Oliver Willis, makes the rather perplexing argument that since the media spends more time talking about Te-RAY-zah (who in case you missed it, might become first lady) than the reporter she insulted, the media is not full of liberals.
Guess ‘ol Oliver missed when Evan Thomas of Newsweek admitted:
“Let’s talk a little media bias here. The media, I think, wants Kerry to win and I think they’re going to portray Kerry and Edwards I’m talking about the establishment media, not Fox. They’re going to portray Kerry and Edwards as being young and dynamic and optimistic and there’s going to be this glow about them, collective glow, the two of them, that’s going to be worth maybe 15 points.”
Or when Mark Halpern the political editor of ABC News admitted:
“Like every other institution, the Washington and political press corps operate with a good number of biases and predilections.
They include, but are not limited to, a near-universal shared sense that liberal political positions on social issues like gun control, homosexuality, abortion, and religion are the default, while more conservative positions are “conservative positions.”
…The worldview of the dominant media can be seen in every frame of video and every print word choice that is currently being produced about the presidential race.
Or when the New York Times admitted they were “Of Course” they were a liberal newspaper.
Or that the liberal bias was so thick at CBS that Bernard Goldberg had enough material to fill a book.
No, to Oliver the fact that that the media focused on the woman who might be first lady over a reporter no one ever heard of, proves there are no liberals in media.
Ignorance is never to be faulted- self induced stupidity however, really is a shame.
Update: Oliver gets destroyed in his comments with the line of the day being this:
Oliver, you can’t mean this.
I’m going to ask again, if President Bush tells Helen Thomas to shove it, will that be ok with you? Will the real story be how liberal Helen is?
Game. Set. Match.