Conservatives often say the media is skewed to the left, conveniently ignoring Bill O’Reilly and Sean Hannity. Liberals retort that Fox News is the journalistic equivalent of Anthrax, conveniently ignoring everyone except Fox News.
Whereas MSNBC and Breitbart are tabloids, others – like Fox News, Washington Post, and New York Times – are somewhat more credible. Still, they are propaganda outlets which means they ignore pieces of the story, deliberately withhold information, take things out of context, et cetera. But higher standards than that are hard to find, which is why I am looking to all three for coverage of this year’s midterm.
The New York Times gives a daily update, and although all indications announce the Democrats are in for it, they have never gone further than announcing Republicans had a “slight edge”. The odds they give each Democratic candidate are pretty unrealistic. Obviously, they want Democrats to win really, really badly. But even with that in mind, I typically reread the top of the page to verify they are, indeed, talking about the 2014 midterms. Since that appears to be the case, the only remaining conclusion is that the New York Times has hired Pollyanna to write optimistic propaganda for the Democrats.
So imagine my surprise when I saw the latest posting from the New York Times which gives Republicans a moderate edge and gives Kay Hagan just a 70% chance to win. 70% still sounds Pollyannaish to me, but to the New York Times, this is dystopia. They are about as likely to accept a probable Kay Hagan loss as the Pilgrims were to embrace the Anna Nicole Smith show. (Whew. I had a really hard time coming up with something less likely.)
Side note: If I were in Kay Hagan’s shoes, I would avoid doing interviews if reporters can ask unscripted questions. That’s a luxury reserved for honest people… or more accomplished liars.
I always feel so embarrassed when I see her trying to evade questions – and she is so unprepared that it’s like she had no idea the reporter was going to ask if she regrets parroting Obama’s false, “If you like your healthcare, you can keep it”, or skipping security briefings to go to fundraisers for herself, or funneling $400,000 taxpayer dollars to her husband and son.