NY Times’ White House correspondent Sheryl Gay Stolberg is engaging this week in Q&As at the Times Web site. Stolberg’s response to one questioner included this:
As to whether the election of an African American will inhibit my work, I would say not. It will certainly inform my coverage; it is impossible to write about Barack Obama without acknowledging that he has made history. That is part of the public’s fascination with him.For years beginning in 2000, the MSM, including the Times, whipped themselves into a frenzy trying to discover whether, for example, during 1972 then Lt. George Bush had missed 2 Air National Guard meetings he should have attended while working as a campaign aide in Alabama. (NG payroll records from the time indicate he made those meetings. See here but you have to go to the last few paragraphs of the MSNBC slime-piece to learn that. – JinC)
But trust me, he’ll get the same scrutiny that President Bush got, and President Clinton before him. And when he stumbles, as he invariably will, you will hear about it. (emphasis added)
Who will ever forget Dan Rather and CBS’s 60 Minutes’ Sept. 2004 false TANG story based on forged documents Rather and the network claimed proved Bush hadn’t shown for a required physical in the 1970’s and had therefore been suspended from flying?
Rather and CBS assured everyone the anonymous provider of the documents was “unimpeachable,” even though they knew he was long-time Bush-hater and Democratic activist Bill Burkett. (See here)
Contrast MSM treatment of Bush with the "anything for Obama" coverage Stolberg, the NYT and almost all MSM gave their favored candidate.
In the case of Bush, just the possibility he might have missed two national guard meetings 30 years before set off a frenzy of coverage.
But the Obama MSM Tank Corps had no interest in finding out how their candidate could have sat in a church with a ranting racist, anti-American pastor for almost 20 years and not known what the pastor, his mentor and close friend, was saying; or why Obama and his wife decided to take their children to that pastor’s church for religious instruction?
If you believe Stolberg’s “trust me, he’ll get the same scrutiny that President Bush got,” then you’ll believe I’ve agreed to advance the NYT the $400 million it needs to get through its current cash crunch.
Trust me, the check is in the mail.