Bernard Goldberg, Emmy award winning sports journalist and self-proclaimed media watchdog cried foul against Chuck Todd for an apparently underhanded expression of political bias on NBC’s “Meet the Press, ” as reported by Fox. The assumption here is that shows like “Meet the Press” should be neutral, but Fox correspondent Goldberg noted the way Todd introduced his guests. After making two initial introductions, he got around to “Eugene Robinson of the Washington Post and Ken Blackwell, conservative columnist and former Ohio Secretary of State.”
Goldberg’s issue is that he didn’t call Eugene Robinson a “liberal” journalist, but identified Blackwell as a “conservative” columnist. The presumption is that Todd was singling out Blackwell for his political views, rather than Robinson, with the implication that Todd finds Blackwell’s views markedly different from his own and of the target audience.
Some would think Goldberg has a valid point, others would see it as splitting hairs, but Goldberg has been warning the public about bias in the media for some time. After working for CBS, he published his first book, “Bias: A CBS Insider Exposes How the Media Distorts the News, ” which was a best seller. This was followed by “Arrogance: Rescuing America from the Media Elite” in 2003. He has won 12 Emmys for his reporting on sports and the exploitation of children in the Middle East.