The Mainstream Media creates a lot of problems for itself.
Just look at the media fawning we've seen for Senator Obama over the past six months or so. There's not a single rational person who doesn't see the obvious bias and agenda driven reporting for Obama that goes far beyond any pretense of journalism.
Now we expect this kind of thing from activist bloggers like those at HorsesAss who shill for Darcy Burner. There's no pretense of objectivity, and such outlets are read by only a few thousand of the core activist nuts. But Mainstream Media outlets do reach a wide audience.
And with such a wide audience, the Mainstream Media has the ability to create feedback for itself that has many unintended consequences. Had their been a more rational, objective and balanced reporting on the Obama campaign, many of the issues plaguing Obama now may have been vetted in a more controlled manner over the course of his campaign. But instead we got wall to wall fawning as exemplified by despicable on-air campaigning of Chris Matthews and Keith Olbermann. With these two, not even the most extreme leftist can defend how far they've departed from reporting.
And now after all of the bubble like buildup of Obama as a larger than life candidate, the bubble has burst and we are seeing voters react in rejection of the hype and overselling.
And we are seeing the same thing with the Anthropogenic Global Warming climate hysteria which has also been pumped up by the media, in advance of actual science which shows the Sun at a minimum and the Pacific Ocean as a far larger contributor to Earth's climate than was previously thought.
If the mostly left dominated Mainstream Media did not allow itself to stray so far from objectivity, then it would not end up deep in delusion deserts without food or water. Remember early exit poll results for John Kerry on election night 2004? Remarkably similar to early poll results for Obama in PA last night.
Nobody, save for a few die-hard Nutroots fanatics believes the Media's biased crap anymore, especially in the Internet age. The NYT readership is dropping rapidly, Air-America is all but dead, etc.
Isn't it time for the media to stop looking in the mirror hoping for reaffirmation of its own vanity?
Posted by JeffB. at April 23, 2008
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