It will go up here at BizzyBlog on Sunday morning (link won’t work until then) after the blackout expires.
More: The column identifies ten stories preemptively massaged or ignored by the establishment press. As I noted therein, the press’s treatment “prevented the vast, relatively disengaged majority of the population (probably 85%, but perhaps as low as 80% thanks to the Tea Party movement) from getting their arms around the truth without doing a great deal of independent research.”
I didn’t include dozens of other clear examples. Later this morning, I will identify and describe just a few which didn’t make the cut.
UPDATE: Here are some other examples –
- The self-acknowledged and clearly illegal Sestak job offer, intended to convince the Pennsylvania congressman not to run for U.S. Senate against recent party-switcher Arlen Specter, and Bill Clinton’s involvement in it, were barely explored, not doggedly pursued, and quietly dropped by the establishment press. A conservative or Republican administration and its president would be facing prosecutions and impeachment in similar circumstances.
- Media non-coverage of Eric Holder’s “I haven’t read it” in reference to Arizona’s commonsense law dealing with illegal immigrants made the PJM cut. In regards to ObamaCare, the fact that lawmakers clearly hadn’t read that bill came back to haunt them when they later realized that the law would require businesses to track and prepare billions of additional 1099 forms each year. The press cover-up was a sight to behold. The New York Times only noted that “Lawmakers were apparently unaware” of the new requirements without explaining why. Similarly, the Associated Press cited the “paperwork nightmare” without telling readers how it came to be.
- Kelo Calamity — 4-1/2 years after the odious Kelo v. New London ruling, during which the City of New London, Connecticut convinced the Supreme Court that it had “a carefully considered development plan,” the city finally got its first project past the talk stage on the affected land. In an area where perfectly good homes that had largely been owner-occupied once stood, the city, which had the authority to remove those homeowners from their long-held land as result of Kelo, approved a developer who wishes “to build 80 rental townhouses in the Fort Trumbull peninsula.” The press outside of Connecticut has almost totally ignored what has happened in the affected area post-Kelo.
- The Associated Press and the New York Times downplayed the role of U.S. firms and U.S. technology in helping rescue trapped Chilean miners. The Times even characterized the proactive role Chile’s president took in the effort as a (cynicism implied) “political calculation.” The inconvenient truth for the statist-loving media is that capitalism saved the miners. While on the topic, Jeff Hart should have been up for consideration as Time’s Person of the Year.
- The Gangster Government tactics employed in the early stages of ObamaCare got kid-glove press treatment. To the AP, Kathleen Sebelius’s attempts to intimidate insurers who dared to cite ObamaCare as a reason for rate increases, including threats to exclude them from ObamaCare’s health insurance exchanges, represented a mere “war of words.” Michael Barone, who first coined the term “Gangster Government” to describe the Obama administration, was much more accurate: “The threat to use government regulation to destroy or harm someone’s business because they disagree with government officials is thuggery.”
That’s only five. There are dozens more I could have cited. Sadly, I can say with confidence that there will be dozens more in 2011.