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On Meet the Bloggers, Henry Rollins and Paul Waldman… 
7th-Sep-2008 01:13 pm

On Meet the Bloggers, Henry Rollins and Paul Waldman discussed the media's bias
toward the McCain campaign.

Meet the Bloggers airs live every Friday at 1pm ET/10 am PT.
Henry Rollins and Paul Waldman Spurn the Media's Love for McCain
Posted by Robert Greenwald, Meet the Bloggers at 11:43 AM on September 6, 2008.

From Friday's episode of Meet the Bloggers

The corporate press has been in bed with John McCain for years.  What's more, whenever the GOP smells the slightest whiff of objectivity from the media, they immediately cry foul.  That was the discussion of this week's Meet the Bloggers, in which punk rock icon, actor, and spoken word artist Henry Rollins filled in admirably for Cenk Uygur, who was at the Republican National Convention.  Rollins led a charged, insightful conversation with bloggers Jonathan Kim (FOX Attacks!), Liliana Segura (AlterNet.org) and Paul Waldman (Media Matters) about the ridiculous bias we've seen from FOX News and the mainstream media throughout this election.

Waldman, who co-authored Free Ride: John McCain and the Media with David Brock, talked about all the ways in which the McCain campaign and the GOP have manipulated the media.  If you need any proof, just watch the heated exchange between CNN's Campbell Brown and McCain campaign spokesman Tucker Bounds featured in this segment.  As Rollins and Waldman pointed out, Bounds jumped down Brown's throat when she asked him to name one instance of real foreign policy experience from McCain's VP pick Sarah Palin.  Once Bounds exhausted his talking points, he went on the defensive, accusing Brown of belittling Palin.  But as Waldman concluded, Brown was simply doing her job, something not enough journalists are doing these days.   

Of course, the worst perpetrators of media bias are the folks at FOX News.  What sparked the idea for yesterday's show was Brave New Films' latest video, FOX Attacks Obama Just Like Kerry, which documents all the ways in which FOX has been reusing the same smears and distortions of John Kerry from 2004 to malign Barack Obama.  Jonathan Kim, who runs our FOX Attacks! blog and created this latest video, talked with Rollins about the "FOX effect." 

According to Kim, FOX specializes in balancing the truth with lies, giving equal time, let's say, to a real scientist who tells the truth about global warming as they do to a quack without any real expertise who calls global warming a myth.  This is FOX's notion of "fair and balanced," but in reality it's quite dangerous because FOX marginalizes the expert's claim while legitimizing the quack's opinion. 

Make no mistake, FOX is willing to do whatever it takes to advance their conservative agenda.  They will lie, smear, and distort to their hearts' content.  They'll even contradict themselves, as The Daily Show illustrated this week when they ran clips of Bill O'Reilly, Karl Rove, Sean Hannity, and Dick Morris going against their own previous statements just so they could gush over Palin. 

But what's even more dangerous is for the rest of the corporate press to take their cues from FOX.  That's why Meet the Bloggers dedicated this entire show to this issue, and why we must continue to hold the media accountable for their refusal to cover this election objectively. 

Meet the Bloggers airs live every Friday at 1pm ET/10 am PT.  And if you missed any previous shows, you can always catch them here.

7th-Sep-2008 05:24 pm (UTC)
The media NOT doing what Campbell Brown did in that interview clip is exactly why the Bush Administration got away with the WMD argument. Until the American media gets off its corporate ass and starts holding public officials responsible to the American people, we will continue to have a government out of control, no matter who gets in the White House this time.

I see signs that CNN is tightening its balls and trying to be more responsible thanks to the likes of Anderson Cooper and Campbell Brown.

I really really miss Peter Jennings this election year.
7th-Sep-2008 05:39 pm (UTC)
Typcial bullies/ spoiled brats. You turn the table on them and give them what they have been giving you and they cry foul and run home with their toys to have a temper tantrum. This alone is what makes me not like the party, they can't play fair.

More reporters should be like Campbell Brown on any and all topics. If they were maybe we wouldn't need to resort to get our news from BBC and other outlets around the world.
7th-Sep-2008 08:40 pm (UTC)
Typcial bullies

It took me a while, but I finally figured out this is what bothers me most about the neocons: They have no substance, but they get ahead on a more complex version of "gimme your lunch money, kid."
7th-Sep-2008 06:02 pm (UTC)
Their trick now is to say that the press is being unfair so no more interviews. I expect there to be almost no live interviews or question answering until the election. I think it would be smart of Obama and biden to make themselves Very available.
7th-Sep-2008 08:41 pm (UTC)
Hmm, I may have to put in an interview request with the two camps after all ......
8th-Sep-2008 03:52 am (UTC)
hi stranger- I am alive. i have missed reading these posts of yours. they make me feel not so alone.

8th-Sep-2008 04:59 pm (UTC)
GOOD LORD, WOMAN!! Where have you been???
8th-Sep-2008 05:01 pm (UTC)
Trapped in a hole- it puts the lotion on.

I graduated UWG in 06. Moved to Auburn. Started MA in Communication/PR- Got married in Feb 2008 (which threw off my thesis writing) and thus I am still finishing my MA at Auburn but living at home. I drive over there 2 times a week to teach public speaking annnnnd one gamedays :)
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