Brian Fitzpatrick

The monster springs suddenly, without warning, from the frigid depths of the Bering Sea. Striding imperiously onto dry land, it slowly turns its crested head toward an isolated fishing village.

The people scatter, screaming in terror. All, that is, but the intrepid stringer for an out-of-town newspaper, who phones his editor with a desperate message: “Call out the Army, the Navy, the Air Force! We must use every weapon at our disposal to destroy this minion of Hell before it kills us all!”

No, it’s not the latest send-up of Godzilla. It’s the liberal media reaction to the woman who has put Barack Obama’s coronation in jeopardy, Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin.

The liberal media have been boosting Obama like the king’s courtiers, their bias so obvious that even Saturday Night Live started poking fun at them months ago. More recently, on August 25, CNN’s Lou Dobbs took his fellow journalists to task: “My colleagues in the national media are absolutely biased, in the tank supporting the Obama candidacy while claiming the mantle of objectivity.”

In the week and a half since GOP presidential nominee John McCain selected Palin to be his running mate, Big Media has been serving Obama by training every weapon in its arsenal on the Alaska governor. “News” articles exploiting private family matters. Fruitless fishing expeditions in search of nonexistent scandals, guided by political enemies eager for revenge. Attacks on the candidate’s church and faith, aimed at creating a Jeremiah Wright-style controversy. Snide editorials questioning Palin’s character, in particular her commitment to motherhood.

In their zeal to cripple Palin, the media are betraying some of the very principles they claim to cherish. Aren’t muckraking reporters supposed to appreciate reformers willing to upset their own party’s applecart, as Palin did to the corrupt Alaska GOP? Aren’t idealistic scribes supposed to admire commitment to moral values and sacrificial strength of character, as Palin has shown by bringing her Down syndrome baby to term, and by forgiving and supporting her pregnant daughter? And whatever happened to feminism? Who’d have expected to see liberal journalists attacking a successful woman for having both a career and a family?

Apparently, for the liberal media, partisanship outweighs principles and character.

If you think the media are over the top in their hostility to Palin, you’re not alone. Even some members of the media agree.

Brian Fitzpatrick

Brian Fitzpatrick, a writer, editor, and commentator on political and cultural issues, is the Senior Editor at Media Research Center’s Culture & Media Institute.

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