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ABC’s Lone Moderate Voice Slams Obama’s Job Summit

December 4, 2009

George Stephanopoulos (right), supposed news man at ABC, has participated in daily phone strategy sessions with now White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel. He and Charles Gibson, left, have both come under criticism for their frequent liberal commentary.

In October 2008 – during the height of presidential election fervor – ABC contributor Michael S. Malone, a 30-year veteran in journalism, did something few in mainstream media dared to do – he blasted the media at large for blatant pro-Barack Obama coverage.

“The traditional media are playing a very, very dangerous game – with their readers, with the Constitution and with their own fates,” Malone wrote. “The media have covered this presidential campaign with a bias and that ultimately could lead to its downfall. The sheer bias in the print and television coverage of this election campaign is not just bewildering, but appalling.”

ABC has often been criticized for its flagrantly liberal bravura. Earlier this year, ABC’s Chris Cuomo suggested Republicans were reckless in their opposition to President Obama‘s health care reform plan. In February, it was reported that long-time ABC personality George Stephanopoulos had participated in daily phone strategy sessions with now White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel. As punishment for his highly unethical behavior, ABC is considering Stephanopoulos for Diane Sawyer’s soon-to-be-empty seat on Good Morning America.  And that’s how they roll at ABC…

But Malone has continued to follow the Obama presidency with a moderate, objective tone – going against the swift current of ABC coverage that reflects a continued infatuation with the liberal president and his agenda.

In Malone’s column today, it was President Obama’s much-touted Jobs Summit that brought out the skeptical, true voice of journalism at the otherwise irrelevant news side of the network.

“…it was billed as a ‘listening’ event by the administration — and everybody knows what that word really means: We’ll pretend to listen in order to shut everybody up, then we’ll do exactly what we planned all along,” Malone wrote. “…if you’re on line at the employment office right now and you’re hoping that the jobs summit is actually going to help you get, you know, a job, you’d better keep filling out that form in front of you.”

Michael S. Malone - ABC's lone voice of objective analysis

But his criticism of the Obama Administration goes much deeper than this one issue, covering the full scope of the president’s authority. Malone suggests Obama’s questionable priorities have become very clear – nationalizing health care, protecting and expanding organized labor, and instituting a national energy scheme.

Malone’s harshest assessment of the President, however, has been on Obama’s handling of relationships with other world leaders.

He says Obama has a clear desire to “reposition America’s role in the world as a partner rather than a leader. Meanwhile, there are two nettlesome problems that continue to demand his attention, but he seems annoyed at having to deal with: Afghanistan and unemployment…  he has reacted to both by dithering, postponing decisions and acting busy on other, equally pressing matters.”

Interestingly, Malone has been with the network since 2000, contributing primarily as a business and technology writer with a column called “Silicon Insider.” His writing doesn’t frequently touch on hot political issues, and even when it does, it is rare that he espouses such strong opinions on White House politics.

So far at ABC, Malone’s moments of political clarity seem to be isolated incidents, not likely to pervade the network’s liberal group think.

  1. Dream Killer permalink
    December 4, 2009 12:55 pm

    I remember when George “Stuff-it-all-in-us” was Clintons PR point man so it should come as no surprise that the chameleon has reverted back to true colors. As far as the rest of that goes, we can only hope, one voice at a time, that at least the awareness of our country as a whole is raised to a level where change may still be able to take place at the ballot box, rather than the cartridge box. Anyone holding their breath?

  2. Ken permalink
    December 4, 2009 2:53 pm

    The “mainstream” media will never be a place of unbiased reporting. The left and it’s tentacles have infected to the point that it is now a propaganda machine for them. I don’t watch any of the “mainstream” media or read their papers. It’s all the same, slanted opinion reporting. Dissenting or differing views and facts will never be reported so as not to give free-thinking individuals a choice, so they can decide what they believe to be right. I would respect these “news” institutions more if they came right out and honestly said where their loyalties really are.

    • Freeme permalink
      December 5, 2009 4:42 am

      Sadly, you are right. I had to laugh when I heard MM report The NYT was tanking. We all know, this will not happen, nor will the MM on ALL TV CHANNELS. They serve the Feds in all capacities, and if ratings or money hit the skids, NO PROBLEM! Feds will pick up the tab with our tax dollars just like they do for ACORN. No amount of dissent or disturbance from WE THE PEOPLE will change it, they’re the mouthpieces for the corrupt criminals in office and that, like old Al says…’is the end of the debate’.

  3. misst5d permalink
    December 5, 2009 8:12 am

    Thank you Mr Malone for your candid appraisal of the ways and wiles of President Obama. You are addressing those who are most in need of hearing!

  4. Carterthewriter permalink
    December 5, 2009 8:33 am

    If the Feds control the money, the panhandlers will gather before them. (Panhandlers being synonymous with journalists)

    • Dream Killer permalink
      December 5, 2009 8:40 am

      The only reason the economy has become “cancerous” is due to the structure of the Federal Reserve. If no money were in circulation at all, and you were the only citizen, but needed to buy food, you’d come to me for a loan (assuming I’m the Fed) I basically go print money on toilet paper, give it to you and tell you in 90 days come back and pay me the money with a modest say 10% interest. You think it’s a good deal and go on your way, eat, what not…

      90 days pass, you come to me. Say you’ve been lucky enough to go to work for me and earn all the money you borrowed back. You come to pay me, and I ask you for my INTEREST. You see, the Fed NEVER prints the money to PAY THE INTEREST! THAT is why this economy is cancerous! Just go into any “national park” and you’ll be greeted by a sign welcoming you to an “INTERNATIONAL BIOSPHERE!” Debt service (interest) can’t be paid by money never printed, so the IMF and their ilk have stripped us of our national parks already, and worse is coming! We’re now reaping the irreparable damages of it all.

  5. KYATL permalink
    December 5, 2009 6:08 pm

    I wish more journalist would be brave enough to speak out and confront the Obama administration. Most of the media with the exception of Fox is so pro Obama they are not even a credible source of information anymore. I refuse to listen to their bias commentaries anymore.

    • Dream Killer permalink
      December 5, 2009 7:55 pm

      Simply put, I believe those in power ANSWER to those who “truly” placed them their, which is seldom the voter. PR campaigns, media bias, public school education, etc….

      An IGNORANT voter, is a tool of destruction to the morals which founded this country. It is they who will be “programmed” into their decisions by the MM. Far beit from they to look this stuff up themselves, or do their own homework the blood of those who shaped and guarded this country deserve that they should do. The path of least resistance is the lifeblood of their soul! How sad! As Jesus said, “forgive them, they know not what they do…” I think he also said, “You have not because you ASK not.” (emphasis added)

      Hence… They KNOW no better way to be, live, judge, or influence, because they have failed to ASK for any better way than their own designs. Such is the foundation of secular humanism, which is now the prevailing mentality of them who hold the reins of power in this reality…..

      • Dream Killer permalink
        December 5, 2009 8:03 pm


        How many of you know that ALL the major media hubs, both print and broadcast are owned by companies either directly, or through umbrellas, by the Rockefeller Foundation? Hopefully, that fact will bring somej sense to others like myself who have pondered why the MM displays the colors that it does…

        • Dream Killer permalink
          December 5, 2009 8:05 pm

          SORRY! The exception to the ownership structure is FOX! THEY are NOT controlled (owned) by a Rockerfeller subsidiary! Sorry for the oversight!

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