Your Modern Liberal Media

I’m so old, I remember when it was the height of treason to say you were ashamed the President of the United States is from Texas! Such words would get your career killed, corporate sponsorships dropped, and radio stations would host CD-crushing parties in your honor. Ah, the good old days!

But Mark Halperin, editor of the “liberal” Time Magazine and also its “senior political analyst,” can show up on Morning Joe, of the “liberal” MSNBC, and call President Obama a dick. And Morning Joke’s response? Classic denial:

“Delay that. Delay that. What are you doing? I can’t believe… don’t do that. Did we delay that?”

No, you didn’t delay it, thanks to a new producer who was unclear on how to use the delay button. It was the talk of Twitter this morning. Which is pretty hilarious. I guess if no one heard it, it never really happened, right?

Your modern liberal media at work, folks. Halperin has apologized and it’s all, bygones! Hey Republicans, can liberals get that deal? No? Why not?

IOKIYAR, that’s why.

[UDPATE]: And MSNBC suspends Halperin. Time should do so as well.


Of course, this is so much worse:

Judge Brinkema wrote in her opinion that in April 2003, Condoleezza Rice, then the national security adviser to President George W. Bush, and George J. Tenet, then the C.I.A. director, met with Mr. Risen and Jill Abramson, then the Times’s Washington bureau chief and now the newspaper’s managing editor, to ask them not to write about the agency’s effort to undermine Iran’s nuclear program. Ms. Abramson later told the government the newspaper would not publish the article.

That’s the “liberal” New York Times, bowing to do the bidding of the Bush Administration, for like the gazillionth time. Remember: Judy Miller published her pro-war propaganda, all of which was proved to be false, in the pages of the Times.

The notion that our media is anything close to “liberal” is ludicrous.


Via Min in comments, courtesy of Nashville’s “liberal” NPR station, WPLN:

Haslam Opposes Big Jump in Fuel Economy Standards
Thursday, June 30th, 2011, by Daniel Potter

Tennessee’s Bill Haslam is among a group of fifteen governors from around the country asking the EPA and federal transportation officials not to push fuel economy too hard. Last week White House officials floated the idea of requiring all new vehicles to get better than 55 miles per gallon by 2025.

The group of governors is made up of 14 Republicans and one Democrat, many from states home to major carmakers. They argue against quote “overreaching regulations,” saying such high standards could drive up car prices, hurting sales and consumers.

Tennessee’s auto sector is huge, with thousands of workers for carmakers like Volkswagen and Nissan, as well as thousands more jobs in the parts-supply industry.

In 2009, the Obama administration raised standards to require carmakers to boost the average fuel efficiency of their vehicles to 35.5 miles per gallon by 2016. For a link to a letter sent by the 15 governors against the hypothetical further increase, click here.

No mention of the Haslam family business, Pilot Oil, the nation’s largest truck stop and travel center chain.


Thanks to reader Min, WPLN has fixed its online version of the story.


Filed under Joe Scarborough, Media, media fairness, NPR

14 responses to “Your Modern Liberal Media

  1. Ivan Ivanovich Renko

    Howzabout if I pee on the furniture and smash the rug? (ducks, runs fast!)

  2. Ivan Ivanovich Renko

    Okay, okay, not funny. Well, except to me.

    I have to say, it’s nice to see MSNBC suspend the hackish bugger; and I agree, it would be a good thing that Time did also. .

  3. Howzabout if I pee on the furniture and smash the rug?

    That would make you one of my cats. And you’d be carted off to the vet for neutering post-haste.


  4. Min

    And the thing is, he’s probably the least dickish president we’ve had in a while. I’m a little peeved at his professorial, I’m-above-the-fray attitude, which I don’t think gets very much done, but calling him as dick is like calling Bush a Nazi. It’s pointlessly inflammatory rhetoric and completely out of touch with reality.

  5. Proud Socialist

    Dick? Not half as bad as what I’ve called him. He comes to my house and I’ll say it to his face. Somebody should.

    Times are long past when presidents were worthy of respect. I put ’em all — and him — in the same category as meter maids, a festering swollen carbuncle upon the posterior of the world.

  6. It is one thing for a citizen to call him a dick (or, speaking of dicks, to call Cheney a “major league asshole.”) It is quite another for a media professional to do so, on the air, in the course of performing his duties as a Senior Political Analyst.

    And goddammit but I’m really tired of shit like this. We moan and bitch about how the media operates on “Republican rules,” well just start acting like it then. If conservatives have set the terms of the national debate then let’s not be shy about making them play by the rules THEY have set. I’m sick of this IOKIYAR shit.

  7. Southern Beale:

    Telling the truth are hard work.

    At least back in the days of the Roman empire’s “Bread and Circus” the bread was good, crusty artisanal peasant loaves;)

  8. Min

    This morning reminded me why I weep for the state of modern journalism. WPLN reported that Gov. Haslam had joined with other governors in opposing a big jump in fuel economy standards without once mentioning the Governor’s big, fat conflict of interest on the issue.

    Sigh. Public radio hasn’t been the same since Archer Daniels Midland became an underwriter for NPR.

  9. OMG. That is a major FAIL! Our governor owns a chain of GAS STATIONS!

    • Min

      I complained to WPLN about the oversight, and they have now changed the on-line script to reflect the Governor’s clear conflict of interest on this issue. And I quote, “Haslam’s family is also the private owner of the massive Pilot Oil chain of truck stops.” 🙂

  10. Min:

    Archer Daniels Midland was MA-1a prototype for the “Underwriter Overlord” sponsorship class.

  11. Good work, Min. Jeeez it shouldn’t be so hard to get some freaking accuracy from the “liberal” media, should it?

  12. Chris V

    This is one problem with the news media in this country. They latch on to stupid superficial problems and ignore the real issues. We shouldn’t be getting all excited about the name calling in Washington. No, that should be reserved for the actual political discourse.

    I tend to agree with the statements in this article:

    “Suspending Halperin only reinforces a phony definition of “civility” in our discourse, in which it’s unacceptable to use foul language and be “uncivil,” but it’s perfectly acceptable for reporters and commentators to allow outright falsehoods to pass unrebutted; to traffic endlessly in false equivalences in the name of some bogus notion of objectivity; and to make confident assertions about public opinion without referring to polls which show them to be completely wrong.”

    • Greg Sargent, like the James Fallows column I linked to yesterday, is trying to take the high road, but as my Russian grandmother would say, “it is written in charcoal on the chimney wall.” No one notices when liberals are principled so just quit trying. That horse left the barn long, long ago.

      I discussed this yesterday. Again, we piss and moan about how the Republicans are always setting the terms of the debate, be it wars (always good when Republican presidents wage them, but terrible when Democratic ones do it) or budget deficits (fine for Bush, awful for Obama!) and everything else, so then fine. I concede that liberals have lost the microphone, they have lost the ability to set the agenda. Republicans say jump and the country asks how high; Democrats have a press conference or stage a rally in which tens of thousands show up, and no one notices.

      This is the world we live in. So as I said yesterday, if conservatives have set the terms of the national debate then we must make them play by the rules THEY have set. I’m sick of this IOKIYAR shit.

      It is foolish to say “this stuff shouldn’t matter.” Republicans have said it matters when a liberal like Ed Schultz does it. So that means it matters. Just stop trying to fix something that was broken long, long ago.