When war broke out between conservative media people and John McCain a few months ago, the liberal press stoked the flames. Thousands of articles and TV reports deluged Americans; no anti-McCain slight was overlooked. And those reports were legitimate because a split between the Republican presidential nominee and the conservative base would no doubt influence the upcoming election.
Well, now the converse is happening. On hateful left-wing Web sites like the Daily Kos, venom between liberals is being spit out so fast a cobra would be stunned. Consider these recent anti-Clinton Kos postings from Obama supporters:
· 'Hillary Clinton is a destructive, degenerative liar.'
· 'She's a coward and will sacrifice other people's lives.'
· 'She might as well say 'Don't vote for the scary black man, he may touch your daughter.'
The situation is so hateful that some pro-Clinton bloggers are now boycotting the Daily Kos. One of them, using the name 'Alegre,' asserts that pro-Obama people have been trying to get personal information about him and other Hillary supporters.
Obviously, this is nasty stuff.
You may remember that I warned Clinton last summer not to attend a Kos convention in Chicago. I told the senator the Web site despised her. She went anyway.
So what we have here is Democrat versus democratic. But have you heard a word about this Internet warfare in the mainstream media? Have you read anything about some Obama supporters actually threatening Clinton people? I haven't, and I researched the situation. There is almost a total press blackout over liberals brutalizing liberals.
Once again, the corrupt American press parades its incredibly blatant bias for all to see. NBC News, The New York Times and other committed-left media well understand the danger of a compound fracture within the Democratic Party. It would be very difficult for people on the receiving end of hateful attacks to turn around and support a candidate whose supporters launched those attacks.
Of course Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and John McCain cannot control what some of their irresponsible supporters do. That's impossible. So the fault here lies solely with these emotionally disturbed individuals who cannot accept people with differing points of view. No, they must try to demean or harm those people.
In the past, those individuals were somewhat marginalized. No responsible campaign would recruit these people; no fair-minded media outlet would give them voice. But with the rise of hate Web sites, these kooks now have a worldwide forum for their disgraceful behavior.
A fair and responsible press would report that story. But the hideous Kos situation remains largely hidden from the public.
Call me crazy, but I don't think that's what the Founding Fathers had in mind when they bestowed protections on the press so we could honestly inform the folks.
Or am I wrong?
Veteran TV news anchor and author Bill O'Reilly is a host on Fox News.