic Party, I give you Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell on Sunday:

"Ladies and gentleman, the coverage of Barack Obama was embarrassing," said Rendell, in the ballroom at Denver's Brown Palace Hotel. "It was embarrassing."

Rendell, an ardent Hillary Rodham Clinton supporter during the primaries, now backs Obama in the general election. Brokaw and Rendell began debating campaign coverage, including the on-air comments by Lee Cowan, and when MSNBC came up, Rendell went after the cable network.

“MSNBC was the official network of the Obama campaign," Rendell said, who called their coverage "absolutely embarrassing."

Chris Matthews, Rendell said, "loses his impartiality when he talks about the Clintons.”

The sad part about Ed Rendell's remarks is that they are essentially the truth (and I should point out that MSNBC has long been my favorite network for political coverage). The news division at NBC has such an obvious bias for Barack Obama that their objectivity is a matter of serious question. When not only the liberal Keith Olbermann but Brian Williams begins to declare Obama's problems erased after one night of a convention, clearly there is an attempt to create that reality in the press-whether there is original truth to it or not.

The feeling among both Clinton supporters and many Republicans that the press has endorsed and aided Obama in an unfair way is still raw, and in many ways it is reflected in Denver.

NBC News is certainly entitled to endorse whatever candidate or candidates it may choose, but just as John Chancellor used to give his nightly commentaries, NBC must admit their endorsement. As for the Democrats, as we shall see soon enough, their unity is a facade that shall become extremely difficult to maintain.



At Tuesday, August 26, 2008 11:02:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do you think that Gov. Rendell might be a little biased in his opinion of media coverage? Maybe, you think, a little?
Think Repubs might be a little biased too, in their opinions?
I think the media is biased! Including MSNBC. John McCain's "noun, verb and POW" response to everything has gone on for far too long and I think the media is far to willing to mearly read talking points rather than properly do their job. So get off the "media bias" whine.
The simple fact is that both McCain and Hillary were, to a very large degree well known quantities. Obama, on the other hand, was NEW. And in the minds of lazy media that was all that mattered. Biased? He can't bowl. So? Lot's of people can't bowl, yours truly being one of them, and yet that was a bandied about by the "biased" media as if that had some great signifigance.
Stop the whine or give us an address where we can send cheese.



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