I think Mr. Ziegler is too kind here. He gives ‘liberals’ kind of a pass on defending Stephanopoulos, saying essentially that though it’s not OK that they (I am writing in the broadest sense here) don’t see that giving money to the Clinton Foundation by a news anchor is wrong, it is ever-the-less to be expected.
Perhaps. But it should’t be expected.
For too long the crony media have been tolerated simply because the people who understand that the old media (the crony media) is biased toward collectivism and is chock full of bovine dung just accepted this fact. That’s the media for you, they think. The propaganda continues. What-are-ya-gonna-do?
But what many of these same people forget, often, is that there is a whole hunk of America out there who really, honest to goodness thinks that NPR and the New York Times are totally legit. That these outlets are more or less objective.
The more media savvy but less statist inclined often forget this.
Lots of people really do think that George Stephanopoulos is telling them the truth. And for that matter, as much as I have enjoyed the guy over the years, that John Stewart is really telling the truth. (He often does, but he doesn’t see gaping holes in his own arguments, which is natural I suppose.)
There is sort of an assumption by many that only the dim really buy what the mainstream media is selling. (Dim bulbs still vote.) But this is not true. Many very smart people are/were convinced that Bill Clinton’s spinmeister is a completely legitimate reporter and that All Things Considered actually considers all things.
I have (smart) friends who seriously think these things.