While the rest of the world buzzes about the shockingly biased, Obama attack video aired as news on Fox & Friends earlier this week, Bill O’Reilly and Fox News “media critic” Bernard Goldberg somehow missed the story. Instead, last night they went on the attack against Dan Rather – who had the nerve to cancel an appearance on The O’Reilly Factor the same night he appeared on The Daily Show – and accused the media of deliberately working to re-elect President Obama. Besides the obvious case of projection, the unstated suggestion was that Fox was justified in its brazenly anti-Obama video, given his unfair advantage against the discriminated-against Mitt Romney.
“Fair-minded people know that much of the media is actively working to see that Barack Obama is re-elected,” O’Reilly said in his Talking Points commentary that preceded his discussion with Goldberg. “Talking Points believes the media will deliver some votes to Barack Obama next November. And in a tight race? That could be enough.”
When Goldberg came on - after having smeared Rather as “delusional” for saying it’s a myth that there’s a liberal media bias and O’Reilly having boasted that even though Rather is 80, “he still knows that I would have hit him” – Goldberg concurred that the media’s efforts on Obama’s behalf may win him the election.
Apparently, having the top-rated cable station is not enough for these two cry babies. Tellingly, they didn’t say what would be enough. Ideological purity tests for reporters? A balance of conservatives and liberals to match the country’s demographic? Or the same kind of “fair and balanced” news operation found at Fox instituted everywhere else?
A discussion about CBS and (black) Obama is a double whammy.