FLASHBACK: Media Bias During 2008 Election (Larry Elder)

*Larry Elder uses a question by CNN’s Dan Lothian to Obama and Salon’s editor and columnist Joan Walsh’s interview with Howard Kurtz regarding the media “swooning” over Obama to make a point about — yep — MEDIA BIAS. (Nov 17, 2011)

*My Vimeo account was terminated; this is a recovered audio from it. (Some will be many years old, as is the case with this audio.)

Dan Lothian question documented by:

Joan Walsh and Howard Kurtz discussing the 2008 media reaction to Obama:

Salons Joan Walsh Conveniently Forgets About BDS: Bush Derangement Syndrome

Via NewsBusters:



I guess Walsh has forgotten the term “Bush Derangement Syndrome” which was originally coined by Charles Krauthammer in December 2003:

Bush Derangement Syndrome: the acute onset of paranoia in otherwise normal people in reaction to the policies, the presidency — nay — the very existence of George W. Bush.

Now, I cannot testify to Howard Dean’s sanity before this campaign, but five terms as governor by a man with no visible tics and no history of involuntary confinement is pretty good evidence of a normal mental status. When he avers, however, that “the most interesting” theory as to why the president is “suppressing” the 9/11 report is that Bush knew about 9/11 in advance, it’s time to check on thorazine supplies.

When Rep. Cynthia McKinney first broached this idea before the 2002 primary election, it was considered so nutty it helped make her former Rep. McKinney. Today the Democratic presidential front-runner professes agnosticism as to whether the president of the United States was tipped off about 9/11 by the Saudis, and it goes unnoticed. The virus is spreading.

The virus indeed spread. Let’s recall that folks on the Left blamed Bush for among other things:

  • A recession that began less than two months after he took office as a result of the explosion of the tech bubble the year before
  • The attacks on 9/11 despite them taking years to plan
  • The Enron scandal
  • “Outing” Valerie Plame
  • Rising oil and gas prices
  • Hurricane Katrina including poorly maintained dikes
  • Tornado response in Kansas
  • The 2008 financial crisis despite the major culprits being the Financial Service Modernization Act of 1999 and the Commodity Futures Modernization Act of 2000 both enacted before he was inaugurated
  • Our current budget deficit despite the last budget he created with a Republican Congress in 2007 having produced a relatively tiny $160 billion shortfall and him being out of office for 26 months.

Of course, this is only a short list. So pervasive was BDS that there’s even a Wikipedia page devoted to it.

Sadly, this malady continues today as Matthews himself in January blamed the Egypt riots on Bush. New York Times columnist Frank Rich blamed last year’s BP oil spill on the former President as well.

I guess this is what Walsh would consider “coherent.”