OH, THEY MAKE IT SO OBVIOUS – AT 10:46 A.M. ET: Press bias, that is. The idea is to try to hide it, but some people just get too enthusiastic. From Commentary:
We’ve often noted in this space the enormous advantage President Obama derives from having the mainstream media firmly in his pocket. But it appears the geniuses running his campaign don’t understand that the best way to exploit this edge is not to make it so obvious as to remove any doubt that the press has gone in the tank. That was exactly what they did when they used a clip of NBC’s Andrea Mitchell spouting Obama talking points on the air in a new web ad.
NBC has reacted to this breech of the informal rules of engagement between liberal journos and the Obami with high dudgeon and has asked the Democrats to take the ad down. Much as they did when the president’s re-election campaign used a clip of Tom Brokaw, the network says that since they haven’t granted permission for the use of the material it ought not to be aired in the context of a partisan ad. But this complaint merely highlights the fact that people like Mitchell often carry the water for the president in segments that are labeled straight news when they are nothing more than partisan spin.
Mitchell is hardly the only partisan hack masquerading as a fair-minded journalist on one of the networks and perhaps isn’t even the worst (CNN’s Soledad O’Brien certainly gives her a run for her money in this category). But the Obama ad removes even the flimsy veil of false objectivity from her conduct.
COMMENT: Mitchell used to be a respected State Department correspondent before she drank the Kool-Aid. O'Brien, branwashed at Harvard, has always been a front operator at CNN for leftist causes. She gets all kinds of awards for her "work," but I'm not sure anyone above the intellectual age of 12 takes her seriously.
October 7, 2012