by Joe Keck
SEAN HANNITY: In other words, they feel, as I do, that there’s an institutional bias. That’s what they were saying to you. Do you think that’s true?
JAKE TAPPER: This election, I didn’t get as much of a general scheme because I was just focused on Obama, as oppose to the last campaign, where I hopped around a lot and went covered a lot of different campaigns. So, I don’t know. I mean, I think that there are ways in which narratives take control and sometimes they’re not fair. I mean, I think, just to give a nonpartisan example, I think the media wasn’t fair to Hillary Clinton during the democratic primaries. There were a lot of anti-Hillary stories and more scrutiny on her than there was on then Senator Obama. And sometimes that’s because one person runs a better campaign, one person is a more inspirational leader, one person’s a fresher face. But whatever the reasons, I think sometimes the media should be a little bit more careful about bending over backwards to be fair?
That was from mediaite.com, an online outlet I ran across when I was looking for the piece where Rush Limbaugh commented on Jake Tapper’s defending the mainstream media. Apparently, Hannity had Tapper on his show and was questioning the integrity of the media.
Along the same lines, Limbaugh was talking about the MSM’s lack of investigating Benghazi where four brave Americans died when our consulate was attacked by terrorists. The White House, presumably, didn’t send help, which could have saved their lives. Then, presumably, the White House lied about the catalyst for the incident erroneously saying it was a video that caused the attack. And, again presumably, sent Susan Rice out to tell that same lie on five different news shows. I just happen to see the exchange between Hannity and the ABC White House correspondent, and Tapper’s abstruse prating struck me as not quite ringing true.
Let’s look at his answer from another angle, let’s transplant the substance, if it could be called that, to something offering a little better grip.
If I were refereeing one of my son’s little league games and you accused me of looking the other way when my son made an illegal move, here are two possible reactions I might give you.
“That is not the case at all and I can prove it. The game is video taped. We need only watch the film and I’ll show you that I was absolutely fair and unbiased in every way the entire time.”
That’s what I would say if I were completely and fully confident in my refereeing.
Here’s what I’d say if I had indeed looked the other way as you said, and were trying to gloss over such a breach of conduct in my duty as referee.
“This game, I didn’t get as much of a general scheme because I was just focused on the other players, as opposed to the last game, where I hopped around a lot and covered a lot of different plays. So, I don’t know, I mean, I think that there are ways in which refereeing takes control and sometimes referees is not fair (pardon the subject-verb mistake, just staying consistent with Tapper’s solecism). I mean, I think, just to give a nonloylist example, I think the referees wasn’t fair to coach Smith during the intervarsity preliminaries.”
And I would blather on and on, using this example here and that example there, hoping that the garbage can full of words that I’m dumping out will suffice for a reasonably convincing answer.
Real world? It never does. MSM? Apparently, they think it always does because they use the hell out of it.
Rush Limbaugh said that American journalism is dead. He’s right. As I’ve said before, there is no ‘journalism’ anymore. There is only Right journalism and Left journalism. The thing is, Right journalism proudly declares where it stands, says without apology that it is Conservative, I.E., Rush Limbaugh. He never tries to hide the fact that he’s biased. He claims it on just about every one of his shows.
But the Leftists, like Jake Tapper, Diane Sawyer, George Stephanopoulos, and most in the MSM, either delude themselves and make a ridiculous attempt to delude us, or they know full well their own hard Liberal bias . . . and make a ridiculous attempt to delude us.
The first one is extremely difficult to believe, the second, extremely difficult to stomach.
Who are they trying to fool? Half the country will swallow every spoonful that the MSM shovels down their throat, and the other half won’t let the spoon get within ten feet of their face.
I guess it’s the same ol’ worn out song: No matter how red-handed you are when caught, deny, deny, deny.
So keep up the good work, Jake. Who knows, maybe someday you’ll even believe it yourself.