The public tolerates the news media being such a full-throated shill for the Democratic Party that there is no reason for partisan websites to be outrageous about it. Thus when Talking Points Memo breached not just journalistic principles of fairness and objectivity, but also honesty, it needed to be called out. To its credit, the Democratic National Committee delivered the slap-down to its loyal ally, even though, as usual, the victim of the biased media mugging was a Republican.
TPM published an online account of last week’s contentious debate between CNN anchor Carol Costello and RNC spokesman Sean Spicer over the media’s treatment of Republicans in the wake of rancher Cliven Bundy’s offensive comments about blacks and slavery. Costello’s argument was that it was fair to tar the GOP with Bundy’s ignorant views, since many in the party supported his anti-government actions. Astoundingly, TPM though that it would enhance Costello’s views if its readers thought that Spicer was a skinhead. Thus it doctored a photo, using CNN’s set, showing Spicer like this, after he had shaved his head for charity a while back:
In fact, he had appeared on TV looking this way:
This unethical garbage was even too much for the Democrats to accept, and Spicer’s counterpart in donkeyville, DNC spokeswoman Mo Elleithee, tweeted that the picture was a fake, and the TPM “uses pic 2 look like white supremist.”
You see, websites such as TPM, like cable network MSNBC, aren’t interested in conveying facts, being fair, or even telling their readers and viewers the truth. They are full time, around the clock ideological propaganda machines, as is, ironically, the website that broke the story of TPM’s fakery, The Daily Caller, Brietbart, and others from the conservative end of the spectrum. Call me old-fashioned, but I like to get my political news straight, so I can decide what the issues are without some hollow-eyed ideologue pointing the way with tricks and lies. Maybe if both parties start protesting the worst abuses that issue from their own camps, we can start getting back to real journalism again.
Well, I can hope, can’t I?