Unlike a certain ‘other’ television news station, NBC Nightly news has never intimated it is ‘fair and balanced’. Nevertheless, the ever-immaculate Brian Williams would probably feign hurt if anyone suggested otherwise.
Unfortunately for Mister Williams, here’s one who is quite willing to hurt his feelings.
NBC’s coverage of the presidential election is anything but fair, or balanced. Of course, unlike Fox News, they’re not blatant about it. In fact, one has to be diligent to even notice, at least, consciously. It takes a stopwatch, and focused concentration, to conclude that NBC Nightly News has a definite Republican bias.
It could be argued that allotting two minutes thirty seconds to a slot on the McCain campaign, while only allowing the Obama camp a bare two minutes, is splitting the proverbial hair. But, when it occurs consistently over a two month period, John McCain can be grateful to NBC for in excess of an extra twenty minutes of primetime coverage over his adversary.
Still, twenty minutes in two months can hardly be called excessive, but when Sarah Palin suddenly leapt out of her grizzly bear suit to emerge onto the stage of the GOP Convention, this slight advantage took one giant leap forward. Suddenly, in place of a McCain segment and an Obama segment, there was one Obama segment, one McCain segment, and one Palin segment. Joe Biden was noticeable only by his complete absence from any NBC news story.
This has been the ‘Nightly’ trend, virtually without falter, since the GOP Convention. Brian Williams would, no doubt, respond that they were simply reporting the news – and Sarah Palin was in the news more than Joe Biden. Can coverage of McCain in Florida slagging off Obama, followed by Palin in Ohio slagging off Obama, be justified by the excuse of reporting news?
It’s all a part of the oh-so-smooth process of indoctrinating America.
Meanwhile, NBC’s coverage of Sarah Palin has provided the opportunity to observe what a totally cold, ambitious, fish this woman truly is. On his Monday night Daily Show, city boy Jon Stewart made use of the brief expletive, “F**k you” to adroitly manifest his disgust of her latest attempt to split America, when she called ‘small town Americans’ the ‘real Americans’. She was gushing in her praise of people who live in America’s ‘small towns’.
Anyone from small town America will recognize this woman as one of their own. There are many small towns around central Illinois. Everytime I visit one I’m reminded of Middle Earth. I can’t wait to get out of them. The idea that small town America is full of warm, friendly, neighborly people is as far removed from reality as suggesting Mordor was inhabited by nuns. Frankly, I’d as soon take tea with the Taliban, than stray into a bar frequented by small town Americans.
It’s my experience they’re narrow-minded, suspicious, vaguely threatening, and usually redneck, which is certainly why Palin finds them so attractive.
Of course, it doesn’t do to generalize. I’m sure there must be lots of warm, friendly, individuals living in small towns in America.
They probably just don’t socialize too much.
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