As 2014 comes to an end, looking back I’ve decided there is not just one story that qualifies as the story of the year.
The story of the year is the media’s coverage of many of the year’s top stories. Thomas Sowell described the media perfectly in his piece’ “Are Facts Obsolete?”
Some of us, who are old enough to remember the old television police series “Dragnet,” may remember Sgt. Joe Friday saying, “Just the facts, ma’am.” But that would be completely out of place today. Facts are becoming obsolete, as recent events have demonstrated.
What matters today is how well you can concoct a story that fits people’s preconceptions and arouses their emotions.
From the Trayvon Martin case to the recent cases of Eric Garner and Michael Brown, Thomas Sowell appropriately observes:
The media do not merely ignore facts, they suppress facts
This was even more obvious with the midterm elections. The media never saw the wave election for the Republicans. Even as polls leading up to the election proved to have, on average, a four point bias favoring Democrats, the media was airing the Democrat’s complaints that the polls where skewed against them.
2014 was a year replete with of “left-wing” media bias, but most revealing were the revelations by Sharyl Attkisson:
Attkisson, who received an Emmy and the Edward R. Murrow award for her trailblazing work on the story, says she made top CBS brass “incensed” when she appeared on Laura Ingraham’s radio show and mentioned that Obama administration officials called her up to literally scream at her while she was working the story.
One angry CBS exec called to tell Attkisson that Ingraham is “extremely, extremely far right” and that Attkisson shouldn’t appear on her show anymore. Attkisson was puzzled, noting that CBS reporters aren’t barred from appearing on lefty MSNBC shows.
Most recently, GQ magazine listed the top 20 craziest politicians of 2014, of which, 17 were Republicans. Prompting them to put this disclaimer:
Yes, this list is Republican-heavy, and while that may seem like standard liberal-media bias, the reality is that Democrats just aren’t keeping pace right now in the crazy department.
The New York Post quickly provided a list of 16 Democrats who could have easily qualified for the list.
This leads me to my favorite moment of 2014 – election night and watching the meltdown that occurred on MSNBC as the Republican wave overwhelmed their liberal sensibilities. I leave with this hilarious recap of the evening and wishing all of you (yes even you crazy wacky liberals) a happy and safe New Year.