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Friday, September 11, 2009

“Neither party has an exclusive on wack jobs.”

That's quite a bold statement. It came from Republican media consultant Mark McKinnon, who, like several others, is concerned about the perception of his party.

The whole article can be read here, but the real question I have is... how does either party fix this?



Blogger Brian Pannebecker said...

I don't think Joe Wilson is a "crank" or a "Whack-job" just because he blurted out "You lie !" during President Obama's address to Congress. Frankly, I think the President does lie, but a joint session of Congress is definitely not the place to confront him with that accusation !

I think part of the problem is that there is an undeniable liberal bias in the mainstream media, and that has given rise to Talk Radio and Cable News shows that cater to the frustrated comservatives who are tired of getting the liberal spin on everything reported on ABC,CBS and NBC, not to mention in the New York Times and most major newspapers !

It's called a backlash, just like the "Tea-Parties" average Americans have been flocking to all summer. People are just fed up and they know they are being lied to by politicians.

September 20, 2009 at 4:54 PM 
Blogger Bruce Fealk said...

Brian, are you kidding me, liberal bias, my behind. Fox News is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Republican party. Name one whack job on the left that ever yelled out at President Bush.

You've been drinking too much Kool-aid, Brian.

Where were all the tea parties when President Bush lied the country in to war and lied about FISA wiretaps requiring warrants.

I bet you didn't demonstrate once during the Bush years, did you, Brian?

October 7, 2009 at 2:26 PM 
Blogger Andrew DuPont said...

I don't know why I didn't see your comment until Bruce posted his Brian, but either way, as you said so yourself, some talk radio and cable news (both of which are mainstream media outlets) cater to conservatives, which isn't really helping. Backlash or no, the helpful solution is to be as accurate and fair as possible. The goal of any news organization is should be finding the absolute truth, not, as Stephen Colbert calls it "truthiness." Catering to one political ideology or another is not journalism, it's punditry, and neither Fox News nor MSNBC should be doing it.

The growing divide in this country is fueled by this divisive way of "reporting" news and rather than say enough is enough, people tend to defend the groups that cater to their ideology and attack the ones that don't. Rather than idolizing these people who fuel the flames of partisan hackery, we need to renounce and ignore them and get back to the days of Walter Cronkite. As a member of the mainstream media I am often embarrassed by what passes for new coverage in this country.

Bruce, I can't think of anyone off the top of my head who yelled at Bush during a joint session of Congress, though Democrats did loudly boo him in the past. Admittedly, conservative "whack-jobs" like Orly Taitz are getting more attention right now because the Democrats are in power, but I do remember seeing plenty of crazy protesters at anti-war protests during Bush's second term.

October 7, 2009 at 3:38 PM 
Blogger Bruce Fealk said...

Andrew, what exactly is a "crazy protester"? I attended two massive anti-war protests in Washington D.C. and I don't have any memory of "crazy protesters." I do remember over 500,000 people crowding the mall and the streets of the capitol and the media barely gave the protests a mention and the couple reports that were published underestimated the crowd at 100,000, instead of the minimum 500,000 that were actually there.

October 7, 2009 at 8:48 PM 
Blogger Andrew DuPont said...

Bruce, these were the first few that came to mind:

Suggesting US troops kill their commanding officers

Bomb Bush's House

The Guillotine

Bush is Hitler (with a noose)

Suggesting or outright calling for the murder of those you disagree with politically is "crazy" in my opinion.

October 7, 2009 at 10:23 PM 
Blogger Ian said...

In light of CNN's continued employment of Lou Dobbs, the notion that the mainstream media has a severe liberal bias seems fairly overblown to me.

October 9, 2009 at 2:28 PM 

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