I was reading this bit by Media Matters – one of dozens – that talk about… well:
On both his radio and television shows, Bill O’Reilly again cited Sen. Barack Obama’s ranking by the National Journal as the “most liberal senator” for 2007, without noting the rankings’ subjectivity. O’Reilly did not note that the rankings were based not on every vote cast by senators in 2007, but rather on “99 key Senate votes, selected by NJ reporters and editors, to place every senator on a liberal-to-conservative scale.”
Of course, O’Reilly also doesn’t mention that McCain didn’t earn a rating in this absurd, subjective exercise because he didn’t vote enough to be rated.
Every once in a while, I emerge from this haze of media anesthesia, this consistent lack of reporting all the facts – this thing that keeps Media Matters in business – and fly, burning-fisted into outrage: how can they do this? Why is no one doing anything about it? And just as my tornado inferno gets twisting, I collapse on myself, realizing that there are thousands of screaming voices – in the blogosphere. And because of how we humans are, my voice and thousands of others are shouting only to those who want to listen, and -by and large – are the other screaming voices.
People who need to hear that Barack Obama is not a Muslim don’t have a computer and won’t turn off Fox News.
And ignorance – not Fox and not talk radio – is our kryptonite: we have no defense and few effective ways to counter it.