Any regular reader of my blog will acknowledge that I have been very tough lately on the main stream liberals in the news media for not downplaying or even ignoring facts about those politicians they favor.
Nevertheless, when you write a blog as I do, you have an obligation to your readers to point out times when those who you criticize are doing what reporters should do. Fortunately, we are beginning to see some mainstays in the media acting like the true reporters they should be.
On last Sunday’s edition of the CBS News interview show “Face the Nation,” Bob Schieffer really let Nancy Pelosi have it on the economy. He chided Pelosi and the Democrats for not doing anything in the present to spark more economic growth and then reminded her how she condemned George Bush in January 2008 for 5 percent unemployment and $3 gas. He then asked her if the Republicans now had the same right to say President Barack Obama has failed the American people with 9 percent unemployment and gas that is more than $4 a gallon. Of course, Pelosi did what politicians usually do and claimed she didn’t want to talk about the past.
Another main stream reporter, David Fahrenthold of the Washington Post, wrote a story about how many politicians, including President Obama, have had a history of misquoting the founding fathers. His story was in response to many liberal reporters and commentators, especially those at MSNBC, who continue to berate Sarah Palin for what may have not been a gaffe about Paul Revere. I’ve heard so many different versions from historians that I don’t know if Palin got it wrong about Revere’s famous midnight run.
The primary point Fahrenthold was making in his article is that targeting just Sarah Palin is unfair. He notes that “Senators, House members and even President Barack Obama have misquoted the Founding Fathers in recent years – reverently repeating words that are either altered or entirely false. It was nice to see a member of the main stream media provide a more balanced view of such gaffes.
I would like to give one final thumbs up today to Jack Cafferty of CNN News. Cafferty is a commentator who has always been fair. While I suspect he is a liberal, it doesn’t really matter because Cafferty goes after wayward politicians of both parties.
Yesterday, Cafferty called for New York Congressman Anthony Weiner to resign because of his Internet scandal over sexual impropriety. Cafferty said, “Not only did he send those sleazy pictures, pretty sick stuff in and of itself, he repeatedly lied about doing so. He sat down with countless reporters and members of the media and lied over and over and over again.
“This leads one to wonder: What else does he lie about? How can his constituents or anyone else for that matter trust anything he says?”
The examples I have given provide a little evidence that the main stream media just might not be in the tank for Obama and the Democratic Party in the 2012 election cycle. Well….maybe I shouldn’t go that far yet, but there is a glimmer of hope.