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Press Bias Against Clinton Intensifies

Just a quick example, there are literally too many to cover at this point. The Obamedia has really been piling it on Clinton this last week. This from (act surprised now) Obama's hometown newspaper, the Obama-endorsing Chicago Sun-Times.

In a story published this morning Sun-Times reporter Chris Fusco echoes an inaccurate statement from Bill Ayer's brother Rick Ayers without correction, extending and just passing forward the lies being told by Obama operatives and surrogates.

Here's what's being reported today in the Sun-Times:

Bill Ayers' brother, Rick Ayers, is lashing out at Hillary Clinton, accusing her of "McCarthyism" for making an issue of rival Barack Obama's links to Chicago professor Bill Ayers during this week's Democratic presidential debate.

"The fact that she would drag up this pathetic red herring about Obama's alleged ties to so-called terrorist Bill Ayers (my brother!) brings her right down to the level of Fox News and the National Enquirer," blogged Rick Ayers, a California high school teacher and author.

I watched last Wednesday's debate from start to finish, and it wasn't Hillary Clinton who raised the question, it was ABC moderators George Stephanopoulos and Charlie Gibson that posed the questions, but look again at the lie and smear told by Rick Ayers, and faithfully reproduced with correction by reporter Fusco -- same paragraphs quoted above, emphasis mine:

Bill Ayers' brother, Rick Ayers, is lashing out at Hillary Clinton, accusing her of "McCarthyism" for making an issue of rival Barack Obama's links to Chicago professor Bill Ayers during this week's Democratic presidential debate.

"The fact that she would drag up this pathetic red herring about Obama's alleged ties to so-called terrorist Bill Ayers (my brother!) brings her right down to the level of Fox News and the National Enquirer," blogged Rick Ayers, a California high school teacher and author.

No, the fact is that Clinton didn't "make an issue of it", and she didn't "drag it up," the question was raised and pursued by Stephanopoulos... but you won't learn the truth from Chris Fusco and the Chicago Sun-Times. Here they find a lie that suits their own bias, and just repeat it verbatim, without correction, thereby supporting Rick Ayers claim of McCarthyism on the part of Clinton.

This is the second instance in just a few days where I've documented the blatant bias and inaccuracy of the Sun-Times staff and editors. On Wednesday I wrote this post which documented Sun-Times columnist and Obama supporter Mary Mitchell spinning in favor of Obama -- and having the audacity to play the race card against Clinton, a feat the Obama camp and their surrogate have employed quite often.

Mitchell wrote:

In attacking Obama as "elitist" and "arrogant," Clinton is again appealing to the lower nature of voters.

She has once again proved that she is willing to feed the ignorance of voters like the ones Rendell has described.

But worst yet, Clinton is now communicating to these voters that she that can put an "uppity" black man in his place.

In her column Mitchell spins the "issue" as Obama's statement about the bitterness of small-town voters, completely ignoring Obama's much more egregious remarks regarding these voters "clinging to guns and religion" - and then, after failing to cite quotes which support her statements in favor of Obama, Mitchell ascribes a motivation to Clinton as "communicating to these voters that she that can put an "uppity" black man in his place."

Mary Mitchell accuses a U.S. Senator of launching a racially-motivated attack without so much as a single supporting fact or quote to back it up, and her editors allow it to be published

And now we have Obama whining about being mistreated on the ABC debate, but this kind of bias documented here against Clinton has been ongoing, and is now increasing. The LA Times and the Chicago Sun-Times are both blatantly and obviously Obama kool-aid drinkers. They don't even try to hide their bias any longer.

UPDATE: Jim Vandehei and John Harris at Politico echo my sentiments, backed with their own first-hand experience with this bias, in this post about the backlash against ABC that was co-authored by them both, titled "Obama's Secret Weapon: the Media":

If Obama was covered like Clinton is, one feels certain the media focus would not have been on the questions, but on a candidate performance that at times seemed tinny, impatient and uncertain.

The difference seems clear: Many journalists are not merely observers but participants in the Obama phenomenon.

(Harris only here: As one who has assigned journalists to cover Obama at both Politico and The Washington Post, I have witnessed the phenomenon several times. Some reporters come back and need to go through detox, to cure their swooning over Obama's political skill. Even Vandehei seemed to have been bitten by the bug after the Iowa caucus.)

(VandeHei only here: There is no doubt reporters are smitten with Obama's speeches and promises to change politics. I find his speeches, when he's on, pretty electric myself. It certainly helps his cause that reporters also seem very tired of the Clintons and their paint-by-polls approach to governing.)

If the subject interests you, Vandehei and Harris' article is worth a full read - linked here.


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Comments (6)

From Harris,

"Some reporters come back and need to go through detox, to cure their swooning over Obama's political skill."

That is a stunning admission.

Excellent post Lee. You are doing yeoman's work exposing the MSM sellout for Obama.

The intensity of the Obamawhining chorus causes anyone with just limited historical political experience to wonder how Obama would handle a real hardball debate moderator. Could Obama's glass jaw survive the kind of tough questions Sam Donaldson served up to Ronald Reagan?

WJC made the comment yesterday that politics is a full contact game. To use a sports metaphor, the Clintons have been playing full pads, tackle football their entire political lives; Obama has been playing touch football and the guys from ABC just knocked him down...for the first time.

What does this say about the strength of the presumed Democrat Party nominee? It tells me the 527's will have their way with him.

P. Bunyan:

Press bias you say?

Welcome to the world of the Right Wing (Republicans, Conservatives, & Libertarians) for the last 40 years!!!

At least we should see fewer comments from the Marxists like Lee, Larkin, and Mantis claiming that there is no press bias.

Lee Ward[TypeKey Profile Page]:

You should point it out the bias when you see it, P. I see lots of instances when right wingers whine about press bias and all the press is doing is reporting the facts.

P. Bunyan:

Reporting 10% of the "Facts" and ignoring 90% of the facts since they don't fit into the leftist worldview is bais Lee.

Just like ignoring all the little inconvenient truths about his massiahness, Lord Barack.

Lee Ward[TypeKey Profile Page]:

That was a common complaint for years about Iraq, Bunyan. That the media wasn't reporting on the successes being forged.

Turned out there weren't any real successes, they only existed in Michelle Malkin's mind, and therefore Lorie Byrd's brain also -- and the two of them had lots of fun complaining about the media bias.

It was all BS, you do realize that now, right?

P. Bunyan:

Take your blinders off Lee. The exact same thing you see the press doing to Hillary, they did to Iraq.

We've already had this argument, though.


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