I don’t watch CNN all that often, catching it primarily when I’m at the gym. Earlier today, they had a whole segment on Dr. Laura’s use of the N-word, featuring some diversity expert. Dr. Laura had long since apologized.
Even AOL (whose main page has, in recent months, shown more even-handedness than it has in years past) has joined the fray, linking an article on the matter that quotes the left-wing group Media Matters (without identifying the organization by its bias).
But, did they lead with a story on Harry Reid’s prejudiced remarks about Hispanics, assuming that they all vote in lock-step with his party? This is a genuine question, not a rhetorical one, because I just don’t know.
But, this next question is rhetorical: did CNN do a segment on Reid’s comment, not just because he is the Senate Majority Leader (hence prominent public figure with real power), but also because as Michelle Malkin noted this “attack on Hispanic conservatives for straying off the liberal reservation”, but also because another example ofthe “contempt” the left shows to “minority conservatives”. You think CNN might be interested in a pattern of intolerance among a particular group.
If it was interesting in reporting on real issues in American, CNN would the explore the intolerance of prominent Democrats like Reid to minorities who don’t toe the Democratic Party line.
NB: Do not take this post to mean I am defending Dr. Laura. Far from it. This is a post about media bias. My views parallel those of TigerHawk:
The lefty blogs are in high dudgeon over Laura Schlessinger’s repeated use of the “N” word in an exchange with an African-American woman who called in with a genuine issue, her frustration — which sounds legitimate to me — that her white husband would not stand up for her when his friends and family make “racist” or at least race-based comments. Conservatives should object just as loudly. Dr. Laura’s rant is brain dead stuff from beginning to end. Forget the N-word baiting. Where’s the sense or compassion in advising people to avoid “marrying out of their race” if they do not want suffer the indignity of dumbshit generalizations? Huh? You do not have to be a politically-correct academic liberal to think that is both idiotic and mean. And, by the way, it is bad for America, which could use a little more interracial marriage.