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.”
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.