On the Internet two days before the vote, Time's Michael Scherer offered a note of journalistic independence and integrity by calling out the Coakley camp with a blog post headlined "On Contraception, Democrats Roll Towards Gutter In Massachusetts."
Coakley also demonstrated the secular liberal's intense desire to crush religious liberty in a radio interview on the same subject. When host Ken Pittman suggested there's still religious freedom in emergency rooms, Coakley said Catholics should avoid work in the field of health care: "You can have religious freedom, but you probably shouldn't work in the emergency room."
Doesn't that sound like the pro-abortion movement's version of "Irish Need Not Apply"?
On the same weekend that liberal reporters went on the Sunday shows and railed against the Republicans for refusing to repudiate Rush Limbaugh for suggesting Obama would milk the earthquake in Haiti for political gain, there was silence on whether the Democrats should repudiate Coakley's attacks, or whether Obama would be willing to endorse them.
In Sunday's Washington Post, political reporter Dan Balz wrote that "Obama begins his second year having failed to ease political polarization." Further, he quoted Obama from a People magazine interview lamenting he hasn't been able to "bring the country together." Balz and every other transparent Obama supporter in the press simply refused to acknowledge that the Democrats have been smash-mouth partisans trying to ram through legislation without even letting Republicans read the bills, let alone amend them.
Reporters barely noticed that Obama slammed Republican Scott Brown in his Sunday appearance for Coakley, joking repeatedly about the GM truck Brown has driven around the state. He joked that Brown parked his truck on Wall Street, and "I'd think long and hard about getting in that truck with Martha's opponent. It might not take you where you want to go," said the man trying to bring the country together.
In a race for the "Ted Kennedy seat," Obama may want to avoid perilous driving jokes. But the media was there for their usual routine: to sanitize his partisanship.
It's going to be quite a challenge for Obama to fly across the country trying to save every Barbara Boxer and Harry Reid at the same time he's the media's poster boy for ending political polarization. But it wouldn't be the first time the media presented a view of Obama utterly at odds with reality.
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