Not much to like in today's mainstream news media

Richard Carter | 10/12/2012, 4:17 p.m.
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How about toxic New York Times columnist Paul Krugman? With his head in left-wing sand, he still blames George W. Bush for Obama's failed policies. Slop spouted by the kooky Krugman demonstrates the continued downhill slide of the once proud Times.

In a symbolic gesture, Donald Rumsfeld-secretary of defense for Bush-canceled his Times' subscription in the wake of Krugman's idiotic blog about the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, which Rumsfeld called "repugnant."

Wrote Krugman: "What happened after 9/11-and I think even people on the right know this, whether they admit it or not-was deeply shameful. The atrocity should have been a unifying event, but instead it became a wedge issue. The memory of 9/11 has been irrevocably poisoned; it has become an occasion for shame. And in its heart, the nation knows it."

Ratings-challenged MSNBC reinstated analyst Mark Halperin. The Time magazine editor-at-large was suspended for saying of Obama on June 30: "I thought he was kind of a dick yesterday." Ironically, Halperin is a leading Obama media sycophant! Go figure.

Another O'Donnell-lightweight Norah, now of CBS, who was with NBC and a regular on Matthews' Sunday show-contributed little but a cackling laugh. At CBS, she was taken to task by her boss for slipshod coverage of Obama's bus trip.

On Aug. 15, Newsweek ran an unflattering cover photo of startled-looking U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), headlined "The Queen of Rage." She's staring wide-eyed at the camera, but the word "rage" isn't in the profile written by Lois Romano.

And that wasn't the only time Newsweek used questionable taste in cover photos of conservatives.

In November 2009, the magazine ran a clearly sexist cover shot of gorgeous Sarah Palin-the former Alaska governor-in running gear of black short-shorts and a red sweater. It was headlined: "How do you solve a problem like Sarah?"

Last June-in a goofy rip-off of a poster for the Broadway play "The Book of Mormon"-presidential candidate Mitt Romney was on Newsweek's cover leaping through the air in shirtsleeves with a black book. The headline was "The Mormon Moment." Ugh!

Bottom line: I want both sides in political news because I'm savvy enough about politics to make up my own mind. How about you?

And that's the name of that tune.