Media matters Jamison Foser has been swiftly dismantling claims of media bias by NewsBusters' Scott Whitlock this week:
Whitlock's bashing of MSNBC's David Shuster for raising questions about the National Republican Congressional Committee's references to Charles Rangel as a "crooked Harlem Democrat" gets taken to the woodshed when it's noted that other congressmen haven't been identified by the NRCC by the city they represent. When Whitlock further bashed Shuster for bringing that up -- ignoring Shuster's point, then whining that Shuster didn't complain when Luke Russert also called Rangel a "Harlem Democrat" -- it's time for another visit to the woodshed.
When Whitlock complained that Shuster "tossed softballs to an 11-year-old supporter of Obamacare" but MSNBC's Norah O'Donnell last year "grilled a conservative teen and fan of Sarah Palin," Foser points out that the "teen" O'Donnell questioned was 17 -- a big difference from 11 -- and said "grilling" consisted of asking whether the girl knew that Palin supported the 2008 bank bailout.
And when Whitlock, to counter ABC's claim that 9/11 truthers "come from all over the political spectrum," cited a Rasmussen poll claiming a significant number of truthers are Democrats, Foser noted that Whitlock cited that very same poll finding to show the folly of ascribing party affiliation to those who "subscribe to a bizarre conspiracy."