What other business metaphorically flips the bird to those who don't subscribe to their social, cultural and political worldview? That is precisely what big media does to a large number of potential viewers and subscribers.
Three recent examples: 1) The inexplicable editing of the Pledge of Allegiance during the opening of last Sunday's U.S. Open on NBC; 2) the naming of ultra-liberal Norah O'Donnell of MSNBC as CBS News' new chief White House correspondent, in time for the 2012 election; and 3) last Sunday's New York Times, which appeared to be a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Washington Blade, a leading newspaper for the LGBT community.
Let's take them one at a time.
Someone had to decide that "under God" and "indivisible" were extraneous and needed to be cut from the U.S. Open's patriotic montage. Who was that person? What are his/her ideological and religious beliefs? What editor or manager decided it was OK to air the edited Pledge of Allegiance? Didn't anyone at NBC, which later apologized on air to "those of you who were offended by it," anticipate the reaction? Will heads roll? Probably not. Compare this to comedian Tracy Morgan's crude remarks about gay people in a stand-up act not aired on NBC. His colleagues roundly denounced him and Tina Fey, creator/star of NBC's "30 Rock," suggested that without his gay and lesbian co-workers, Morgan "would not have lines to say, clothes to wear, sets to stand on ... or a printed paycheck from accounting to put in his pocket." Morgan is now on the groveling tour, seeking absolution from gay rights activists.
Norah O'Donnell has been an Obama cheerleader on MSNBC. When Newt Gingrich suggested the president plays too much basketball and should concentrate on more important things, O'Donnell intimated there might be racist overtones because "it suggests that the president is an athlete and some people may suggest, you know, because all black people are good athletes."
All black people? Isn't that racist? Some people may suggest? That's a not-so-clever way journalists have of inserting their own opinions into a story or line of questioning. For many more examples of O'Donnell's liberalism, visit newsbusters.org and search Norah O'Donnell. It doesn't appear likely O'Donnell will put her views on hold while reporting on the president's policies and his re-election campaign.
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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