Tuesday, May 23, 2006

ABC's 'The Note' Suggests Democrats Want US Troops Killed and Maimed

How else to interpret this:
"As is always the case with the out-of-power party, Democrats have to root root root for bad news. And no bad news source is better for the Democrats' election prospects than the bad news from Iraq."
Halperin et al have been at this game for a while. Eric Boehlert's new book, Lapdogs, has a compelling chapter devoted to DC's favorite Bush-propping tip sheet. Media Matters has more.

I cautioned earlier this month that Bush's depressed poll numbers shouldn't lull the left into thinking the media would change their anti-Dem ways.

Today there's yet more cause for concern. From attempts to paint Dems with the same "culture of corruption" brush as Republicans, to tabloid-worthy stories about the Clintons from Patrick "foreign leaders" Healy, reporters simply can't let go of their narratives.

The Note pushes it over the edge with what should be a completely unacceptable comment about Dems and Iraq. And why does it matter what some insider political site says? Because this is emblematic of the ease with which the media establishment slanders Democrats. This kind of dirt infects political coverage and filters to the general public.

Will anyone hold them to account? Will Democrats take Laura Bush's lead?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

They've had their storylines mapped out for years and damned if they're going to let go of them.


5/23/2006 1:18 PM  
Blogger Dont_Feed_The_Meter said...

It's long past evident that the corporate owned media are doing the job they've been consolidated into - spokesman for the haves and soporofic for the have nots...

This is not about change, or about to change; it is about continuing to highlight their "shilliness" and build a network of believable resources as an alternative to the MSM.

5/23/2006 1:21 PM  
Anonymous Dick said...

The problem is that this is bleeding over to the Democrats too. There are so many now that believe that the Clintons are as bad as the Republicans, and it is simply because they've been told this for 14+ years.

Steve Gilliard and his groupies are a prime example.

5/23/2006 4:36 PM  
Anonymous Tom - Daai Tou Laam said...

Atrios asked whether the report by Brian Ross of ABC on the Bush Administration targetting journalists' communications would effect their reporting.

My comment was that it surely wouldn't effect the pro-Bush propaganda of ABC's The Note.

Once you've sold your soul, why should you worry about needing privacy for what remains?

5/23/2006 8:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I read the same graf and had the same angry reaction -- one that prompted me to post an angry response on their politics message board. Strangely enough, after about 15 minutes of appearing succesfully on the board, my posting disappeared. What's strange is although they link to that message board from the Note page, there isn't any discussion I can find based around what the Note had to say.

5/23/2006 9:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Typical bullshit spewing by the right. They simply cannot understand that there's no happiness over bad news from Iraq, it's more of an "I told you so". We were smart enough to connect the dots and realize that we were being lied to by the Bush administration and these right-wing doofuses can't get that through their thick skulls. But then, not much else penetrates their feeble minds either. Goddamn knuckle-dragging oafs.

5/24/2006 8:53 AM  

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