Janeane Garofalo goes into Al Gore territory; seeing no US legacy media outlet as sufficiently leftwing to match her worldview, Noel Sheppard writes:
I’ve often wondered what the color of the sky is in Janeane Garofalo’s world, and after hearing her interview on BBC Radio Saturday, I’m convinced this woman lives on another planet.
After all, in her view: “[T]he media in the States is much more to the right. I mean there is almost no liberal outlet for news commentary or editorializing.”
This coming from a woman who used to host a program on the far-left-leaning Air America Radio, and is a frequent guest on Keith Olbermann’s “Countdown” as well as Bill Maher’s “Real Time.”
And after all the legacy media did to help The One become The Won. Of course, as Jonah Goldberg wrote way back in December 2001:
The priesthood of editors, media critics, and current and future Columbia Journalism School professors often defend themselves by pointing to left-wing critics who denounce the “conservative, corporate control of the media,” or some similar prattle. They say, “See. there are smart lefties who say we’re too conservative.”
This, needless to say, is an unpersuasive argument for a host of reasons. But let’s just stick to the logic for a moment. If I say you are ugly, you do not refute my assertion by pointing to someone uglier. Alec Baldwin isn’t any less stoopid simply by virtue of the fact that he can point to someone who eats lead paint-chips like they were Doritos and say, “But Cletus thinks I’m really smart.”
Look, it’s hardly surprising that Noam Chomsky, Cornel West, Susan Sontag, Stanley Fish, and the rest of that crowd think the liberal media is too conservative. After all, they think avowed liberals are too conservative. If you consider Arthur Schlesinger Jr., Doris Kearns Goodwin, Daniel Patrick Moynihan, The New Republic, or any other liberal icons to be too conservative (or racist, misogynist, whatever), why wouldn’t you think the journalists who worship these people to be too conservative too?
One year later, Gore cooked up his goofy “Rightwing Media Bias” meme, which Garofalo echoes consciously or otherwise, to help explain why (in the year following 9/11) Republicans held both houses of Congress. That was the same year that this incident occurred:
Bruce Wayne was never presented with a career omen that foretold as much personal sorrow as that.