Accuracy in Media

MSNBC’s Hardball host Chris Matthews is upset with his friends in the mainstream media for their election coverage, and said that their attempts to be “balanced” in covering the Republicans ignored the facts.

Matthews opened his show Wednesday night, with his sharp tongued critique.

Did you think the people delivering the news were pushing what we call ‘balance’ at the expense of the obvious facts. The Democrats in this election were like Democrats going back to Jack Kennedy. But the Republicans were far to the right of anything we’ve seen from that party—ever.

Matthews then cited numerous examples of statements that Republicans made during the campaign on immigration, abortion, gay rights, etc., chastising the media for not saying that the party had shifted so far to the right that even conservative icon Ronald Reagan wouldn’t be welcome:

All those wild statements, all that lingo in the GOP platform approved at Tampa, and not a word that one of the country’s two major political parties has gone so far starboard that not even Ronald Reagan could get aboard, and certainly not by his own admission, Jeb Bush.

But never fear, Matthews said that he was going to “nail it” and would “go to the truth” and explain why it was the truth which “dared not be reported” by the mainstream media.

Balance? Matthews thinks that the mainstream media were trying to be too “even handed,” or balanced, towards the GOP during the campaign? What universe is he living in?

And even if that were remotely true, which it isn’t, what’s wrong with balance in the news?

If Matthews was really interested in telling the truth, then he would admit how biased the mainstream media really were towards the Republican Party during the election and how they played a crucial role in the Democratic victories in November.

I’m not going to hold my breath waiting for that to happen.

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