Well, who would have thought it possible? Hats off to New York Times reporters John Koblin and Nick Corasaniti for noticing, and to the Daily Caller’s Peter Hasson for pointing out, that the Times called out cable news outlets CNN and MSNBC for ignoring the story of a fourteen-year-old girl who says she was viciously raped in a Rockville, Maryland high school earlier this month.
Of course, you could have read as much right here on Liberty Nation this week. But when the failing Gray Lady does it, people stand up take notice because it looks an awful lot like the pot calling the kettle black.
In a sprawling Saturday feature entitled “One Nation, Under Fox: 18 hours with a Network that Shapes America,” Messrs. Koblin and Corasaniti couldn’t help but notice the Fox story line-up was vastly different from their cable news counterparts on the left:
There was extensive coverage of the health care vote, for example, but there was also considerable time given to topics, like a rape case in Maryland, that viewers would not have heard about if they had turned to CNN or MSNBC.
Well, no kidding. Thanks for stating the obvious gentlemen. Still, it takes some doing for the left to rat itself out. Could it be that they were silent in reporting the story because the two alleged rapists were detained then let go by immigration authorities? Reporting the story damages the leftist narrative that all illegals are simply good, hard-working, decent people.
And let’s just say right here and now that it’s true: Many illegals are hard-working decent folks, but some are not. Therein lies the rub: It must be all or nothing at all with the left. They don’t seem able to discern that both statements can be valid. Some illegals are fine people. Some illegals are cold-blooded criminals.
So instead of distinguishing there is a difference, or being willing and able to comprehend nuance and gradation, it’s much easier to paint with a broad – and dishonest – brush. Here at Liberty Nation, we did note that 11:04 PM on March 22nd CNN finally relented and gave the story a mention. But that was after both Bill O’Reilly and Tucker Carlson pounded away at them in primetime like a piece of meat being hammered by a mallet.
Perhaps the disclosure of CNN and MSNBC’s obvious bias in choosing what to report and what to leave out will shame the networks into a higher level of accountability.
Somehow, I doubt that will happen. But for the moment at least, both networks might want to get out a dishrag and wipe the egg off their collective faces.