Bernard Goldberg's "bias" against the facts

Hey folks, I wanted to share my latest column with everyone here at MyDD -- a review of Bernard Goldberg's latest book, "A Slobbering Love Affair: The True (And Pathetic) Story of the Torrid Romance Between Barack Obama and the Mainstream Media". If you like what you see, feel free to recommend this diary and share it with your friends.


That certainly didn't take long. Just shy of a week after Barack Obama took the oath of office, becoming America's 44th president, the nation's foremost right-wing publishing house has released a new tome by Bernard Goldberg that seeks to trash the supposedly liberal "mainstream media" for being in the tank for Obama.

The three-ringed circus of liberal media bias cryptozoology is nothing new for Goldberg. He's been part of this factually challenged freak show for years. This isn't even his first book on the subject -- he wrote 2001's creatively titled, Bias.

Goldberg's latest screed, A Slobbering Love Affair: The True (And Pathetic) Story of the Torrid Romance Between Barack Obama and the Mainstream Media (Regnery Publishing, January 2009), though with a significantly longer title, preaches the same decades-old gospel of bias, refusing at all costs to let facts get in the way -- truth be damned.

Case in point.

In the first chapter of Slobbering, Goldberg writes that the media were "championing" Obama and cites as proof a June 2008 broadcast of CBS' The Early Show, which ran a segment called "Five Things You Should Know About Barack Obama," featuring biographical fluff on the then-Illinois senator. Goldberg goes on to contend that CBS' Jeff Glor sounded "more like Obama's campaign manager than a network news correspondent" during the segment. However, like so many other glossy television profile pieces during the long presidential campaign, CBS' report was only one-half of a set. Just days later, CBS would air a segment titled "Five Things You Should Know" about Sen. John McCain, featuring such trivia as McCain's high school nickname, television and movie cameos, and enjoyment of bird-watching and comedian Sacha Baron Cohen's fictional character Borat. Not surprisingly, Goldberg's book makes no mention of the McCain segment.


Karl Frisch is a senior fellow at Media Matters for America, a progressive media watchdog, research, and information center based in Washington, DC. Frisch also contributes to County Fair, a media blog featuring links to progressive media criticism from around the web as well as original commentary.  You can follow him on Twitter and Facebook or sign-up to receive his columns by email.

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Bernard Goldberg's facts

Just personally, I think he's in it for the money.  His books are so consistently riddled with errors that torpedo his point with the larger audience that there's no other explanation.

by Jess81 2009-01-28 11:06AM | 0 recs
A serious point

At a minimum, I expect an author to be a wordsmith. He may suck as an economist, or a military strategist, or a legal analyst - but he should know how to write.

"Pathetic" ranks up there with "Fuck You" and "Your Mom" as the last bastion of the vocabulary-challenged. Using the word parenthetically in the title takes it one step further, to an admission that one has absolutely no game. It's a clear indication of a mind that will take the path of least resistance, and a bald warning that what follows is a stew of old, rehashed tropes.

Angry 14 year olds use "pathetic" in Pokemon chatrooms, why not hit a thesaurus? It could be deplorable coverage, or distressing coverage, or inadequate, impotent (lil virility dig there), sorry, even hilarious. I mean really, the title?

Ann Coulter is to crazy as static electricity is to dustbunnies, but she at least knows how to name a book.

sorry...bit of a pet peeve there

by Neef 2009-01-28 11:51AM | 0 recs

Thanks for the review Karl  

I heard this moron on Hannity's radio show  

what a tool

by wellinformed 2009-01-28 12:22PM | 0 recs
Remember the name

Personal anecdote. Years ago - decades ago, as a matter of fact - I was watching the evening news, and I saw a segment that struck me as so blatently biased - such a textbook example of biased, lazy reporting - that I actually made a mental note to myself to remember the name of the reporter who was doing the segment. It was just that bad.

Remember the name "Bernard Goldberg," I thought to myself.

Honest. True story.

See, back in the day, he was peddling rightwing proganda while pretending (and getting paid) to be a reporter, tarnishing a newscast with a respectable history of decent broadcast journalism. Nowadays there's Fox News - a whole network of Bernard Goldbergs! - not to mention talk radio. So he's old hat.  All that's left for him is cranking out these silly little books.    

by Rob in Vermont 2009-01-28 07:39PM | 0 recs


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