Thursday, November 16, 2006

How about some media bias today?

Newsbusters has a great post remembering the media reaction to the Republican gains in 1994:
Over on NBC's Today, Bryant Gumbel wasn't offering the new majority flowers and candy:

"You're aligned to a party which owes many of its victories to the so-called religious right and other conservative extremists who are historically insensitive to minority concerns. That doesn't bother you?"
-- Today co-host Bryant Gumbel to black Republican U. S. Rep.-elect J.C. Watts, November 9.

"The so-called Christian Coalition, as you know, is claiming a great deal of credit for GOP victories across the board. Are you not at all concerned about where their brand of, some would say, extremism or intolerance, may yet try to take your party?"
-- Gumbel to Jack Kemp, November 10.

"You said the American people gave very clear orders. I read the transcript of your press conference yesterday and you talked at length of a Republican mandate. But in an off-year election where Republicans won the majority of only a 37 percent turnout, how broad a mandate can you rightfully claim?"
-- Gumbel to Senator Phil Gramm, November 10.
This time around? Well you've had a lot of fawning being done over Nancy Pelosi. The DBM has fallen all over itself pointing out that she's the "historic" first women speaker of the house. Not once commenting on her left wing views. No "views" is not a strong enough word, she literally embodies the extreme left. In the house she literally could not have possibly voted a more liberal line. And yet she is not referred to as extreme in any way. Meanwhile back in 1994 when the Christian Coalition helped orchestrate the Republican victory it was called extreme and intolerant, nevermind that this country was founded on Christianity by Christians, or that Pelosi is actually a socialist in everything but name.

Mommy the emperor is naked.

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