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Considering the major gaffes by ABC News lately that is really something. ABC reported that the Aurora, Colorado, shooter was a member of the Tea Party and that his mother confirmed he was the shooter when neither was true. Then ABC reported that Tony Scott, the filmmaker who recently committed suicide, had inoperable brain cancer and that also was based on rumor not fact.
Consider that the American people think ABC, with all of those recent mistakes, is more reliable than The New York Times and you have an idea of how far The New York Times has fallen.
Brisbane is also right in his description of what the problem is at The New York Times. It isn't part of some great conspiracy but simply that the people who work there share the same far-left world view or, as he calls it, "progressivism."
A great example of this occurred at The Washington Post in the 1980s when Post reporters were allowed to march in the pro-abortion parade. The reason the editors allowed this change in the policy against participating in political demonstrations was that they said they didn't think anyone would mind because everyone was in favor of abortion. It is an interesting opinion in a city where a huge pro-life rally involving hundreds of thousands of people takes place every year. Of course, none of those hundreds of thousands evidently worked in the news department of The Washington Post, or if they did they didn't tell anyone about their bizarre belief that a baby was a human being before birth.
People have too many ways to get news these days, and the people that use a few of these avenues soon realize that they are getting news with a very decided slant from the mainstream media.
Here is a paragraph from the front page of The New York Times on Monday, August 27 by Adam Nagourney in Tampa: "Mitt Romney arrives here this week to accept his nomination from the increasingly disparate coalition of factions known as the Republican Party, confronting the challenge of unifying them behind him and – should he win –exerting his own authority over a party that is in many ways still forging a post-Bush identity."
Certainly that is all true, but it is the way it is written that creates the bias. In the Democratic Party they talk about the same thing – calling it "the big tent," and celebrating the diversity of the party. In the Republican Party it is termed "disparate." Of course there are a lot of factions in the Republican Party. It is one of the two major parties in the country with millions of members from all 50 states, or as Obama says 57 states.
To top it off, the photo that goes with the article is of a bunch of children with Ron Paul signs. For those who have been asleep for the past couple of months Ron Paul is pretty much a nonfactor at this point in the presidential race.
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The attitude of the mainstream media toward the mistakes made by Obama and Vice President Joe Biden falls into that same category. They are laughed off for Obama and dismissed for Biden as "Joe just being Joe." The fact that Biden doesn't know what state he is in or what century and talks about putting black people back in chains is OK. When he asked someone in a wheelchair to stand up and be recognized that is just Joe being Joe.
But what do you think about when you read these words: Vice President Dan Quayle. I don't know that there has ever been a survey done, but "potato" or more accurately "potatoe" always pops into my head. Because Quayle actually read what was on a card given to him by a teacher that misspelled potato he was forever branded. The media wrote about it until it was part of the national fabric of political thought – a really easy trivia question for anyone old enough to remember.
Biden has made much worse mistakes, but the media mentions them and then lets them go and they don't stick. It's one of the big differences.
Obama either doesn't know how to spell Ohio or doesn't understand how to make letters with his arms, but that's OK. It's not really a problem. But if Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan makes that mistake you can bet you will read about it over and over again.