MSNBC and the Big Picture
In an effort to make the upcoming Senate vote on tort reform for firearms manufacturers appear as nothing more than a squabble between political parties, MSNBC ran an AP story on July 26 leading with:
The Associated Press, for years considered by many to be an ‘objective’ source for news, has been out of the partisan closet most noticeably since the onset of the War on Terror. The leftward tilt of their coverage is made more maddening since they are ubiquitous; appearing in both news giants like USA Today and your own small-town paper.
This morning's (Thursday's) New York Times has a front-page "news analysis" of Supreme Court nominee John Roberts' world view, with the headline branding Roberts: "An Advocate for the Right."
The Associated Press ran a story on 27 July, 2005, which demonstrates a gross misunderstanding of Judge Roberts position on legislation by Congress to reduce the jurisdiction of the federal courts. The title of that article is "Under Reagan, Roberts Opposed Efforts to Strip Supreme Court Jurisdiction."
At the heart of the story is this paragraph:
"The issue of so-called court-stripping legislation crossed Roberts' desk while he worked at the Justice Department in 1982, when [Attorney General] Smith asked his young assistant to argue both sides of the case. The issue to be addressed was the constitutionality of a bill to strip the Supreme Court of its ability to rule on cases challenging voluntary school prayer legislation then pending in Congress."
While I'm posting, for humor, an item I saw Monday night on the CBS Evening News -- a line Bob Schieffer couldn't have gotten away with. After a story on people who subscribe to satellite television in their SUVs (one of whom had become a couch potato in his car), substitute anchor John Roberts ended the show imagining out loud his version of the good life: "So let's see. Driving the car, talking on the cell phone while watching the Naked News. Good idea."
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Keith Olbermann has the habit of taking gratuitous jabs at Fox News – which one can find in almost any type of story on his Countdown show – and so far, he's struck twice this week.
Perhaps an attempt to reignite the media firestorm over Karl Rove, a front page story in Thursday's Washington Post based on a secret June 2003 State Department memo "central" to the Valerie Plame leak investigation and leaked to staff writers Walter Pincus and Jim VandeHei was given a misleading headline which prompts readers into thinking Valerie Plame's was widely known in the Bush administration as that of a covert CIA agent.
Not an instance of bias, but a touch of humor: The Late Late Show's host Craig Ferguson gently ribbed his network's entertainment and news lineup during his opening monologue last night/this early morning, scoring laughs off the tedium of CBS's 60 Minutes by comparing that show to braving long lines at theme parks.