Exactly what role do conservatives think the media should play?

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This is getting ridiculous.

Media Matters previously highlighted an early August interview by Fox News' Carl Cameron of Senate candidate Sharon Angle (R-NV) in which the tea party darling revealed her feelings about the media:

Angle said she needed the press to be her "friend" and parrot her when she gave out the address of her fundraising website, at which point Cameron responded incredulously, rolling his eyes and declaring, "That sounds naive."

Um Carl, you do watch Fox News right? And you are aware that Fox News has provided precisely the type of friendly forum that Angle's referring to, yes?

Now, Huffington Post is drawing attention to an interview conducted by CNN's Anderson Cooper in which Texas GOP state Representative Debbie Riddle appeared surprised that he would want to ask her tough questions (emphasis added):

Riddle appeared on "Anderson Cooper 360" to discuss the threat of "terror babies" — a supposed threat in which terrorist organizations send pregnant women to the United States to have their children, who would be US citizens but trained and raised abroad to be terrorists and could enter and leave the US without raising suspicion.

Riddle based her claims on her conversations with "former FBI officials" but Cooper demanded evidence.

"What former FBI officials?" he asked. "What evidence is there of some sort of long-term plot to have American babies born here and then become terrorists?

"Well, at this point, I don't have the hard evidence right here in front of me," Riddle responded. She would not reveal her ex-FBI sources or the basis for their claims, and then tried to change the subject to porous borders and the threat of dirty bombs.

"Border security is certainly an issue, and it's a good topic," Cooper said. "It's not the topic, though...I'm just asking for proof. You say you're still gathering it from unnamed former FBI people."

"When your folks called me in the preliminary, that was part of the conversation," Riddle responded. "They did not tell me that you were going to grill me for this specific information that I was not ready to give to you tonight. They did not tell me that, sir. "

It should be crystal clear at this point where the right-wing thinking that the media has a liberal bias comes from -- the notion that reporters should only ask questions that conservatives want to answer and best not push back for any form of clarification or point out that an answer is factually flawed.


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