Has the thrill run up the leg of MSNBC TV’s Chris Matthews again? That’s what he famously said in December 2008 to describe his feeling of ecstasy when he heard Barack Obama speak.
Now the liberal commentator is indoctrinating his viewers about the latest election news. “From Ohio to Mississippi, from Arizona to New Jersey to Maine and beyond, most voters went the Democrats’ way,” Matthews bubbled over in reporting his version of the Nov. 8 elections. Matthews avoided reporting the facts that In Virginia, Republicans won 68 state house seats, a super majority and will now effectively control the state senate. In Mississippi, Republican Phil Bryant made history, becoming the first Republican to ever succeed another Republican.
Here’s how Matthews put it: “Leading off tonight, reversal of fortune. One year ago, the Democrats lost 63 House seats and six Senate seats. But last night, the story was very different. From Ohio to Mississippi, from Arizona to New Jersey to Maine and beyond, most voters went the Democrats’ way. The two most significant results in Ohio. Voters rejected governor John Kasich’s anti-union legislation by a huge margin. And in Mississippi, the so-called personhood anti-abortion amendment went down to a crushing defeat.
“In Ohio, by two to one, voters soundly rejected an anti-union law that limited collective bargaining by public employees. The Cleveland Plain Dealer reported, quote, ‘Without question, the results will be viewed as a momentum builder for Democrats nationwide and should encourage President Barack Obama.’” “In Mississippi, a personhood amendment which would’ve defined personhood starting at conception was defeated,” he said with glee. “Had it passed, this amendment would’ve outlawed all abortions and many forms of contraception. In Arizona, the Republican president of the state senate, who was architect of the state’s harsh anti-immigration law lost in a recall election. He’s out. And in Maine, voters rejected a law that ended same-day voter registration. There was one defeat for the President. In Ohio, voters went two to one in rejecting the president’s health care individual mandate. Voters supported a proposal that says no federal, state, or local law could force a person or employer to participate in the health care system, (he seemed to grudgingly tell viewers). So, there you have a pretty good night for the Democrats.”
Matthews’ broadcast was only one of the recent examples of tilted news.
“Conservatives had some significant victories in Tuesday’s scattered elections across the country,” as the Media Center reported. The broadcast network evening newscasts on Wednesday night, however, (with the exception of one topic on NBC) spotlighted setbacks for conservatives. So did the next day’s morning TV shows.
“Ohio voters rejected a Republican-backed measure that limited the collective bargaining rights of public workers,” CBS anchor Scott Pelley said of the measure which won by 61 to 39 percent, but neither he nor ABC’s Diane Sawyer informed viewers a ballot measure which will bar ObamaCare’s mandate won by an even more overwhelming 66 to 34 percent.
As Ken Walsh wrote in the latest U.S. News & World Report, there’s a “depth of anger and angst around the country.
In this environment, it seems wise to step back a bit and recognize that public opinion about the presidency and the two major parties swings like a pendulum, moving between change and continuity…. Americans are in a dark mood….”
All the more reason to hope-against-hope for a mainstream media to tell the truth and the whole truth. How else can democracy work, when the voters are bombarded with liberal bias?
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