Thursday, January 13, 2005

What partisan press?

NewsMax:In the Press Club’s packed Ballroom, Kennedy launched his “Democratic Blueprint for America's Future,” a detailing of some of the priorities he believes the party should work toward now that the smoke has cleared from Election 2004.

Sounding like a stump speech for a higher office than his reelection bid to the Senate, Kennedy quickly went to the order on the defeat of the Democrats – not only in the White House race but in both houses of Congress.

..."I have full confidence that we will renew our Democratic party,” Kennedy said. “By summoning courage and determination, the battles ahead will yield our greatest victories.”

Kennedy left to a standing ovation from the “impartial” press corps.

Think we'll see a repeat of the mainstream media's unvarnished campaigning for Democrats in `06 and `08? It's hardly debatable anymore that the press has a left wing bias. I've never seen anyone deny it who wasn't a leftist. The question of how overt the bias will appear will probably depend on how much they feel they can get away with. The singular biggest threat to campaigning disguised as journalism is, of course, the blogosphere, which probably accounts for the wailing and gnashing of teeth among mainstream journalists over the existence of thousands upon thousands of autonomous and connected commentators and fact-checkers without editorial control.

I suspect that there are some journalists who are either so ideologically committed or so blind to their bias (as Bernard Goldberg maintains) that they will not learn from what happened to Rather, Mapes et. al. They will produce journalistic hatchet jobs on non-Democrats, and again the Pajama Army will ride out to meet them. The more savvy among them will likely look for ways to conceal bias while influencing elections, but I suspect that even they will "misunderestimate" the ability of the public and the blogosphere to see through it.

Fox News is now in Canada. (Hey, they weren't allowed in as quickly as al Jazeera, but they're in.) Control of public information continues to slip. It is not a good time to be a socialist posing as a moderate, either in politics or in journalism.

Let Teddy bloviate. Let the press corps cheer him. The public is watching.