There was NPR's Nina Totenberg saying, "It is the first time in my life I have been ashamed of my country," for what she judged was mistreatment of suspected terrorist prisoners at undisclosed detention centers.
That some Hurricane Katrina victims had gone to live temporarily with good-hearted, church-going families raised the concern of CBS's Harry Smith. Apparently seeking to reach the atheist demographic, Smith asked pastor and best-selling author, Rick Warren, "Do I need to be concerned that I'm going to go live with a church family, are they going to proselytize me, are they going to say, 'You better come to church with me or else, I'm, you know, you're not going to get your breakfast this morning'?"
CNN founder Ted Turner said on his old network that he believes North Korea's despotic leader Kim Jong-il when he promises not to build nuclear weapons and that while he hasn't met Kim, he's seen his picture and "he didn't look too much different than most other people I've met."
An incredulous Wolf Blitzer noted the way Kim treats his own people, which included letting many starve to death. Turner responded, "Well, hey, listen. I saw a lot of people over there. They were thin and they were riding bicycles instead of driving in cars, but-". The full list of award winners may be found at at mrc.org. It's worth the visit, especially for those in denial about mainstream media bias.
John Green should be reinstated. He and other members of the big media should be encouraged to say what they think, loudly and proudly. Like those labels on bottles, packages and cans at the supermarket, which inform shoppers about their contents, encouraging big media workers to label their ideological insides will benefit news consumers.
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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