April 30, 2013

If Western civilization crumbles in the next few weeks, surely it’ll be blamed on the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner.

Last night, Fox News host Bill O’Reilly told his viewers of one important takeaway from this year’s dinner.

What I picked up here at the Correspondents’ Dinner were two things. Lack of GOP presence, very few Republicans there and the press is not skeptical anymore of President Obama. They’ve always liked him, you have written a book about him, “Slobbering Love Affair”, the — and it’s basically along liberal lines. President Obama is a liberal. Most in the press are liberals. They like him. But there is no skepticism anymore.

O’Reilly and pal Bernard Goldberg expended little effort citing examples. Benghazi, for starters. Goldberg argued that the “mainstream media pretty much helped it go away.”

O’Reilly jumped in with the criminal proceedings against Dzhokhar Tsarnaev:

O’REILLY: The story that we’re working on for tomorrow about the terrorists in Boston who is — who the interview with the FBI is interrupted because here comes the U.S. attorney to mirandize and the FBI doesn’t know anything about it.

Nobody covers it. Nobody is covering it.

GOLDBERG: Yes.

O’REILLY: All right?

GOLDBERG: Yes.

O’REILLY: Because it then ties into Eric Holder. It ties into Barack Obama.

GOLDBERG: Correct, right.

O’REILLY: It ties into the world view of terrorism. And they ignore it. This is a big story.

A Nexis search for “Tsarnaev” and “Miranda” yielded more than 1,500 results. That showing makes it tough to say the media has ignored the matter. Perhaps what O’Reilly is trying to say is that the rest of the media hasn’t made a crusade out of the issue. And that appears to bother him.

Erik Wemple writes the Erik Wemple blog, where he reports and opines on media organizations of all sorts.