Veteran mainstream media journalist: We were biased against Sarah Palin

Posted by: ST on July 10, 2009 at 2:35 pm

This (h/t: Tim Graham) is probably one of the most explosive and detailed pieces of journalism you’ll ever read on the double standards the media employed last year in their coverage of Sarah Palin versus Joe Biden. One of the money quotes:

In the 2008 election, we took sides, straight and simple, particularly with regard to the vice presidential race. I don’t know that we played a decisive role in that campaign, and I’m not saying the better side lost. What I am saying is that we simply didn’t hold Joe Biden to the same standard as Sarah Palin, and for me, the real loser in this sordid tale is my chosen profession.

The writer, Carl Cannon – who used to be the DC Bureau Chief for Reader’s Digest – also took liberal female journalists and columnists to task:

From the beginning, and for the ensuing 10 months, the coverage of this governor consisted of a steamy stew of cultural elitism and partisanship. The overt sexism of some male commentators wasn’t countered, as one might have expected, by their female counterparts. Women columnists turned on Sarah Palin rather quickly. A plain-speaking, moose-hunting, Bible-thumping, pro-life, self-described “hockey mom” with five children and movie star looks with only a passing interest in foreign policy — that wasn’t the woman journalism’s reigning feminists had envisioned for the glass ceiling-breaking role of First Female President (or Vice President). Hillary Rodham Clinton was more like what they had in mind – and Sarah, well, she was the un-Hillary.

Yes. She didn’t fit the establishment mold. And she had to be stopped. At any cost.

Make sure to read the whole thing.

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19 Responses to “Veteran mainstream media journalist: We were biased against Sarah Palin”


  1. NC Cop says:

    In the 2008 election, we took sides, straight and simple, particularly with regard to the vice presidential race.

    Really? Gosh, I’m shocked.

  2. Steve Skubinna says:

    Are we supposed to applaud this clown’s belated “Come to Jesus” moment? Sorry, not the least bit impressed. This reminds me too much of noted coward and incompetent Robert McNamara’s pathetic mea culpa two decades after Vietnam.

    This is the equivalent of John Wilkes Booth standing onstage at Ford’s Theater saying “Oops. My bad.” This is Benedict Arnold thoughtfully musing “You know, in retrospect I wish I’d made another choice.”

    No, what this is, is Judas throwing away his thirty pieces of solver.

    So mourn for your lost journalistic integrity, you filthy whore (sorry, that’s an insult to hardworking prostitutes, who at least provide value for money). I hold your crocodile tears in contempt, lying scum.

    No offense, but choke on it. Too late now to wistfully yearn for the respect you trashed. At least you got to have hotdogs and beer at the White House, so it wasn’t a total loss.

  3. Brontefan says:

    This would all be amusing if it weren’t for the fact that our current VP is a court jester, our Prez is a Superstar and the results of the excessive Palin-trashing is obvious. Just remember Katie Couric received an award for trashing her on camera, making her appear uninformed. It is a little like the epiphany Tom Brokov had on the Charlie Rose Show: admitting we know very little about this guy [OB]. Well, genius, whose job is it to vet the candidates? You could have spent less time trashing Palin and more time researching the ideology of our first Marxist Prez.

  4. Ron Russell says:

    Sometime the bias of the MSM is puzzling, but then I suppose when one looks at where they are primarily located in the vast urban centers this factor could have something to do with it. Must be something in the air in NYC and Washington D.C. Then you have the journalism schools, another factor. I can recall, I’m no longer that young, here in the deep south seeing the same thing many years back with some of our local news outlets–maybe they were just playing copy cat. Whatever the reason it was nice to see this article. Many in the nation haven’t figured this out yet. As Neil Armstrong said, “One small step” toward sanity.:)>-

  5. Carlos says:

    Didn’t hold Biden to the same standard? Heck, they didn’t even get out of the gate in using the same standard for the jackass who eventually was declared president.

    Whether he really did win, or maybe even was technically qualified to run, is still somewhat open to question (how many of his votes were from motor-voter criminal alien registrants, or multiple signees from ACORN, etc.? Or the notorious Illinois cemetery vote?) but unlike the donks, we’ll get over that.

    What we won’t get over is how tipped the playing field was for Marxism, and how the “free press” was in his hip pocket fighting so hard to play pocket pool.

  6. arcman says:

    The blame of an Obama Presidency lies squarely at the feet of the MSM. Most people still get their news that way, and there would have absolutely not have been an Obama Presidency had they done their job. No candidate with as thin of a resume, having spent millions hiding everything from a valid birth certificate to his college records; with questionable acquaintances; no known childhood friends and a history of drug use, would have never gotten so much as a sniff of the White House. It doesn’t matter if said candidate had been Republican or Democrat, male of female. it would not have happened.

  7. MarkJ says:

    “I don’t know that we played a decisive role in that campaign, and I’m not saying the better side lost.”

    Dear Carl Cannon,

    1. Yes, you do know you played a decisive role in the campign.
    2. And, yes, you are saying the better side lost.

    Little Carlie still can’t totally bring himself to admit that he and his good-time buddies greased up, bent over, and grabbed their ankles for Obama. And he still doesn’t realize that payback for MSM mendacity is going to be a bitch. Oh yeahhhhhhhhh.

  8. C from Alaska says:

    Duh. Yes you influenced the election. Yes you picked the candidate and endorsed him. Yes you betrayed your journalistic integrity. You betrayed the American people and tried to destroy a great sitting governor and her family. Your prize is that you and the MSM are scumbags and the public knows it. Your confession is too little too late.

  9. Kate says:

    Ditto to the above…this weak-wrist wave of an apology must have come while he had a momentary lapse of elation from his Obama high.

    Personally I realized this a long time ago…and so did many other American who get their information from more than just the MSM. Maybe they should be renamed Main Stream Maniacs…ditsy and and drooling with the intention to have their boy win by any means possible. Yeah, feel that little tingle up your leg Chris….Carl here is feeling a bit undone…maybe even a little guilty, but he’ll get over it at the next presser with the Holey One.

  10. MissJean says:

    Please stop with the vitriol against Mr. Cannon. He’s writing in classic editorial style, the “we” that used to represent the community at large – in this case, the community of journalists. Besides the Reader’s Digest never reprinted any of the garbage written about Sarah Palin. I know a few liberals who despise the RD because it leans conservative, especially the “That’s Outrageous!” feature that exposes graft, pork legislation, etc.

  11. Carlos says:

    C from Alaska, what journalistic integrity? Are you trying to tell me that, as a whole, they had some to begin with? In which lifetime?

    Even those on the right tend to hyperbole, and that destroys any integrity.

  12. Plumpplumber(balding) says:

    Sis, to begin, enjoy your efforts. Actions have consequences. The media is reliably leftist-Marxist, and really isn’t even pretending otherwise. What would the Founding Fathers have done if faced with the same circumstances? History shows that the only way to sucessfully stop this behavior is to return to the tactics of the past that stopped them before. You see, the media is using the Marxist playbook from the past, so why don’t we? Are you familiar with what happened in central America? The only reason why Marxism isn’t firmly entrenched there is because s Marxist tactic was employed to stop them. The NKVD called it “direct action”, but in central America it was called death squads. Same difference, really, but just wait ’till the Marxist shills (you know, the MSM) lift their shrill voices in protest.

    Anyways, I’m really concerned about a civil war. Palin was seriously mistreated, to be sure. Just a symptom of a diseased MSM. You know, I’m a tea partier, who is aware that to remain free sometimes folks die. Rope and a lamp post, anyone? Civil wars happen when there isn’t any reason to trust the other side anymore. The government is well aware of this fact.

  13. Trish says:

    You don’t say.

  14. Plumpplumber(balding) says:

    Has anyone thought about the perversion of the free press? Now, everyone has, I know, but the MSM is getting further and further out there. Who will bear the blame when the mule goes south? When folks understand just how baldly the MSM lied and covered up? when our economy has been so badly wounded that it may not recover?

  15. Ginger says:

    She wasn’t stopped, she isn’t stopped, and she won’t be stopped. They’ve got a tiger by the tail now.. good luck MSM.

  16. newton says:

    One guy who once commented at another blog said it best. There were the two biggest things that ever happened to Conservatives that caught the MSM and Liberals flat-footed.

    One was Ronald Reagan. The other one was The Passion of the Christ.

    They gave both (the person and the event) not a chance in Hell. They ignored both, mocked both, and then fought both. And then, both won. Big Time.

    Ever since then, the MSM and Leftists have been working very hard to make sure that neither of them (man and event) ever happens again.

    Sarah might be trending towards the same thing. They know it. For that, they must destroy her, even to the burn her and her family at the stake.

    After November came and went, I have not watched a single news broadcast from the MSM. They squandered the trust placed upon them for impartiality, to become an American version of the Russian press. Some poll taken of them a long time ago confirmed that American journalists vote Democrat 9 to 1. No one should ever expect impartiality from those tools.

  17. newton says:

    OK, I admit that I only had about four hours of sleep. I just can’t write today! :”>

  18. SpideyTerry says:

    What I am saying is that we simply didn’t hold Joe Biden to the same standard as Sarah Palin

    Kinda like saying “Water is wet” and “The sky is blue”, huh?