Your Liberal Media

Atrios always finds the good stuff, this time from Eric Boehlert:

"If I were them [Democrats], I'd be scared to death about November's elections."

-- Mark Halperin, director of ABC News' political unit, June 22, 2006

My favorite article from the just-completed campaign season appeared in the October 9 issue of Time, in which Mike Allen and James Carney wrote a detailed piece about why Republicans were not worried about the upcoming elections. "The G.O.P.'s Secret Weapon," read the bold headline. "You think the Republicans are sure to lose big in November? They aren't. Here's why things don't look so bad to them," read the subhead.

The article went on and on about how an "eerie, Zen-like calm" had fallen over GOP operatives who, despite a mountain of public polling data, did not fear big election losses. In fact, they coolly insisted their own prospects were "getting better by the day." Why the tranquility? Lots of reasons, according to Time, including the party's "sophisticated, expensive and largely unnoticed" campaign to identify likely voters. Time also gave the GOP points for playing the expectations game better than Democrats and for having more resources. Time ended on this chipper note: "As long as they [Republicans] end up keeping control of both houses, they still come out the winner on Election Day."

Outstanding reporting no? The Liberal Media is something ain't it?

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    Yeah it's something alright (none / 0) (#1)
    by Che's Lounge on Tue Nov 14, 2006 at 03:11:06 PM EST
    A propaganda machine.

    bias (none / 0) (#2)
    by HeadScratcher on Tue Nov 14, 2006 at 03:32:47 PM EST
    I don't readily see the bias here. The story is about Republicans calm and why they have it. It doesn't bash their feelings nor advocate for them -

    Did Rove appear calm? Yes. Was he wrong? Yes.

    Get a better example of bias. There are, I'm sure, plenty.

    The bias (none / 0) (#3)
    by aw on Tue Nov 14, 2006 at 05:50:28 PM EST
    Seems to be that Time just plays along, even though they have their own polls telling them otherwise.  They know it's BS but they don't call them on it.

    Head scratcher (none / 0) (#5)
    by Big Tent Democrat on Tue Nov 14, 2006 at 07:15:52 PM EST
    See what aw wrote.

    Better yet, read Boehlert's article.

    IT was BAD reporting is what it was.


    Keeping looking over your shoulder (none / 0) (#4)
    by jimakaPPJ on Tue Nov 14, 2006 at 06:07:24 PM EST
    You know, the election was last week. Keep looking over your shoulder and you're gonna miss that rock in the middle of the road.

    What does the future look like?


    The future (none / 0) (#7)
    by Repack Rider on Tue Nov 14, 2006 at 09:17:59 PM EST
    What does the future look like?

    Subpoenas.  Sworn testimony.  Investigations by committees chaired by pissed off, liberal Black congresscritters who have been waiting decades for this opportunity.

    Prices on popcorn going through the ceiling.


    Speaking of Media (none / 0) (#6)
    by glanton on Tue Nov 14, 2006 at 07:36:15 PM EST
    Has everyone seen the Bill Maher "In Memoriam of Douchebags" clip?  Those who have know what I'm talking about, that's some great stuff.  Maher hits a homerun every damned week, both in terms of the quality of his guests, the originality of his material, and the succinctness of his analyses.

    Network boobs like Halperin remain in the bag for corporate interests, just like the big newspapers, but Maher is one of a few on cable who express refreshingly candid stuff.  

    If you haven't seen the clip, go to the blog to which I am linked, it's a short clip and well-worth the time, believe me.  Plus, the people running that blog are my friends and very entertaining in their own right.