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Milloy should be better known as the ranter that doubly ruined Robinson's claim that today's leftists never incite. Here's how Milloy responded to the tea party protests on Capitol Hill: "I want to spit on them, take one of their 'Obama Plan White Slavery' signs and knock every racist and homophobic tooth out of their Cro-Magnon heads."

Robinson somehow missed that article in his own newspaper, too.

This absolute tunnel vision about which side is ferocious was almost comical on NBC. John McCain came on NBC's "Today" on March 25 and was assaulted by Ann Curry about the "incendiary" language of his old running mate, Sarah Palin. But when Barack Obama showed up five days later, Matt Lauer "balanced" it -- by talking about the ferocity of the Republicans. "The vitriol, the rhetoric, the sniping, the threats. How are you possibly going to continue with any kind of legislative agenda when your opponents have said to you, 'I'm not gonna cooperate with this president, with these Democrats, unless it's a matter of national security.' How do you move on?" This allowed Obama to joke that "no asteroid had hit the planet" since he signed his health bill passed. But Lauer never raised the Cantor death threats with Obama, and they didn't appear anywhere else on "Today."

This anti-"vitriol" stance is most comical for this network because MSNBC churns out vitriol and ferocity against conservatives and Republicans on a daily and nightly basis. Do Curry and Lauer never watch it?

All these people -- from Robinson and Meacham to Curry and Lauer -- are knowledgeable people who cannot deny that the left is deeply stocked with rabid bloggers, talk-radio hosts and cable-TV shouters. Their ability to pretend that these voices do not exist is quite an acting job.

How one-sided is their reporting? Imagine the media reaction if Rep. Steny Hoyer, the second most powerful Democrat in the House, were targeted for death by a tea partier. Eric Cantor is the No. 2 House Republican. When the arrest of his would-be killer was made, how much coverage did it receive? A brief mention on NBC on the evening of March 29, a brief mention on ABC on the morning of March 30, and CBS never touched it.


Brent Bozell

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