Pass the Tissues: The Slobbering Love Affair Between Obama and the Press
Goldberg takes specific delight in mocking Hardball host Chris Matthews. Commentators are allowed to be biased, he says. But when they describe the thrill going up their legs at the mere sight of one candidate, clearly a line has been crossed.
The chapter on white liberal guilt reminds conservatives of another cultural truism. When liberal black officials rise to the top it's deemed historic by Brokaw, Couric, and co. That isn't the case when the black politician in question, be it Michael Steele or Lynn Swann, hail from the right side of the aisle.
Slobbering takes a break mid-book for a Q&A with radio titan Rush Limbaugh, but then it's back to the business at hand -- documenting time and time again where the media cast its own collective vote for Obama.
Goldberg spends too much time with the Olbermanns and Matthews of the media scene. Liberal talking heads aren't expected to be fair and balanced. And the hapless denizens of The View aren't worthy of comment at this point. But the author has more than enough ammo here to sink any charges the media was on its best behavior during this crucial election.
Slobbering also reminds us how the media investigated poor Joe the Plumber with alacrity during his 15 minutes of fame, but couldn't spare the same brass knuckle reportage when it came to Sen. Obama.
Perhaps the most damning evidence Goldberg compiles here involves the Reverend Jeremiah Wright, the hateful pastor who played an important role in Obama's development.
The media's unwillingness to investigate and report on Wright's behavior, and then its subsequent apologies or selective quoting on the pastor's behalf, ensured Obama wouldn't be seriously hurt by any revelations.
The book also assaults those who finally spoke truth to power -- after the election. The Washington Post's ombudsman Deborah Howell, for one, admitted to the media bias in her own paper -- but only after the media's cherished candidate had emerged victorious.
Frankly, any journalist who won't cop to the media's role in Obama's election is clearly beyond reach. It's hard for even the most stubborn journalist not to hang his or her head in shame after reading Goldberg's latest.
Then again, if reporters had any shame then Goldberg wouldn't have had to write another book about media bias.