Obama groupie and CNN “reporter” Susan Roesgen, holds nothing back in her assessment of Tax Day Tea Party participants during her coverage of the Chcago Tea Party. While CNN attempted to slant the image of the people who took part in yesterday’s activities, other cameras were working also. Take a look for yourself at the exclusive video shot by Founding Bloggers yesterday.
No chance in the world that the expressions of the average man or woman on the streets were going to make it onto the CNN airwaves. Now, thanks to Gateway Pundit, we have a comparison of Ms. Roesgen’s bias towards both former President Bush and President Obama.
Michelle Malkin’s response to Roesgen,
She called today’s events “anti-CNN.”
No, just anti-stupid.
CNN earns the Tax Day Tea Party Big Loser Award:
Biased. Busted. Beclowned.
And, could this be the final straw that kills the MSM? Ed Driscoll ponders that very thought.
At the start of 2005, Howard Fineman warned his colleagues at Newsweek:
A political party is dying before our eyes — and I don’t mean the Democrats. I’m talking about the “mainstream media,” which is being destroyed by the opposition (or worse, the casual disdain) of George Bush’s Republican Party; by competition from other news outlets (led by the internet and Fox’s canny Roger Ailes); and by its own fraying journalistic standards.
The destruction was complete enough within four years that last month, Victor Davis Hanson wrote, “We have no media—at least as we once knew it:”
Somewhere in late 2007, it disappeared entirely, and became something akin to the old Pravda, or the livelier Baghdad Bob’s broadcasts, or the rants of Lord Haw-Haw. (We got everything from Judith Warner about the dreams of women having sex with Obama to “I felt this thrill going up my leg” Chris Matthews).
For the short-term thrill of ensuring the coronation of Barack Obama, it gave up all hard-won standards of journalistic objectivity—so much so that it is hard to adjudicate whether the rise of the Internet alone, or the clear bias of the print media, has nearly destroyed the newspaper industry.
Few any longer connect with a Newsweek editorial, a Time essay, a riff from NPR, or commentary on PBS. The front pages of the New York Times or Washington Post are op-eds in thin disguise. The faculty of the Columbia School of Journalism is not objective. We live in an age of affluent, rather inbred ironists who punch in at the Ministry of Truth, and the result is that about half of the population still wakes up every morning and sighs when they turn on the television, listen to the radio news, or read the newspaper, “He’s lying” or “She’s biased”. The utopian ends of social egalitarianism for the new media lords justified the tawdry means of distorting reality.
The Tea Party coverage today allows viewers a perfect textbook comparison of how the legacy media covers political protests. Throughout the decade, leftwing protests against President Bush and the liberation of Iraq were reported as the salt of the earth; democracy in action; everyday Americans expressing their voice. A quick scroll through the archives at Zombietime will quickly prove that those descriptions are simplisme at best.