An earlier post on this blog addressed the liberal print media’s egregious reporting on the recently unveiled, but stale, partisan allegations against Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker — which have already been found meritless by the state and federal courts — to the effect that Gov. Walker is some sort of criminal mastermind.
But one must turn to the broadcast media — specifically, MSNBC — to fully appreciate the vast distance between reality and imagination in the liberal media’s coverage of this non-story, which must be attributed to bad faith, or incompetence, or maybe a bit of both.
Exhibit A is MSNBC’s June 19 coverage on “The Ed Show,” in which Ed Schultz — who has long been obsessed with doing everything possible to destroy Gov. Walker, and whose judgment is so skewed that in June, 2012, he said that Walker could be indicted in a matter of days — ended the segment by calling for the impeachment of Gov. Walker. The full video (8:14) is available here. A four-minute clip with the key parts is embedded below.
Exhibit B is MSNBC’s coverage the next morning on “Morning Joe,” in which several MSNBC panelists called great attention to the stale and meritless allegations against Gov. Walker (which a federal judge has explicitly held to be frivolous) while candidly admitting they didn’t really know much about the matter. Even so, for the entire weekend a clip of the discussion has appeared as the front-page video on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” website (here). Clip 1 (of 2) is available in full here; Clip 2, here. Excerpts embedded below.
John Hinderaker summed up, in just two sentences, the sad state of mass-media journalism reflected in such coverage:
If you didn’t know better, you might think this is a big story, highly damaging to one of America’s most successful governors. In fact, the current frenzy merely demonstrates the laziness and bias of reporters who don’t understand the events they write about.