NPR going to hell
In her story about corruption today, she uncritically presented the words of five Republicans and no Democrats. The list:
- Brian Nick, NRSC communications director
- Warren Tompkins, Republican strategist from South Carolina
- Vin Weber, former Republican congressman from Minnesota
- Rep. Jeff Flake, (R-AZ)
- Jan Baron (ph), Republican campaign finance attorney
It's an idea that's been spreading. The blogosphere's slow class met at the RNC the other day and, as always, parroted the new talking points. Michelle Malkin: "I'm not gonna endorse specific legislation...we, as the party of reform, we oughtta be for that."
Malkin and other wingnut bloggers you expect this shit from and, hey, I'm fine with that. That's what blogs are about, after all: Unfiltered points of view.
But on NPR, a supposedly liberal bastion in the supposedly liberal media, this isn't just shocking but disgusting. You see, there are ways that this story could be told without getting the opposition party's point of view and still unbiased, but Liasson doesn't even try. She simply lets Republicans toss out whatever talking points they want.
Vin Weber said, "The conservative party of this country, the party that does not bill itself as the party of government has to always have a reform element to it or there's not a real reason for it to be the majority...They've lost sight of the fact that the natural conservative majority in this country can't become simply the party in power, it has to be the party of reforming government and we gotta get back to that."
I don't remember when we Democrats agreed that, on the playbill of American politics, we would be playing the "party of government," but that's an easy one. For an added "Fuck you" to fairness and disclosure, note that Liasson failed to mention in her story on lobbying and corruption in Congress that former Congressman Weber is, you guessed it, a fucking lobbyist! Think that might cause some doubts about his ability to judge this situation fairly?
Warren Tompkins, Republican strategist from South Carolina, was allowed to say without challenge "We (Republicans) get elected because we're not supposed to do these kinds of things." This, of course, explains why we lost in Ohio's Second Congressional District a while back. I will say, however, that Nitpicker warned Maj. Hackett at the time he shouldn't run on the "I Do Corruption Right" ticket.
Mara Liasson even lets Brian Nick, mouthpiece, say this is a "bipartisan congressional issue." Liasson does mention that Republicans vastly outnumber Democrats involved in the issue, but her few words of balance do nothing, ultimately, to tip the scales away from the mounds of crap she allows Republicans to drop upon her listeners.
You know what's really sad? She's not even close to being alone.