Appearing on Howard Kurtz’s Spin Cycle on Fox, former Congressional Quarterly columnist Craig Crawford explained to the panel that CBS has a liberal bias that extends all the way back to Walter Cronkite’s 1968 end of broadcast editorial comment that the war in Vietnam was unwinnable.
Addressing the departure of CBS reporter Sharyl Attkisson, who has accused the network of bias, Crawford explained that there “has never been any secret” about “liberal bias” at the network.
“Look, I don’t think that there has been any secret that there is liberal bias at CBS, going back to win Walter Crokite denounced the Vietnam war and, by LBJ’s admission, it drove him out of the White house,” Crawford said.
Kurtz questioned whether that was liberal bias, and stated, “That was based upon a reporting trip to Vietnam, I will remind you.”
Crawford admitted that that was true, then asked, “But that was the liberal point of view, wasn’t it?”
Cronkite’s ‘Vietnam moment’ is rumored to have led President Johnson to turn off the TV at the White House, turn to his aides, and say, “If I’ve lost Cronkite, I’ve lost middle America.”
However that report has been disputed because, at the time of the broadcast, President Johnson was in Texas attending a birthday party and giving a speech honoring Texas Governor John Connally.
Several weeks after the commentary, LBJ declared that he would not run for reelection.
Turning back to bias in the media, Crawford added that he feels the current Washington media has been “biased for President Obama.”
“Back in the 2008 campaign, I thought a lot of the media acted like schoolgirls cheering for Justin Beiber or something.”
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