The Obama media

Michele Malkin:

In less than a week, the campaign will be over. But the Obamedia's most shameful biases and blunders shall not be forgotten. Here are my Top Three, by no means comprehensive and in no particular order:

1) The Los Angeles Times and the suppressed Obama/Jew-bash videotape.

In April, Times reporter Peter Wallsten reported on a 2003 farewell party for Rashid Khalidi, a radical Palestinian Liberation Organization spokesman/adviser turned Ivy League professor. The anti-Israel Arab American Action Network sponsored the gala. In attendance: good neighbors Barack Obama and Weather Underground terrorist duo Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn.

Wallsten reported that the "event was videotaped, and a copy of the tape was obtained by the Times." But the paper refuses to let readers watch the video of Obama and his left-wing terrorist friends and won't release the tape. It's "old news" now.

Yet the Times had no problem embedding a video clip of Sarah Palin's 1984 swimsuit pageant on its gossip blog and deeming it newsworthy.

2) Ogling Obama.

In May, CNN posted "breaking-news video" of female journalists on Obama's press plane fawning over the Democratic presidential candidate as he talked on his cell phone. The caption listed on the network's Web site: "Obama in jeans: Sen. Barack Obama surprises the press corps by wearing jeans."

In the clip, several members of the press corps yell at a Secret Service agent to "sit down" because she's obstructing the view of their beloved Obama. They giggle and sigh as he straddles over a row of seats, and they furiously click away on their cameras. "You're killing us," one of them says breathlessly.

No, you're killing yourselves.

Runners-up for Most Drool-Covered Groupies: The journalist who squealed "He touched me!" at the UNITY minority journalists' convention in July; the MSNBC producer who broke down and shed tears of joy upon learning that The One had clinched the Democratic presidential nomination....

3) The quote doctors and math-manglers at CNN.


In a botched tally, CNN anchor Soledad O'Brien proclaimed that an audience poll showed "overwhelming" preference for Joe Biden after the vice presidential debate. A freeze frame of the show of hands, however, showed the audience split.

The mathematically challenged O'Brien also claimed that Palin slashed Alaska's special-needs budget by 62 percent (a factoid the anchor recycled from the liberal Daily Kos blog), despite the fact that the governor increased special-needs funding by 12 percent. Facts, schmacts.

The LA Times says that it made a commitment not to release the tape to the source. That in itself is a pretty remarkable commitment. It is hard to imagine they would make a similar commitment if the material damaged McCain. It is also hard to imagine that there is only one video of a public event honoring a guy who has exhibited ethnic hatred of Jews.

Where is the media scrum that was digging dirt on Joe the Plumber for their dismissive paragraph? Why is there no curiosity by media outside LA? The guy is now in the NY Times back yard, yet I have seen no report questioning him about his views and his friendship with Obama.

When conservatives talk about the media bias in this race it is more about the stories not written about Obama. The pass he has been given is extraordinary, especially considering all the negative stories on McCain and Palin. There is a fundamental dishonesty in the lack of accountability for Obama.


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