I certainly hope they were. They deserve to be. Wednesday night may prove to be a watershed moment for the Republicans. The moment when they stopped being nice with the #oldmedia and got real.
The media is massively biased in favor of big government. (Not that the Republicans aren’t often for big government.) As I have mentioned in the past I interned at a conservative news outlet in college (not Fox) and pretty much the entire production staff was liberal. They did stories which had a conservative bent but the general list, even there was toward a Northeastern liberal worldview. A worldview which tends to be very corporate friendly by the way.
And notice in the video attached to the article at CNN that it’s all, Boo hoo, the Republicans are picking on us. We’re just doing our job.
Larry Sabato, my neighbor just down the road explains that all this “liberal bias” stuff has long been “used” by the GOP as a talking point.
To some limited degree it has. But the fear always was that if the Republicans just came out and talked about the bias too much the GOP would get poor(er) coverage from the #oldmedia. It has been (a small) talking point. But bias was also a valid concern.
Now however we live in a new world. The #oldmedia isn’t the only game in town. And the Republicans have a legitimate fear that the media will cheer on Hillary the way the media cheered on Obama. Why not be honest at this point? The media isn’t going to give the GOP a fair shake no matter how nice the GOPers are to the media.
We have no particular love for the Republicans, but the #oldmedia is deeply biased against them. Consider that a former Clinton staffer, George Stephanopoulos gave $50,000 to the Clinton Foundation and he still has a job at ABC hosting This Week. That this is considered OK.
Of course the folks who are treated even more badly by the generally liberal, pro-corporate media are people who operate outside of the 2 party system. Libertarians and Greens alike are treated with an eyeroll at best by the #oldmedia, the #cronymedia. I mean who wants to hear anything but what the media conglomerates want us to hear right?
There was simultaneous crowing and cringing on Thursday. Employees who spoke on condition of anonymity for this story wished for a “do-over” and pointed fingers of blame for the chaotic production. Some pointed all the way up to CNBC president Mark Hoffman, who was also aboard Wednesday night’s charter.
“Everyone feels pretty embarrassed,” one veteran staffer said.