The Hypocrisy of Our National Media

Ossining Councilman Peter Tripodi is responding to Patch blogger Robert Herbst and the quandary of selective moral outrage.

It is only right that we, as an informed populous, expose the hypocrisy and intolerance of the mainstream media.  Many newsworthy stories are often discarded while others that may not be as deserving receive the spotlight.  When one coordinates the narratives of these stories and how they are spoon fed to us, the questioning of the motives must begin.

Letters like Mr. Herbst’s is a typical example that clearly identifies my point.  We have become a nation built on “sides” and “teams”.  While competitiveness is a fundamental American characteristic, the vitriol and hyperbole in use by the American press is a relatively new, undesirable characteristic within our current political dialogue.  These undesirable characteristics not only make us less aware of the real issues, but people like Mr. Herbst, continue to repeat the same talking points, which falsely malign those who simply disagree with his political philosophy.  The hypocrisy of his letter is not only alarming, but a great way to illustrate the point in my letter. Mr. Herbst’s article tags Rush Limbaugh as failing and because of the comments he made calling the female law student a “slut”, Herbst states, “his best and most influential days on talk radio are behind him.” 

To begin, it is clear Mr. Herbst is a victim of the mainstream media.  To further prove this hypothesis, let’s discuss the issue of Rush Limbaugh’s comments and Senator McCarthy.  Firstly, what Limbaugh said was wrong, he admitted it, and I think it is safe to say we can all agree on that point.  But the fact remains that Mr. Limbaugh was attacked by every major news organization.  But, you may be thinking to yourself, “He wasn’t really attacked, they just reported the story”.  This is only partly true. The overkill of coverage of the story put it in every household and every media outlet so that those of us who do not even know whom Rush is, had a negative opinion of him. By calling the law school student a “slut” and “prostitute” Mr. Limbaugh participated in name calling and everyone knew about it.  Mr. Herbst seems to be very interested in the prospect of Mr. Limbaugh losing his radio show, which seems to excite him very much.  However, Mr. Herbst and the mainstream media present a clear and undeniable double standard.  They have neglected to mention some of the comments TV show host Bill Maher (among others) have said about conservative women, and now even some liberal commentators are calling their own out.

In a column titled “Rush Limbaugh Isn’t the Only Media Misogynist” liberal commentator Kirsten Powers clearly illustrates my point; something most Americans are starting to see, but obviously Mr. Herbst remains blind to this point.  Ms. Powers cites a number of alarming incidents that I am sure no one reading this article has heard of, but I can guarantee you all heard about Limbaugh’s comments.  Ms. Powers points out that Bill Maher has called Sarah Palin a “dumb tw**” and the “C-word” (he never apologized).  Ms. Powers even notes that feminists regularly appear on Mr. Maher’s show yet they have never called out Mr. Maher on his awful comments.  In addition, the mainstream media has sat silent on these comments compared to what happened to Mr. Limbaugh last week.  More glaring examples of media bias include Keith Olbermann stating conservative S.E. Cupp should have been aborted. This was also barely covered in the mainstream media. 

My purpose here is not to defend Rush Limbaugh, but to illustrate a point.  Most women’s rights groups have condemned Rush but never mentioned Maher.  Maher also gave 1 million dollars to President Obama’s Super PAC.  

Secondly Mr. Herbst compares Limbaugh to Senator McCarthy. Senator McCarthy’s career ended abruptly because of his actions, but Mr. Herbst, in his own way, is trying to re-write history.  While the Senate censured Senator McCarthy, it later came out that he might have been onto something.  Dan Flyynn, director of Accuracy in Academia, stated in 2000 at a national conference, that McCarthy was essentially right in almost all of his accusations.  Recent Soviet files and tape recordings show, as the WND article states,”…almost every case he (McCarthy) charged has now been proven correct.” 

Finally we must examine why the media blew this situation up more than Maher’s comments, or other liberals’ comments that we never hear about (like liberal talk show host Ed Schultz calling conservative Laura Ingram a “dumb slut”).  It is my opinion this entire contraception issue was meant to solidify the President’s base before an election year and divert attention from the unemployment rate, which has been steadily over 8% for nearly all of our President’s three years in office.  Perhaps it was meant to divert us from real issues, like gas hitting nearly 5 dollars a gallon.  And after reading letters like Mr. Herbst’s, I guess it worked. Poll numbers show President Obama benefited from this controversy. 

Political discourse is never fair, but the more people open their eyes to media bias that is meant to alter and brainwash people to think a certain way, our political discourse may become more intelligent and meaningful, and with less name calling.


See Also:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ikW7ljSm3Fs (Congresswomen Sheila Jackson Lee and Jan Schakowsky who both condemned Rush Limbaugh on the House floor were asked about the comments made by Bill Maher and if they would condemn them, they refuse to do so)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=--VfCiBrEb8&feature=related (ShePAC is a political action committee that released an ad that illustrates the hypocrisy of the whole situation.)

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SRT March 14, 2012 at 10:04 PM
This is the same ridiculous argument that Francis was spinning above. Here is the same answer. I believe this is a ridiculous statement. Do you mean that anybody who goes and speaks a a meeting of elected officials is open game the same way as someone who makes their living from being in the public eye? I will tell you that I don't think the courts would see it that way. Sandra Fluke would not be found to be a public figure if she were to bring a defamation suit. Which she may. She was never "fair game", Limbaugh went after her because she was "easy game". No public venue to fight back from, he thought. He truly is just a coward and a bully.
SRT March 14, 2012 at 10:21 PM
What struck me about this comment was that it appears that Rush thinks that all his listeners are as voyeuristic and perverted as he is and want to watch others having sex. Don't forget this this is the drug addict who ruined his hearing because of his addiction to hillbilly heroin, he used his maid and doctor shopped to feed his dependency and had the balls to say of Jerry Garcia when he died, that he "was just another drug addict". Limbaugh truly is a world class hypocrite.
Racman63 March 14, 2012 at 10:48 PM
Not This Again! Firstly, to claim that Senator McCarthy was "on to something" negates everything! SO WHAT if people are or were members of the communist party! SO WHAT! It was the witch hunt conducted under the guise of a senate select committee that was the true crime because the last time I checked freedom of association is still guaranteed under the constitution, then as now. AND SO IS FREEDOM of speech. That Rush is an idiot is self evident, but his right to be an idiot and to continue to broadcast his idiocy remains intact. Lastly, why is it that when the left gets mad, or the democrats show some grit and exercise some political muscle behind an issue the right and the Republicans get their feathers ruffled? Perhaps the pilloried Mr. Maher is correct and that the vast right of center contingent in this country really does live in a bubble and forgets that there are millions of people out there who vote, who think and who believe the complete opposite.
Racman63 March 14, 2012 at 11:16 PM
I am so angry right now! Boiling mad. Does anyone else catch the irony in that P Tripodi attempts to defend a media personality by first dividing it in half and then condemning that half of the media he doesn't agree with? For 35 years I've been listening to the right opine about the "liberal media establishment" and their supposed bias only to have to suffer the indignity of a media that have arguably dumbed down their news to make it comprehensible to the average American. If one chooses to read the NYT, the New Yorker, the Boston Globe, The Wash. Post, The Nation Magazine, the Economist, or listen to Bloomberg, BBC of NPR, perhaps it's because they are news outlets which don't regularly and routinely talk down to their readers/listeners. World Net Daily is entertainment and opinion; it's not news to be trusted. Ditto for Rush, Olberman et al. I don't want this to digress into yet another argument about media matters, but I highly suggest P. Tripodi put aside his own bias and read Noam Chomsky's Manufactured Consent to ascertain what the real problems are in media.
jeff meyer March 15, 2012 at 12:05 AM
Mr. Racaniello, why get angry? This is a silly and simplistic article that has been regurgitated a zillion times. Of course any one who disagrees with this opinion is deemed a "rapid ideologue". If Mr. Tripodi wishes to come to Mr. Limbaugh's defense then let him. Perhaps he is comfortable with such vile language towards woman and it is not offensive to him. JM Tuckahoe, NY
Racman63 March 15, 2012 at 12:37 AM
U R correct. Designed to push buttons as it did mine. Thanks!
Aidan March 15, 2012 at 01:51 AM
Perfectly said, Mr. Tripodi. Perfectly said.
Chris Clement March 15, 2012 at 09:22 AM
On most matters I'm middle-of-the-road. But when it comes to govt give-aways, am conservative. Am tired of paying the way of those who are lazy or cheating. We pay for Section 8 housing, food stamps, WIC, unemployment, medical and schooling of undocumented persons, etc. And though I DO believe govt should help its people, what happened to "Give a man a fish and he eats for one day; teach a man to fish and he eats for a lifetime"? (or something like that). I may be wrong, but these programs seem to be pushed by people of liberal persuasion, and I don't want to pay the way of others.
jo March 15, 2012 at 11:45 AM
you are so right and echo the feelings of millions of us..tired of working so others who can work.. won't..who are ok with Us working for them..and paying and paying.. Ms. Fluke can afford her own bc just they way she affords her down time activities.. PP is there for those who show they cannot afford BC.. the thought that we have to continue to pay for the leeches of the word is BS..
SRT March 15, 2012 at 11:53 AM
Chris and Jo, So in your world view, how should those who need assistance be determined? I hope for the sake of those who are needy it won't be self-centered, mean spirited people like yourselves.
jo March 15, 2012 at 12:16 PM
You speak as if there were no programs to help at all... medicaid only loses tens of millions in NY alone...lets start with getting focused on that... there is duplication of programs.. and programs that are outdated.. all of this wastes money... how about some compassion for the harding working guy and gal weighted down by the ineptness of politicians and their inept programs..where are the checks and balances.. instead of attacking those who are carrying the load..expect some responsibility from those who create these programs and then move on to something else... meanwhile the fraud and waste mounts up...welfare programs are usually the biggest slice of all budgets.. facts cannot be denied..
jo March 15, 2012 at 12:19 PM
SRT.. if you truly feel there are not enough programs or services.. and that the State and Fed governments are being shorted... I suggest you mail a check... you are free to do so.. there is no restriction on what you can give... most of us feel we give enough.. I do have my own private charities I would like to give more to... and I do.. but the Fed and State Gov is not my charity..maybe yours... the more you give them the more they waste it...
Bob Ogden March 15, 2012 at 12:35 PM
SRT, I think you hit the nail on the head. I don't want to profile these folks or others on this blog but it seems that the older people get, the more cynical they become. I often read posts of people telling me what's right or wrong and quoting some dogma that is not part of my belief system, yet all religions speak of helping the less fortunate. Why do we often seem to forget those teachings? They also don't realize that if you don't agree with them, you are not evil and being a dem or a liberal doesn't violate anyone's teachings. In fact Jesus was quite a liberal in word and practice. As to Ms. Fluke, she never actually asked for free birth control. What she stated was that she thought it should be covered by her health insurance. I agree with her. I have health insurance and between my contributions and my employers contribution that policy cost 13K a year. I think for that price, a $90.00 a month prescription should be covered and yes even under medicaid or any other program it should be covered. Quite frankly, even if your a self centered cynic the cost of oral contraceptives at about 1000.00 a year is a lot cheaper than paying for the birth of a baby, which is covered. I know lots of conservatives bring up "Freedom of Religion" and I do respect that. However if you chose to own a college, hospital or school system, you are running a business, not a church.
SRT March 15, 2012 at 12:36 PM
Jo, First off, I never said that "there are not enough programs and services" Your suggestion that I should mail extra money is just stupid. You are right that the government is not a charity, I agree. The taxes we pay are the price we pay for living in a great country. You still have not answered my question, "So in your world view, how should those who need assistance be determined?
jo March 15, 2012 at 01:33 PM
SRT you miss the point.. ITS NOT ABOUT NOT HELPING.. its about doing it in a more effective way.. just throwing money at a program does not mean it has worthy results..the lefts need to demonize those who want accountability and little more scrutiny is pathetic, cause we all suffer when too much is taken from us..we cannot move the economy along without disposable income.. if there is little left for us after taxes... the consequences becomes dire for all.. Your thought I just "spending" is the answer is NOT the answer as the millions wasted counted to mount
jo March 15, 2012 at 01:36 PM
Oh one more thing... nice to know you think it "stupid" to send extra money to feed the programs you defend... sort of not putting your money where your mouth is... I am not surprised..to most libs.. its not do as I do..but do as I say..the exposure is delightful
SRT March 15, 2012 at 02:05 PM
Jo, When you refer to people who need assistance as "leeches" it make its hard for me to believe that your calling for the cutting assistance is all about "accountablility". Sorry I haven't defended any programs as you say, what is stupid is your reasoning. You still have not answered my question, "So in your world view, how should those who need assistance be determined?
jo March 15, 2012 at 02:19 PM
Gov Cuomo gets it.. listen to the news.. he sees where the lines need to be drawn.. I am watching this Lib very carefully... maybe there is hope for the Dems afer all..
dleighg March 15, 2012 at 02:20 PM
Well said Bob. What drives me nuts is that prescription contraceptives are somehow being demonized. Why on earth are they any different than any other medication that people take. My high blood pressure meds are covered, why shouldn't my daughter's birth control pills be (which she actually takes for a medical condition called PCOS, but it shouldn't matter what she's taking them for; they are prescribed by a doctor and cost significant money, just like lipitor or anything else).
jo March 15, 2012 at 02:30 PM
and you continue to fail to answer my question.. Why do you not send in an extra contribution... if you feel YOU do not pay enough
dleighg March 15, 2012 at 02:40 PM
jo, if you want SRT to just send in an extra contribution, how about we remove funding for wars from my taxes and YOU can send in, you know, some extra funding if you think it's so important. Fact is, we don't get to pick and choose what our gov't spends money on.
jo March 15, 2012 at 02:45 PM
uh Dleighg... this is not about not paying taxes.. its about becoming a nanny state.. we all know taxes are needed..but what is also needed is accountability and restraint..you have a problem with that..?? sorry..but being fiscally prudent is always warranted..
jo March 15, 2012 at 02:47 PM
thanks Chris for the backup.. too easy for the libs to spin words..but disputing facts gets a bit tricker for them...
Bob Ogden March 15, 2012 at 08:10 PM
Jo, I agree it is about fiscal responsibility. Why don't we start with eliminating the 40 billion dollars we give to the oil companies. Big saving and the oil companies will still make record profits every year. Now that seems like a win/win.
Francis T McVetty March 15, 2012 at 08:27 PM
Bob, how about the drug companies with their OBSCENE profit margins? How about Apple also? How about all those GREEN companies? How about the producers of Ethanol ? This country runs on oil and will for the next twenty to thirty years. Want to trim the fat, look to Washington and get rid of all those useless government jobs they have created.
Bob Ogden March 15, 2012 at 09:09 PM
Francis, I'm glad to see that you realize big business is not our friend. That at least is a beginning. It was also rather predictable that you would jump to defend the oil companies although I don't quite understand your loyalty to them. Trimming the fat in DC is a good idea also but it will take a lot of jobs to come up with 40 billion a year. Then again we can trim another 1.2 billion in grants to faith based initiatives. Now we're making some progress.
Francis T McVetty March 16, 2012 at 12:46 PM
How about taxpayers NOT paying for PBS, NPR, Planned Parenthood, ACLU, presidential trips used for campaigning? The faith based grants at least help people in need. I guess you would rather have the government do it. I know, old habits are hard to stop, coming from Sweden and all.
Lisa Graham March 16, 2012 at 09:49 PM
Big business is not our enemy, Bob. They provide jobs, remember? And insurance and paid vacation, and provide goods and services we NEED and contribute to the economy. Capitalism is good. Something the O can't seem to grasp. And it's good that they make profits, then their investors also make money. You know, retired people, 401-K plan members, pensions, etc. Your hate for corporations is all too predictable and silly. I am fine reversing the breaks to oil companies.... right after we do the same for all of the ones chosen by Obama for breaks. And if only we could get all that money back from Solyndra, (and all the other green losers) and all that "Stimufarce" money that we paid for to buy votes for Obama.... Imagine all the good that money could do for real people?
Shar March 18, 2012 at 01:29 AM
jo, You are so right on all points...ask a lib to give money and he/she runs like a chicken. But libs sure don't mind spending OPM
Shar March 18, 2012 at 01:32 AM
My heavens SRT, the taxpayer already gives and gives until there is no more left for his/her own family. Damn! Libs are GREEDY


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