Sep 28, 2008

The Liberal Media And The 2008 Election

By Todd Strandberg

It’s been a long time since I wrote a "Nearing Midnight" article about the liberal media. So many troubling issues have constantly been in the news, it’s difficult to maintain a running commentary on any single one.

With the presidential election coming up in less than 35 days, now is the best time to highlight the destructive influence the press has on the political process.

Years ago, I realized the liberal media is one of Satan's most effective tools for corrupting human society. The devil uses them to form and shape public opinion. On Judgment Day, I wouldn’t be surprised to learn that Lucifer and company spent more time in New York and Hollywood than in the centers of political power in Washington D.C.

Here is a list of polling data that shows the liberal nature of the people who cover world events:

90% agrees strongly with a pro-abortion position.
75% believes the West harmed the Third World.
57% thinks America’s use of resources is immoral.
15% regards adultery as morally wrong.
90% of reporters voted for Clinton.
67% opposes prayer in public schools.
83% agrees that homosexuals should be accepted by society.

I firmly believe that the 2008 election is going to be one of the most important elections in our nation’s history. If Obama should win in November, I plan to issue the most dire warning I've ever issued during the history of this ministry.

It is infuriating to think that the liberal media has its thumb on the political scale to manipulate the balance of power. Here are some examples that show the pervasive bias one finds in the news today:

In prior elections, members of the liberal media would commonly say they are registered independents. This time around, the press is more open about its favoritism for a Democratic candidate. In January, NBC reporter Lee Cowan admitted that “it’s almost hard to remain objective” in covering Obama because of the “infectious” energy of his campaign. In March, Cowan confessed that “when NBC News first assigned me to the Barack Obama campaign, I must confess my knees quaked a bit."

Katie Couric recently did a profile of Democratic vice presidential candidate Joe Biden. Newsday dubbed him "gaffe-a-minute Joe" because he has a habit of saying things that are not true. Couric and the rest of the media let the following flub by Biden slide: “When the stock market crashed, Franklin Roosevelt got on the television and didn't just talk about the princes of greed. He said, 'Look, here's what happened.'”

For the record, FDR was not the president in 1929, and the first major television broadcast by a sitting president didn’t occur until the 1950s.

On the flip side, everything Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin says has been put under a microscope. When she became the VP nominee, 30 reporters were assigned to find dirt on her. At the same time, only two newshounds were looking into Obama’s business.

In an interview with Charles Gibson of ABC News, Palin was asked the meaning of the Bush doctrine. When she couldn't produce an answer, Gibson looked down at her like a displeased schoolmaster. The truth is, there is no single meaning of the Bush doctrine. In fact, there have been four distinct meanings, each one succeeding another over the eight years of this administration -- and the one Charlie Gibson cited is not the one in common usage today. ABC never corrected this error.

The same bias can by found with the presidential candidates. In an interview with ABC’s “This Week” host George Stephanopoulos, Obama tried to suggest that FOX News and Republicans are spreading lies about him. Asked about McCain's possible involvement, Obama said, “Let’s not play games. What I was suggesting — you’re absolutely right that John McCain has not talked about my Muslim faith. And you’re absolutely right that that has not come…”

Stephanopoulos immediately interrupted Obama, saying he meant “Christian faith.” I don’t recall a Republican ever getting such assistance from the press. When John Edwards was running as Democratic presidential candidate, the liberal media banned reports from going anywhere near the subject of his extramarital affair. It took the “tabloid” National Enquirer, not a “respectable” major media outlet, to expose the truth that Edwards had been cheating on his cancer-stricken wife. Instead, the press chose to go after McCain with thinly sourced allegations of improper sex--statements that quickly had to be retracted.

Sarah Palin's religious beliefs have attracted the interest of the press. She comes from a rock-solid Pentecostal/evangelical background, which for the godless media is as irresistible as red meat is to a starving dog. If Palin becomes the VP, I’m certain the press will continually dog her about her faith.

Liberals discovered a video of Palin receiving a prayer blessing, and because of their unfamiliarity with intercession to a higher power, they thought it was some bizarre ritual. Here is the transcript of the prayer of Pastor Thomas Moothey of the Wasilla Assemblies of God: “We are asking you as the body of Christ in this valley, make a way for Sarah even in the political arena. Make a way, my God. Bring finances her way even for the campaign in the name of Jesus, and above all give her the personnel, give her men and women that will buck her up in the name of Jesus. In the name of Jesus, every form of witchcraft is what we rebuke in the name of Jesus. Father make a way now, in the name of Jesus.”

Keith Olbermann of the very liberal MSNBC had this reaction, "This is stuff that makes you say, ‘You know, that Jeremiah Wright, he seems mainstream in comparison to people who are going out on anti-witch crusades."

What?! The Jeremiah Wright who believes that the government injected AIDS into the African-American community? The Jeremiah Wright who believes the U.S. knew about the attack of Pearl Harbor before it happened? Or that America deserved 9/11?

I would offer that Mr. Olbermann and his fellow liberals are the witches from whom Palin needs protection. Witches were condemned by the Bible because they had power over people through demonic forces. Because people fail to see them as a threat, their power grows all the stronger.

"Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places" (Ephesians 6:11-12).