There’s an old saying in journalism—a story just “too good to check out.” You can tell the media’s bias not only from what they won’t check out, but what they won’t even consider checking out, let alone reporting.
News item: a deranged young man, James Holmes, shoots up a Denver theater last summer killing 12, and ABC News’s Brian Ross goes on the air to note that there’s a “James Holmes” affiliated with a Tea Party group in the area. Didn’t bother to check it out; it was too good not to rush to broadcast. Turns out there was no connection.
News item: following the bombing of the Boston marathon, a host of left-leaning media types hoped it would turn out to be a “white American” and not a Muslim extremist. NPR’s Diana Temple-Raston speculated on air that it was likely right-wing extremists behind the bombing because it was Hitler’s birthday that week, and Hitler’s birthday is “big” for the right.
News item: Terrorists behead a British soldier in broad daylight, and then proclaim to bystanders that “They won’t stop fighting until you leave us alone.” And on the network news broadcasts I took in tonight I did not hear the word “Islamic” mentioned once in connection to the story, which even Janet Napolitano can’t spin into something other than terrorism. Wouldn’t want to “speculate,” as Brian Ross might put it. Despicable. The media, that is. Another example of Malcolm Muggeridge’s “Great Liberal Death Wish” in action. Among the British papers, it seems only the Daily Mail and Daily Star are calling it plainly:
P.S.? Leave us alone? Might be more reasonable if they said that in the countries they came from, instead in of one of ours.