The NewsBusters Weekly Recap: February 17 to 23

February 23rd, 2007 9:50 AM

Are the "Clinton haters" mellowing? That’s the not-so-benign question NBC reporter David Gregory asked on the subject of whether conservative ire for Hillary Clinton has lessened. (Can you imagine a segment on "Bush haters?")

Fellow NBC alum Chris Matthews, perhaps offering an explanation for the media’s fawning over Barack Obama, explained that the Illinois Senator appeals to the "young at heart."

This week, CNN provided yet another example as to why "fair and balanced" wouldn’t be a good promotional phrase for them. Correspondent Bill Schneider asserted that African Americans don’t vote for the GOP because of a "perception of racism."

Meanwhile, a CNN political analyst slimed John McCain as "cowardly" for skipping a non-binding vote on President Bush’s troop surge in Iraq.

ABC’s George Stephanopoulos took the unprecedented step of challenging Mitt Romney on theological elements of the former Massachusetts governor’s faith. (Something that didn’t seem to happen much to John Kerry in 2004.)

Finally, in celebrity news, the ever thoughtful Tim Robbins referred to President Bush as an "idiot drunk."