In the world of today’s media you have liberal sources, conservative sources, somewhat unbiased sources that are still mostly owned by large media corporations (and therefore beholden to corporate special interests), and then you have just outright strange sources.
One such location is the Huffington Post where you can find a plethora of primarily ‘liberal’ views, a smattering of corporate slant pieces, a few features that seem to make fun of liberals lighting their hair on fire or even encouraging them to do so, and, now and again, something like this.
If you follow the link, what you will find is a typical spin piece of the kind you would find on Fox News or any other major conservative media outlet. The article attempts to deflate any enthusiasm for Obama that may have appeared from last night’s debate win and create a sense that a Romney victory is inevitable.
Given the message, the article would be immediately suspect. However, once you consider the source, it becomes clear that the article is laughably biased. First, Steve Lombardo is a the CEO of a major Washington PR firm. As a CEO, he’s already part of a group that traditionally leans conservative and would usually draw suspicion of bias. However, Lombardo was also a major campaign adviser for Romney during his Presidential run back in 2008. And now, we find Lombardo out spinning for Romney on a supposedly liberal media site.
This behavior by Huffington Post makes it highly suspect that it is, actually, what it claims or appears to be. Liberal media would never host former or current Romney spin doctors to post. And the conservative drift, especially during the election, seen on the Huffington Post and other major news sites (Yahoo, etc) has become extraordinarily concerning. This sort of drift happened at Fox News launch about 20 years ago when it attempted to bill itself as ‘moderate’ and ‘balanced.’ Rush Limbaugh also attempted to appear moderate at first couching conservatism in a load of ‘warm and fuzzy’ language reassuring ‘liberals’ that major social programs weren’t the target of conservatives who only wanted ‘sound fiscal policy’ and ‘a strong national defense.’
Now both Rush and Fox are so rabidly conservative that they regularly assault all tenets of social equality, women’s rights, safety nets for seniors and the disenfranchised even as they pursue economic policies that will lead to fiscal disintegration and a war footing which looks for enemies to create rather than aims to defend this country as a whole. What seems to have happened is that increasing corporate control of the media has resulted in the purveying and dissemination of an increasingly extreme and destructive conservative agenda. Rupert Murdoch is a prime example. But even Mitt Romney reaches his investment tentacles into huge media outlets to exert influence.
Returning to the Huffington Post, we find conservative spin on what is supposed to be a liberal media site. The purveyor of that spin is a right-wing CEO with ties to Mitt Romney. So Huffington Post rises onto the radar screen as insincerely liberal and instead serves simply to gather liberals into a kind of shooting gallery of liberals where the likes of Lumbardo can pick them off at leisure. Sad fact. But that’s what we get for giving corporations too much power to manipulate and control media.