Kos is hilarious. He claims cable news networks are biased against Democrats, citing an analysis by the liberal Think Progress group saying that "five cable news networks -- CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, Fox Business and CNBC -- have hosted more Republican lawmakers to discuss the [stimulus] plan than Democrats by a 2 to 1 ratio this week."
Even though "appearances" aren't "minutes," assume the data are correct. What neither Kos nor Think Progress mention is that President Obama, and members of his Administration, have ceaselessly plugged the stimulus on cable news since the inauguration. The overall "balance" isn't tied to counting Congressional appearances--it encompasses Democrats and Republicans in both the Executive and Legislative branches. The greater number of Congressional Republicans has to be offset against the White House officials (including Obama himself) also featured on those networks. And, based on what I've seen, there's more media minutes--both cable and broadcast--for Administration stimulus package proponents than for lawmakers regardless of party.
Kos and Think Progress cite spurious statistics to argue an absurd point. In the real world, the notion that CNN and MSNBC favor Republicans is laughable. But "progressive" means never having to apologize for crazy conspiracy theories: based on a quick review, I didn't spot commenters on either site who recognized the point (this is closest). Instead, they foment about right-wing "corporate media" and cheerlead the mooted return of the "Fairness doctrine."
Is there any logic left on the left?