Wednesday, April 2, 2014

"The Media Hate Republicans"

That's the title of Glenn Reynolds's latest article in the USA Today and he couldn't be more spot on.  The specific context for his assertion is the lack of mainstream media coverage of the mind-boggling Leland Yee debacle in California this past weekend.  Here's a slice of his article:
But there's a difference. They're Republicans. When Republicans do things that embarrass their party, the national media are happy to take note, even if they're mere state senators. But when Democrats like Yee get busted for actual felonies, and pretty dramatic ones at that, the press suddenly isn't interested.

We've seen this before, of course: Washington Post reporter Sarah Kliff dismissed the horrific Kermit Gosnell trial as a "local crime story", even as the press was going crazy covering another equally local crime story, the George Zimmerman trial. Likewise, another state senator, Texas' Wendy Davis, got national attention when she filibustered an abortion bill, a story that fit conveniently with the "war on women" theme used by Democrats.

It's almost as if "what's news" is just a synonym for "what advances the narrative chosen by the Democratic Party." The question that "news" operations like CNN may want to ask is, how many people are really interested in getting their news from party organs.
The rest of the article is also of value; click here to access it.