Media Bias Quote of the Week – Politico Edition

A great catch, courtesy of Paul Bremmer at Newsbusters (bolded emphasis added by me) :

Politico co-founder Jim VandeHei showed up on PBS’s Charlie Rose Wednesday night, and from the comfort of Rose’s pitch-black studio he tossed aside his journalistic objectivity and aired out his own political opinions – particularly his disdain for Republicans.

Rose had asked his guests — Politico’s Mike Allen was there, too — what it would take to fix the country economically and whether Washington was capable of doing it. VandeHei used this as an opening to take a shot at some of the left-wing media’s favorite targets:

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I will say, I have faith in humanity, I have faith in America in that if you think about a lot of the most controversial figures who’ve gotten big platforms in politics — Michele Bachmann today announcing that she retired, Steve King not running for Senate in Iowa, Allen West in Florida, Herman Cain, Sarah Palin — all these people who were the most bombastic voices on the Right, who were political celebrities…

Rose could see where this was going, so he jumped in and drew the conclusion himself: “Either defeated or walking away.” VandeHei agreed: “They’re gone. They have been discredited. The market, the market being the voter, the market does react. It takes a while.”

So the decline in prominence of some notable Republicans gives VandeHei faith in America and humanity? This is coming from the editor of a news organization that focuses on national politics. The bias doesn’t get much more transparent than that.

Nope. Unless you work at MSNBC, of course.

PJ Tatler’s Bryan Preston responds:

I won’t denounce Politico’s Jim VandeHei here. He’s being honest. He hates conservatives and he’s admitting it.


Honesty is refreshing. So here’s some honesty. Jim VandeHei isn’t fit to shine Allen West’s boots or carry Sarah Palin’s purse. I would have said “Sarah Palin’s rifle,” but the mere mention of the word would probably have sent VandeHei running in tears.

The rare bit of honesty of someone in VandeHei’s (executive editor) position is indeed refreshing but I think he should go one step further and do what more of the devoted-to-“progressive”-ideals-mainstream media types have already done … resign from Politico and actually go work for the Obama administration, officially – on record.  Like Jay Carney and many, many others.   But he won’t, because he has nothing to fear – most in the mainstream media agree with him when it comes to Tea Party conservatives and won’t call him out, and the only pressure he’d be likely to feel to step down would be from the same types of conservatives for who he feels such a deep disdain in the first place.  In fact, Politico would (will?) probably use the outrage over his remarks in order to bolster their inside the beltway media creds.

In other words, the beat goes on. Move along, nothing to see  here, etc … (sighs)

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(Graphic courtesy of the Fire Andrea Mitchell blog,
w/ the Politico graphic added by ST)

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