This Week in Media Bias History
What is it about mass death that causes liberal journalists to smear conservatives? On April 25, 1995, then-Today co-host Bryant Gumbel blamed the Oklahoma City Bombing on talk radio hosts. On April 21, 2013, The New York Times decided that the solution to the Boston Marathon bombing was... a carbon tax?
The liberal hate flows strong in today’s edition of This Week in Media Bias History. On April 19, then-MSNBC host Keith Olbermann smeared Rush Limbaugh as having “blood” on his hands for the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing. On April 14, 2009, CNN’s Anderson Cooper used a vulgar slang term for oral sex to describe the Tea party movement.
According to the late 60 Minutes journalist Andy Rooney, U.S. soldiers in Iraq weren’t all “heroes,” many were simply “victims” of George W. Bush. That nasty example from This Week in Media Bias History is from April 12, 2004. Another example includes a Time reporter saying that Ted Kaczynski may have been a killer, but at least he wasn’t a hypocrite.
The New York Times doesn’t change. The paper is atrociously biased today and it was 85 years ago when columnist Walter Duranty proved himself to be a useful idiot for Soviet propaganda. Talking about a famine that killed millions of Ukrainians, he insisted: “There is no actual starvation... There is no famine.”
If you drink coffee while reading This Week in Media Bias History, you might want to put the mug down. According to the former executive editor of the New York Times, Hillary Clinton is “fundamentally honest.” That was the claim from Jill Abramson on March 28, 2016. Another example of liberal media lunacy: Then-View co-host Rosie O’Donnell revealing herself as a 9/11 truther on March 29, 2007.
Sometimes it’s an understatement to say journalists live in a bubble. On the one hand, they thrill over Barack Obama as “God.” Yet, on March 23, 2009, MSNBC anchor David Shuster called it a “fantasy” to say that the press was pro-Obama. Other examples from This Week in Media Bias History: That time Ted Turner created a slobbering propaganda film on the Soviet Union, a country that “belongs to the people.”
After the Gulf War in 1991, Time magazine was worried about an outbreak of patriotism. It must be stopped before it “bursts the bounds of reason” and “passes into jingoism.” Another example from the This Week in Media Bias History archives: Dan Rather, he’s not subtle. The now-disgraced CBS Evening News anchor in 1995 described the 1994 GOP congressional class as aiming to “demolish” programs “helping children and the poor.”
Sometimes reporters just come out and say it. And on March 7, 1994, Time journalist Margaret Carlson admitted that favorable coverage for Hillary Clinton is simply “rooting for your team.” Other examples from This Week in Media Bias History include: Newsweek lamenting the “victims of capitalism,” Brian Williams insisting his work has been “cleansed” of opinion.
According to PBS, Ronald Reagan was to blame for AIDS, homelessness... and the rise of Donald Trump??? That was the claim from the taxpayer-supported network on February 24, 1998. Other examples from This Week in Media Bias History include: Admiring the “geek-chic cool” of Al Gore and mocking conservative Arizonians as “cranky retirees.”
Now that Barack Obama is gone, it’s easy to forget how much liberal journalists loved the Democrat. In 2009, ABC’s Terry Moran insisted that Obama was “the first president since George Washington to be taking a step down into the Oval Office.”
If there’s one thing that some journalists love, it’s fawning over tyrants. This Week in Media Bias History returns with a disgusting quote from then-Good Morning America co-host Diane Sawyer on February 13, 2007. She asked Iran’s Mahmoud Ahmadinejad if he becomes sad and emotional when bad things happen. Also, we’ve now arrived at the tenth anniversary of Chris Matthews getting a “thrill” up his leg after a Barack Obama speech.
Just when you thought This Week in Media Bias History couldn’t get any crazier, it does. Journalists hate Donald Trump. But they really LOVED Barack Obama. How far did the New York Times go to make that clear? In 2009, one of the paper’s bloggers wrote about sex dreams involving the Democratic president. Other examples this week include talking about impeaching Ronald Reagan and falling for Soviet propaganda.