Most liberal media outlets can't be bothered to visit, let alone cover, the Conservative Political Action Conference every winter. But this year's event drew a large amount of publicity. CPAC hasn't been this notorious since reporter-fabricator Stephen Glass made up stories of wild sexual antics and drug use at CPAC hotel rooms and bathrooms 10 years ago for The New Republic.
The furor surrounded author and columnist Ann Coulter, who cracked that she would like to comment on John Edwards, but "you have to go into rehab if you use the word 'faggot.'" Coulter's joke was based on ABC's intense blitz recently to press "Grey's Anatomy" star Isaiah Washington into rehab after he used the new F-word at the Golden Globes. The word used to be coarse and insulting, but liberals are now elevating it into a profanity, which is odd, considering they're constantly desensitizing the culture to all the historic profanities.
But the most fascinating thing about this is how effectively it demonstrates how media outlets practice bias by story selection. Some stories are big. Some stories are small. Some stories are not only omitted, but smothered to death with a pillow. It all depends on who suffers.
Clearly, the Coulter joke story had newsworthy elements: the reaction of the Edwards presidential campaign and the negative reaction of organizing conservative bloggers are among them. But other stories that would balance out left and right, or Edwards and Coulter, are not being mentioned by our eternally calculating liberal media elite.
Let's start with Edwards, who hired two foul-mouthed feminist bloggers to attack some 250 million Americans who believe in God and the Bible. The feminists called them "Christofascists" and believers in woman-hating "mythology." How can our "objective" media highlight Ann Coulter and then say nothing about Amanda Marcotte and Melissa McEwan? And how could they ignored Edwards' performance? First, rumors said Edwards fired them; then, he defended them and insisted their more hateful blogs would not appear on his Website; and then, they mysteriously quit on their own, or so we're supposed to believe.
Since then, Edwards has made the rounds of network television, yet ABC's Terry Moran, CBS's Bob Schieffer and NBC's Meredith Vieira completely skipped asking him about this scandal. As far as all these networks were concerned, there was no controversy.