by Daniel T. Zanoza, Executive Director
The other day I was feeling a bit depressed and you know the old saying, "misery loves company," so I decided to turn on MSNBC for a bit more abuse to my psyche.
I happened to catch Andrea Mitchell's show. Well, I don't know if she has her own show, but there she was, obviously, moonlighting from her flagship NBC network. Mitchell was explaining how an Obama cabinet would be constructed and why certain individuals would hold key positions in his administration. I didn't learn very much from Mitchell's dissertation because, quite honestly, I didn't care what she had to say. In fact, what struck me most was that an established journalist, like Mitchell, was putting her professional reputation on the line. Mitchell was essentially telling the hundreds or thousands of people who watch MSNBC the election between Barack Obama and John McCain was over before Election Day, Tuesday, November 4th. It was a sad demonstration of just how much journalists have sacrificed regarding their careers and professionalism when it comes to the coverage of Obama.
There is no doubt any longer. Independent study after study indicates the dominant media is deeply submerged in the tank for Obama. What surprises me is the fact many in the journalistic profession simply don't care about hiding their bias any longer.
In past years, there was a thinly-veiled attempt to cover their tracks when it came to favoritism for Bill Clinton and other Democrats by the mainstream media. However, the mantra this year apparently is "cast your fate to the wind" and that's what many of those covering this political season have done.
If it were a matter of simple media bias, it would be wrong, but not so insidious as what we see happening in 2008. Mitchell was trying to create the illusion that Obama was a shoe-in to be elected the next President for a reason. For the last month, the dominant press has spent a great deal of time in the attempt to dampen the spirits of McCain/Palin supporters. The message is: Stay home because it's over any way. But, in recent days, a McCain comeback seems imminent and what appeared to be a very sound strategy by Obama and the media may backfire. It is entirely possible the dominant press may have convinced Obama supporters that the race with McCain was a fait accompli. Wouldn't it be ironic if it were Obama's supporters who stayed home rather than the intended victims.
But such a development certainly would be poetic justice. If Obama lost because voter turn-out did not meet expectations, due to the fact there was a perception the election was over and he had already won, it would be the quintessential demonstration of cosmic justice. If this scenario unfolds, I will pay an extra month of cable fees to watch Joe Scarborough's morning show (Morning Joe--MSNBC) simply to see the hand-ringing and emotional tumult that would truly equal a Hollywood melodrama. Would Chris Matthews be in tears? Will David Shuster be looking through the want ads? And there would be Pat Buchanan telling them all "I told you so" when he really didn't. Wouldn't it be grand?
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