Let’s be clear. Joe Williams, Politico’s White House correspondent, is a full-fledged jerk — as in hard-core Democratic hack.
Yet, he’s what passes for a “well-respected” journalist these days.
Between his biased reporting on Mitt Romney and flagrant covering for President Obama, he has always been hard to distinguish from an Obama press secretary.
As such, he fits right in at Politico, which is to journalistic objectivity as McDonald’s is to fine cuisine.
He also fits in well with MSNBC, which seems to be joined at the hip with Politico, whose reporters frequently appear on the alleged news network.
Now here’s the punchline: Politico actually suspended Williams yesterday for behavior unbecoming a drunken sailor. It turns out there is a line even liberal reporters can’t cross.
What got Williams in trouble was his appearance on Martin Bashir’s MSNBC show, during which he was asked why Romney might have trouble connecting with Hispanic voters. He replied:
Romney is very, very comfortable it seems with people who are like him. That’s one of the reasons why he seems so stiff and awkward in some town hall settings, why he can’t relate to people other than that. But when he comes on Fox and Friends, they’re like him, they’re white folks who are very much relaxed in their own company.
Now, this sort of stuff doesn’t stand out on MSNBC, where they are pretty much pro-Obama and anti-Romney all the time, and they can always be counted on to spot other people’s racism. The network, which is home to the race huckster antics of Al Sharpton, makes a habit of pointing out racism in everything conservatives do.
There are no mirrors, apparently, in MSNBC dressing rooms.
Just in recent days, MSNBC and Joe Williams leveled accusations of racism at the Daily Caller’s Neil Munro for shouting out a question during President Obama’s announcement of amnesty for millions of illegal immigrants before Obama was done listening to himself talk.
MSNBC is also getting quite the reputation for selective editing of audio and videotapes: first George Zimmerman’s 911 call in the Trayvon Martin case to make Zimmerman look — surprise — racist; then a video of Romney talking about private enterprise vs. government by way of an experience at Wawa’s to make it look like the candidate had never ordered fast food.
So while Williams’ own racism doesn’t make him stand out at either “news” outlet, apparently his behavior topped the hill for his bosses when he started tweeting penis jokes about Ann Romney.
This resulted in a memo to Politico staffers, who up to this point thought they were allowed to make up the rules as they go along campaigning for Obama. In it, Politico editors John Harris and Jim VandeHei talked about their journalists’ “clear and inflexible responsibility to cover politics fairly and free of partisan bias.”
This no doubt caused great confusion among Politico staffers, who must have believed up to that point that fair and free of bias meant doing their utmost to make Obama look good no matter what idiocy comes out of the White House. After all, they were currently engaged in ignoring the achievement of 2,000 U.S. deaths in Obama’s Afghanistan campaign, when they had been all over President Bush for reaching the same milestone in Iraq.
The memo continued:
Regrettably, an unacceptable number of Joe Williams’ public statements on cable and Twitter have called into question his commitment to this responsibility. His comment about Governor Romney earlier today on MSNBC fell short of our standards for fairness and judgment in an especially unfortunate way.
Joe has acknowledged that his appearance reflected a poor choice of words. This appearance came in the context of other remarks on Twitter that, cumulatively, require us to make clear that our standards are serious, and so are the consequences for disregarding them. This is true for all POLITICO journalists, including an experienced and well-respected voice like Joe Williams.
The suspension is a revelation. I mean, who knew there were standards at Politico of all places?
Of course, the same can be said for pretty much all American journalism these days. There have been days when Al Jazeera and Pravda have been better sources for coverage of U.S. news than the American media.
I blame outlets like MSNBC/Politico and guys like Joe Williams.
The difference between Shmoes like me and a “well-respected voice” like Williams, besides salary and a larger audience, is that I know I’m biased and I don’t pretend to be otherwise. I’m a commentator, not a reporter or “correspondent,” and everybody knows where I’m coming from.
People like the staff of Politico and MSNBC, on the other hand, live in a liberal delusion where a radical left spin is “normal” and lying about conservatives is “objectivity.”
As Rush Limbaugh has pointed out, the conservative alternative media isn’t balanced, it IS the balance to a left-wing mainstream media.