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Last updated on March 6th, 2018 at 12:30 am
The BBC’s Jamie Coomarasamy is concerned about American media bias:
The American media are well known for having journalists who are open about their political allegiance.
But recent cases have opened the debate on whether partisanship in the media is going too far.
The Bush administration has already come under fire for paying commentators to espouse its views.
And now journalists themselves are questioning whether their profession is being undermined.
Undermined by … Jeff Gannon!
One of the battles began when bloggers went after a conservative journalist for lobbing what they thought was a soft and leading question to President Bush during a press conference.
“Senate Democratic leaders have painted a very bleak picture of the US economy,” said Jeff Gannon, correspondent for the web-based Talon News.
“How are you going to work with people who seem to have divorced themselves from reality?” he asked President Bush.
What began as an innocuous question at a presidential news conference ended with a journalist nailing his political colours to the mast.
Someone asked a soft question of a Republican president. Shocking, isn’t it? This is the BBC’s idea of the media “being undermined”, “going too far” and “nailing … political colours to the mast”.
I challenge readers to discover any soft questions being asked of Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, or any other Democrats between 1992 and 2000. Did anyone “go too far”? Were “political colours” nailed to any mast? Were the media “undermined”? I bet you won’t find a single example!