NBC just isn’t interested in someone who is critical of someone inhabiting the Oval Office. That would just be wrong.
I’m not joking.
Okay, so he doesn’t occupy the Oval Office just yet, but criticism of President-Elect Barack Obama is apparently out of the question! After eight years of heavy criticism of George W. Bush, the hypocritical executives of NBC have banned perennial best-seller Ann Coulter for life. Why? Because she dared to be critical of Obama. From this soon-to-be-updated report:
But one network insider claims it was the book’s theme — a brutal examination of liberal bias in the new era — that got executives to dis-invite the controversialist.
“We are just not interested in anyone so highly critical of President-elect Obama, right now,” a TODAY insider reveals. “It’s such a downer. It’s just not the time, and it’s not what our audience wants, either.”
It’s such a downer? It’s not the time? The audience doesn’t want it?
So incessantly reporting only the worst news (Abu Graib, roadside bombs, death toll…) from Iraq isn’t a downer? The years immediately following the worst attack on this nation’s soil, perpetrated by the very Islamic extremist types that we’ve gone after is the “right time” to be heavily critical? The audience isn’t interested in the truth?
Yes, Coulter is polarizing. Yes, she’s opinionated. And she is most definitely highly critical of anyone touting liberalistic views, but she’s also incredibly popular with a certain (evidently large) segment of society. But none of that is the issue, apparently. The issue is that she has the audacity to be critical of President-Elect Obama (I’m saying this with the smarmiest voice possible).
But, folks…she has a point. One of the main complaints filed against Obama in her new book, Guilty: Liberal “Victims” and Their Assault on America, is that Obama is a hypocrite to label is family “off limits” in the presidential election while he has shown in the past to benefit off of personal attacks.
And I’m not even referring to Sarah Palin’s daughter’s out-of-wedlock pregnancy and the barbs that following from the supposedly objective media. I’m speaking of the smashing of Blair Hull, who was defeated for the Illinois Senate seat primarily because of the public embarrassment that resulted after his divorce records were wrongfully unsealed, revealing that their were allegations of Hull threatening his wife (no charges were ever filed). Who pressured Hull to unseal the records? His opponents (one of them, a Barack H. Obama, Mr. “family off-limits” himself).
So evidently NBC has decided that what the country needs is a “positive note” to start off the next four years. This takes place after eight years of derision, slander, and mockery, all said through their vain, smirking expressions.
The fact that they banned Coulter is not a big deal to me; she’s an inflammatory figure (as are Bill Maher, Michael Moore, Alec Baldwin, Rosie O’Donnell, Ariana Huffington…) who is bound to get banned from quite a few places. The problem is that NBC is apparently not going to allow anyone who is intensely critical of Obama to appear on some of their shows after eight years of making Bush-bashing popular.
No media bias? If you truly believe that, then you might want to consider just how deeply your partisanship has become embedded into your brain cells, because it’s apparently taking them over.