The Corner

Blackout Bias

For those who find the NY blackout the most fascinating story of the month, “scourge of the liberal media” Brent Baker has already summed up the night’s weirdness in his Cyber Alert:

1) A bit past 6:30pm EDT, less than three hours into the

blackout in some parts of the Northeast, CBS’s Dan Rather wanted

to know if “any serious thought” had been given to canceling

Bush’s appearance a few hours later at a San Diego fundraiser,

“given the fact that so many millions of people are going through

this in the Northeast?” When Bush spoke about the blackout, CBS stuck with “Amazing Race 4.”

2) At about 7:45pm EDT on ABC, Ted

Koppel highlighted a “happy note,” from California Governor Gray

Davis, about how “the power outages on the East Coast pose no

threat to the California power grid.” Who thought otherwise?

3) Without any balancing political guests, several of the networks

gave a platform throughout the evening to former Clinton

Energy Secretary Bill Richardson and Senator

Hillary Rodham Clinton, both of whom criticized Bush

administration energy policy. Hillary resurrected anti-

Enron talking points, denounced deregulation, castigated President

Bush and even defended California Governor Gray Davis. She got time

on ABC and CNN and on MSNBC.

4) Thanks to the blackout, we got to see the real Diane Sawyer, Paula Zahn and Elizabeth

Vargas sans benefit of blow drying their hair.

Tim Graham — Tim Graham is Director of Media Analysis at the Media Research Center, where he began in 1989, and has served there with the exception of 2001 and 2002, when served ...

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