Another installment of Mediology, where politics and the media clash.
FROM THE LEFT
Media Matters for America (MMfA) attacks Megyn Kelly and her program, “America Live,” for a bogus equivalence. In recent days, President Obama’s advocates have alleged that Mitt Romney lied in the debate about several consequential issues. To put this in context, Kelly ran the tape of the time that Rep. Joe Wilson shouted “you lie” at the president during a 2009 congressional address.
For one, writes MMfA, Wilson was wrong in his accusation: What the president was saying at that moment — that illegal immigrants wouldn't benefit from health care reforms — was true. And many of the Romney contentions that Obama partisans have attacked in recent days are, in fact, shaky. (Though it’s not as if the president was Mr. Truth in the debate).
And MMfA says that Kelly acted as if:
. . . comments from the Obama campaign on Meet The Press, Face The Nation, and in other news outlets were the equivalent of a joint session of Congress. In fact, there are rules which govern the behavior of members of Congress during such sessions, and Rep. Wilson was formally admonished by a House resolution which described the outburst as “a breach of decorum [that] degraded the proceedings of the joint session, to the discredit of the House” and resolved “that the House of Representatives disapproves of the behavior of the Representative from South Carolina, Mr. Wilson.”
Democratic National Committee boss Debbie Wasserman Schultz in January, you may recall, alleged that Fox was the “apples and oranges network.”
FROM THE RIGHT
NewsBusters takes aim at a favorite target. NBC News’ “Today” show gets the treatment from Matthew Balan for giving scant coverage to all the recent developments on how the Obama administration dealt with the attacks on the U.S. compound in Benghazi, Libya.
As Today devoted air time to how Mitt Romney’s debate performance was supposedly “completely overshadowed” by “hunting” Big Bird, ABC’s Good Morning America and CBS This Morning devoted full reports on Monday to a former security official’s charge that the State Department ignored repeated requests for extra security at the diplomatic facility in Libya.
As argued before in this space, media-hounding on the question of Benghazi can’t go too far. Reporters have failed to hammer the White House sufficiently on the matter, and the drip-drip-drip of concerning details about U.S. lack of preparedness demands more accountability.