MSNBC: The National Barack Cable Network

The opening of the Democratic National Convention in Denver Monday evening once again emphasized that MSNBC’s biased duo Matthews and Olbermann, as well as others at the news cable network, have lost their impartiality — if not their minds — when it comes to Barack Obama. 

In the run-up to the convention, Matthews always downplayed Obama’s questionable relationships while Olbermann systematically trashed anyone who would challenge the junior senator from Illinois.

On the Sunday before the convention, Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell stood to give his closing remarks at the Shorenstein Center–sponsored forum at Denver’s Brown Place Hotel. He immediately irritated ABC’s Stephanopoulous, CBS’s Schieffer, and NBC’s Brokaw who were on stage with him when he declared that he was embarrassed by MSNBC’s lopsided coverage of Obama.

It could be said that Rendell, a one-time Hillary supporter, might have some ax to grind because his candidate blew what many in the media thought an insurmountable Clinton advantage.

Nevertheless, like a monkey over a cupcake, PBS’s Judy Woodruff, who was moderating the Sunday morning moderators for the afternoon event, pounced on Rendell. “Why don’t we let Governor Rendell sit down?” she said.

The audience, including such Obama toadies as Arianna Huffington, Gwen Ifill, and MSNBC’s own political news director Chuck Todd, applauded wildly. Tom Brokaw then steeped in to indicate that there were others at the cable network that rendered Rendell’s remarks off base.

Was Brokaw referring to MSNBC’s “Morning” Joe Scarborough’s adoration of Obama? Or was he remembering David Schuster’s amazing statement about Chelsea Clinton’s role in her mother’s campaign: “Doesn’t it seem as if Chelsea is sort of being pimped out in some weird sort of a way?” Shuster asked.

There is more. What about the remark early on in the campaign when Matthews suggested that Hillary got where she is because of a sympathy vote related to Bill’s philandering.  Or the extraordinary soft ball questions lobbed at Obama during the debates on MSNBC.
Matthews continued his unwavering defense of Obama Monday evening with his persistent questioning of polls that clearly indicate Hillary supporters are not necessarily flocking to Obama. Chris let out his usual ‘Ha!’ as he asked an MSNBC panel of pundits, “Where do these pollsters get these numbers?”

Olbermann later jumped in to support his colleague’s contention that pollsters are trying to establish disunity between Hillary and Barack. Ironically, when asked if Clinton supporters will eventually support the Democratic nominee by an MSNBC floor reporter, former President Carter said he hoped so.

Even Carter knows that unification has to be resolved during the convention and afterwards as well. Matthews and Olbermann think otherwise by their insistence that Hillary supporters have already made the transition to Obama. Talk about impartial reporting of the facts.

A content analysis of MSNBC’s coverage of the convention along with the campaign events leading up to it will surely yield a distinct coverage pattern favoring Obama. This is what conservative graduate students might want to investigate as they search for an original thesis topic.

For those, however, interested in understanding what is taking place at the Democratic National Convention, you might want to turn the channel.  MSNBC has taken sides and has interjected itself into the political process.

I wonder who at MSNBC will be on the short-list to fill the position of White House spokesman should Obama win election.