At a screening of a forthcoming HBO documentary honoring liberal journalist Helen Thomas in Washington, Thomas was asked whether most White House reporters are liberal. "Hell, no!" she thundered. "I'm dying to find another liberal to open their mouths [sic]. Where are they?"
Is this Grande Dame of Journalism serious? The answer, of course, is yes. Since Ms. Thoms is dying to find vocal liberals in the news media, the least we can do is point her in the right direction.
Let's see ...
ABC's Claire Shipman says the taxpayers, not the politicians, should sacrifice to close the budget deficit: "If every American were to pitch in $2,000, we could pay off this year's deficit. Or, if we handed over, each of us, 500 gallons of gasoline or, in terms we could all really understand, if every American gave up 666 lattes for a year, we could pay off this year's deficit." ... Dan Rather predicts Big Oil will try to manipulate the election for John McCain: "The people who can affect the price of oil would prefer a Republican presidential candidate. Watch the price of oil. If it goes down, which it may very well, it could help John McCain quite a bit." ? The Associated Press swoons: "It's not only Obama's youth, eloquence and energy that have stolen hearts across the Atlantic. Obama has raised expectations of a chance for the nation to redeem itself in the role that Europe has loved, respected and relied upon." ... CBS's Mark Phillips melts in Berlin: "The 200,000-plus crowd confirmed his rock star status, and his more cooperative sounding rhetoric was what the crowd wanted to hear." ... Alessandra Stanley of the New York Times rejects charges of pro-Obama bias with this doozy: "Mr. Obama's weeklong tour of war zones and foreign capitals is noteworthy because it is so unusual to see a presidential candidate act so presidential overseas."
On "Meet the Press," NBC's Tom Brokaw prods Al Gore: "How can you, given the passion that you feel about this issue, turn down the idea that you could be in the administration as a vice president or as an energy czar or as both?" ... With a straight face, retiring New York Times reporter Linda Greenhouse claims, "President Clinton played to the center, not the left, in selecting Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Stephen G. Breyer." ... NBC labels the late Jesse Helms an "outspoken ultra-rightist," but waxed about Howard Metzenbaum as a "populist" who "always fought for the little guy."