Now compare NBC's treatment of Franken's nemeses, Goldberg and Coulter. Goldberg was sitting on the New York Times bestseller list for, count 'em, 19 weeks before NBC finally invited him on the "Today Show" -- but only on the condition he be paired with ultra-leftist author Michael Moore. (Another double standard: When conservatives are the focus, the discussion must be balanced; when liberals are the focus, they appear alone.) Then there's Miss Coulter. Her new book "Treason" has been on the New York Times bestseller list for over two months now, but she has yet to be invited on the "Today Show" set.
NBC is not alone. Over at ABC News they're having problems with their signature "This Week" Sunday program. A couple of years ago, the network dropped conservative Bill Kristol from the roundtable segment while promoting ex-Clinton spin doctor George Stephanopoulos into an anchoring role where suddenly he was transformed into a journalist. The ratings plummeted as a result, and now ABC apparently has concluded that the show still has too much conservatism. ABC has axed the roundtable segment where George Will offered occasional (and no doubt vexing) conservative insights. ABC promises that Will will appear from time to time, but not as a reporter, and not an opinionated analyst. This would seem to guarantee that Will's conservative commentaries are over.
If you don't like ABC's Sunday worldview, you're going to dread what's happening next door at CBS.
It's no longer unusual to find journalists offending religious believers, and it's simply inconceivable that a journalist would apologize for his insult. But watch what happens when the host of CBS's Sunday morning show "Face the Nation" upsets some atheists. Bob Schieffer recently used the old saying that "there are no atheists in foxholes," but after hearing criticism from some atheists he was quick last Sunday to make amends on his show, pointing out they "reminded me that freedom of religion also means the right not to believe, and they said my remark unfairly challenged the sincerity of their views." Schieffer begged forgiveness: "They have every right to their belief, and I would never challenge their sincerity. So to all of you who took offense, I can only say that none was intended, and I regret a poor choice of words." How some liberals can, with a straight face, continue to deny the liberal bias in the press is beyond me.