Liberal media bias has reached a new low. That's the verdict rendered by Peter Wehner, writing in Commentary.
Wehner, a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center and former senior policy adviser to President George W. Bush, zeroes in on the recent "60 Minutes" interview with President Barack Obama and outgoing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
The interview by correspondent Steve Kroft represents "the unprecedented swooning and cheerleading by the press for Barack Obama," Wehner writes.
Some of this can be laid at the feet of old-fashioned liberal media bias, in which Democratic politicians are given a pass for issues conservatives are excoriated for. But it goes deeper than that. President Obama "is liberal, Ivy League, and a person of color. That is simply too powerful of a combination for the elite media to resist. (If Obama were conservative, Ivy League, and a person of color, he would be a marked man, as Clarence Thomas has been.)"
"Mr. Obama touches the media's erogenous zone in ways that no other president, even JFK, ever has," Wehner adds. "One gets to sense that journalists not only like Mr. Obama; they are in awe of him. They want to impress him and please him and are afraid of being rebuked by him."
Media coverage is also being called slanted in the halls of Congress. Rep. Steve Stockman (R-Texas) is none too happy news outlets for reporting that gun rights advocates "heckled" the father of a six-year-old who was killed at last month's elementary school shooting in Newtown, Conn.
Stockman (@SteveStockmanUS), who is back in the House after serving a single term 1995-97, tweeted, "MSNBC caught lying again. Bogus claims of pro-gun Newtown heckler." Then, "This is at least the fourth time in seven months MSNBC has been caught doctoring tapes for political reasons."
Via Commentary, and Politix reporting.