Longtime democrat writer, Phil Mushnik, is having an epiphany.
As a registered but less-than-loyal Democrat, I long scoffed at the long-held notion that the news media have a left-leaning, anti-Republican bias.
I didn’t believe it, primarily because I chose not to believe it. Plus, the media confirmed for me that mine was the noble side. Heck, there was no other side.
But I now know — and have for some time — that I was pulling my own leg. The notion of such a bias is not merely a notion; it’s true.
Early this month a spectacular story was given tiny attention, and none, as far as I watched, on nightly national newscasts.
In December 2010, David Plouffe, soon to be reappointed a senior adviser to President Obama, gave two speeches in the desperately poor country of Nigeria.
Speeches for which he was paid a total of $100,000.
Holy moly! What did he have to say in Nigeria that was worth 100 grand? He must have revealed the cure for a country ranked 158th among 177 in economic development, a country in which an estimated 70% of humanity live — barely, and not for long — in severe poverty and in the mortally unhealthy conditions that accompany nothingness.
But, no, that wasn’t it.
Plouffe was invited and paid by MTN, Africa’s largest wireless-phone operator — and a company that does business with nuclear weapons-headed, radical-Islamized Iran.