I'm Worried About the Media
Seriously. The media is so determined to defeat Bush that I'm concerned that they may become collectively unhinged if Kerry Edwards loses. Petrelis Files (thanks to Instapundit) searched the FEC records for "recent donations by journalists, reporters, publishers and others who work at print media outlets." Big surprise that Bush didn't receive a single donation in the search. Several prominent figures maxed out their donations to Kerry or Dean. More on this from Kausfiles. And then there is this,
The media “wants Kerry to win” and so “they’re going to portray Kerry and Edwards as being young and dynamic and optimistic” and “there’s going to be this glow about” them, Evan Thomas, the Assistant Managing Editor of Newsweek, admitted on Inside Washington over the weekend.
And sure enough, like clockwork Newsweek cranks out a cover that's a virtual ad for K&E. "The Sunshine Boys"? Isn't that an old Walter Matthau and George Burns movie, "about an effort to reunite a pair of aged vaudevillians"? Man, does that clash with the "young and dynamic" idea. But wait, it was remade for TV 20 years later, this time starring Woody Allen and Peter Falk. Nothing says "young and dynamic" like those two. (I think Peter Falk, or P-Dawg as he's know to the kids, was on the cover of Dub last month taking Method Man for a ride in his Bentley.)
There are innumberable other examples. I saw a half-page ad in USAToday, on page two mind you, for a Nightline interview with Kerry. But the ad didn't show Ted Koppel's face and the Nightline logo was small and at the bottom. The body of the ad was a smiling Kerry waving before a large crowd. His name was huge. I thought in was a Kerry ad and had to search for the Nightline promo.
Now Salon, the online opposite of Fox News, is desperately trying to defend the anti-Bush posterboy, and Kerry contributor, the discredited Joe Wilson. The campaign against him is a "choreographed" effort by the "the right-wing conspiracy". (I'm not making this up.)
Then we have "Fahrenheit 9/11", a full-length anti-Bush negative ad disguised as a movie. Even the normally unreadable Frank Rich says,
"The left is so worried about John Kerry's lackluster candidacy that it is overselling the success of "Fahrenheit 9/11" to fill that vacuum, as if Mr. Moore could serve as a surrogate for the vague and charisma-challenged nominee."
What will happen if the media's full-court press to promote K&E doesn't result in a victory? Will they reflect on the loss, analyse their relationship with the majorty and adjust their reporting accordingly? Or will they pump up the volume on the anti-Bush machine? Or will some of them simple go mad and say, like Kent Brockman, "Democracy simply doesn't work."