Members of the mainstream media don’t believe their own eyes when what they see doesn’t fit their liberal narrative.
For years, press outlets would downplay news that put Democrats in an unflattering light while running wild with stories that hurt the GOP.
Phony National Guard documents, anyone?
Press outlets argued, sometimes reasonably, that there wasn’t enough evidence to prove a point or to warrant a follow-up investigation to pin down a Democrat.
Now, even when video clips prove a liberal’s guilt—or shoddy behavior—the media still turns a blind eye.
The most galling ongoing example involves voter intimidation charges against two members of the New Black Panther Party. A quick video search will show a clip of two men standing outside a polling place circa Nov. 4, 2008, one with a night stick in hand, questioning someone for shooting video of the scene. One of the pair, both clad in military-style garb, claims to be part of a security detachment, but it’s hard to feel secure given the weapon in his hands.
The clip haunted the web for months and sparked countless blog posts on conservative web sites. It’s an unadulterated example of voter intimidation playing out in real time. But the MSM couldn’t be bothered to press “play.”
Now, the video snippet is part of a much bigger story the MSM is dragging their feet on.
Foxnews.com reports a former Justice Department official, J. Christian Adams, testified this week that the Obama Administration’s dismissal of the case was part of a larger pattern where race played a role in pursuing justice. Not only was the initial clip not deemed newsworthy, the follow-up saga involving such hot-button issues as voting rights, race and the law aren’t either.
The media also refused to bite hard when video surfaced of a Democratic congressman roughing up a new media journalist for daring to ask one simple question: “Do you fully support the Obama agenda?”
Rep. Bob Etheridge of North Carolina physically assaulted two students for asking that question on camera.
The media played the incident down, did not drag it out with further reportage and made sure to mention the video appeared on a “conservative” web site and was heavily edited as if we couldn‘t really believe our own eyes.
Arguably the most egregiously biased coverage of the incident came courtesy of the Washington Post’s Dave Weigel, the paper’s “conservative blogger.”
Or make that former conservative blogger—he resigned this month after his stridently anti-conservative rhetoric got leaked.
Weigel said Etheridge had tried to “hug” the students in the video and blamed the students for harassing the congressman.
The MSM routinely ignores vocal gaffes that would otherwise make the rounds of the morning and evening news casts.
Consider this scenario: Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich is battling to pass major new legislation that would impact roughly one-sixth of the nation’s economy. Somebody catches him on video saying this to defend the bill in question:
“So we have to pass the bill so we can find out what’s in it.”
Think that clip wouldn’t lead most news casts?
But when the current Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi uttered those very same words earlier this year about Obamacare it barely made a blip on the media register.
And what about Rep. Phil Hare? The Illinois Democrat was caught on tape defending Obamacare with this indefensible quip:
“I don’t worry about the Constitution on this, to be honest,” Hare told an intrepid videographer.
Concerned citizens have to rely on the Drudge Report and conservative web sites to find such alarming comments, not the mainstream media.
But, if a video clip could embarrass a Republican, the MSM is all for it. Consider the gold-plated gaffe made by GOP Chairman Michael Steele earlier this month. Steele said the war in Afghanistan was Obama’s war, and a hopeless one, at that.
The press pounced, using the video clip as a jumping off point to savage Steele and let various talking heads discuss his punishment. It’s a textbook case of how the media can dig its heels in with a story when they want to.
One example of video-based media bias involves something that wasn’t captured on video.
In March, Rep. Andrew Carson said a gaggle of Tea Party members hurled the “N-word” at him and his fellow Democratic black colleagues 15 times as they left the Cannon office building in Washington, D.C. The MSM ran with the story, which helped support their fictitious narrative that all Tea Party members are drooling racists.
But even though plenty of flip cameras and other recording devices were running that day, no one had proof the slurs were slung. And when conservative gadfly Andrew Breitbart offered $100,000 to the person who had video proof of the slurs, he couldn’t give the money away.
To the MSM, seeing isn’t believing. But video proof is more than enough reason for people to further distrust news outlets.