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Right-Winger Julie Mason Doesn’t Like It When People Point Out Right-Wing Media Bias

Posted by Phoenix Woman on October 16, 2011

So here we have Julie Mason, who covered the White House beat for the Houston Chronicle since the first term of Bill Clinton, but who after being laid off in October of 2008 went to the extreme-right-wing Washington Examiner to continue her White House coverage, and has now since February of this year been writing for Politico, which is known for being funded and run by Reagan Republicans and other right-wingers.

Which is why it’s a little amusing (and by “amusing” I mean bile-inducing) to see her get all shirty when one of her targets points out that a lot of US media is biased towards the right wing and/or Republicans:

President Obama’s remark to Ed Henry of Fox News on Thursday that, “I didn’t know you were the spokesperson for Mitt Romney” set off heated discussions this week around the White House briefing room.

Henry declined comment on the matter. But reporters were left wondering — is this how the administration is going to respond to criticism from Republican opponents going forward — by casting aspersions on journalists who ask questions?

That’s right, folks: Pointing out what everyone knows about right-wing bias in American media is “casting aspersions”. Charming, eh?

This isn’t her first slapback at politicians and other media critics who she obviously sees as insubordinate. Check out her snotty comments on the media obsession with ridiculous (and usually right-wing-planted) non-stories such as the “flag pin” bogosity:

To many in the press corps, Obama is just naïve for characterizing things like flag pins, the patriotism of his former pastor, and subversive activities committed 40 years ago by a guy he sort of knows as “distractions.” When he noted that the debate was nearly half over before an actual policy issue was mentioned, they were dismissive. Appearing on MSNBC the next day, Julie Mason of the Houston Chronicle said with a mocking tone, “It seems like he wants to live in this sort of perfect, high-minded political world where things like flag pins don’t matter, but they really do. These things create perceptions. Everyone is saying he didn’t do well. I have to agree. I don’t think he did much for himself at all.” The “everyone” to whom she was referring was no doubt the rest of the political reporters.

Better adjust that tiara a little bit, Miss Desmond, so you can be ready for Mr. DeMille’s closeup.

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Sunday Afternoon News Roundup

Posted by Phoenix Woman on August 22, 2010

— Feminists! Don’t be a Dumb Cluck like Sarah Palin — Get your Cackle of Rads membership card today!

— Why do obvious smears and lies such as those directed against the Park51 development get so much media play? Could it be because our corporate-run, Republican-worshiping press keeps giving prime media space and respect to contemptible bigots like CNN’s Erick Erickson?

— In other news, Randy Demmer is still a twit and Tim Walz’s congressional seat is Mr. Walz’ for as long as he wants it.

— And now a not-so-recent item that is timely once more: Legalized booze, not the FBI, is what finally broke Al Capone.

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Unfair and Unbalanced

Posted by MEC on August 7, 2009

So I was just saying that the so-called news media are rewarding violence. Here’s an example. This Detroit Free Press “news” report about Rep. John Dingell’s town hall goes into detail about the hooligans’ antics, but glosses over both the supporters’ questions and Dingell’s responses to the opponents’ questions.

For example, the reporters tell us that

As Dingell opened the forum, Mike Sola of Milan interrupted the congressman as he pushed his son, Scott, in a wheelchair, to the podium. He said proposed changes wouldn’t help Scott and called Dingell a fraud.

But they don’t tell us Dingell’s response to Sola’s absurd charge that under the bill, his son “would not be covered under health insurance reform legislation”.

The article quotes the talking points from opponents of health care reform, but says nothing about what the bill actually includes. It’s long since been established, after all, that reporters aren’t responsible for distinguishing between fact and falsehood, truth and truthiness.

It makes me wonder why those reporters think their jobs are so secure they don’t have to worry about paying half their income for health insurance, or being deprived of health care because of “pre-existing conditions”.

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The Important Thing

Posted by MEC on June 1, 2009

What is the most important thing about the drawn-out battle over Minnesota’s Senate seat?

According to the Associated Press, it’s how much money Norm Coleman and Al Franken are spending.

Except for a mention of the 4,400 rejected absentee ballots, the article contains no information about either candidate’s legal arguments or about the events in the case thus far. It’s all about money.

Thanks, AP, for letting us know what motivates you.

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About That Two-Day Delay

Posted by MEC on March 25, 2009

The press corpse is so concerned about President Obama waiting two whole days before making a public statement about the AIG bonuses that he was even asked about it during last night’s press conference.

How many days was it before George W. Bush visited New York after nearly 3,000 people died in the World Trade Center? And how many reporters asked him why it took so long?

I guess such things are only important when a Democrat is in the White House.

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The Presidential Press Conference

Posted by MEC on March 24, 2009

Press corpse to President: “Concern trolls R us.”

I’ve yet to hear a question that doesn’t sound like, “Mr. President, how soon are you going to fail?”

Best moment: asked why it took him two days to express outrage over the AIG bonuses, President Obama replied, “It took me a couple of days because I like to know what I’m talking about before I speak.”

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A Little Reminder

Posted by MEC on March 17, 2009

A quick survey of the snooze media shows that President Obama is being blamed for millions of dollars in bonuses that AIG paid out. The “outrage” is causing “blowback” that will hurt him politically, maybe even bring down his Administration.

Apparently the people in this snooze media don’t remember it wasn’t the Obama Administration that handed out those millions. It was the Bush Administration. No strings attached.

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Our Liberal Media

Posted by MEC on February 25, 2009

While driving to work this morning, I heard the top-of-the-hour headline news on the local CBS Radio affiliate. The newsreader led off with [paraphrasing from memory, though the first three words are verbatim], “Not everybody believes President Obama can do what he promised last night.”

The substance of the item was that 55% of poll respondents — a majority — said they do believe President Obama can make good on his promises. But CBS chose to give the minority more importance.

The irony is that CBS was first to release a poll measuring the response to President Obama’s speech, and the poll shows a huge increase in confidence that his plans will be effective.

Why is CBS undermining President Obama, and its own polling?

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Why I Hate the Media

Posted by MEC on January 22, 2009

(1) MSNBC (remember, it’s supposed to be the “liberal” news channel) is trotting out one Republican politician after another to talk about President Obama’s agenda. You know, just like during the past 8 years when they had nobody but Democrats on to talk about Bush’s agen— Oh, wait.

(2) They are endlessly, voraciously speculating about why Caroline Kennedy asked Gov. Paterson not to consider appointing her to the Senate. Since she’s not going to be a Senator, her reasons for withdrawing are irrelevant. There’s no reason for the rest of us to know. But the mediawhores are dying to know whether there’s something scandalous. They need to smacked upside the head with Taibbi’s Law: If nothing happened, it’s not news.

(3) There’s a downside to appointing George Mitchell as Middle East envoy: if his diplomacy bears fruit, he’ll get the credit and not the Secretary of State. Yeah, because it’s all about egos, not about lives.

Chris Matthews did mention the revelations on Countdown last night that the Bush regime spied on, basically, everybody in the United States. He spent, oh, almost 7 seconds on it. ::sigh::

President Obama has brought immediate change to the White House. The press corpse, alas, is the same old same old.

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John Cole Speaks

Posted by MEC on December 12, 2008

You listen.

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