Those of us who still use AOL for e-mail have a regular window into liberal media bias. Whenever I send e-mails, the internet services company provides links to several “news” articles (a good number little more than liberal blog posts); yesterday was no exception.
They linked an article which was basically just an administration press release filtered through a left-wing blogress. The Huffington Post headlined the piece, “Newt Gingrich’s Trayvon Martin Comments Were ‘Reprehensible,’ David Plouffe Says“. Note how they lead off with the notion of the comments being reprehensible, with the name of the person as if an afterthought.
Mr. Plouffe is, as the article informs us, “President Barack Obama’s Senior Adviser”. Since when do such an advisor’s comments about a man vying for his boss’s job merit so much attention? It’s just not newsworthy. Maybe it might be if the reporter covered Mr. Gingrich’s reaction, but nowhere does Miss Terkel allow the former Speaker to respond to Mr. Plouffe’s criticism, nor even indicate that she sought his reaction. (In a most helpful update, she does inform us that Plouffe also “criticized former Sen. Rick Santorum’s reaction to Obama’s comments on the Martin shooting.”)
Now, there is nothing wrong with a left-wing blogress repeating White House talking points. She may well share the administration’s outlook — and has every right to express her opinion. But her opinion is not news.
That AOL features this piece as “news” shows that their decision to purchase the Huffington Post has prevented the internet company from becoming an unbiased source of news.