The Catcalls From Our Liberal Media

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Now this is an interesting story that started yesterday and I completely missed due to my day job.  So if you were under a rock like I was then here is the scoop.  It began with a story that in a Seattle newsroom some reporters began cheering once word came that Rove was resigning:

Seattle Times Executive Editor Dave Boardman wrote today in one of his morning notes to staff that there had been "an awkward moment at yesterday’s news meeting." That’s the meeting where editors and other staff from throughout the newsroom talk about the stories planned for the next day’s paper. Boardman wrote in "Dave’s Raves (and the occasional rant)"

When word came in of Karl Rove’s resignation, several people in the meeting started cheering. That sort of expression is simply not appropriate for a newsroom.

It sounds like a conservative’s parody of how a news meeting would be run. I wasn’t there, but I’ve talked to several people who were. It was only a couple of people who cheered and they, thankfully, are not among the people who get a say in news play. But obviously news staff shouldn’t be cheering or jeering the day’s news, particularly as Boardman points out, "when we have an outside guest in the room."

Jokes get made in newsrooms, of course — even what you would call gallows humor. And Boardman wrote that he was "all for equal-opportunity joking at both parties’ expense." But he was clearly ticked off by yesterday’s display.

I know, shocking!  We all know that our MSM is a liberal piece of garbage and we here at Flopping Aces do our best to document that bias.  That and the war on Iraq was one of the main reasons for this blog. 

Powerline found this gem yesterday also:

Most bizarre, though, was CBS’s Bill Plante, whose conduct was almost unbelievable, even for a reporter:

As Karl Rove embraced President Bush today following an emotional farewell announcement on the South Lawn, the solemnity of the moment was shattered by Bill Plante of CBS, who bellowed to Bush: "If he’s so smart, how come you lost Congress?"

And then Joe Scarborough gave some memories of his when he first started at MSNBC.  Apparently during Bush’s 2003 State of the Union address many in the newsroom booed at the President:

You had to know that as soon as he said those words the bigwigs freaked out and wanted some damage control, well we didn’t have to wait long: (via Newsbusters who also get mentioned by MSNBC)

UPDATE, 8-16: At 6:48 A.M. EDT Joe and Mika discussed this item.

SCARBOROUGH: Chris [MJ producer Chris Licht] told me something in my ear during break, that we talked at 6:02 about the Seattle Times and back in 2003, back in 2003, the newsroom at MSNBC booing George Bush . . .

BRZEZINKSI: Some people, yeah [Mika wanting to make clear it wasn’t unanimous.]

SCARBOROUGH: A lot of the people that were actually charged with the coverage.


SCARBOROUGH: Yeah, that’s bad. And I talked about how Phil Griffin found out, got very angry,

BRZEZINKSI: Right, as he should.

SCARBOROUGH: And cleaned that up. That never happened again.

But the underlying attitudes still exist.  The booing and catcalls, the outbursts, are all a symptom of a whole organization out of touch with the people they serve.  They serve to report news to this country but they are almost all overwhelmingly liberal leftists, which DOES NOT represent this country.  Do they really expect the people to believe this bias does not come into their reporting?  Of course it does.  From the stories they choose to report on, to how hard they work on a story that they believe in rather then one they don’t, to outright spinning of a story to make the other side look bad.  We see it all the time, anchors salivating over a liberal guest while bringing the hardball questions to conservatives.

They can shut the boo’s up but the disease still exists.

Not to be outdone by MSNBC The Seattle Times editor tried to bring some of his own damage control to the story:

I ask you all to leave your personal politics at the front door for one simple reason: A good newsroom is a sacred and magical place in which we can and should test every assumption, challenge each other’s thinking, ask the fundamental questions those in power hope we will overlook.

If we wore our politics on our sleeves in here, I have no doubt that in this and in most other mainstream newsrooms in America, the majority of those sleeves would be of the same color: blue. Survey after survey over the years have demonstrated that most of the people who go into this business tend to vote Democratic, at least in national elections. That is not particularly surprising, given how people make career decisions and that social service and activism is a primary driver for many journalists

It’s not about “balance,” which is a false construct. It isn’t even about “objectivity,” which is a laudable but probably unattainable goal. It is about independent thinking and sound, facts-based journalism — the difference between what we do and the myopic screed that is passed off as “advocacy” journalism these days.

Sacred and magical?  What kind of egotistical nimrod would say this?  A newsroom is not magical nor sacred.  It provides a service, which so far they have done quite badly.  And it’s only getting worse.

It’s a medium that is on it’s death spiral.  Everyone understands their biases now, and as their stock prices plummet they still apparently have figured this out.

Curt served in the Marine Corps for four years and has been a law enforcement officer in Los Angeles for the last 24 years.

13 Responses to “The Catcalls From Our Liberal Media”

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    The administration has a 30% approval rating. I am not a statitian but 70% seems like an overwhelming majority of the population is unhappy with Bush/ Cheney/Rove and the havoc they has wreaked on the country and around the globe. How is this out of touch with the country?

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    “The administration has a 30% approval rating.”

    And the approval rating for congress is even lower. Your point?

    “How is this out of touch with the country?”

    Simple. As the Times editor says, “I have no doubt that in this and in most other mainstream newsrooms in America, the majority of those sleeves would be of the same color: blue.” Now, the last two elections have been extremely close races, nearly 50/50. An organization that is mostly “blue” is “out of touch” with at least half of the country. And if “activism is a primary driver for many journalists”, you can expect that they are significantly left of center of the bell curve, leaving them “out of touch” with much more than half. That’s how.

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    Guys, guys. What gives? I’m sure I read somewhere (might have been on the unreliable and biased MSM) that somewhere in Iraq there were a couple of car bombs that left a few people dead. Funny thing is, I came to your site, as you have all the best, unbiased stuff on Iraq, and can’t find any mention!! Just some weird posts about the fact that some journos may have political views of their own, and perhaps even independent of the media they work for! Can you remedy this? I really need to know how the murder of up to 500 Yezidis is really a good think that brings our inevitable victory a step closer.

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    Fred Beloit

    Well, Mr. Aces, you must be out of touch with those you serve. Ali_in_Arabia wants what he wants and he wants it now. He wants to know how killing of up to 500 Yezidis will bring “our” victory closer. I guess I may be confused, but shouldn’t he be asking this question of al Qaeda not you.

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    Hey ali… Who was it that killed hundreds of MUSLIMS in Iraq in those suicide attacks? You want a clue? It was fellow Muslim terrorists.

    Al Queda suicide bombers, 90% of which are FOREIGN to Iraq have killed tens of thousands of innocent Iraqi Muslims who have failed to bow at the altar of Islamic radicalism. Foreing Muslims in Iraq have killed more Muslims than they have killed U.S. troops!

    Does that help enlighten you? Perhaps we should post on that topic as you obviously don’t seem to think that Muslim’s killing Muslims is any big deal.

    Now, to the topic:

    Isn’t it interesting to see the veil lifted from the mainstream “news” media? And what a laugh that they think they are a”sacred and magical place.” Are they smoking peyote for their “sacred, magical” rituals?

    And I almost feel sorry for Joe Scarborough. Wasn’t he part of the original 1994 Newt revolution? He’s sold out to MSNBC, but I guess someone has to work there even if almost no one watches.

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    No no. I really wants Curt’s point of view on it. He’s very good at putting a postive spin on things (though he does tend to ignore a few, er, uncomfortable incidents. I really want to see his opinion on what this al qaeda “spectacular” means for the war effort. Are we still winning? Maybe ST Beauchamp made the whole thing up???

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    Are we still winning?

    Most definitely. They can’t engage us in combat so they kill innocents as terrorists are known to do. Only a lefty could equate that with losing the war. The Iraqi’s understand that we (meaning the coalition AND the Iraqi’s) are winning, and we understand this also. Spin it how you want, as you liberals are known to do.

    Curious how you ignore the other’s comments but not surprising.

    Maybe ST Beauchamp made the whole thing up???

    He made enough up, now its our MSM.

    As far as not reporting it, you may notice I haven’t reported on every successful operation our troops conduct also (and their are many daily). Maybe it just slipped your mind huh? Maybe you noticed I only post a couple times a day since I have a day job and all. If not, now you know. I’m taking a wild guess here but I’m thinking your next comment will include “chickenhawk”.

    You guys are so transparent.

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    I guess I may be confused, but shouldn’t he be asking this question of al Qaeda not you.

    A liberal place blame where it belongs? Come on, you know better then that. It’s always Bushitlers fault!

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    ali_in_arabia (yeah right, ali in Berkely more like) wants to know why AQ killing Yazidis to impress weaklings in the Dem congress is a good thing. Well, obviously its not a good thing, just like AQ killing New Yorkers on 9/11 was not a good thing. But, it leads to stuff like this:

    “Baqouba Guardians with IP repel al-Qaeda attack
    Thursday, 16 August 2007
    Multi-National Corps — Iraq
    Public Affairs Office, Camp Victory
    APO AE 09342

    RELEASE No. 20070816-07
    August 16, 2007

    Baqouba Guardians with IP repel al-Qaeda attack Multi-National Division — North PAO

    BAQOUBA, Iraq — In an unprecedented combined action in Diyala Province, Iraqi police and citizen volunteers defeated a coordinated attack of approximately 40-60 al-Qaeda terrorists in the southern Burhitz area of Baqouba, Wednesday, and killed an estimated 21 insurgents, wounding more.

    As the terrorists entered the city of Burhitz, a group of concerned local citizens, called ‘Baqouba Guardians,’ and IPs stationed in Burhitz engaged the first wave of attackers, killing seven. At least two suicide bombers were killed before they reached their intended targets, with the bomb vests detonating prematurely.

    The IP notified the Provincial Joint Coordination Center and requested Coalition Force attack helicopter support after the first engagement. Attack helicopters arrived and engaged another large group of heavily armed fighters staging near the first attack site, killing or wounding an estimated 14 terrorists.

    Approximately six citizens were killed and up to 20 more wounded during this attack. Iraqi Security Forces are continuing to secure the scene, pursue al-Qaeda, and move wounded to the Baqouba General Hospital.

    “Baqouba should be proud of their security forces and their citizen guardians today,” said Col. Steve Townsend, commander, 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division. “All fought side-by-side and soundly defeated a complex attack from a determined enemy. This thing could have been much worse had those suicide bombers reached their targets,” said Townsend.

    AQs barbarity is why the US marines have esentially crushed the insurgency in Al Anbar and is part of the reason why the surge has been so successful.

    Anyho lefties, keep spinning away in defense of that loser Beauchamp, it makes you really bad and is funny for the rest of us.

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    I especially liked the part about “the difference between what we do and the myopic screed that is passed off as “advocacy” journalism these days.” Imagine that…a Seattle paper comparing itself–favorably–to the New York Times.

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    MIkeE, thanks for that report on the good news in Iraq. I didn’t have time to blog on that one either. Should Ali consider that a grand conspiracy also?. Dammit, if I don’t blog on each and every bit of news, good or bad, from Iraq then all I am is a apologist, Bushbot, or some other kind of nonsense…..

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