I spent some time perusing the liberal news media sites, MSNBC, CBS, and ABC. After a long shower and a lot of deodorant I was able to finally sit down and write this post.
I found the usual hateful statements and some that were quiet frankly bizarre. While wandering in the barbarous lands, I learned several things; one that the liberal media does not like Palin (I know, your shocked), she scares the Hell out of them, these networks can spin anything, and they don’t get too wrapped up in the whole truth thing.
Note: all emphasis is from me
First up is a couple of entries from The New York Times that I found through MSNBC:
We have this article Foreign Policy Factions Divide GOP
Hidden from view during much of the Republican convention here, a fierce struggle has been under way for the foreign policy heart of John McCain.
It centers on the deep schism inside the Republican Party over how to engage with the rest of the world, a running debate that has consumed different wings of the party and the Bush White House for the past seven and a half years.
To prove their theory of the deep schism the Times ran this quote from Henry Kissinger “As a nation we have to understand our reach, but also our limits,” I don’t know about you but I think this was damning of McCain’s policy, Kissinger really should go easier.
Additionally they included this
The debate over whether to seek democracy or stability is part of what Richard N. Haass, who directed policy planning at the State Department in Mr. Bush’s first term, calls “the single most important fault line in American foreign policy today.”
Do you see the word Republican in this statement?
Until I read this article, I didn’t realize how deep the divisions were in the GOP. The reality is that there is a divide in the Democratic party and it is making the leftists nervous. In response they are trying to manufacture fractures in the GOP in hopes that it will cause actual divisions. One needs no more proof of this than the networks talking about McCain having less support from the GOP than Obama has from the Dems when poll numbers actually show the opposite.
We have this article from the Times, Obama To Dispatch Female Surrogates
This doesn’t exactly fit with the theme of this blog but it was too fun to pass up.
Advisers to Mrs. Clinton, who has been on vacation this week, said that she stands ready to help the Obama-Biden ticket, but they urged not to overestimate the effect she could have, noting that she had other commitments this fall, like campaigning and raising money for Senate candidates.
Sounds like she is there for him all right. I’ve said this before and I sill believe it. Clinton is not going to help Obama. Her best interest is for him to lose, giving her the edge in 2012.
Then we have this gotcha article on Palin from ABC in which they were able to knock down some of the claims she made during her speech Wednesday. On Obama, Earmarks, Palin Less Than Honest
PALIN: "[Obama] is a man who can give an entire speech about the wars America is fighting, and never use the word 'victory' except when he's talking about his own campaign."
FACT: On July 15, in a speech in Washington, D.C., Obama twice used the word "victory" in reference to Iraq.
"In fact," he said, "true success in Iraq -- victory in Iraq -- will not take place in a surrender ceremony where an enemy lays down their arms. ... I want Iraqis to take responsibility for their own future, and to reach the political accommodation necessary for long-term stability. That's victory. That's success. That's what's best for Iraq, that's what's best for America, and that's why I will end this war as president.
You have to ask, is this bias or are they dimwitted enough to not realize she was talking about an American victory in Iraq. These statements by Obama do not talk about that.
Then they really nailed her on this one.
PALIN: While I was at it, I got rid of a few things in the governor's office that I didn't believe our citizens should have to pay for. That luxury jet was over the top. I put it on eBay. I also drive myself to work.
FACT: Soon after entering office, Palin put the state-owned Westwind II jet that her predecessor Frank Murkowski purchased amid much criticism. When the deal fell through with the sole eBay bidder, the plane was sold offline.
This one is too stupid to bother commenting on. They also added this about her driving for good measure.
Palin, as she said, drives herself to work. In July, her Chevy Suburban was rear-ended while driving from Wasilla to her office in downtown Anchorage.
I’m not even sure what the Hell the relevance of this is.
Then we have this incomprehensible statement in this article Highly Partisan Reception Greets Palin as V.P. Pick on ABC
Sarah Palin is receiving a highly partisan reception on the national political stage, with significant public doubts about her readiness to serve as president, yet majority approval of both her selection by John McCain and her willingness to join the Republican ticket.
I didn’t know you could fit this many contradictions in one paragraph. This takes practice.
Now as a final bonus, I have some interesting ratings numbers from the Wednesday night speech for you. This is from CBS, these are numbers you won’t see thrown around a lot on the network news programs. Article here:
According to Nielsen, 37.2 million people watched the speech on six networks (ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, FOX News Channel, and MSNBC). That is just 1.1 million less than watched Obama's speech last Thursday night. Compare that to the estimated 24 million who watched Democratic VP nominee Joe Biden's speech last Wednesday night.
According to Nielsen, Palin also attracted 19.5 million women, which is 4.9 million more than watched Biden. And 1.4 million Hispanic viewers watched, which is more than the 1.2 million who watched day 3 of the Democratic convention, even though Univision and Telemundo did not carry Palin's speech last night. In fact, it's also of note that Palin's speech was carried by four less networks than Obama's speech (BET and TV One also showed Obama).
Well, that’s it for now. For one thing, I think I need a another shower.
Update: Reports are showing that McCain drew more viewers than Obama. Setting a new record for viewership. This is with two fewer channels showing the speech. So much for the effect of BET and TV One. Me thinks The One's star is diming.