Carol Platt Liebau: The Voice of the MSM

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

The Voice of the MSM

With this column, Richard Cohen might as well be speaking with the institutional voice of the entire MSM.

He liked John McCain much better before, apparently, before he became so, well, conservative. Any McCainiac who has reveled unduly in the golden limelight of the press' praise is in for a rude shock.

See, here's the rule: In a matchup between McCain and the Republicans, the MSM likes McCain. But that precept is no longer operative when McCain starts taking on Democrats. In other words, the MSM only likes McCain if and when he's willing not to act like a Republican (voting against tax cuts, calling sleep deprivation and the like "torture," forming the Gang of 14, etc., etc.). When he's bucking the hated conservatives, that's great -- he's a maverick, a man of purpose. When he's bucking the liberals (or heaven forbid, the press!), he's a sell-out, too old, and full of crazy ideas about Iraq.

I'm no particular fan of John McCain -- but at least my position is consistent.


Blogger Minor Ripper said...

Great post, thanks. Don't know if you've seen these three short videos from Iraq yet or not, but both show the US Military engaging in some very dubious actions. I have them up on my site at

2:05 PM  
Blogger stackja1945 said...

The MSM position is consistent. They like liberals.
They do not like GOP.

5:42 PM  
Blogger Marshall Art said...

Hey ripper. Perhaps clips that are a bit longer, more fleshed out, more in context would serve better, rather than continually trying to get folks to speak on such limited examples.

10:59 PM  

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