Today is apparently the last Bill Kristol column we’ll need to suffer through on The New York Times op-ed page. At least until the they decide to run a one-off piece by Kristol. But he won’t be a regular columnist anymore. Still, we have a long way to go as a country in terms of media balance.
Yesterday, for example, Meet The Press had on a roundtable. It featured moderator David Gregory, reporter Michele Norris from NPR, Thomas Friedman in the center, and Steven Hayes from The Weekly Standard. Now, sure, based on my reading Friedman probably voted for Barack Obama and probably votes for Democrats more often than not. But he’s not even remotely the equal-but-opposite equivalent of someone like Hayes. Hayes has worked his entire career in conservative movement outlets and continues to do so to this day. Hayes is the author of a conspiracy theory book about Saddam Hussein’s ties to al-Qaeda, and the authorized biography of Dick Cheney. I would hesitate to suggest that anyone on the left is actually equivalent to a guy who basically tries to mislead people for a living, but structurally speaking the reverse of a Weekly Standard writer is an American Prospect writer or a Nation writer. I’m fairly certain the General Electric corporation has it within its capacity to get in touch with Katrina Vanden Heuvel or Chris Hayes or Ezra Klein or, indeed, their own employee Rachel Maddow but it’s so rare to see an actual member of the progressive movement on television that Adam Green felt inspired to write a post specifically noting that Paul Krugman had been allowed on This Week.
At any rate, let me link back to the classic MediaMatters report on this subject.