The Hypocrisy of Our National Media

Ossining Councilman Peter Tripodi is responding to Patch blogger Robert Herbst and the quandary of selective moral outrage.

It is only right that we, as an informed populous, expose the hypocrisy and intolerance of the mainstream media.  Many newsworthy stories are often discarded while others that may not be as deserving receive the spotlight.  When one coordinates the narratives of these stories and how they are spoon fed to us, the questioning of the motives must begin.

Letters like Mr. Herbst’s is a typical example that clearly identifies my point.  We have become a nation built on “sides” and “teams”.  While competitiveness is a fundamental American characteristic, the vitriol and hyperbole in use by the American press is a relatively new, undesirable characteristic within our current political dialogue.  These undesirable characteristics not only make us less aware of the real issues, but people like Mr. Herbst, continue to repeat the same talking points, which falsely malign those who simply disagree with his political philosophy.  The hypocrisy of his letter is not only alarming, but a great way to illustrate the point in my letter. Mr. Herbst’s article tags Rush Limbaugh as failing and because of the comments he made calling the female law student a “slut”, Herbst states, “his best and most influential days on talk radio are behind him.” 

To begin, it is clear Mr. Herbst is a victim of the mainstream media.  To further prove this hypothesis, let’s discuss the issue of Rush Limbaugh’s comments and Senator McCarthy.  Firstly, what Limbaugh said was wrong, he admitted it, and I think it is safe to say we can all agree on that point.  But the fact remains that Mr. Limbaugh was attacked by every major news organization.  But, you may be thinking to yourself, “He wasn’t really attacked, they just reported the story”.  This is only partly true. The overkill of coverage of the story put it in every household and every media outlet so that those of us who do not even know whom Rush is, had a negative opinion of him. By calling the law school student a “slut” and “prostitute” Mr. Limbaugh participated in name calling and everyone knew about it.  Mr. Herbst seems to be very interested in the prospect of Mr. Limbaugh losing his radio show, which seems to excite him very much.  However, Mr. Herbst and the mainstream media present a clear and undeniable double standard.  They have neglected to mention some of the comments TV show host Bill Maher (among others) have said about conservative women, and now even some liberal commentators are calling their own out.

In a column titled “Rush Limbaugh Isn’t the Only Media Misogynist” liberal commentator Kirsten Powers clearly illustrates my point; something most Americans are starting to see, but obviously Mr. Herbst remains blind to this point.  Ms. Powers cites a number of alarming incidents that I am sure no one reading this article has heard of, but I can guarantee you all heard about Limbaugh’s comments.  Ms. Powers points out that Bill Maher has called Sarah Palin a “dumb tw**” and the “C-word” (he never apologized).  Ms. Powers even notes that feminists regularly appear on Mr. Maher’s show yet they have never called out Mr. Maher on his awful comments.  In addition, the mainstream media has sat silent on these comments compared to what happened to Mr. Limbaugh last week.  More glaring examples of media bias include Keith Olbermann stating conservative S.E. Cupp should have been aborted. This was also barely covered in the mainstream media. 

My purpose here is not to defend Rush Limbaugh, but to illustrate a point.  Most women’s rights groups have condemned Rush but never mentioned Maher.  Maher also gave 1 million dollars to President Obama’s Super PAC.  

Secondly Mr. Herbst compares Limbaugh to Senator McCarthy. Senator McCarthy’s career ended abruptly because of his actions, but Mr. Herbst, in his own way, is trying to re-write history.  While the Senate censured Senator McCarthy, it later came out that he might have been onto something.  Dan Flyynn, director of Accuracy in Academia, stated in 2000 at a national conference, that McCarthy was essentially right in almost all of his accusations.  Recent Soviet files and tape recordings show, as the WND article states,”…almost every case he (McCarthy) charged has now been proven correct.” 

Finally we must examine why the media blew this situation up more than Maher’s comments, or other liberals’ comments that we never hear about (like liberal talk show host Ed Schultz calling conservative Laura Ingram a “dumb slut”).  It is my opinion this entire contraception issue was meant to solidify the President’s base before an election year and divert attention from the unemployment rate, which has been steadily over 8% for nearly all of our President’s three years in office.  Perhaps it was meant to divert us from real issues, like gas hitting nearly 5 dollars a gallon.  And after reading letters like Mr. Herbst’s, I guess it worked. Poll numbers show President Obama benefited from this controversy. 

Political discourse is never fair, but the more people open their eyes to media bias that is meant to alter and brainwash people to think a certain way, our political discourse may become more intelligent and meaningful, and with less name calling.


See Also:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ikW7ljSm3Fs (Congresswomen Sheila Jackson Lee and Jan Schakowsky who both condemned Rush Limbaugh on the House floor were asked about the comments made by Bill Maher and if they would condemn them, they refuse to do so)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=--VfCiBrEb8&feature=related (ShePAC is a political action committee that released an ad that illustrates the hypocrisy of the whole situation.)

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Bob Ogden March 15, 2012 at 09:09 PM
Francis, I'm glad to see that you realize big business is not our friend. That at least is a beginning. It was also rather predictable that you would jump to defend the oil companies although I don't quite understand your loyalty to them. Trimming the fat in DC is a good idea also but it will take a lot of jobs to come up with 40 billion a year. Then again we can trim another 1.2 billion in grants to faith based initiatives. Now we're making some progress.
Francis T McVetty March 16, 2012 at 12:46 PM
How about taxpayers NOT paying for PBS, NPR, Planned Parenthood, ACLU, presidential trips used for campaigning? The faith based grants at least help people in need. I guess you would rather have the government do it. I know, old habits are hard to stop, coming from Sweden and all.
Lisa Graham March 16, 2012 at 09:49 PM
Big business is not our enemy, Bob. They provide jobs, remember? And insurance and paid vacation, and provide goods and services we NEED and contribute to the economy. Capitalism is good. Something the O can't seem to grasp. And it's good that they make profits, then their investors also make money. You know, retired people, 401-K plan members, pensions, etc. Your hate for corporations is all too predictable and silly. I am fine reversing the breaks to oil companies.... right after we do the same for all of the ones chosen by Obama for breaks. And if only we could get all that money back from Solyndra, (and all the other green losers) and all that "Stimufarce" money that we paid for to buy votes for Obama.... Imagine all the good that money could do for real people?
Shar March 18, 2012 at 01:29 AM
jo, You are so right on all points...ask a lib to give money and he/she runs like a chicken. But libs sure don't mind spending OPM
Shar March 18, 2012 at 01:32 AM
My heavens SRT, the taxpayer already gives and gives until there is no more left for his/her own family. Damn! Libs are GREEDY


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