CBS News, which has a credibility gap wider than the Grand Canyon after it stood behind fake documents pertaining to George Bush's National Guard service, broadcast a report Friday night by Anthony Mason questioning whether most Americans are better off financially than they were four years ago. Mason claimed that while, on average, Americans are making more money than they were in 2000, they are "in fact, worse off." Mason's proof: "Median household income . . . is now $41,550, $30 lower than it was four years ago."
So, while Americans have more money than they did four years ago, median household income is down $30, proving to the BM that Bush's economic policies are a failure?
There are, and have been, countless examples of the most grotesque media bias against all things Bush and Republican by the BM. But it doesn't matter anymore. The BM are the past. Cable, newspapers in "flyover country" and the Internet are the future. I seriously doubt whether anyone's mind is changed by the BM's predictable endorsements and their familiar reasoning, which goes something like this: Big government and high taxes are good, sex with anyone for whatever reason is good, abortion and gay rights are good, more regulation of "evil corporations" (but not the BM corporations) is good and all conservatives are evil. Anyone sharing the BM's platform gets their endorsement. Anyone who doesn't gets unfavorable treatment in the news pages and on the air.
The anger of the BM in anticipation of a Bush win has gone beyond the fringe of a Michael Moore film or a George Soros 527 group. London's Guardian newspaper printed a column Saturday by a Charlie Brooker, who, after mocking President Bush with the familiar leftist invective, concluded: "The world will endure four more years of idiocy, arrogance and unwarranted bloodshed, with no benevolent deity to watch over and save us. John Wilkes Booth, Lee Harvey Oswald, John Hinckley Jr. - where are you now that we need you?"
Nice, huh? This is why the media future is in what is called "alternative media." It will soon become the mainstream.
Cal Thomas is co-author (with Bob Beckel) of the book, "Common Ground: How to Stop the Partisan War That is Destroying America".
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