"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.Chris Matthews, Rendell said, "loses his impartiality when he talks about the Clintons.”
“MSNBC was the official network of the Obama campaign," Rendell said, who called their coverage "absolutely embarrassing."
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.