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Ed Driscoll

The Narrative That Didn’t Bark

March 29th, 2014 - 3:56 pm

“I have no problem with journalistic skepticism or the search for ulterior motives. I just object to the idea that only Republicans might have them,” Jonah Goldberg writes in his latest column, contrasting the WaPo’s hit piece on the libertarian Koch brothers with the MSM’s blackout on San Francisco Democrat* Leland Yee who talks gun control…while allegedly running guns and shoulder-fired missiles. An ongoing blackout occurring despite the fact, that as Jonah deadpans, “in short,” Yee’s story “makes for what journalists call ‘good copy:’”

I have no problem with journalistic skepticism or the search for ulterior motives. I just object to the idea that only Republicans might have them.

Al Gore reportedly left government with a net worth of less than $2 million; he’s now worth more than $200 million, in part by profiting from climate policies he lobbies for. Gore surely believes in those policies, but why does he get the benefit of the doubt? GE spent millions on politics in exchange for “green energy” policies that generate billions in profits that wouldn’t exist in a free market. Matthew Continetti of the Washington Free Beacon recently chronicled how George Soros and new liberal golden-boy fat cat Tom Steyer have financial interests at stake in their own preferred public policies. And yet they get glowing treatment from the press as idealists sacrificing profit for principles.

The irony is that it’d be in the media’s business interest to report on the seedy underbelly of liberal politics, too. But they don’t, because they actually do put their liberal principles before profits.

Just ask Time-Warner-CNN-HBO.

Update: From James Taranto: “Yee Gods!” “As Fox News sums it up: ‘Call it ‘American Hustle’ gone West.”

* As Jean Kirkpatrick would say.

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CNN's excuse has been they don't cover actions involving mere state Senators, which already has led others to 'contrast and compare' the non-coverage on Leland Yee -- who until a few days ago was running for statewide office in the nation's most populous state -- with the coverage in the final days of June 2013 of the filibuster being staged in the Texas Legislature by state Sen. Wendy Davis -- who at the time was both unknown and not running for any higher office.

As always, what fits the narrative at CNN and elsewhere is what gets covered (and Davis' filibuster over late-term abortions never had a chance of being meaningful by itself, if CNN wanted to use that excuse, because all Rick Perry had to do was call another special session to get the bill -- upheld on Friday by a three-woman federal appeals court panel -- passed).
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