Tuesday, May 20, 2008

White House Holds NBC to the Fire for Bias Views

NBC News, also known as the Obama Election Headquarters, is being called to task after a recent edited and disparaging interview with President Bush by the network. First this from Fox News:

The network rattled the White House in November 2006 when it called
the conflict in Iraq a “civil war.” On Monday, White House Counselor Ed
Gillespie wrote a letter to NBC News President Steve Capus, looking in part for
an explanation of how NBC News now views the war.
White House press secretary
Dana Perino said Tuesday the administration is “fed up” with the way NBC News is
treating the Iraq war.
"I remember very distinctly, how there was a quite the
pomp and circumstance when NBC, on The Today Show, decided to declare that they
were declaring Iraq was a civil war. But since then, after the surge and things
certainly have improved in Iraq, NBC has never had a corresponding ceremony to
say that Iraq is not in a civil war. We're just curious to find out what they
believe," she said.

And concerning the recent interview:

As it appeared on “Nightly News” Sunday and "Today" Monday, Bush’s
response was: “You know, my policies haven’t changed, but evidently the
political calendar has … And when, you know, a leader of Iran says that they
want to destroy Israel, you’ve got to take those words seriously.”
The White
House said NBC edited out the following words that Bush said between those two
“People need to read the speech. You didn’t get it exactly right,
either. What I said was that we need to take the words of people

This all started with Bush's speech before the Israeli Knesset warning the Free World of the danger of appeasement, much as other politicians in the past when the West had become complacent, including Winston Churchill, Franklin Roosevelt, Harry Truman, and Ronald Reagan. Sadly, most of these great men received their share of scorn from the elite establishment, only to be justified later on.