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MEDIA BIAS?

Posted by politicalpartypooper on January 29, 2009

Bob Cesca has a bar graph up on his blog regarding recent conservative media bias.  Bob and I do not agree about the bias of the media.  In the not too distant past, I have been accused by some at his blog of being a righty, a wingnut, and a conservative.  All of Bob’s readers are good, solid citizens, but there are a few who paint with broad strokes, generalize rather than rationalize, and refuse to credit dissenting opinions.

Now, if you are a reader of my blog, you already know that I am an Independent, and proud of it.  But what you might not know is that I, too, see a wide media bias, to the Left. The type of media bias I am talking about is not something that is easily measurable with numbers.  It’s far more measurable by watching the language the media uses to tell its stories.  Sure, we can pass statistics back and forth all day long, but what will it accomplish?  That my statistics are different than yours?  What a waste of time.

Take the case of Democratic Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich.  See what I did there?  Did you notice that I added the word “democratic” to his title?  Interestingly enough, we rarely hear the word “democratic” in reference to the fine Governor from Illinois in the media.  But if that Governor were a conservative Republican, the title Mr. Blagojevich would receive would be fairly consistently Republican Governor Rod Blagojevich.  Larry Craig comes to mind.  In the days following his arrest, the word “republican” and Larry Craig were never far from each other.  Newspapers and television outlets rarely missed a chance to title him as the Republican Senator from Idaho.  In Blago’s case, if you were visiting from another nation, you’d have to do a google search to find out what party he belongs to.  Television won’t tell you, and the local newspaper seems to forget.  This is just one instance.

Michael Malone wrote a special article for ABCnews during the recent Presidential campaign.  Go read it.  You’d probably be very surprised to read what one journalist has to say about the shocking bias in the media.  It’s Liberal, and it’s widening.  Michael doesn’t use statistics, either, but he does say,

Now, of course, there’s always been bias in the media. Human beings are biased, so the work they do, including reporting, is inevitably colored. Hell, I can show you 10 different ways to color variations of the word “said” — muttered, shouted, announced, reluctantly replied, responded, etc. — to influence the way a reader will comprehend exactly the same quote. We all learn that in Reporting 101, or at least in the first few weeks working in a newsroom.

as well as,

Meanwhile, I watched with disbelief as the nation’s leading newspapers, many of whom I’d written for in the past, slowly let opinion pieces creep into the news section, and from there onto the front page. Personal opinions and comments that, had they appeared in my stories in 1979, would have gotten my butt kicked by the nearest copy editor, were now standard operating procedure at the New York Times, the Washington Post, and soon after in almost every small town paper in the U.S.

But what really shattered my faith — and I know the day and place where it happened — was the war in Lebanon three summers ago. The hotel I was staying at in Windhoek, Namibia, only carried CNN, a network I’d already learned to approach with skepticism. But this was CNN International, which is even worse.

I sat there, first with my jaw hanging down, then actually shouting at the TV, as one field reporter after another reported the carnage of the Israeli attacks on Beirut, with almost no corresponding coverage of the Hezbollah missiles raining down on northern Israel. The reporting was so utterly and shamelessly biased that I sat there for hours watching, assuming that eventually CNN would get around to telling the rest of the story … but it never happened.

This same “phenomenon” most recently occured when Israel entered Gaza.

The Presidential campaign was fraught with bias.  Barack Obama was on the cover of more magazines that can be counted.  Every journalist, it seemed, wanted to write a feature article about him. With that much press coverage, it’s amazing to me how little we really know about him.  The little I know, I admit, I like.  Nevertheless, I am not so blind as to be unable to see the bias he received.  We knew about Sarah Palin’s pregnant daughter in record time.  It took a year before anyone knew that Barack Obama had an interesting relationship with Tony Rezko.  And what the media did to “Joe the Plumber” was shameless.  Admittedly, the media’s feast on him can be partly blamed on John McCain for using him as a debate prop.  But the tenacity with which the media set out to discredit him was like something we have never seen before.

I’ll tell you the truth; the way the media attacked him will make many a citizen think twice about asking a big question of a candidate in the future.  Me?  I’d enjoy sparring with the media, because I view them as sort of cartoonic in the way they chase after stories like hyenas chasing around, looking for dead bodies.  It’s the old cartoon where you see a large group of animals or people running as fast as they can one way, and you hear the comic pounding of their feet and the dust they raise as they run, and nearly as soon as they pass out of sight, here they come again, back into view from a different direction, chasing something else.  Then, in a moment, they turn around and run the other way.

That’s our media.  It would be funny if it weren’t so disgustingly pathetic.

I don’t expect I’ll convince anyone.  Most people have already made up their minds about this, and unmaking them up will mean they have to open both eyes at once.  But you can’t open both eyes at once, or you might see something you don’t like about the side you’ve chosen.  It’s best to stay one-eye blind, and not know it.

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