TribLIVE

| Opinion/The Review

 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

When liberals aren't liberal enough

Email Newsletters

Click here to sign up for one of our email newsletters.

Letters home ...

Traveling abroad for personal, educational or professional reasons?

Why not share your impressions — and those of residents of foreign countries about the United States — with Trib readers in 150 words?

The world's a big place. Bring it home with Letters Home.

Contact Colin McNickle (412-320-7836 or cmcnickle@tribweb.com).

Daily Photo Galleries

'American Coyotes' Series

Traveling by Jeep, boat and foot, Tribune-Review investigative reporter Carl Prine and photojournalist Justin Merriman covered nearly 2,000 miles over two months along the border with Mexico to report on coyotes — the human traffickers who bring illegal immigrants into the United States. Most are Americans working for money and/or drugs. This series reports how their operations have a major impact on life for residents and the environment along the border — and beyond.

By L. Brent Bozell Iii
Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012, 8:54 p.m.
 

How could a liberal actually be upset with the liberal media for their coverage of the 2012 presidential election? Well, Daniel Froomkin of The Huffington Post (formerly of The Washington Post) is furious. His complaint carried the headline “How the Mainstream Press Bungled the Single Biggest Story of the 2012 Campaign.”

What would that story be? Namely, the radical right-wing lurch of the Republican Party, both in terms of its agenda and its relationship to the truth.

Head-scratch time: Who in the media didn't identify the GOP as burdened, infected and/or poisoned by conservatives?

Froomkin also claimed that the Republicans lied daily, not only in Mitt Romney's TV ads but also in “the party's most central campaign principles.” Political analyst Norman Ornstein agreed with Froomkin: “It's the great unreported big story of American politics.”

A liberal can arrive at this conclusion only by keeping his mind blissfully empty, abstaining from any hazardous contact with the actual content of the liberal media over the last 11 months. Newspapers and newscasts vilified Romney as a tool of his fellow millionaires, denouncing his ads as dishonest and robustly defending the soundness of Obamanomics, regardless of the actual record.

But in Froomkin Loony Land, the rhetoric just wasn't punchy enough. Every “objective” evening newscast should apparently begin: “And again today, the Republicans attempted to fool the American electorate with their flagrant lies.”

One can see why Froomkin was eagerly hired by Arianna Huffington, since she wrote an entire book in 2008 called “Right Is Wrong,” making this same case against any reverence for “fairness and balance” in journalism.

Huffington's solution? Don't let the “radical right” spread its lies and never treat its arguments as serious.

Froomkin's heroes are Ornstein and his fellow liberal Thomas Mann. He claims despite all evidence that “Mann and Ornstein are two longtime centrist Washington fixtures” and “two of the most consistent purveyors of conventional wisdom in town, bipartisan to a fault.”

Their “centrist” credentials supposedly are buttressed in their 2012 book, which claimed that everything wrong in Washington is the fault of the right-wingers ruining the Republican Party, who are “ideologically extreme; scornful of compromise; unmoved by conventional understanding of facts, evidence and science; and dismissive of the legitimacy of its political opposition.”

Inside their liberal bubble, Mann and Ornstein told Froomkin that they refuse to be “balanced” on TV shows by Republicans — “because they are not anti-Republican. The reason they wanted the press to expose what was really happening ... was to give voters a chance to respond in an appropriate way.”

Translation: They wanted the cancerous tumor of conservatism to be removed from American politics.

Liberal journalists weren't even angry at this argument. “I find Mr. Ornstein and Mr. Mann's observations smart, provocative and on target in many, though not all, places,” wrote Margaret Sullivan, the public editor of The New York Times. ... “And their point of view ought to provoke some journalistic soul-searching.”

“Soul-searching” is apparently what happens when liberal reporters ponder why they haven't been liberal enough.

L. Brent Bozell III is president of the Media Research Center.

Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.

 

 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read Stories

  1. Penguins trade Sutter to Canucks, sign free agent center Fehr
  2. Brady’s suspension upheld by Goodell
  3. Five Baldwin men face trial for severely beating black man
  4. Videos spur dozens to protest outside Pittsburgh Planned Parenthood
  5. Steelers RB Archer trying to catch up after tough rookie season
  6. Bloomfield Bridge lanes to be closed starting Wednesday
  7. Judge lets New Kensington Ten Commandments monument stand
  8. Inside the Steelers: Ventrone suffers right ankle injury
  9. U.S. Steel joins major producers in new dumping complaint
  10. Le’Veon Bell’s suspension cut by one game
  11. Indiana County hazmat crews treat nearly two dozen workers for cadmium exposure at Homer City plant