Brent Bozell

Kudos to Wolf Blitzer on CNN, who was the only "mainstream" media interviewer who seemed to greet Edwards without talcum powder and a pacifier. That's not to say it was a grilling. He merely glanced over the controversy by asking Edwards what these employment choices said about his campaign and what lessons he learned. Edwards repeated his Pablum line that they promised to be good girls for him, but then departed for "personal reasons" because of the aggression of the "far right."

Edwards reacted to Coulter by saying, "I think it is important that we not reward hateful, selfish, childish behavior with attention." But the media would let you believe that Edwards never had "hateful, selfish, childish" people on his communications team that would render his anti-"hate" talk hypocritical.

Second, look at leftist talk-show host Bill Maher. In the same weekend as CPAC, Maher grew upset on his HBO show that Arianna Huffington was such an enemy of free speech that she eliminated comments on her blog from people who regretted that an Afghan suicide bomber hadn't killed Vice President Cheney. "That's a funny joke," he said. "If this isn't China, shouldn't you be able to say that?" Maher wants to make the world safe for assassinate-our-top-leaders humor.

Maher then dug his ditch deeper. Even liberal Rep. Barney Frank wanted nothing to do with Maher's poison and tried to guide him back across the line of decency, noting that Maher's show selects which speech they're going to allow. Maher continued to defend the kill-Cheney commenters: "But I have no doubt that if Cheney was not in power, people wouldn't be dying needlessly tomorrow." Joe Scarborough joined Frank in trying to get him to denounce kill-Cheney speech, but Maher still wouldn't budge: "I'm just saying if he did die, other people, more people would live."

So why isn't Maher side by side with Coulter -- no, trumping Coulter -- if the big story is outrageous remarks about top politicians? Most media outlets like CNN and The Washington Post poured outrage all over Coulter and didn't mention Maher's foot-in-mouth disease.

By selecting the story the liberals want reported, and ignoring the stories conservatives want reported, it's clear that the media elite aren't in the "news" business. They're in the liberal publicity business.


Brent Bozell

Founder and President of the Media Research Center, Brent Bozell runs the largest media watchdog organization in America.
 
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