If conservatives think the media is generally liberal, maybe it is true.
Maybe this is partly because conservatives have made lies & smears part of their standard operating procedure. Eventually, even a moronic, weak-kneed press will catch on and start investigating what you say rather than just reporting it.
Case in Point: The GW lie machine was well-oiled long before he got in office, and they were prepared with a goodie for Day 1. Bush operatives told Fox News that Clinton staffers had removed the “W” from all the White House computers as they were leaving. Fox News is so deep in the pants* of the Republican party that I am guessing they KNEW this was a lie.
It didn’t matter, Fox beat it like a drum, and other networks & news sources, not wanting to seem too ‘liberal’ (or perhaps not wanting to be last to break a good story), treated it like a legitimate news story.
Instant credibility because everyone is reporting it!!
Eventually the GAO researched this and found no evidence that the “computer damage” story was true. The horse was WAY out of the barn by then. People still believe this lie, and still pass it on.
Just like 8% of the populous believes Barack Obama is Muslim, while another 33% don’t know WHAT religion he is…
Spread the lies, they will stay out there forever.
The regular press is now finally, with mixed success, trying to investigate these types of rumors before parroting them.
Not printing the lies (or debunking them) allows the far right to says the press is ‘slanted’ and is ‘not reporting’ bad things you should know about liberals.
It took blogs to re-interest the press in investigative reporting. Blogs started reporting some important issues that turned out to be true, well before the old-style press even started to investigate them.
Lets be honest though, blogs (WinkestLink excluded of course) are frequently full of sh**. Can we all agree on that? I thought so.
How brave is your local press? Test them with this brief experiment: Send a letter to your paper saying some politician is a liar. (Make sure the politician has lied, and include details.) If your letter is printed, and includes the word ‘liar’, we will eat our collective hats.
Newspapers edit you letters. Anyway, the WinkestLink staff get all of our letters edited, no matter how delicately we word them. This makes sense when we spell a word wrong or make a factual error. (I could have sworn Wayne Gretzky & Karl Marx were born on the same day.) It makes less sense when they neuter a letter, just so no ones feelings get hurt. Thus, the word ‘liar’ almost never makes print.
Except in blogs. Bloggers are willing to call a liar a liar. We sometimes call honest people liars. We love the word ‘liar’.
Bloggers often reveal more about candidates than the normal press has the nerve to.
The press usually knows that ‘Candidate A’ sacrificed his dignity to get elected (or reelected), and ‘Candidate B’ is a jerk.
They won’t let you know, because they have a misguided definition about the word ‘fair’.
They feel telling you these things doesn’t show ‘balance’ and would sully their reputation.
Some blog info is true because the blogger has a high powered source, an “In”. This is somebody with connections who wants ‘secret’ info leaked to the public for various reasons. Bloggers LOVE inside sources, but are not afraid to make stuff up if no source is available.
Frankly, WinkestLink could use a few more “In’s”.
If you are a high-powered White House insider, feel free to pass the occasional ‘inside scoop’ to us at WinkestLink. We promise to be your lapdog until you start jerking us around, then we will say things about you that will make your mother cover her eyes. (This IS a visual medium after all.)
We make the same offer to willing Senators and Congressmen. We promise NEVER to reveal our sources. NEVER!!! (Dick Cheney can vouch for us on this. We never did let on that he was the one who told us GW was a puppet of Big Oil, and Dick was calling all the shots at the White House. Please keep this under your hat…)
* “Deep in the Pants” is a registered trademark of WinkestLink Inc, and any unauthorized use of the phrase is a sign of extreme jealously.