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Another Democratic partisan assumes high-profile media job

by | Apr 14, 2015

By Dave Andrusko

Dcikerson  Whenever possible, I like to combine at least two stories when I write the last post of the day. Talk about a confluence.

I was reminded this morning about something I already knew: that Bob Schieffer, moderator of Face the Nation, is retired this summer and that John Dickerson, CBS News Political Director, will succeed him.

Schieffer is beloved in journalism circles. He’s folksy as all get out and we are perpetually assured that he plays it down the middle. In some ways, Schieffer does come off as a good old boy. But just because he uses a rapier  rather than an axe doesn’t mean he gives Republicans, let alone pro-lifers, an even break.

Dickerson, by the way, is not only CBS News Political Director, he is also Slate Magazine Chief Political Correspondent. Slate is a liberal, pro-abortion outpost for Democrats and Dickerson fits right in. According to a gushy profile in Sunday’s Washington Post, he will stay on at Slate when he assumes his new duties. But he will have a new title: contributing columnist.

I was reminded of Dickerson when the local CBS affiliate here in the DC area mentioned that after pro-life Florida Senator Marco Rubio became the third pro-life Republican to officially announce for President yesterday, Dickerson called it the “most robust Republican field ever.” Dickerson also said on “CBS Evening News,” that “It’s going to be quite a round of bumper cars.”

That may well be the kindest thing he says in the next 18 months.

Over at Newsbusters, Jeffrey Meyer reminded readers of Dickerson’s partisan remarks.

Meyer writes that back in January 2013, for example,

 Dickerson served as an unofficial Democratic campaign strategist when he wrote in Slate that President Obama should “Declare War on the Republican Party.” In the piece he told Obama to “Go for the throat!” before he urged him to “pulverize” the Republican Party:

 Dickerson didn’t back off.

 Following the backlash, Dickerson doubled-down on his advice to Obama and responded in a complaint piece entitled “They Hate Me, They Really Hate Me: Conservatives despise my analysis of Obama’s second-term options. But it was analysis—not advice“:

   Dickerson went on to offer a tortuous explanation of why he wrote what he did (something about “using a very specific definition of transformational presidencies,” etc., etc).

Later Dickerson raised the banner on behalf of a presidential bid by pro-abortion Senator Elizabeth Warren. And Meyer offered just one example of how Dickerson treats Republican presidential candidates (and expected presidential candidates).

Kid gloves for Democrats, brass knuckles for Republicans.

So much for the new face of Face the Nation

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