On Hardball Chris Matthews just admitted that the American Press plays favorites. According to Matthews, the MSM had crushes on Mario Cuomo, Colin Powell, and John McCain. Presumably, the McCain affair ended when Matthews and the Journolisters found a
tingle thrill up their leg for a younger congressman from Illinois.
Chris Matthews (“Hardball” on 6/30/2011): (underline and italics added for emphasis)
“It seems to me over the years the media has been falling in love with – and you’ve been correct – people like me have always loved Mario Cuomo. We thought he was a true believer. A really good, progressive liberal guy. And a good man. A good man. And then we all fell for Colin Powell. A lot of us. We thought Colin Powell would be great. None of these guys go anywhere. And then we all were — for awhile there — for John McCain.
Matthews continues, “I’ll admit there’s a mainstream media, sort of favorite at the time — but they never win.” During the crosstalk Matthews laughs and says, “Well, Obama! Obama won.”
It goes without saying that the media and their penchant for falling in and out love is a problem. The MSM needs to be the physician administering an exam in a calm, professional manner. Not fondling the hell out of one patient, and administering an unnecessary rectal exam on the other. It’s called being a professional.
NOTE: Matthews admits the MSM was rooting for a progressive liberal. Then he switches to Colin Powell who is obviously not a progressive liberal. So why root for him then? He’s a good man and he’s got military credentials, but I suspect liberals like Chris Matthews root for Colin Powell partly for the same reason someone like Barack Obama caught their eye to begin with. They want the big racial story. Wouldn’t it be great if…? Wouldn’t it be historic if…? Matthews and his ilk look at the optics and never wonder about policy and principles (I assure you Colin Powell and Mario Cuomo are quite different in this regard and it would be inconsistent to support both). Why did they like McCain? Because he ripped on his party I suppose, and that held some appeal for the MSM (for awhile there).
I think Matthews catches himself before he says, ‘I admit there’s a mainstream media bias.’ He knows he can’t say bias. And then he tries justifying his mistake by basically saying: well, they never win, so who cares if there’s a MSM bias anyway?
Someone might want to forward this to Mr. Jon Stewart to address his discussion with Chris Wallace. Stewart’s view of so-called Left bias in a nutshell:
uhh, yeah, MSNBC sort of
leans angles crouches to the slightly ever-so slightly left not right of center. hey look! i’m making a funny face!