In writing about the Pew study released today, I was struck by the big story of how negative coverage on several levels of presidential politics had become.
I think this is big trouble for democracy, especially the hostile level of discourse in social media. And that it’s something the media need to address collectively after the election.
But here’s one of several fascinating smaller findings of the study that are kind of stunning — even if they seem obvious and ho-hum to some of my more jaded, postmodern, aren’t-we-cleverly-ironic colleagues:
ON MSNBC, the ratio of negative to positive stories on GOP candidate Mitt Romney was 71 to 3.
That’s not a news channel. That’s a propaganda machine, and owner Comcast should probably change Phil Griffin’s title from president to high minister of information, or something equally befitting the work of a party propaganist hack in a totalitarian regime. You wonder how mainstream news organizations allow their reporters and corrdespondents to appear in such a cauldron of bias.
This was the most enjoyable part of the show. David Gregory and the Liberals later on David’s panel, kept asking about Mitt Romney’s plan. I would suggest Mr. Gregory get a little more preparatory like his predecessor Mr. Russert. Because, all you have to do is look on Mitt Romney’s website for the answers. It is really sad to see how far this show has fallen since the days of Tim Russert who I LOVED watching each Sunday morning.
Governor Christie is right, if the President isn’t going to be specific, why should Mr. Romney be MORE specific than he already has with his 5 point plan?
President Obama attended a glitzy fundraiser Wednesday night at the Beverly Wilshire hotel in Los Angeles. The event, which focused on the gay agenda, featured Ellen Degeneres and what the Los Angeles Times called “a who’s who of gay Hollywood.” Top officials from a number of gay activist groups were there as well, according to White House pool reports.
Also attending was Les Moonves, the chief executive of CBS, who told the Los Angeles Times that Obama “has shown great leadership” on gay marriage. When the paper mentioned that the fundraiser was a partisan event and that Moonves oversees a broadcast network news division, Moonves said, “Ultimately journalism has changed…partisanship is very much a part of journalism now.”