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December 27, 2005

What Media Bias?

Filed under: News — lmwalker @ 11:40 am

The Media Research Center has compiled a list of 2005 Notable Quoteables: the 18th Annual Awards for the Year’s Worst Reporting. Among the highlights are . . .

MSNBC anchor Chris Matthews’s obsequious attention to Cindy Sheehan:

Sheehan: “Weíre not going to cure terrorism and spread peace and good will in the Middle East by killing innocent people or ó Iím not even saying our bullets and bombs are killing them. The occupation ó they donít have food, they donít have clean water, they donít have electricity. They donít have medicine, they donít have doctors. We need to get our military presence out of there, and thatís whatís gonna start building good will….I see Iraq as the base for spreading imperialism….”
Matthews: “Are you considering running for Congress, Cindy?”
Sheehan: “No, not this time….”
Matthews: “Okay. Well, I have to tell you, you sound more informed than most U.S. Congresspeople, so maybe you should run.”

Matthews fawning over the ever-despicable Jane Fonda:

Fonda: “From an historical point of view, they were defending their country. If we had been invaded and an invading force came into this country and divided us in half at the Mississippi River…we would understand why people were fighting….We should never have been there [in Vietnam].”
Matthews: “There were a lot of people, Jane, who….canít imagine slipping out of their American skin, their American soul and becoming so objective, as you just were a minute ago….How do you step out of being an American to make such an objective judgment?”

NBC anchor Matt Lauer’s doomed attempt to foist low morale on the soldiers:

Lauer: “Talk to me…about morale here. Weíve heard so much about the insurgent attacks, so much about the uncertainty as to when you folks are going to get to go home. How would you describe morale?”
Chief Warrant Officer Randy Kirgiss: “In my unit morale is pretty good. Every day we go out and do our missions and people are ready to execute their missions. Theyíre excited to be here.”
Lauer: “How much does that uncertainty of [not] knowing how long youíre going to be here impact morale?”|
Specialist Steven Chitterer: “Morale is always high. Soldiers know they have a mission. They like taking on new objectives and taking on the new challenges….”
Lauer: “Donít get me wrong here, I think you are probably telling me the truth, but a lot of people at home are wondering how that could be possible with the conditions youíre facing and with the attacks youíre facing. What would you say to those people who are doubtful that morale can be that high?”
Captain Sherman Powell: “Sir, if I got my news from the newspapers also, Iíd be pretty depressed as well.”

And the rampant ethnocentricity of CNN anchor Carol Lin in her description of French teenagers of Tunisian descent.

“Itís been 11 days since two African-American teenagers were killed, electrocuted during a police chase, which prompted all of this.”



  1. In fairness, Matthews has a talk show, not a news program, so the bias is not inappropriate.

    Though the tongue-baths he gives to Sheehan and Fonda do prove that he is an imbecile.

    Comment by Toly — December 27, 2005 @ 3:27 pm

  2. Forgive me if I give Matt Lauer a little latitude. Sounds to me like he was trying to have soldiers explain why they say their moral is high to an audience who sees little but bad news come out of Iraq.

    It’s also not out of question to wonder just how free the troops are to speak their mind in public.

    Comment by Howard — December 29, 2005 @ 8:36 pm

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