August 25, 2008

Ed Rendell blasts MSDNC

How could this be? After all, our local "progressives" claim that the mainstream media is conservative!

Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell was supposed to give "closing remarks" during this afternoon's Shorenstein Center-sponsored panel discussion with all three Sunday show moderators NBC's Tom Brokaw, ABC's George Stephanopoulous and CBS's Bob Schieffer but instead, he opened up a can of worms about bias in 2008 election coverage

"Ladies and gentleman, the coverage of Barack Obama was embarrassing," said Rendell, in the ballroom at Denver's Brown Palace Hotel. "It was embarrassing."

Rendell, an ardent Hillary Rodham Clinton supporter during the primaries, now backs Obama in the general election. Brokaw and Rendell began debating campaign coverage, including the on-air comments by Lee Cowan, and when MSNBC came up, Rendell went after the cable network.

"MSNBC was the official network of the Obama campaign," Rendell said, who called their coverage "absolutely embarrassing."

Chris Matthews, Rendell said, "loses his impartiality when he talks about the Clintons." (Link.)

Let's face it -- MSNBC is as liberally biased as Fox News is conservative. However, liberals definitely get a much fairer shot on Fox than the reverse. The two networks' "powerhouses" -- Keith Olbermann and Bill O'Reilly -- differ greatly in that Olbermann never invites on his show anyone who disagrees with him. Never. O'Reilly is the exact opposite. In fact, he begs opposition to come on his show. (I can understand why some won't, though, as Bill tends to shout down opponents, but if your case is worthy ...!)

Posted by Hube at August 25, 2008 05:41 PM | TrackBack

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I actually agree with Rendell on this one re Olbermann and Mathews. Both are capable of better. I turned them off and went to PBS the first night. There are some exceptions, like Chuck Todd, Rachel Maddow, Pat Buchanan, Gene Robinson, Andrea Mitchell, and Tom Brokaw, who do a better job of reporting and analyzing.

Posted by: Perry Hood at August 28, 2008 02:35 PM