Monday, March 09, 2015

Media bias, pure and simple

New York magazine has a long article about the decline and fall of NBC News from David Gregory's train wreck at "Meet the Press" culminating with Brian Williams' departure.  It seems that Williams was adverse to stories that were "divisive" that also just happened to be critical of the Obama administration:
In February 2013, Isikoff failed to interest Williams in a piece about a confidential Justice Department memo that justified killing American citizens with drones. He instead broke the story on Rachel Maddow. That October, Myers couldn’t get Williams to air a segment about how the White House knew as far back as 2010 that some people would lose their insurance policies under Obama­care. Frustrated, Myers posted the article on NBC’s website, where it immediately went viral. Williams relented and ran it the next night. “He didn’t want to put stories on the air that would be divisive,” a senior NBC journalist told me. According to a source, Myers wrote a series of scathing memos to then–NBC senior vice-president Antoine Sanfuentes documenting how Williams suppressed her stories. ­Myers and Isikoff eventually left the network (and both declined to comment).
I remember when the Hillary Clinton email scandal first broke, the joke around the conservative blogs is that Scott Walker would be hardest hit.  Keep it up, jerks.  I'm sure this poll showing Americans trust Fox News is just more propaganda from Faux News and that liar Bill O'Reilly.

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