Craig Steiner, u.s.
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Let me propose the following hypothetical news story. Please understand it is not real, but pretend for a moment it was:
The above story is almost humorous, is it not? It basically says Biden didn't do anything wrong, his wife didn't do anything wrong, and that his wife supported either Al Gore or Bill Bradley back in 2000. Yet the story looks very suspicious because the Democratic party is associated in the story with killing babies and one of the candidates that Biden's wife allegedly supported has been called certain names by certain people. In the end, though, it's a silly and slanted story that provides no information that is particularly useful to any voter but raises a vague cloud of doubt around Biden and his wife.
The scary thing, though, is that the above article is simply a minor modification of this story at MSNBC (at least as it appeared on Sep. 3, 2008 at 1:30pm). Virtually all of the above "news report" is identical to the MSNBC story. I just made little modifications to make it a supposed problem for Obama/Biden rather than McCain/Palin, and made appropriate substitutions of names to make it read somewhat logically.
Yet it doesn't make sense. If someone were to read the above story as a real story, virtually everyone (Republicans included) would recognize it as absurd conservatively-biased Biden-bashing. Or it might be treated as comedy or satire. Yet the actual identical story--only aimed against Republicans and Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin--is passed off as news by MSNBC... and some people have the gall to suggest that MSNBC isn't simply publicizing a liberal partisan attack against a Republican candidate? And there are those--albeit not many--that think the mainstream media is biased to the right? There are people that think this MSNBC article is really news and not Democratic party propaganda?
Less than a week after Gov. Sarah Palin was named as McCain's vice presidential running mate, the mainstream media has at least entertained--if not completely investigated--the following issues:
In short, they've explored just about every non-relevant personal aspect of her as well as her husband and her family... and they've found nothing. No evidence of affairs, no evidence of shady business dealings, no-one speaking poorly of her as a person or of her integrity. In fact, everything is to the contrary--she receives good marks and has an 80% approval rating in her home state. In the end, they don't give us any reason to think any less of Palin.
There is no serious reporting of her challenging a corrupt Republican party in Alaska. There is no serious reporting on her participation in the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission , an organization that, among other things, tries to avoid waste of oil and protects underground freshwater. There is little reporting of what she's done as the governor of Alaska other than some minor reporting of what Democrats hope will become a full-fledged scandal (the dismissing of the state trooper). In short, there's been virtually no reporting on her achievements as a politician--which is something people should be informed about given that she's running for vice president. Instead, we're treated to a litany of irrelevant stories about her and her family that not only have nothing to do with her career, but don't reflect poorly on her family! So why are they even being publicized?
This is an obvious character assassination that is being attempted by the mainstream media on behalf of the Democratic Party. And it's downright disgusting.
I'm not saying Sarah Palin is perfect. I just "met" her a week ago. It's not impossible she has some skeletons in her closet and, who knows, maybe the media will find them. God knows they're trying to find them. But in the absence of anything that really condemns her, the mainstream media has unleashed a full-scale attack against Palin's family. Which might even maybe be valid if they had actually found anything wrong with the family. But they haven't.
Compare this to the complete lack of investigation into John Edwards affair. It was tabloid news until Mr. Edwards came out and confessed it himself. Even then many media sources justified why they didn't follow-up on it. Yet now we have Gov. Palin as a vice presidential candidate and they're going after her, her husband, and her family even though there's no indication of wrongdoing! Heck, even CNN reported on it's front page about people betting that Palin will withdrawal, even though to-date there's been no reason provided why she should! The double-standard and bias is so clear that people would have to be blind not to see it.
And Americans are not blind. A Rasmussen Reports poll on September 4th reports that of unaffiliated voters, 49% think the news media is trying to hurt Palin while 32% think the media is unbiased and 5% think the media is trying to help her. The good news is that more people (24%) are more likely to vote for Palin than vote against her (19%) due to this disgusting attack. And, in the same poll, it is found that 49% believe that the media is trying to help Obama while only 14% believe the media is trying to help McCain. Obama has tried to distance himself from the character assassination, and even aides of Hillary Clinton have criticized the media for its sexist tone. In other words, America is not blind. Americans see these attacks against Palin as disgusting and, on balance, they are more likely to vote for her as a result.
If you still aren't convinced, let me ask you this: What has the media told you about Jill Jacobs and her children? Who is Jill Jacobs you might ask? None other than the wife of Democratic Vice Presidential Candidate Joe Biden. Did you know that? Do you know what she's done, what political parties she has belonged to and what her children have done?
If not, please consider the possibility that what I've written here is correct: The media harbors a severe liberal bias and is out to assassinate Sarah Palin's character because they haven't found anything else to discredit her on the merits.
Sep. 4, 2008 - Added paragraph about Rasmussen poll.
Sep. 4, 2008 - Added red boldface disclaimer to the top of fictitious story because even though the first sentence of this article indicated it was not real, some people apparently didn't realize that. The danger of satire, I guess.
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