State-run media shows its true colors in coverage of Beck rally
Former CBS newsman Bernie Goldberg has written several books on media bias (here and here). As a true insider, he deftly explains the phenomenon and the reasons behind it. Of course, the state-run media denies these allegations and claims total impartiality – yeah, right.
For further proof of media bias one need look no further than the state-run media coverage of Saturday’s Glenn Beck sponsored Restoring Honor rally in DC. An estimated 300,000 – 500,000 people attended the Tea Party friendly event. While most of the media described Beck as a “controversial conservative commentator,” they were fawning over “civil rights leader” Al Sharpton’s sparsely attended counter rally a few blocks away. Al Sharpton is a “civil rights leader?” Really? Here are just a few of the media blurbs on the Beck rally (post here from Jim Treacher):
“Conservative commentator Glenn Beck and tea party champion Sarah Palin appealed Saturday to a vast, predominantly white crowd on the National Mall to help restore traditional American values and honor Martin Luther King’s message.” — Associated Press
“Attendees at the rally Saturday largely honored organizer requests that they not bring banners or political signs. Instead, the predominantly white crowd, many seated on folding chairs and accompanied by their children, wore t-shirts with slogans including ‘Got principles?’ and ‘Restoring Honor.’” — AFP
“Meanwhile, many in the predominantly white crowd bent over backward to insist that they are not racists and to note that the crowd was courteous, despite heat and density.” — James Hohmann, Politico
“Beck says he and his overwhelmingly white followers ‘are the inheritors and protectors of the civil- rights movement.’” — Ben Adler, Newsweek
“Though the audience at the event was overwhelmingly white, many of the speakers were African-American, including a woman who sang a song about unity.” — Brian Montopoli, CBS
“Claiming the legacy of the nation’s Founding Fathers and repeatedly evoking civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr., the speakers at the ‘Restoring Honor’ rally exhorted a vast and overwhelmingly white crowd to concentrate not on the history that has scarred the nation but instead on what makes it ‘good.’” — Philip Rucker & Carol Morello, Washington Post
“A relatively dense and overwhelmingly white crowd stretched from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial out past the Washington Monument.” — Mark Benjamin, Salon.com
“The speaker list was diverse, including African Americans, Latinos and Native Americans; Jews and Christians; clergymen, military veterans and sports stars, including Albert Pujols of the St. Louis Cardinals. The crowd, however, was overwhelmingly white.” — Michael A. Memoli and Kim Geiger, LA Times
“Out in the overwhelmingly white audience… politics was everywhere, with Tea Party supporters describing the damage they envision for President Barack Obama’s Democrats in upcoming midterm elections in November.” — Mitch Potter, Toronto Star
Get it? There’s something obviously wrong with the fact that the crowd was “overwhelmingly white.” It couldn’t possibly be related to the fact that the US population is overwhelmingly white. Or that the TEA Party doesn’t represent any one particular demographic. As this Google search indicates, the overwhelmingly white aspect of the crowd was the overriding theme of the state-run media reporting of this event.
Not only does the state-run media continue to show their bias in this type of reporting, they continue to pick the scab of race relations in this country, instead of allowing the wounds to heal.