In a “it’s about time” moment today, the McCain campaign came out and ripped the New York Times for it’s overt support of the Barack Obama campaign. This is way overdue for the Republican Party.
The NYT along with the other liberal media such as the Associated Press, ABC, CBS, NBC, MSNBC, CNN, etc have for years been highly partisan organizations. As was accused by the McCain campaign today, the NYT has essentially been the public relations arm of the Democratic party for decades.
In two separate incidences today, one involving a campaign aid, the other a supporter at a rally, the liberal media got it’s comeuppance. This is the story from Foxnews.com, they put it best.
“Let’s be clear and be honest with each other about something fundamental to this race, which is this: Whatever the New York Times once was, it is today not — by any standard — a journalistic organization,” strategist Steve Schmidt told reporters on a conference call. “It is a pro-Obama advocacy organization that every day attacks the McCain campaign, attacks Senator McCain, attacks Governor [Sarah] Palin and excuses Senator Obama.”
Schmidt accused the Times of giving Obama a pass on his “deceitful ads” and abdicating its journalistic responsibility to vet Obama’s “background and past statements.” It was an unusually harsh critique for a campaign that last year enjoyed largely favorable press coverage.
“This is an organization that is completely, totally, 150 percent in the tank for the Democratic candidate,” Schmidt fumed. “It is an organization that has made a decision to cast aside its journalistic integrity and tradition to advocate for the defeat of one candidate — in this case John McCain — and to advocate for the election of the other candidate — Barack Obama.”
I can only say one thing, WOW.
Then we had a woman with lots of guts, maybe she is being inspired by hockey mom Sarah Palin, stand up and give the assembled press Hell.
The woman ripped reporters for focusing on the pregnant teenage daughter of Palin, the GOP vice presidential nominee, while largely ignoring Obama’s ties to radical Bill Ayers and controversial Chicago businessman Tony Rezko.
“We want the media to start doing their job and stop picking on little children because of their age and their pregnancies,” she exclaimed. “Shame on you! Shame on all of ya’s!”
This is not only gutsy but quite funny. Imagine a press staffer being there. They’re bored because their boss made them follow this McCain guy instead of the dreamy Obama. Further, they’re hoping no one can read they’re thoughts about the dreamy remark because the reporter is, in fact, a man. When all of a sudden, he’s snapped out of his fantasies about Obama by this woman giving him a dressing down in front of this huge crowd. Everyone’s laughing, she saying shame on you. ‘This sucks, I wish I were at the Obama rally.’ It would have been a sight to see folks.
So of course the editor of the NYT (who knew they had an editor) Bill Keller, offered this reply, “You know, you are absolutely correct. We have totally been in the tank for The One, Obama. We are so ashamed. Further, we apologize and will stop this immediately and start reporting fairly.” Just joking, what he really said was this:
“The New York Times is committed to covering the candidates fully, fairly and aggressively,” Keller wrote. “It’s our job to ask hard questions, fact-check their statements and their advertising, examine their programs, positions, biographies and advisers. Candidates and their campaign operatives are not always comfortable with that level of scrutiny, but it’s what our readers expect and deserve.”
The article didn’t say if he was able to get through this without laughing hysterically or not. If he does not find this comment ridiculous, he’s a bigger idiot than even I give him credit for. Also, do you like the whole "it's the conservative's fault" explanation? The NYT couldn't be wrong, the conservatives are just being whiny and misunderstanding.
For more amusement, check out this article on Politico.com. The NYT provides a list of the “hard-hitting” investigative stories they have done on Obama. I just took a sample from the middle of the list to give an indication of just how rough they have been on this poor soul.
29. Obama Secret Service Agent Tied To Sex Joke [New York Times, 5/15/08]
30. The Story of Obama, Written by Obama [New York Times, 5/18/08]
31. Following Months of Criticism, Obama Quits His Church [New York Times, 6/1/08] 32. Many Blacks Find Joy in Unexpected Breakthrough [New York Times, 6/5/08]
The horror they have put this man through.
As I said at the beginning, it is about time the GOP did this. I have said before, it is not the fault of the media for acting this way. It is our fault for tolerating it. If a network or show you are watching cannot bring itself to be balanced, turn it off. We have the power to end this, we just have to stand up to them. For a change, one campaign aid and one lady in Pennsylvania got it right. Here’s hoping for many returns. Stand up, hound these reporters at these rallies.