*** Remind us again how the media is biased…: Finally, here’s one more thought about the entire controversy over Obama’s education speech on Tuesday: Since the White House has said the text of the speech will be available for 24 hours before he delivers it and since they altered the lesson plan language, why is this still a controversy? The ability of the conservative media machine to generate a controversy for this White House is amazing. In fact, this is an example of a story that percolates where it becomes harder and harder for some to claim there's some knee-jerk liberal media bias. (Does anyone remember these kinds of controversies in the summer of 2001?) The ability of some conservatives to create media firestorms is still much greater than liberals these days. How effective is the conservative media machine? Just ask Van Jones…The reporters at MSNBC are not stupid. They know that the speech was controversial precisely because of the accompanying materials for use in the classroom, which were creepy in asking school children to serve and help Obama. Telling school children to work hard and stay off drugs is one thing, pulling them into a cult of personality is another. The fact that the White House changed the script after the controversy proves the protests were legitimate, not the other way around.
And Van Jones being the victim of a faux conservative media storm? Is it not worthy of controversy that a White House adviser signed a 9/11 Truther petition, and had other ties to Truther organizations? And called Congressmen "assholes." And called George Bush a "crackhead."
Had this been a Republican administration and the roles reversed, we all would have been treated to a Keith Olbermann "how dare you, sir" speech, and NBC news would have run the story every day for a week in its nightly news. As to Van Jones, however, not a peep from any of the GE news entities. In fact, MSNBC felt the need in its post to link to a Politico article about Jones; that says it all.
MSNBC is so ideologically corrupt, that it's news reporters and news staff not only cannot recognize their own biases, they feel the need to make excuses for their own failure to cover issues by falling back on the "vast right wing conspiracy" meme.
I can picture Chris Matthew's report on Obama's speech to school children now:
"Listening to the speech sent a thrill up my leg. Now to Van Jones, to keep the feeling going."
(Go to 6:45 for Matthew's comment that Truthers are the "erogenous zone of insanity")
Ask Not What Your President Can Do For You
Media Not Doing What Is Asked Of It
Van Jones Not A Truther, He Just Played One In Real Life
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