Originally posted by Thomas Crowne
LOL! Al didn't bash anything as he is not bound at all to the truth. There is no theory that the mainstream media is liberal, it is a fact. Anyone
who has been watching the news for a long time knows this, whether or not they are in line with the liberal beliefs.
Whatever you believe of the liberal media, you have to know that Al did in fact destroy Bernard Goldberg's credibility as a researcher. Goldberg had
used a quote entirely out of context for the use of his own agenda. Look, I'm not saying I'm a gung ho liberal, and I'm not a gung ho conservative.
I think i'm as centrist as I could be. But it pisses me off when people lie when they report, whether it be Bernard Goldberg or Michael Moore. I
despise both of them. But just to prove my point here is a transcript of the Donahue show where Franken shot Goldberg down for lying:
The boys began by exchanging a bit of banter. About fifteen minutes into the show, Al Franken opined that "the difference between the mainstream
media and the 15 percent of the media that is Fox, that is The Washington Times, that is The New York Post, that's Hannity, that's Rush. They cheat.
The mainstream media at least tries to be fair." (The following comes directly from the transcript of the program provided by MSNBC.)
Donahue: "Tell me about cheating. You have to make your case here. What do you mean cheat?"
Franken: "You have chapter 12… 'Liberal Hate Speech.' You cite 12 examples of liberal hate speech. One of them is a quote from John Chancellor on
August 21, 1991, about the Soviet Union. Do you know what happened that day in the Soviet Union, Bernie?"
Clearly, Goldberg had no idea what transpired that day in the Soviet Union.
Goldberg: "Why don't you tell me?"
Franken: "No, why don't you tell me? I want to know if you even..."
Goldberg: "Read the quote, so the people will know what we're talking about."
Franken: "'It's short of soap, so there are lice in hospitals. It's short of pantyhose, so women's legs go bare. It's short snowsuits, so babies
stay home in winter. Sometimes it's short of cigarettes, so millions of people stop smoking involuntarily. It drives everybody crazy. The problem
isn't communism. No one even talked about communism this week. The problem is shortages.' This was John Chancellor.
"Now what happened in the Soviet Union that day?"
Goldberg: "Well, I don't know what happened that day. But you're…"
Franken: "Do you want to know what happened? It was a huge day in the Soviet Union."
Donahue: "Well, go ahead. Let's go. It's an hour-show. What happened, Al?"
Franken: "That was the collapse of the coup, the hard-liner coup at the Parliament."
Franken: "And that was a huge-well, and? Do you know that perestroika had been in effect for six years at that point? The point here is, Bernie, you
regurgitated a quote that you got from some right-wing media watch group. And you did not care to look at the context of it. Listen to how Tom Brokaw
opened that evening news. If you're talking about that there's a left-wing bias, this is how Tom Brokaw opened the news that day from this thing
that you're quoting. 'Good evening. Wednesday, August 21, 1991. This is a day for bold print in history to be remembered and savored as the day when
the power of the people in the Soviet Union proved to be greater than the power of the gray and cold-blooded men who thought they could return that
country to the darkness of state oppression.' Boy, it sounds like a real pro-communist bias on NBC, doesn't it?
"But you know what, Bernie? You didn't even bother to find out what the context of John Chancellor-who, by the way, is dead, and couldn't defend
himself. You had no interest in finding out the context of what he was saying. And what he was saying was that, after six years of perestroika, in
which communism was gone, that the people were-that the reason for these shortages was the transition away from communism.
"Then you had the nerve to say about John Chancellor-you call his absurd observation that the problem in the old Soviet Union wasn't communism, but
shortages. The only thing absurd about this is your accusing John Chancellor of saying that."
So there ya go.