The New York Times' endorsement of Barack Obama for president comes as no surprise, particularly when the so-called mainstream press has collectively endorsed Obama as their candidate. It is, however, deeply disturbing that the liberal press has actively campaigned for Obama throughout the election process. Indeed, with few exceptions, objective journalism and our public watch dogs have all but vanished, most replaced by ideology attack dogs.
The latest example came from CNN's Situation Room, when CNN reporter Drew Griffin ambushed vice presidential candidate, Governor Sarah Palin with a distorted, out of context quote from the National Review. Griffin recognized the criticism being leveled at Palin from liberals, then informed her that she was also being criticized by conservatives. He read the example from the National Review as follows: "It's hard to decide whether Sarah Palin is incompetent, stupid, unqualified, corrupt, backward, or all of the above."
Palin was shocked, asked who wrote it, and said she wanted to talk to that person. Griffin looked back at the script he was reading from, then awkwardly told her that it didn't say who wrote it. The following is what National Review's Byron York actually wrote as an introduction paragraph, then went on to report on Governor Palin's background and performance in Alaska, which was positive:
"Watching press coverage of the Republican candidate for vice president, it's sometimes hard to decide whether Sarah Palin is incompetent, stupid, unqualified, corrupt, backward, or - or, well, all of the above. Palin, the governor of Alaska, has faced more criticism than any vice-presidential candidate since 1988".....
CNN's blatant political distortion was unconscionable. Even more troubling is CNN's Situation Room, like in the White House, which implies an arrogant presumption that they are running the country. On the other hand, the media Left often decides governing and elections, and that's simply frightening.