Today, May 24th 9:12pm
Old media is literally committing suicide in front of our very eyes. In its desperate rush to see Barack Obama reelected, they are ignoring bigger and bigger stories. People have the Internet. They read The Drudge Report. They listen to talk radio. They read blogs. And in spite of all of these different access points, old media is ignoring blockbuster story after blockbuster story.Consider the following panoply of stories — from the last few days alone — courtesy of the national treasure known as NewsBusters.
Fury over the ABC, CBS and NBC evening newscasts’ continued refusal to report the lawsuits Catholic entities have filed against the Obama administration has spread beyond the Media Research Center watchdog group and Catholic leaders to nine additional Christian leaders equally concerned about this decision to deliberately not report national news…
42 percent of Democratic primary voters in Kentucky on Tuesday chose “uncommited” over Barack Obama. In Arkansas, a Tennessee attorney finished with 41 percent of the vote. ABC’s Good Morning America, NBC’s Today and CBS This Morning all skipped the embarrassing story, despite the fact that CBS and NBC covered the far less interesting Republican primary… During the month of May, Obama suffered through a series of humiliating protest votes in Democratic primaries. On May 8th, the incumbent President nearly lost the West Virginia primary to a convicted felon. Yet, except for a single mention at 4am on May 9th, the networks have buried Obama’s bad news.
CBS This Morning stood out as the only Big Three network morning show on Thursday to cover [an] allegation that the Obama administration gave a movie director and writer “special access to government officials involved in the commando operation that killed Osama bin Laden,” as reported by Reuters on Wednesday. ABC’s Good Morning America and NBC’s Today ignored the story.
…Anchor Charlie Rose pointed out in his introduction to Reid’s report that there was “new information this morning on an alleged security leak by the Obama administration… “Sources tell CBS News the White House put the movie on the fast track, aggressively looking for ways to help.”
When the New York Times warned it had been handed a “super PAC” memo suggesting someone, somewhere might plot to make a “hardline attack on Obama” with Wright sermon soundbites, MSNBC expressed outrage hour after hour. But scandalized liberal journalists had no appetite for a different behind-the-scenes Reverend Wright narrative. In Ed Klein’s new book “The Amateur,” he interviewed Rev. Wright on tape for three hours. The most shocking revelation: suggestions that Friends of Barack were trying to suggest Wright take some “hush money” to shut up for the rest of the 2008 campaign. Media interest? Pretty much zero.
That’s just over the last few days. My conclusion?
Buh-bye, old media. Don’t let the door hit you on the ass on your way out.