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Protzman says the N&O's Under the Dome blog leans right in its coverage of the Dole-Hagan race.
FWIW, the lead post at the moment: "The N.C. Troopers Association has endorsed Kay Hagan."
Sep 09, 2008 at 11:48 AM in Chasing Liddy | Permalink
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And I just linked to Under the Dome's Dole-critical analysis of the "Fibber Kay" ad.
Sep 09, 2008 at 12:00 PM
I hear MSNBC thinks Olberman and Matthews lean left. What do you think?
Sep 09, 2008 at 02:52 PM
Apples and oranges.
MSNBC has recast itself as a liberal version of Fox News. Last I checked, the N&O was claiming the old standards of objectivity.
Ed Cone |
Sep 09, 2008 at 03:04 PM
I think "recast" is a stretch and find "admitted" more accurate.
Someone had to bring it up. Seems a biggish story worthy of comment but I just havent been able to find much yet. Hmmmm.
Sep 09, 2008 at 03:25 PM
The Dome seems to have its own set of rules, which are different than the N&O's rules. Several of their bloggers have stopped by BlueNC to 'splain their operations.
It basically comes down to this: they post what campaigns feed them. That doesn't make them evil, it just makes them tools.
And the truth is, the right wing in North Carolina out-markets and out-hustles the left every day of every week. Art Pope spends $5 million a year in the business of manufacturing opinions that get placed in newspapers all across the state. At the N&O, Pope's Puppets get mentioned six times more frequently than their progressive counterparts.
I'm not sure it's intentional. It could just be lazy.
James Protzman |
Sep 09, 2008 at 03:30 PM
Maybe they should have a separate blog that functions as a clearinghouse for press releases.
I want news and analysis from the N&O's political team.
Ed Cone |
Sep 09, 2008 at 03:33 PM
For the record, I don't think I or anyone else at the N&O has ever said that we post whatever the campaigns feed us, or that our standards are different from the rest of the newspaper.
Ryan Teague Beckwith |
Sep 09, 2008 at 03:38 PM
You're right, Ryan. No one has said that ... it just looks that way. My comment above is a reaction to this post at BlueNC.
Your criticism is fair, though. This is clearly my interpretation, my personal attempt to explain something I don't quite understand.
James Protzman |
Sep 09, 2008 at 04:06 PM
What Protzman must really mean is that the N&O is being even handed, which is another term for "leaning conservative".
"MSNBC has recast itself as a liberal version of Fox News"
Except that FOX News actually allows people with differing views on their programs. That dog won't hunt. MSNBC is NOT simply the opposite of FOX.
Sep 09, 2008 at 04:43 PM
I watch neither, but whatever Fox is and whatever MSNBC is doing, is done with an eye to their ad revenue, not to their alleged political convictions. They just want to draw an audience that's large enough to turn a profit. Meaning that MSNBC and Fox and just about any other network would run dancing dogs 24/7 if sufficient numbers of people watched.
Sep 09, 2008 at 05:32 PM
Spag, what the hell are you talking about? In addition to regular conservative commentators, Joe Scarborough and Pat Buchannan, other conservative guests are on MSNBC all the time. In the past few days alone: Tim Pawlenty, Mort Zuckerman, McCain campaign manager Rick Davis, Ron Silver, McCain senior adviser Nicolle Wallace, Chrystia Freeland, Kay Bailey Hutchinson and Rudy Giuliani.
You might even remember that the recent hot-mic condemnation of the Palin selection being "bullshit" was made by conservative operative Peggy Noonan... on MSNBC.
So where is this notion that MSNBC doesn't offer conservative opinion coming from? Please tell me you too haven't shuffled off to the land of make believe.
Sep 09, 2008 at 05:58 PM
I don't even watch the network, yet I know (via the blogs) that the new host (Maddow?) had Pat Buchanan on her inaugural show last night.
Ed Cone |
Sep 09, 2008 at 07:16 PM
Nice try albeit feeble. Tell it to Tom Brokaw who is uncomfortable with what has happened over at DNCNBC. That cable network has been taken over by lefties whose views you love to love. The conservative guests are a rarity and are met with angry, hostile questions and ridicule. They have been non-existent on Krazy Keith's hour of hate.
Get a grip. It isn't Spag who is in the land of make believe. As I suggested elsewhere, Roch, you really need to get yourself one of
Fred Gregory |
Sep 09, 2008 at 07:19 PM
Fred, you devastate me with your facts, sir. Your astute observations of empirical reality are unassailable. My petty name-calling, empty rhetoric and school boy taunts are no match for you. I concede.
Sep 09, 2008 at 07:36 PM
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Doug & Dinsdale Piranha |
Sep 09, 2008 at 08:18 PM
"Tim Pawlenty, Mort Zuckerman, McCain campaign manager Rick Davis, Ron Silver, McCain senior adviser Nicolle Wallace, Chrystia Freeland, Kay Bailey Hutchinson and Rudy Giuliani."
Do any of them work for MSNBC? Does Olbermann ever have any of them on his show?
The nightly lineup at MSNBC is Matthews, Olbermann and Maddow. Liberal, liberal and liberal.
Sep 09, 2008 at 08:24 PM
>>"MSNBC is Matthews, Olbermann and Maddow. Liberal, liberal and liberal."
Then go watch Fox. Conservative, conservative, conservative.
Look. Someone complained that MSNBC was the Source of All Evil because it didn't bring on conservatives. Someone rattled off a long list of just the most recent conservative guests on MSNBC. Then, somone else complained that none of them actually work for MSNBC.
I suppose this means that conservatives won't be satisfied until all networks employ only bone fide conservatives? When can we expect the political commissars to arrive?
Thirty years ago it was possible to disagree with conservatives but still respect them. Not now.
Sep 09, 2008 at 10:00 PM
I'm sorry Sam, when you implied that MSNBC never "allows people with differing views on their programs" I thought you meant that MSNBC never allows people with differing views on their programs. That's why I posted the names of all those people with "differing views" that had, in fact, appeared on MSNBC within the past five days. I didn't know that what you meant to say is that MSNBC doesn't have any prime-time shows hosted by conservatives.
But wait, that can't be right either because your comparison was to Fox which, aw shucks, doesn't have any liberal prime time hosts. So I'm not sure of what your complaint is exactly, except that it isn't what you originally complained about and that it seems to require that you ignore the absence of ANY liberal hosts on FOX, morning, noon or night, and that conservative Republican Joe Scarborough has his own show on MSNBC.
Sep 09, 2008 at 10:04 PM
Name them, Corbly.
Name them, Roch.
And while you are at it, if MSNBC is liberal and FOX News is conservative, and FOX News beats the crap out of MSNBC every night usually 3 to 1, can we conclude that most of America is conservative?
Sep 09, 2008 at 11:11 PM
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Fred Gregory |
Sep 10, 2008 at 12:43 AM
"Name them, Roch." -- Spag
Name who? What are you talking about?
Sep 10, 2008 at 07:34 AM
From my years in the Navy and from growing up in a Southern Baptist family, I still know a few conservatives whom I respect, but they are harder and harder to find.
Most of my family and military friends display a certainty that they are right about everything, a certainty that obviates the need for introspection. I trace that back to their confidence that god is on their side. This is why Palin scares the crap out of me. If figure god has already told one idiot to start a war in the middle east ... do we really want another person getting secret signs that the rest of us can't see?
James Protzman |
Sep 10, 2008 at 08:21 AM
"...if MSNBC is liberal and FOX News is conservative, and FOX News beats the crap out of MSNBC every night usually 3 to 1, can we conclude that most of America is conservative?"
We might could conclude that conservatives watch more tee-vee...
Back to lurk mode...
Sep 10, 2008 at 08:45 AM
It's the certainty and the unwillingness to question and entertain doubt that worries me as well, and not any tenet of the conservative faith. Unquestioning belief that you are doing God's will, or the will of history, provides sanction for any conceivable behavior, no matter how destructive. One would think the 20th century taught us the dangers of unquestioning reliance on any ideology or faith.
We see this played to political advantage within the subtext of the conservative movement, i.e., where criticism of political behavior is often framed as criticism of religious belief.
Sep 10, 2008 at 09:05 AM
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