Playing It Straight


They complain endlessly about what they perceive as a conservative bias among certain outlets. They call FOX News “faux news.” They whine about Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity and Glenn Beck in terms that generally involve the sort of language that used to earn me dinner at the Bar of Soap Saloon. Recently, their beloved Democratic Party super-donor Bill Maher even invited Hannity to commit suicide. Liberals don’t just hate conservatives; they loathe them with every twitching, twisted fiber of their beings.

Of course, liberals are defined by their white-hot hate. Their whole movement is based on pitting Americans against each other. The poor should hate the rich. The weak should hate the strong. The black should hate the white. And opinions that differ from their own are not merely incorrect, they’re deplorable, racist and even criminal. But their opinions are different. Indeed, a perusal of left-wing hate speech sites like Dailykos and media outlets like Current TV reveals that liberals don’t consider their opinions to be opinions at all. Instead, there are opinions, and then there are Democratic talking points; and the latter are actually facts.

Nowhere can the American left’s spectacular self-overestimation be better observed than the NBC Universal brand of news coverage. The outlet’s varsity brand, NBC News, has spiraled into insignificance with an only occasionally lifelike Brian Williams as the lead talking hairdo and the simpering twerp David Gregory transforming the once-respected “Meet the Press” into a softball-pitching machine for President Barack Obama and his accomplices. But the decline and fall of NBC News pales in comparison to the positively Gibbonesque free fall of the second teamers on MSNBC (aka the Democrat Channel).

Nonetheless, while Williams, Gregory and even Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb actually consider themselves real bastions of journalism (with the latter pair actually the closest to fitting the description), they’re predictably defensive when anyone points to their shameless cheerleading-as-reportage. Last week, Democrat Channel President Phil Griffin — whose network tilted its coverage of the election so far to port that it nearly capsized (not one critical story about Obama in the final days before the election and not one positive story about Romney during the same time frame) — actually said the following out loud: “This channel has never been the voice of Obama.”

In a sense, he’s right. Although given how often Obama’s voice says contradictory things, it must be a challenging job to stick with; just ask Chris Matthews. MSNBC is a mere echo of the voice of Obama. A network that willingly pays parasites like Al Sharpton, idiots like Rachel Maddow, violent racists like Larry O’Donnell and plain old lunatics like Matthews just can’t reach high enough to make the travel squad. But Griffin’s remark is especially telling, offering one of those teachable moments of which their beloved Obama is so fond. There is no rational argument for the existence of an unbiased corporate media. But liberals, who never stop roaring their displeasure with the rightward lean of outlets that readily identify themselves as such, not only don’t admit to their own slant, they evidently can’t.

I suppose it’s possible that the hatred and hypocrisy that define American liberalism cloud their thinking so much that the left isn’t aware of its own extreme bent. It’s also possible that liberals have a clear sense of their own biases but consider lying about them a necessity — a spooky parallel to Obama’s own behavior.

When I write, I share with you my opinion. I don’t present myself as a reporter; Personal Liberty Digest offers straight news and identifies it as such. The same could be said by my colleagues here, right up to Bob Livingston himself. I don’t prevaricate about my purpose; nor am I interested in doing so. I like my job, and I am proud to have it. But Griffin’s minions at the Democrat Channel never stop trying to present themselves as journalists. The same can be said for The New York Times, The Washington Post and most any other mainstream outfits that claim to offer “the news.”

Hey, if they can keep their bills paid by shilling shamelessly for Obama and the Democrats, I say more power to them. They’re welcome to sacrifice their dignity in whatever way they see fit. I’m just suggesting they try to emulate, ahem, me a bit more and be honest about who they are.

–Ben Crystal

Personal Liberty

Ben Crystal

is a 1993 graduate of Davidson College and has burned the better part of the last two decades getting over the damage done by modern-day higher education. He now lives in Savannah, Ga., where he has hosted an award-winning radio talk show and been featured as a political analyst for television. Currently a principal at Saltymoss Productions—a media company specializing in concept television and campaign production, speechwriting and media strategy—Ben has written numerous articles on the subjects of municipal authoritarianism, the economic fallacy of sin taxes and analyses of congressional abuses of power.

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