BillO'Reilly hosted the segment tonight in which I was invited to speak, alongwith the highly skilled Tim Graham of the Media Research Center. The subject matter was the snub of NBC by the McCain campaign by scheduling Sarah Palin with CBS, for her next major network interview. ABC has already interviewed Governor Palin.
Make no mistake about it. McCain's campaign was intentionally insulting NBC, which has a long and sordid history of biased, vitriolic coverage of Republicans, and especially conservatives.
Katie Couric may not get a tingle up her leg when she interviews Gov. Palin, but she has to be more even-handed than the hacks at MSNBC. This is a good move by McCain. He is showing strength to face his detractors and, at the same time, his willingness to deal with the mainstream media who have treated him like Obama's houseboy.
McCain has been over backwards over the years with the MSM, yet they stab him in the back every chance they get. The hatemongers at MSNBC are the worst, of course.
MSNBC itself admitted liberal media bias in a 2004 report that showed 125 reporters form major media sent money to Democrats, and only 16 contributed to the GOP. that's putting their money where their mouths and hearts are. NBC finally recognized that their presidential coverage has been well out of bounds, which is why they canned the hateful Keith Olbermann and Chris Matthews from anchoring.
Due to time considerations, I did not get a chance to cite a few of the examples that I have documented of NBC's bias, but here is a sampling.
McCain campaign complains about NBC coverage
On Aug. 17, McCain's campaign manager Rick Davis wrote a letter to Steve Capus, the president of NBC News, to protest what the campaign called signs that the network is "abandoning non-partisan coverage of the presidential race."
The campaign is objected to a statement by NBC's Andrea Mitchell on "Meet the Press" questioning whether McCain might have gotten a heads-up on some of the questions that were asked of Obama, who was the first candidate to be interviewed by Pastor Rick Warren at a presidential forum on faith on Aug. 16.
"We are concerned that your News Division is following MSNBC's lead in abandoning non-partisan coverage of the Presidential race. We would like to request a meeting with you as soon as possible to discuss our deep concerns about the news standards and level of objectivity at NBC," Davis wrote.
White House attacks NBC News coverage
In May, The White House launched an attack on NBC News for its editing of an interview with President Bush.
In a letter to NBC News President Steve Capus, presidential counselor Ed Gillespie complained that a report on the "Today" show distorted Bush's remarks Bush made to the Israeli Knesset in May -- where he compared negotiations with Iran to the appeasement of Nazis -- and did not include the president's objections to questions from reporter Richard Engel.
"This deceitful editing to further a media-manufactured storyline is utterly misleading and irresponsible," Gillespie wrote, adding that NBC should air Bush's responses "in full."
NBC News said in a statement that the story "accurately reflects the interview" and questioned the White House's criticisms.
NBC Military Analyst Quits Network, Citing Left-wing Bias
In Feb. 2007 NBC military analyst Ken Allard, a former army colonel, resigned from the network, citing a general drift to the left and especially following NBC's inaction over scurrilous remarks made by one of its other analysts, Bill Arkin, that implied the military was full of "mercenaries" raking in "obscene amenities."