I spent most of the election evening splitting my TV watching between FOX News and MSNBC. Even though I am a Conservative/Republican, I believe in watching both sides to insure I receive all the information out there to make my comments informed. What I saw and heard last night and read today moved me to write this column.
FOX News uses the label “Fair and Balanced” to describe their news reporting. They are mocked by the liberals, the Democrats and even the White House for this label. FOX had four people on their panel discussing the issues last night. Two Republicans/Conservatives and two Liberals/Democrats. Fox employs self-avowed liberals such as Kirsten Powers, Juan Williams, Pat Caddell, Alicia Melendez, Joe Trippe and others to give the Left’s side on every issue. MSNBC had a similar five person panel discussing the evening’s events and all five were self-avowed liberals. Keith Olberman, Rachel Maddow, Chris Matthews and Lawrence O’Donnell were on the panel. I found the discussions on FOX to be lively, spirited and enlightening. On MSNBC, one person would state an opinion and the other four would nod their heads.
The coverage on MSNBC was unbelievably biased, mocking and even cruel. Here was Chris Matthews’ question to Michele Bachman (the Republican Congresswomen from Minnesota after her victory):
“Are you going to use subpoena powers to investigate the Democratic members of Congress for un-American activities?”
When he was unhappy with her response, Matthews asked her “Are you hypnotized tonight? Because no matter what I ask you I get the same answer.”
Lawrence O’Donnell stated that “since Rand Paul (R), (Senator-elect from Kentucky) has extreme views on budgeting” (who knew that attempting to balance the budget was extreme) and now had filibuster powers would he stifle the funding of dollars out of the Senate and maybe “cause a world-wide depression?”
Keith Olberman mocked John Boehner (the new Speaker of the House, the 3rd most powerful person in the country) who cried when describing how he felt growing up among 12 siblings, working nights to get through college to get to this point in his career. Olberman stated that “I was the first of my family to go to college and I never cried” He then stated that Boehner could “cry on cue.”
MSNBC should be embarrassed.
The day after the election in 2008, the Los Angeles Times stated that the electorate sent “a clear message to the Republicans that they reject the Bush policies and want a change.” This morning their OP-ED piece stated that the voters were “angry and bewildered.”
Stephanie Miller, on her radio show on the American Left channel, introduced a new game show this morning called “How many undocumented workers did Meg Whitman kick this morning on her way through her house?”
The media is veering left, the electorate is veering right. Please watch both FOX and MSNBC for a full day each and tell me I am wrong.