Quarter-page ad on the op-ed page of today’s NYT. Here’s the press release.
The question now is can/will CNN management continue to stonewall, or will SPLC and a few bloggers be able to smoke them out? My money’s on CNN standing pat.
In a related matter, Tom Maguire makes fun of the NYT for doing a piece on Romney and not mentioning his imaginary 7-year French marriage contracts. But though that nonsense got some on-line attention, it never made any of the major print, radio, or TV outlets, so in practical terms it didn’t happen.
What the two cases have in common is that conservative-to-right-wing candidates and media personalities can get away with errors that could have sunk a liberal candidate or media personality because the right wing has greater sounding-board capacity. Contrast Dobbs with Rather, or Romney with Edwards’s haircut.
That’s why so many of us find the idea of “liberal media bias” risible. Whatever the personal beliefs of reporters, the institutional behavior of the mass media tilts the playing field heavily against liberal candidates.