In the world of 24/7 cable news coverage, blogs where anyone can claim to be a reporter, and talk-radio stations that seem to put just about anyone on the air, it’s never been more important to be selective in who you go to for honest news coverage. Some so-called journalists are so leftist or progressive, they completely reinvent and reinterpret facts of various events—what’s worse, they often do it in a snarky, holier-than-thou way making it near impossible to watch without feeling nauseous.
Whether you want to call them journalists or propagandists, one thing is for sure: these five should be avoided like the plague:
5: Rick Sanchez of CNN is one bizarre character. He talks to the audience like they’re mentally disabled (though it is CNN, so perhaps this is forgivable) and he has this annoying habit of narrating what he’s going to do on the show: “Coming up, I’m going to show you a picture of the BP oil well. You will see oil seeping from the well; it will frighten you; it will be awe-inspiring. Producer Joe, why don’t you bring up that picture on the screen for my audience.” Hey, Rick, just show the damn picture.
Beyond his amateur news delivery, Sanchez is a liberal who is notorious for presenting half-truths and innuendo to his (meager) audience. In an effort to demonize Republicans last month, Sanchez tried to tie big oil to the GOP—but, of course, he omitted the fact that President Obama in 2008 received mega-bucks from BP.
And who could forget Sanchez’s attack on Latinos who work at Fox News. On his Twitter account, Sanchez wrote: “do u know how much money i’d make if i’d sold out as hispanic and worked at fox news, r u kidding, one problem, looking in mirror. if i didn’t believe in doing right thing, i’d be rich anchoring at fox news.”
The implication, of course, is that Latinos who work for the evil conservative Fox News are sell outs. Do you trust a man who thinks like this to accurately analyze the stories of the day?
4. Joy Behar inexplicably has a news analysis show that airs weeknights on HLN. Far from being a journalist or having any legitimate training in news media, Behar provides crude, insipid commentary on the news of the day, alongside typical liberal hack guests.
To borrow an oft-used phrase in the conservative blogosphere, Behar suffers from ‘Palin Derangement Syndrome’ and takes any opportunity she gets to slam the former Alaska governor. She features discussions about whether or not Trig is really Palin’s son, calls Palin “dumb,” and slams her followers as mean and evil. Behar is a second-rate comedian with a platform on a news network to promote hate and stupidity—viewers are encouraged to stay the hell away.
3. Stephanie Miller is a nationally syndicated talk-radio show host who is a frequent guest on network news shows. In an effort to be funny(?) and relevant (?), Miller continues to attack Tea Part members as “teabaggers.” One can only assume that Miller has some weird sex fantasy to keep bringing this term up, because surely she doesn’t think people are actually amused by it, right? Sure, hearing Anderson Cooper say “teabagger” was funny the first five times he said it on CNN, but by week two when just about everyone was using the term, it went from mildly amusing to lame. If I wanted hackneyed comedy from a dunce trying to give me analysis, I’d watch Joy Behar. No, thank you.
2. Chris Matthews on MSNBC pretends to be a hard-hitting journalist who asks hard-hitting questions—(he once asked a man who carried a gun to a protest: “You brought a loaded gun to the protest; was your gun loaded?”—asked and answered, Chris!)—equally to both sides of the aisle, but that sure isn’t factually accurate. From cozying up to nut-job Rep. Alan Grayson of Florida, to maintaining an erection through any Barack Obama speech, Matthews is someone who lost relevancy years ago, and is doing just about anything he can to get attention away from Keith Olbermann and Rachel Maddow. That would include referring to West Point as an “enemy camp” and repeatedly attacking former Vice President Dick Cheney as dangerous, evil, a “troll”, and other catch phrases the left likes to use to demonize the right. Yes, he asks questions in a rapid fire way, but the questions aren’t intelligent or fair, and they expose his leftists beliefs.
1. Keith Olbermann on MSNBC likes to think he’s smart, but he’s a scared, insecure man unable to face anyone on the air with an opposing viewpoint. Night after night, Olbermann features guests that read from liberal talking points and parrot his own far left views. He doesn’t have guests on to debate the issues, because not only can he not defend his own views, but he’s so egotistical and arrogant that he actually believes you’re stupid for not agreeing with everything he says.
He’s a pompous guttersnipe who talks at you, not to you. He is notoriously difficult to get along with, and he has hissy fits when people who he thinks should worship him, start to get annoyed and talk back to him. Olbermann is without a doubt, the most dishonest and one-sided news analyst on television—a title he, no doubt, relishes—and is not worth your time (given his pathetic ratings, many progressives are even starting to agree).