Since the third GOP presidential debate, some Republicans have been in a perpetual hissy fit about the media. This is nothing new from conservatives; whining about the so-called “liberal media” is as big a part of the GOP as their version of Christianity, guns, or supporting tax cuts for the rich. Random Republicans whining endlessly about “gotcha” questions or bias in the news has pretty much been a weekly fixture in this country for years now.
The problem is, there’s not really a liberal media bias. Yes, MSNBC is clearly liberal. No rational person will deny that. But other than that, I don’t see any strong liberal bias at CBS, CNN, ABC or Fox News.
What Republicans mean when they complain about “liberal bias” or “gotcha” questions is that they’re very upset that their lies are being called out publicly. That’s why these GOP presidential candidates threw such a fit during the third debate. It wasn’t because the questions were bad (only a couple were), it was because they weren’t being allowed to stand there on live television and blatantly lie.
Someone like Ben Carson, much like fellow fool Sarah Palin, has become a huge critic of the media and “gotcha questions.” Ben Carson seems to think that any question or comment that exposes his idiocy, or mentions something crazy he’s said in the past, is a “gotcha” moment. In fact, to listen to Carson talk, every time the media confronts him about one of his ridiculous quotes they’re always taking it out of context – even when they quote him verbatim.
Ted Cruz has probably been the biggest cry baby about the media. Cruz is nothing more than an opportunist, constantly pandering to the ignorance of the far-right voter. I’m not joking, he actually said that he believes GOP debates should be hosted by Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity and other members of the conservative media.
It’s clear he doesn’t want a debate, he wants a 2-3 hour GOP propaganda event.
But this is how conspiracy theorists work. If you’re trying to sell some sort of propaganda, the most effective way to get people to never doubt you is by insisting that anyone who exposes your nonsense is all a part of the conspiracy (aka the liberal media). I can’t count how many times a conservative has said something to me that was completely untrue, only to tell me the evidence I used to debunk their lies is worthless because it came from ABC, Snopes, Politifact, or some other source that isn’t “right-wing approved.”
The kicker to all of this is the news source they watch most, Fox News, is easily the most biased “news” channel on television.
Let’s look at a breakdown of some of their most popular shows:
- Fox & Friends (Hosts: Steve Doocy, Elisabeth Hasselbeck, Brian Kilmeade – all conservatives)
- The Five (Almost always four conservatives and one liberal)
- Outnumbered (Typically comprised of conservative female hosts such as Andrea Tantaros and Stacey Dash)
- The O’Reilly Factor (Claims he’s not a conservative – but he’s definitely a conservative)
- Hannity (…Hannity. Enough said.)
- The Kelly File (Might not be as far-right as O’Reilly or Hannity, but she clearly leans right)
While not every aspect of the network is conservative (Chris Wallace and Shepard Smith have called out conservatives plenty of times), no rational person can say with a straight face that Fox News isn’t clearly a conservative news source.
Yet, I never see Republicans complain about that bias. In fact, I’ve often seen them boast about the “fairness” they receive from America’s most watched conservative entertainment network. It makes sense that Fox News is the one network where they feel safest – because it’s essentially nothing but the news division of the RNC.
But let me prove my point using something non-political.
Let’s use Scientology as an example, shall we? Who do you think Tom Cruise, easily the most well-known scientologist, would say was more fair and honest:
- A news source that grills him on the many controversies of Scientology. – or –
- A pro-Scientology news source that allows him to say practically anything he wants about the religion, unchallenged.
I’ll leave that for all of you to decide.
This is why conservatives are often so misinformed. They’re indoctrinated by their politicians that any and all non-conservative media sources are biased. Meanwhile, those conservative sources rarely ever tell them the truth.
And here’s another “fun fact”: The reason why there seems to be less “gotcha” moments with Democrats is because most Democrats aren’t crazy.
Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders aren’t calling most Mexican immigrants criminals and rapists; saying they’re going to call down fire from God over same-sex marriage; stating their belief that the Egyptian pyramids were biblical grain storages; telling stories of trying to stab a family member or hit their mother with a hammer when they were younger; or lying about the debt ceiling by telling voters that it’s a “blank check” for President Obama to spend whatever he wants.
The reason why Republicans are hit with more “gotcha moments” is because they lie and spew crazy shit a hell of a lot more than Democrats. I’m sure Republicans won’t believe that, but it’s true. I can prove it, but it’s pointless because my proof doesn’t come from a right-wing source so they wouldn’t believe it anyway.
This incessant whining about the media has done something most didn’t think was possible in any situation other than hurricane relief; it put President Obama and Chris Christie on the same side of an issue. As both men said, if these Republicans like Trump, Carson and Cruz can’t handle a few tough questions from reporters without throwing a public temper tantrum, then they sure as heck aren’t going to be able to handle the Russians, Iranians or the Chinese.