I know, I know, pictures at 11 ...
It's likely been ten years since I've watched the Nightly News. I wasn't feeling well yesterday, and so just hung out watching the Olympics. It's a truism that it's more interesting watching the Olympics during the day, rather than in Prime Time, because you see things like rowing and the awards ceremony for shotgunning, which is a lot more interesting.
But then the news comes on. Holy cow, the bias isn't dialed up to 11, it's dialed up to 12. The first three stories on NBC, via Brian Williams:
1. Mitt Romney's "gaffe" in the UK. The nature of the "gaffe" is not really explained. It seems to me that he said something entirely sensible - the UK has made a mess of the Olympics planning (as basically everyone in the UK admits). But the tone of tut tut tut was palpable.
2. Mitt Romney's "gaffe" in Israel. The nature of the "gaffe" is not really explained. It seems to me that he said something entirely sensible - that Iran needs to know that America stands with Israel. But the tone of tut tut tut was palpable. But the tone of tut tut tut was palpable, including the "he's trying to peel voters away from Obama." Err, pictures at 11?
3. An obligatory Newsweek cover shout-out reference: Is Mitt Romney a wimp? The juxtaposition with the story about America supporting Israel would be called antisemetic if it had been done by a Republican against a Democrat.
4. Oh, yeah - Dick Cheney says that Sarah Palin never should have been Vice Presidential candidate in 2008.
That was the first four minutes of the news. Wow. I knew it was bad, but had no idea that it was this bad. I take this as a sign that the Obama campaign is in deep, deep trouble, and that the media is in as big a panic as they are.