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“Why Don\’t We Let Governor Rendell Sit Down.”

Interesting note from The Politico, yesterday:

Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell was supposed to give “closing remarks” during this afternoon’s Shorenstein Center-sponsored panel discussion with all three Sunday show moderators — NBC’s Tom Brokaw, ABC’s George Stephanopoulous and CBS’s Bob Schieffer — but instead, he opened up a can of worms about bias in 2008 election coverage

“Ladies and gentleman, the coverage of Barack Obama was embarrassing,” said Rendell, in the ballroom at Denver’s Brown Palace Hotel. “It was embarrassing.”

Rendell, an ardent Hillary Rodham Clinton supporter during the primaries, now backs Obama in the general election. Brokaw and Rendell began debating campaign coverage, including the on-air comments by Lee Cowan [1], and when MSNBC came up, Rendell went after the cable network.

“MSNBC was the official network of the Obama campaign,” Rendell said, who called their coverage “absolutely embarrassing.”

Chris Matthews, Rendell said, “loses his impartiality when he talks about the Clintons.”

At that point, PBS’s Judy Woodruff, who was moderating the moderators event, said:

Ed Rendell: Silenced for speaking the truth?

Ed Rendell: Silenced for speaking the truth?

That was met with applause from the crowd of big-time media figures, which included Arianna Huffington, Gwen Ifill, Al Hunt, and Chuck Todd.

Oh, my God! Someone who is being critical of Obama and of the press! RUN!!!!

As you might expect, very few Dinosuar media outlets have touched the story. About as big a paper as even dared mention the thing is the Philadelphia Daily News [2] who labeled Rendell’s remarks “bIzzare’.

I don’t know as there is any stronger proof that the press has been manipulating this election cycle, and for whose benefit they’ve been doing it. That they’ve got handling such things down to a science, though, suggests how often this comes up. That, in turn, suggests just how bad it’s gotten.

Via Memeorandum [3], there’s more at : Don Surber [4], Top of the Ticket [5], TIME.com [6], DownWithTyranny! [7], TVNewser [8] and NewsBusters.org [9]