In a desperate attempt to play damage control, and try to clarify that demographics outside of typical Republicans are on the radical and conspiratorial fringe, NewsBusters actually had to brag about people of color, and of a young age, are in favor of wanting their state to secede, as well as believing that the Democratic Party committed voter fraud in this past election.
In a December 5 article, Ken Shepherd huffed about how MSNBC host Chris Matthews had the nerve to broadside 25% of Republican voters who want their state to secede from the union, according to a poll done by Public Policy Polling (PPP) yesterday.
Taking issue with the hosts’ focus on that specific number, Shepherd attempts to change the subject:
But a look at the cross tabs in the poll shows that 27 percent of Hispanics, 29 percent of voters aged 18-29, and even 12 percent of African-Americans favor secession.
As if conservatives don’t already do enough outsourcing of jobs, now they’re doing the same thing with journalism. Of course, the lack of journalism at NewsBusters never dies.
In an October 9 write-up, Noel Sheppard shows his shameless desperation for a scoop by reaching all the way across the Atlantic, citing a tabloid rag, to attack President Obama.
No, really, he did (emphasis mine):
This seems almost impossible, but according to an unnamed source supposedly close to the Obama campaign, the President actually thought he won last Wednesday’s debate.
Britain’s Daily Mail reported Tuesday, “In an extraordinary insight into the events leading up to the 90 minute showdown which changed the face of the election, a Democrat close to the Obama campaign today reveals that the President also did not take his debate preparation seriously, ignored the advice of senior aides and ignored one-liners that had been prepared to wound Romney.“
Who would think, in this day and age, we would be dealing with a corrupt media that encourages people to practice such unethical acts?
That’s right… the socialist-commie network, MSNBC, is convincing the sheep out there that we should do everything we can to… vote! *GASP*
In an October 1 complaint, Ryan Robertson took MSNBC anchor Thomas Roberts to task for discussing “the upcoming publicity stunt called ‘Sleep Out the Vote’” with an Ohio state senator. Get ready to be outraged (emphasis mine):
[State senator Eric] Kearney explained the basis of the idea as such:
‘Sleep Out the Vote’ is an initiative where we blanket the state, no pun intended, by sleeping out in front of the board of elections… And we sleep out in front of the board of elections. It’s kind of a party or festive atmosphere. It’s a great deal of fun to highlight the importance of early voting.
After seeing the recent presidential poll numbers, NewsBusters is in full retreat mode (along with the Republican party), trying to change the conversation to “Are we better off now?“. Not surprisingly, Noel Sheppard has thrown himself into the mix.
In a September 11 article, Sheppard called out MSNBC contributor, and former Democratic Governor of Pennsylvania, Ed Rendell, for backing the Democratic talking points that Americans are better now than they were four years ago. But it was a particular wording that ticked off Sheppard (emphasis mine):
Former Democratic governor of Pennsylvania turned MSNBC contributor Ed Rendell said something on Tuesday’s Hardball that is going to make a lot of jaws drop.
“Even people who lost their jobs are better off” under Obama
In a bumbling effort to outline his latest right-wing persecution fantasy, Newsbuster Ken Shepherd inadvertently makes the case against Newsbusters’ central premise of a “liberal media”:
“Suppose there were a Republican state legislator in Georgia, who also happens to also be an ordained Baptist minister, who sent a letter to the owner of the Atlanta Falcons–on official state legislature letterhead no less–demanding he keep his players from speaking out in favor of same-sex marriage. The media firestorm would be predictable.”
As the astute reader can guess, this is exactly what did happen, but in Maryland, not in Georgia, and with a Democratic legislator, not a Republican one. Maryland Democratic delegate Emmet C. Burns, the Baptist minister in question, sent an outrageous letter to Baltimore Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti complaining that Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo is campaigning against a ballot initiative aimed at overturning a Maryland law that allows for same-sex marriage:
For a blog critiquing the news media, NewsBusters sure loves to celebrate conservatives who attack a private citizen… or just attack the person themselves. They love it either way.
In a September 8 posting, Noel Sheppard found it very endearing for maniacal Congressman Joe Walsh and Washington Post columnist Charles Krauthammer to attack Sandra Fluke, a Georgetown law student, because of her stance on birth control. He starts with Walsh:
Illinois Republican Congressman Joe Walsh had some harsh words for free contraception advocate Sandra Fluke Saturday.
Appearing at a campaign stop in Addison, Illinois, the Tea Partier said, “A 31-32 year old law student who’s been a student for life, who gets up there in front of a national audience and tells the American people, ‘I want America to pay for my contraceptives.’ You’re kidding me. Go get a job” [...]
Last year, over on my own blog, I wrote a series of articles called “Newsbusters & Me,” wherein I outlined parts of the MRC gang’s modus operandi. In one, I noted that, in their usage, the word “liberal” is
“the default designation for anyone who isn’t identifiably of the far right on every conceivable issue–those so tagged are often, in reality, conservatives whom outlets like the MRC just decided aren’t conservative enough, or aren’t conservative in the right ways.”
In another, I noted that
“Of the articles that appear on the Center’s Newsbusters blog, a large portion are devoted to simply complaining about the fact that someone somewhere offered a “liberal” (as they use the word) point of view, the implication being that this shouldn’t happen.”
When I just punched up Newsbusters, the first article to appear was an example of both: Kyle Drennen devoting an article to throwing a spotlight on MSNBC host Joe Scarborough’s comparative analysis of the Repulican and Democratic conventions. Scarborough, appearing on NBC’s Today, was asked by host Savannah Guthrie, “Pound for pound, speech for speech, night for night, make a call, who had the better convention and who the most riding on it?” He replied:
“Oh, good lord, if we’re going pound for pound, round for round, this wasn’t Ali versus Frasier, this was Muhammed Ali versus Chuck Wepner. It was ugly.”
Tim Graham, today, makes an effort at taking issue with a pair of Washington Post articles detailing the evolution of the respective platforms of the Democratic and Republican parties over the last 52 years, but though he puts on the standard Newsbusters show of being Angry And Offended by them, he doesn’t offer any real basis for this reaction.
The core of his complaint is that Marc Fisher, who authored both articles, gave disparate treatment to the evolution of the two platforms:
But last Wednesday’s piece on the GOP was headlined “Over the past half-century, a strong shift to to the right.” And for the Democrats, a strong shift to the left since 1960? The headline today was “In search of a balance between ideals and realities.” (bolding by Graham)
Has there been any “strong shift to the left” by the Democrats, though? The idea forms the core of Graham’s objection, but Fisher’s article on the Democrats does a fairly solid job of debunking this notion, showing how the party has shifted back and forth between liberal and more conservative language on issues over the years. By contrast, Fisher writes, Republicans “moved in fairly linear fashion to ever-more conservative stances” on a broad range of issues. Both the Fisher articles offer a broad overview of the evolution of the two parties, but Graham, to support his own premise about a sharp Democratic turn to the left, singles out only a few right-wing hot-button issues; abortion, gay marriage, “bringing ‘undocumented immigrants out of the shadows.’”
After mentioning that last one, Graham doesn’t touch it again, from which we can assume Newsbusters readers are simply supposed to understand that brown-looking foreigners with funny accents but without proper paperwork are supposed to be regarded with contempt by anyone except extremist liberals.
Noel Sheppard is off his meds, again. The poor guy just can’t seem to go a single day without flipping his wig about what MSNBC does or says. They can’t breathe without Sheppard somehow being up their ass about it.
In a September 5 freakout, the second in less than a day, Sheppard (apparently covering for the regular NYT watchdog, Clay Waters), highlighted what he called was a “Shocking NYT Headline” that profiled the vast amount of enthusiasm the liberal network is getting at the Democratic National Convention this week:
On Wednesday, the New York Times published an article titled “Welcome to the MSNBC, Er, Democratic Convention” that largely made Limbaugh’s case:
Sure, the events here in Charlotte are a national celebration of the Democratic Party and its presidential nominee. But in many ways, it’s the MSNBC Convention.
Network, party and partisan moment have collided, felicitously, in Charlotte. MSNBC’s on-air personalities are mobbed in the street, snarling pedestrian traffic. Its network-branded pins, coffee cups and tote bags are ubiquitous collectors’ items for delegates. Its promotional posters and banners are so ostentatious that Willie Geist, an MSNBC host, has compared them to North Korean propaganda. [...]
Four years ago, there was open anxiety inside MSNBC over having the unabashedly partisan Keith Olbermann anchor convention coverage. But the era of liberal hand-wringing appears to have passed. “I feel they are part of this convention,” explained Lorret Battist, a 58-year-old MSNBC fan from Atlanta, who excitedly snapped a picture of Mr. Scarborough on the sidewalk on Tuesday. “They are in tune with the people here.”
As if it has anything to do with the news media… for the pleasure of the MRC’s anti-gay readership, Tim Graham reported this anyway:
Chris Johnson at The Washington Blade reported the National Stonewall Democrats have identified 470 “openly LGBT delegates” out of 5,963 delegates expected in Charlotte today. That’s almost eight percent of the total, but Stonewall Democrats executive director Jerame Davis said “We’re finally getting to the point where we get closer to appropriate measure of representation as compared to the population at large, although we’re not quite to that point.” The pro-gay Williams Institute estimated this year that four percent of the adult population is “LGBT.”