Thread: Media Bias
09-09-2008, 08:04 PM
http://www.cultureandmediainstitute....826180111.aspxNets Not Showing Embarrassing DNC Convention Events
No cameras have shown Trojan handing out condoms to Democratic delegates – or the prolife demonstration in Denver.
Culture and Media Institute
August 26, 2008
The broadcast networks have devoted a lot of manpower and resources to covering this week’s Democratic National Convention in Denver. Viewers have been bombarded with images of delegates in crazy hats sporting Michelle/Kennedy/Obama/Biden/Hillary signs. Interviews of “average Americans” attending the convention have played across all the network newscasts both in the evenings and mornings.
But there are some stories the networks are carefully avoiding.
For instance, not one network morning program covered the pro-life demonstration held in Denver and no broadcast coverage has been given to the fact that the Bishop of Denver’s archdiocese has chastised House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and soon-to-be-nominated-for-Vice President Joseph Biden, both Catholics, on their support for abortion.
And speaking of abortion, no network cameras have videotaped the Bowling for Abortion event held in Denver. Well, according to the Washington Post’s Dana Milbank, the event was actually called “Strike for your Rights” and was sponsored by the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice. He wrote that Denver had become “a parade ground for the full panoply of liberal interest-group politics.”
Milbank also noted other happenings the networks haven’t bothered to report to the American public, like Planned Parenthood’s dance party called “Sex, Politics and Cocktails” or the fact that condoms were being handed out near the convention entrance by representatives of Trojan who challenged delegates to see how fast they could get the condoms on a banana.
Now that would be compelling television, don’t you think?
Kristen Fyfe is senior writer at the Culture and Media Institute, a division of the Media Research Center.Stand up for what is right, even if you have to stand alone.
09-09-2008, 08:08 PM
'Economic Disaster' Brought to You By Obama, News Networks
Obama finally joined the media's economic disaster choir.
By Dan Gainor
The Boone Pickens Free Market Fellow
Business & Media Institute
8/28/2008 5:33:13 PM
Back in June, Tapper told viewers of the two candidates, “both believe the other would lead to economic disaster.” The difference is Obama is getting away with saying we’re already there. “Economic disaster?” It’s pathetic to even have to address that issue. The 47-year-old Obama has lived through at least six recessions in his lifetime, according to a list compiled by CNBC.com. Would he define those as “disasters” as well? Probably only the ones he was sure he could pin on Republicans.
Was the 1973 Arab oil embargo and recession a “disaster?” Drivers who could only buy on either odd or even days probably felt so. How about the dot-com implosion. It’s doubtful Obama would blame that one on his new buddy Bill Clinton in the spirit of convention “unity.”
But, after all, Obama is running for office. Americans expect him to make things up. What’s really bad is that no one in the media even commented on the big lie. Either because they believe everything Obama says or because they already believed it themselves.
The last four years have been a case study of how the media can misrepresent and undermine the economy. Journalists aren’t satisfied with a downturn. They make seemingly endless connections to the Great Depression. More than 70 times in the first six months of the year and that’s just on the three broadcast networks. Apparently, that economic delusion worked with Obama and his speechwriter.
What’s interesting is Obama’s disaster quote isn’t prominent on the economy section of his own Web site. Instead, there is a much more optimistic quote from a September 17 speech. “I believe that America's free market has been the engine of America's great progress. It's created a prosperity that is the envy of the world. It's led to a standard of living unmatched in history.”Stand up for what is right, even if you have to stand alone.
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