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Media Bias dot com. Exposing the bias in mainstream journalism.
Attkisson: CBS Lost Interest in Government Watchdog Stories. In an interview with
National Public Radio's David Folkenflik, former CBS investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson said
that the network discouraged her from pursuing stories on the Obama administration, and seemingly
lost interest in her government watchdog stories to the point that they kept them off the air.
Slams NY Times Editorial Page: 'Childish,' 'They Have No Influence. On Tuesday's [7/8/2014] "The
O'Reilly Factor," Washington Post columnist Charles Krauthammer offered his assessment of the layout of the current
media environment, particularly with regards to liberal bias. Krauthammer was particularly critical of The New
York Times. In its news pages, he argued the Times offered the news through a leftward prism. However, it
declared its celebrated editorial page inconsequential for its slant.
IRS Lawyers Ready for Busy
Week Ahead. The Obama administration has managed to keep the IRS story just below full-blown-scandal level for
months now. The Washington-based establishment media, long friendly to Barack Obama and his White House, have been
willing to accept at face value the increasingly implausible nothing-to-see-here claims of top IRS and Obama administration
officials. Many reporters are eager to believe Democrats' claims that the scandal is yet another example of right wing hysteria.
When Republicans make wild public accusations without evidence to support them, as we've seen in abundance in recent weeks, they
make it easier for lazy reporters to move the IRS story from their "potential scandal" box to their "Washington dysfunction" pile.
Rejects Illegal Aliens. If you watch the lame stream Pravda U.S. News you'd be
inclined to think that only conservative communities take issue with busloads of disease riddled,
contagion spreading, Illegal Aliens disbursed in their neighborhoods to overwhelm their social
safety nets. [...] Here you see the same response from uber-liberal Chicago's South Side. But
that doesn't fit the Pravda narrative, so you probably won't see Anderson Cooper or Rachel Maddow
calling Chicagoans "bigots" or "racists".
Ex-White House Flack Jay
Carney To MSNBC? If it happens, Carney would follow in the natural footsteps of a few other aides to
President Obama who were welcomed into the MSNBC family upon leaving their jobs. The last White House Press
Secretary, Robert Gibbs, became an MSNBC contributor in May, 2013, while David Axelrod, a top aide to Obama, became
one in February 2013.
16 Reasons Why the United
States is Going to Hell in a Handbasket. [#10] The stuff that you see on broadcasts
like CNN aren't news or reporting but the controlled media simply spewing forth talking points that
have been provided for them by the white house and other government agencies — this has
been admitted to by main stream "news" organizations.
Guard MSM Drops the Mask. Since its birth in the 1920s with the first national radio
networks, the modern MSM has always had a cozy relationship with power, and until the creation of
Fox News, one channel on your TV dial or satellite guide, that power has almost exclusively meant
their fellow Democrats. The media have long voted overwhelmingly Democrat in presidential
elections; as Walter Cronkite once said at a Radio & TV Correspondents Dinner in the mid-1990s,
in-between feting the Clintons on his yacht in Martha's Vineyard, "Everybody knows that there's a
liberal, that there's a heavy liberal persuasion among correspondents."
Bias and the Obama Scandals. We live in a strange time. Historically, reporters and
editors have believed that their job is to disseminate news. That is no longer true. Now, most
reporters and editors believe that their principal function is to prevent people from learning things
they are better off not knowing. Day after day, they run interference for their party, the
Democrats. Blockading inconvenient stories from making the news is job number one.
Media is blindly following
Obama. That the leftist media remain a sucker for story lines about Democratic unity,
as opposed to those about a Republican "civil war," is a disgrace that helps define the age of Obama.
Uncurious and unserious journalists are not journalists. They are stenographers at best, shills at
worst. Their abdication is destructive. The refusal to subject Obama to the same critical standard
applied to Republican presidents provides cover for policies that lack public support. And that blackout
of skepticism serves to keep potentially wayward Democrats in line. Then and only then is it possible to
claim they are "starting to unite" behind a policy that doesn't exist.
Fires Back: 'The Media Is a Willing Accomplice of the Left'. Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker appeared on Hugh Hewitt's
radio show today to address the accusations of his involvement in a campaign finance scheme. Walker said two separate judges
threw the case out and went after the media for still questioning his involvement, telling Hewitt, "The media is a willing accomplice
of the left." Hewitt was particularly bothered by a TIME article titled "'Criminal Scheme' Will Haunt Scott Walker" that Hewitt
said was "objectively slanderous." Walker said the media is completely ignoring the fact that this case was dismissed twice,
and added, "You look at some of these media outlets, and they don't seem to care much about the truth."
Public Confidence in TV News at All-Time Low. Public confidence in television news is
at an all-time low, according to a survey released today [6/19/2014] by Gallup. [...] In the latest
survey, conducted June 5-8, only 10 percent said they had "a great deal" of confidence in T.V.
news, and 8 percent said they had "quite a lot" of confidence.
Public Confidence in TV News at All-Time Low. Public confidence in television news is
at an all-time low, according to a survey released today by Gallup. Only 18 percent of the
Americans surveyed expressed either a "great deal" or "quite a lot" of confidence in that news medium.
Matters founder funds 'journalists' to target conservatives. Does the Left really
need another organization whose sole purpose is to attack conservatives? Apparently so,
according to David Brock, founder of Media Matters for America, head of the liberal American Bridge
PAC and board member of the liberal Priorities USA Action. Brock is going to bring his special
brand of bias to the re-launched American Independent Institute — an obvious mock name
considering it will be anything but independent. The goal of the institute will be to expose the
"nexus of conservative power in Washington," according to Dylan Byers of Politico.
Reasons Hillary Won't Run. 3) It ain't gonna be a coronation. HRC must have been
taken aback last week when two members of the traveling sisterhood — Diane Sawyer of ABC News
and Terry Gross of NPR — actually pressed her with uncomfortable questions about Benghazi and
gay marriage, respectively. Hillary didn't respond well in either situation, and the ensuing
coverage was instructive. If she can't count on favorable press coverage during the choreographed
rollout of a self-reverential memoir, what does that tell us about how she'd do in debates against
a determined opponent?
The Editor says...
In other words, Hillary can't win without the eager assistance of the news media, which confirms the
obvious: that Obama wouldn't have won without that assistance.
Warner CEO Blasted For CNN Bias at Shareholders Meeting. Time Warner Chairman and CEO Jeff Bewkes was blasted for CNN's
left-wing bias at Time Warner's annual shareholders meeting Friday [6/13/2014]. The Hollywood Reporter's Paul Bond reports
that Bewkes was confronted by shareholder Justin Danhof of the Free Enterprise Project of the National Center for Public Policy Research,
with a litany of complaints about CNN's sharp turn to the left under Jeff Zucker. Danhof's comments were met with applause from
The Least Trusted Name In TV News. MSNBC is the least trusted name in news, even less
than the comedy program The Daily Show, a new Brookings and Public Religion Research poll
revealed. Fox News Channel ranked as the most trusted name overall (25 percent of respondents)
and with self-described independents (26 percent), while only 5 percent of all Americans rated the
liberal channel its most trusted source of accurate information on politics and current events,
Poll: The Number
One Problem In Politics Is... Despite Sen. Harry Reid's near-daily speeches about
the "un-American" Koch brothers and the vast amount of money they give to the Republican
Party — all while the Democrats take billions from other interest groups —
Americans are still not convinced that campaign donations are the number one problem in politics
right now. That designation goes to media bias, according to 48% of the 1,000 likely voters
polled for a Rasmussen Report. Big campaign contributions earned the #2 spot, with 44% of those
polled. Among people who identify as Tea Party members, media bias is an even bigger
problem — 77% say it's the number one issue.
Media bias tops money as the biggest problem in politics. More Americans believe that
biased media coverage is a bigger problem in politics than donations from fat cats, according to a
new poll. Rasmussen Reports found that when given a choice, 48 percent of voters believe media
bias is the No. 1 villain while 44 blamed big campaign contributions. And among Tea Party
members, 77 percent said media bias and reports against the movement are the top problem in politics.
Lord Obama. The media
is not just overwhelmingly hard left, but hard left with a chip on its shoulder that its own views
are neither accepted by the majority nor usually implemented by government. All the above
scandals and embarrassments would have ruined a Bush, given that such mishaps would have been
headlined daily in the New York Times (e.g., "VA, Benghazi, AP, NSA, IRS overwhelm sinking Bush
administration") or Washington Post ("Bush Cabinet Paralyzed by Scandal"). For the media, Obama
is not Jimmy Carter or even Bill Clinton whom they overwhelmingly supported. He is quite
different — the first gold-plated liberal president since FDR, and probably the last for
a while, intent on fundamentally transforming the United States, by redistributing income and
accumulated wealth, and recalibrating the American profile abroad.
How Conservatives Can Defeat the
Media. For decades the media has collaborated with Democrats and the liberal elites in creating a superstructure that
exists for the sole purpose of humiliating conservative candidates and spokesmen. It is proactive, universal, and often quite
successful. It has also been virtually ignored by the conservative establishment, which consistently behaves as if American
politics is a gentleman's pastime operating by the same rules that it did in the late 19th century. It can be said without
exaggeration that the major public uproars of the 2012 campaign were either media-generated or immediately exploited by the
downfall of American journalists. It ought to be a matter of deep shame that the most
popular news website in the United States is the U.K. Daily Mail. And the fact that so many top
editors and journalists in the United States happen to be from Britain is something that ought to
disturb all those professors of journalism at elite schools like Columbia. You know, the ones that
hand out big prizes like the Pulitzer, touting how wonderful our journalists are. Strangely
enough, with all the university and foundation resources available for conferences, commissions,
studies, and the like, nobody seems much interested in this embarrassing situation. There's
a good reason for that.
both barrels on partisan media. From Fast and Furious to Benghazi, and from the IRS to the VA, the national
media has assiduously covered President Obama's tracks from start to finish, and is no doubt preparing to do the same for
possible presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. Having heard enough, Sarah Palin this week let the media have both
rhetorical barrels over their partisan covering for know-nothing Democrats, as highlighted on the Drudge Report.
Just 7 percent of journalists are Republicans. That's far
fewer than even a decade ago. A majority of American journalists identify themselves
as political independents although among those who choose a side Democrats outnumber Republicans
four to one, according to a new study of the media conducted by two Indiana University professors.
[...] The great thing about this survey, called "The American Journalist in the Digital Age", is
that its been conducted four previous times — in 1971, 1982, 1992 and 2002. That
allows for some fascinating comparisons of how partisanship (or the lack thereof) among reporters
has evolved over that time.
What newspapers does he read?
Harry Reid Scolds
Press For Being Too Fair To Republicans. Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid reprimanded MSNBC's Chuck
Todd — and indeed, journalism in general — for being too interested in treating Republicans fairly, claiming
reporters "won't call things the way they actually exist."
Harry Reid: Media
covering for Republicans. The media are covering for Republicans in their political coverage, according to Senate
Majority Leader Harry Reid. Asked by MSNBC's Chuck Todd in an interview aired Thursday [5/8/2014] why he won't allow Republican amendments
to an energy bill, Reid shot back that reporters "won't call things the way they actually exist."
Appalling Ignorance of Christianity. New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof [...] admitted
that when he was covering the presidential campaign of George W. Bush, he was surprised at how the candidate
connected with Americans because of his evangelical faith; more surprisingly, Kristof admitted that he had "only
the vaguest idea at the time what an evangelical was."
Matters founder David Brock: We appreciate Soros funding to pursue journalists. Media
Matters founder David Brock said Sunday [4/27/2014] that he's grateful for progressive billionaire George Soros'
"generosity" and confirmed that he chooses to "pursue" journalists if he "starts to see patterns" in
their work. Brock, his silver mane and bizarre vocal intonations lending him the likeness of a
socially awkward Bond villain, sat in San Francisco for a softball interview with CNN's Reliable
Sources to respond to the controversy surrounding former CBS News reporter Sharyl Attkisson. The
liberal smear machine Media Matters has been hammering the brilliant female investigative reporter
with the term "shoddy reporting" to describe her exposes on Obama administration scandals including
Fast and Furious and Benghazi.
Post hires ultra-liberal former union bully and nobody bats an eye. On Monday [4/21/2014], The Washington
Post announced it had hired Philip Bump, a journalist currently at Atlantic magazine's The Wire, to cover politics for
their daily blog The Fix. The move set off a chain of congratulations from across the political press corps.
But lost in the media love fest was Bump's partisan past — a history left unspoken in either the Post's
official announcement or any of the Twitter applause. Not only does Bump's archive at The Wire betray a palpable
bias in favor of progressivism; his career as a journalist began when he headed a vicious pro-labor blog which
published the names and addresses of opponents later targeted by unions.
Responds to Attkisson's Claims About Network Reporting Bias. Former CBS News reporter Sharyl
Attkisson has been very vocal about how CBS pushed back on reports she did critical of the Obama administration.
On CNN's Reliable Sources Sunday [4/20/2014], Attkisson went after both her former network and Media Matters;
the former for muzzling stories and the latter for targeting her. Attkisson has repeatedly argued that while
CBS didn't really get in her way when it came to covering issues critical of George W. Bush, bus when it
came to the same with President Obama, she was called a "troublemaker" and sensed a chilling effect for
Attkisson: Some CBS
Bosses Seemed 'Personally Defensive' of the Obama Administration. [Scroll down] Some CBS
News managers are so "ideologically entrenched," Attiksson explained, that they're willing to quash or bury
reports that could inflict political damage on the sitting administration. [...] "I didn't sense any resistance
in doing stories that were perceived to be negative to the Bush administration. By anybody, ever."
Sharyl Attkisson charges Media Matters helps produce
news reports for CBS. Now that she has left CBS News, Sharyl Attkisson is revealing
all sorts of interesting facts about the way news is shaped by ideologues. [...] In combination with
the revelations on Politico carried by the Washington Post today, Attkisson's explanation of Media
Matters' influence provide more reasons to distrust the mainstream media.
Sharyl Attkisson Suggests Media Matters Was Paid for Propaganda Attack
Campaign Against Her. Sunday on CNN's "Reliable Sources," host Brian Stelter was very critical of
former CBS correspondent Sharyl Attkisson's reporting skills because she has spoken about her experience at CBS News
where she witnessed as a common practice the killing of stories unfriendly to the Obama administration.
Attkisson Claims CBS Moved On From 'Fast and Furious' as She'd 'Barely Begun to Scratch the Surface'. Appearing on
Thursday's O'Reilly Factor, former CBS investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson claimed that CBS "had barely begun to scratch
the surface" of the "Fast and Furious" scandal before the network moved on from the story. She noted that the network showed
similar reluctance for its coverage of Benghazi and the ObamaCare rollout. Before her resignation last month, Attkisson
covered Obama administration controversies like "Fast and Furious" and Benghazi and her reporting helped the CBS Evening News
win the Edward R. Murrow award in 2012. Yet she told O'Reilly that higher-ups at the network moved on from the "Fast
and Furious"scandal "due to lack of interest, well before we found answers to a lot of questions."
Dan Harris Denies Any Conscious Liberal Bias. ABC "Nightline" co-host Dan Harris appeared on the Steve
Malzberg show Friday on Newsmax TV to promote his new book promoting meditation called "10 Percent Happier."
After the two communicators discussed having panic attacks while they were broadcasting, Malzberg concluded the interview
by asking about liberal media bias. Harris repeatedly said he was "open" to the idea, but insisted it was
subconscious, and that "very, very powerful" people at ABC are conservatives.
On Obamacare, Climate Change, Media Too Quick to Accept Facts are 'Settled'. CNBC contributor Rick Santelli
ranted against the media's tendency to accept certain things as settled fact. According to Santelli, the media,
"whether press, TV or whatever it is," aren't focusing enough on presenting hard data. Santelli argued that this
was due to the media accepting data from third party sources as settled science. "Seven million, it's settled.
Climate change, it's settled. It's all settled." He also expressed doubt about whether or not anyone was even
capable of doing anything about climate change.
The media hate
Republicans. California State senator (and, until last week, candidate for secretary of state) Leland
Yee was well-known as an anti-gun activist. Then, last week, he was indicted for, yes, conspiring to smuggle
guns and rocket launchers between mobsters and terrorists in exchange for massive bribes. Some highlights, as
excerpted by San Francisco Magazine. [...] This all sounds like news. You've got charges of huge
bribes, rampant hypocrisy, illegal weapons and even a connection with foreign terrorists — and from a
leading politician in an important state. But — and here's the part Hollywood would miss —
outside of local media like San Francisco magazine, the coverage was surprisingly muted.
Leland Yee Story, As a Free Press Would Tell It. Now, one might think that this is a major scandal.
A prominent politician, a principled advocate of gun control, turns out to be a gun runner who wants to import
shoulder-fired missiles, in exchange for a large bribe. How could the networks resist a story like that?!
Poor CNN has been limping along with a lousy lane closure for what, two or three years now? A dynamite story
like Yee's could put them back on the ratings map! Oh, one thing I forgot to mention — Leland
Yee is a Democrat. So no national news organization has any interest in his story. Sorry. It's
on the back pages of the local papers. This is more proof, if it were needed, that the Democratic Party's
news media are not primarily interested in ratings or profits, but in advancing the party's narrative.
Is A Fiasco, So Why Don't Media Report It? How do we know ObamaCare is failing?
Ironically, because those very same "reporters" are doing the opposite of the Bush years. They're
burying the story. They aren't in denial. They know the truth. They're just choosing
to ignore it. They are pretending there are no broken promises about keeping your insurance plan,
or keeping your doctor, or lowering your premium by $2,500 a year. They are pretending, like
Ellen DeGeneres told the president, that "everyone" in America loves ObamaCare.
Just how much coverage have they given to this, the most important domestic issue since Ronald Reagan's economic
MSNBC: Hate Forward. MSNBC's entire primetime
lineup is stacked with liberal journalists and pundits, who in turn have on more liberal journalists, pundits, and
Democratic lawmakers as their guests more than 90 percent of the time. The subject matter, as anyone who
watches MSNBC knows, is nearly always to gleefully and freely shred Republicans. One common point of contention:
Daring to oppose the commander in chief. Yet, rather than engage Republican and conservative criticisms of Obama,
anchors and guests often dismiss nearly all of them as stemming from a "hate" for the president.
A few questions for the Cheer Leaders at ABC, NBC, CBS, AP, NYT, et al.
You few, you proud, you journalists who inform Americans about their nation and the world; you inheritors of the glorious
tradition of a free and vital press — may I turn the tables and ask you a few questions? Will any of you
Obama cheerleaders ask the "Leader of the Free World" why he was so wrong and Romney was so right about the geopolitical
challenge that Putin's Russia poses to America? Will you all apologize to Sarah Palin for y'all mocking her when
she suggested Obama's weakness might encourage Putin to invade Ukraine? Ya, know, since she was so right and you
all were embarrassingly wrong?
President of Disney/ABC Television Sits On Soros-Backed Board. Ben Sherwood, the current president of ABC News
who sits on the advisory board of the George Soros-backed Center for Public Integrity, will take over as president of
Disney/ABC television in February of 2015. Sherwood will replace Anne Sweeney, who will be leaving next year after
ten years. Sherwood will immediately become Co-President of Disney/ABC Television and continue his duties as
President of ABC News.
The Death of
Journalism. Of course when Republicans are in office, liberal journalists become quite aggressive and love to
launch investigations. When Democrats are in office, these same journalists help the politicians cover up their misdeeds.
The identical press that blasted George W. Bush throughout his administration is totally uninterested in examining
President Obama's failed policies, broken promises and weak leadership. The biggest omission has been a detailed
examination of Obamacare and the President's many exemptions, extensions and revisions to the plan.
We Report, We Decide. It is no wonder news organization credibility continues to decline.
Rather than objectively analyzing and reporting the news, most major media organizations have become one large
editorial page. And when they tire of attempting to report the actual news, they turn to the sensational.
Attkisson: There Is Coordination Between Reporters And Politicians. Responding to comments
regarding a Phoenix television reporter yesterday who initially claimed that the White House pre-screens
questions from reporters, Attkisson said, "I wouldn't surprised if sometimes there is that level of
cooperation with some questions. If I need something answered from the White House and they won't
tell me, I'll call our White House Correspondent. They're friendlier with the White House Correspondents
in general. So the White House Correspondent may ask Jay Carney or one of his folks about an issue and
they will be told 'ask that at the briefing and we'll answer it.' They want to answer it in front of
everybody. They do know it's coming and they'll call on you. There's that kind of coordination
sometimes. I wouldn't be shocked if there's sometimes more coordination. [...]"
Attkisson: Always a 'Chummy Relationship' Between Reporters and WH. Former CBS News investigative reporter
Sharyl Attkisson appeared on Friday with Philadelphia-based radio host Chris Stigall where she was asked about a story
that exploded on Thursday involving an accusation from a local CBS reporter who alleged that White House correspondents
often submit their questions to White House Press Sec. Jay Carney in advance. The White House press corps strongly
objected to this allegation, and the reporter who made this claim later walked it back. Attkisson said that, while
she did not think this was a matter of collusion between journalists and political spokespeople for some nefarious purpose,
there is some form of coordination between them. Attkisson added that there is a "chummy" relationship between
reporters and political spokespeople that has been a feature of Washington D.C. that predates the Obama administration.
My cross to
bear — why I no longer hide my faith in the newsroom. Investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson tweeted
five simple words last week: "I resigned from CBS News." Seconds later, a website report explained why. Sources say
she felt frustrated with the network's "liberal bias." If true, in a nutshell, she had become a square peg in a round hole,
and was tired of pretending otherwise. [...] There's always a reason liberal bias is denied. But it alive and well in
newsrooms. And it has been for decades. The same is true for religious persecution.
The Editor says...
TV stations don't mind featuring openly homosexual news reporters, but an openly Christian reporter is frowned upon, especially
on the east and west coasts.
vs. CBS: Reporter first tried to quit a year ago. CBS's Sharyl Attkisson announced this week that she is leaving the network,
the culmination of a series of clashes between the investigative reporter and her bosses. But people familiar with the situation say
that Attkisson actually attempted to resign one year ago, even starting to clean out her desk in the Washington bureau.
Star Investigative Reporter Sharyl
Attkisson Quits CBS: Democrat Scandals Not Welcome. Rumors of Attkisson's stormy relations with her superiors at CBS News have made
the rounds for months and months. In conversations from last year, CBS News sources told the Erik Wemple Blog that Attkisson, who came to
the network from CNN two decades ago, was frustrated that more of her reporting on Benghazi and other investigative pieces didn't make "The CBS
Evening News" with greater frequency.
CBS Departure Shows Big Media's Bias. [Sharyl] Attkisson is nearly alone within the broadcast media in pursuing Obama scandals,
like the Benghazi attacks that killed a U.S. ambassador and three other Americans; the Fast and Furious gunrunning scandal that left U.S.
Border Patrol agent Brian Terry dead; and the Solyndra scandal that wasted over a half-billion dollars of taxpayer money on a failed
solar-panel maker. Last year, her computer was mysteriously hacked. Whether it's network corporate sponsors who don't
want to anger President Obama, or news editors who love Obama's agenda, we're all in trouble if investigative reporting focusing
on the president is persecuted into marginality.
Media's Obama Protection Society. While [Sharyl] Attkisson is just one reporter and CBS has long since ceased being a
dominant force in the national media, this may be a crucial moment in the history of American journalism. It was assumed that
any major news outlet would regard aggressive coverage of all administrations as a given. But that ceased to be the case when
Barack Obama entered the White House. If Attkisson is being shown the door at CBS it is not because her work is not highly
regarded but because she has violated the prime directive of liberal media insiders: thou shalt not report on Obama in the
same way that you reported on George W. Bush or even Bill Clinton. The liberal bias that conservatives have long
complained about is out of the closet.
The Associated Press Goes to Bat For
the Democratic Party. Why do Republicans never seem to come out ahead politically when they go toe-to-toe with the Democrats? Part of the
reason, at least, is that the press, to a greater extent than at any time in our history, is monolithically Democrat. The most important news organ is the
Associated Press, whose articles appear in hundreds, or possibly thousands, of newspapers around the country. The AP pretends to be a neutral,
just-the-facts information source, but it is nothing of the kind. While there are some good reporters at the AP, the overwhelming majority function,
as to issues that are politically controversial, as advocates for the Democratic Party.
Why the Media Will Never Treat Conservatives
Fairly. As objective as the media claims to be, the so called Gang of 500 — the reporters and chattering class who develop
the conventional wisdom in politics — is mostly of the left or married to the left. There is a revolving door between the media and
leftwing politics that rarely exists on the right. It shapes the world view of the members of the media and necessitates conservatives working
even harder to get their opinions, views, and stories heard. I have encountered this bias throughout the media in my professional life and seen
it up close over the years.
How AP altered its headline to protect Obamacare.
Don't believe the press is in the tank for Obama and Obamacare? Well, check this out. [...] I realize this happens frequently, but the dishonesty is still
breathtaking. And this is why much of the MSM cannot be trusted: they are not honest brokers of information, but a propaganda and marketing arm of
the Obama White House, the Democratic Party, and the Left.
Sharyl Attkisson resigns from CBS
News. CBS News investigative correspondent Sharyl Attkisson has reached an agreement to resign from CBS News ahead of
contract, bringing an end to months of hard-fought negotiations, sources familiar with her departure told POLITICO on Monday [3/10/2014].
Attkisson, who has been with CBS News for two decades, had grown frustrated with what she saw as the network's liberal bias, an outsize
influence by the network's corporate partners and a lack of dedication to investigative reporting, several sources said. She
increasingly felt that her work was no longer supported and that it was a struggle to get her reporting on air.
of Edward R. Murrow in Sharyl Atkisson's departure from CBS News. CBS News has lost its strongest claim to be a fair and
non-partisan news source with the departure of Sharly Atkisson from the network. The award-winning reporter has been squeezed-out
because of her reporting on investigative themes inconvenient to the Obama administration, including Fast and Furious and the
Benghazi Scandal — two incidents in which United States government officials lost their lives.
Report: Star Benghazi Reporter Attkisson
Exits CBS Due to 'Liberal Bias'. Apparently [Sharyl] Attkisson stuck out as an oddball to some at CBS and the rest of the
media for daring to investigate power when it is held by a Democrat. Back in May, Breitbart News reported that the President of
CBS News, David Rhodes, is the brother of President Obama's National Security advisor, Ben Rhodes. According to ABC News, Brother
Ben was very much involved in the Benghazi scandal, specifically the infamous talking points that — with the help of the
mainstream media — misled the nation for weeks in the heat of Obama's 2012 re-election campaign.
Uneducated, And Eager To Deceive: Media Coverage Of Religious Liberty In A Nutshell. In the aftermath of the abominable media
coverage of Arizona's religious liberty bill, an editor shared his hypothesis that journalists care about freedom of speech and of the press
because they practice them. And journalists don't care about freedom of religion because they don't. But one of the most interesting
things about modern media's deep hostility toward the religious, their religions, and religious liberty in general is that press freedom in
America is rooted in religion.
The Media, the South. As someone who
moved from New Jersey to Mississippi eight years ago, I don't understand why leaders here don't more aggressively rebut the stereotypes
the media perpetuate about the South. Because no amount of apologizing or explaining will ever change what the media think about us.
Two New MSNBC Hosts Bring News
Media-Obama Revolving Door to 30. With two political activists, who toiled for Barack Obama, starting hosting duties today [2/24/2014]
with new shows on MSNBC, the Media Research Center's list of those revolving between working on behalf of Obama and positions in the news media has
Shut up, they explained. The Democrat-Media complex works
to in effect silence conservative critics rather than engage their criticisms and debate the issues. They employ a variety of programs and techniques
to ensure that substantive points from the other side will either be ignored, distorted, demonized, or delegitimized.
Fallon, Democrat Political Asset. The Obamas have had few more obsequious media allies than NBC's Jimmy Fallon. Now that he's
taking over the hallowed ground of "The Tonight Show," Fallon's proven ability to spread his reach into viral videos on YouTube promises to become
even more politically potent. Fallon's Obama-friendly sketches and interviews have become immediate "news" grist for the Comcast corps at NBC
and MSNBC. The same sensation happens when Fallon is ripping into a Republican.
Understanding The Left's Grip On Media.
While talk radio and FOX grab much of the attention, what really broke the left's control over media was the Internet. Before its advent, one needed a large
investment in a printing press or a broadcast tower to engage a mass audience; afterward, all one needed was a few hundred dollars for a basic computer and Internet
service. The web shattered barriers to entry and, suddenly, pent up demand for information free of non-progressive bias met an onrush of supply.
Larry King: I've 'never seen a bias off the air or
on'. Larry King said that in his 26 years of experience at CNN and 20 years of work in Mutual Radio, he's never seen evidence of media
bias — never. "I worked at CNN for almost 26 years. I worked in Mutual Radio for 20 years. I've been in the business
57 years. I have never seen a bias off the air or on," he told Newsmax TV.
The Golden Egg. As far as Bill and Hillary Clinton are concerned, the media's
horizon of expectations is stunningly narrow. It encompasses on the one hand the belief that the "secretary of explaining stuff" is a national
treasure beyond reproach, and on the other hand the expectation that the former secretary of state will be our next president. Stories that
fall outside of this horizon are problematized, scrutinized, ascribed to partisanship, and read with the sort of incredulity reporters are supposed
to apply to public figures such as the Clintons.
Phil Griffin Claims Station Has No Ideology. Some viewers may raise eyebrows as to Griffin's assertion that he doesn't run a biased
network. In 2013, MSNBC hired former Obama presidential adviser David Axelrod and former White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs to provide
political commentary across the network's programming. Media critic Howard Kurtz admitted that he is very troubled by having two Obama
loyalists as network advocates.
News Fails to Disclose Soros Connection In Shriver Report on Women. The Media Research Center reports that a report promoted
heavily by NBC News Special Anchor Maria Shriver was funded by a ultra-left political group funded by George Soros. Earlier this week
Shriver was all over NBC News and MSNBC to talk about a study titled "The Shriver Report: A Woman's Nation Pushes Back From the Brink."
The promotion of the report also allowed Shriver and NBC News to portray President Obama as "sympathetic to working mothers." This
push focusing on women we see throughout the media, not just on NBC, is nothing more than the media prepping the battlefield to elect
They fall right into his
lap: Journalists jump for jobs on President Obama's team. Journalism and open government groups have criticized President Obama
for falling short of promises to increase transparency, but that hasn't stopped reporters and editors from gobbling up jobs in his
administration. One of the latest to go from covering the administration to promoting it is Dorie Nolt, who left her job as
education reporter for The Associated Press to become press secretary at the Education Department. She joins at least 22 other
former journalists who have worked or who continue to work in the administration, according to White House announcements, ethics filings
and media reports.
When the press is a poodle.
This nation's Founders had a special role in mind for the media in the constitutional arrangements they carefully constructed.
It was to provide a fourth source of checks and balances on the potential abuse of power by the three branches of government, by
virtue of journalists' independence and, if assured freedom of the press, their ability to expose and, thereby, to counter overreaching
presidents, legislators or courts. The Framers of our Constitution didn't reckon on the American media in the age of Obama, however.
Misreporting Underscored Mainstream Media's Malfeasance. Tragically, what we have today are mainstream media that put the
socialist and destructive policies of the far left well before objectivity, professionalism or the welfare of the American people and
actively promote those "progressive" policies while simultaneously working to discredit conservative and common-sense opposition.
No better example of this mainstream-media malfeasance exists than the case of ObamaCare and thousands of liberal "journalists" at the networks,
cable networks, newspapers and radio outlets who chose — out of loyalty to the president and his naively utopian nanny-state
beliefs — to shill for a program they knew to be built on a foundation of lies from day one.
2017 and the End of Ethics. Will there
be a scandal if the new political appointees at the IRS sic their auditors on Moveon.org? What will the Washington Post say should the
new president keep Guantanamo Bay open for five more years, quadruple the number of drone missions, or decide to double renditions? [...] In other
words, because for the past five years the members of the Washington press corps have abdicated their traditional adversarial role as watchdogs of
the executive branch, can we still have watchdogs at all in 2017? If the next president falsely swears that his new health-care program will
not affect citizens' current coverage, what consequences could possibly follow?
Unanimous Journalist Panel: Media Lean Left, Exist in Socially Liberal Echo Chamber. Top journalists from The New York Times, NBC News and CNN
acknowledged Wednesday [12/18/2013] that, generally speaking, the national media has a liberal bias," Politico's media reporter Dylan Byers noted in a
December 18 post recapping a Politico Playbook breakfast discussion held earlier on Wednesday morning. More than one panelist opined that
it's not just that journalists tend to be liberal on policy questions but that they live and work in environments which are socially liberal.
Journalist Panel, Including CNN's Tapper,
Agrees Media Has 'Liberal Bias'. [Jake] Tapper argued it's not so much a liberal bias as it is a bias rooted in personal experience. He
said a "certain type of person becomes a reporter," and while he didn't want to generalize, he said most reporters haven't gone through the same kind of
experiences most others have, and acknowledging that fact leads to some of the best reporting.
Attempted Character Assassination of Breitbart Protégé Brandon
Darby. Darby became an emerging voice of the center-right populist movement called the Tea Party after working undercover with the FBI
to stop former comrades from killing Israel civilians and using firebombs to hurt law enforcement and stop Republicans from assembling at the 2008
Republican National Convention. Darby chose to testify in highly publicized federal trials against members of the far Left and they tried to
destroy him for it — and they did so with the help of mainstream left-of-center media outlets.
Journalists Place Near
Bottom in Poll Ranking Public Respect for Professions. Continuing a decades-long trend, members of the media placed near the bottom in a poll which
asked respondents their opinions of various professions. In the Gallup survey, TV reporters were barely more popular than advertising salespeople,
state-level politicians, car salesmen, members of Congress, and lobbyists with just 20 percent of respondents saying they had a favorable opinion.
They were tied with lawyers. Print newspaper reporters fared slightly better at 21 points.
Stunner: Ed Schultz receiving big
bucks from unions. Does MSNBC know that one of its hosts is receiving large amounts of money form an interest group whose political
activities he covers? Does the network have any journalistic ethics guidelines at all? Elisha Krauss of truthrevolt.org presents the
results of a search of Department of Labor archives showing the amounts of money Schultz has received from politically active organizations he covers.
Dylan Byers: MSNBC Is Everything the Left
Accuses Fox News of Being. Today Politico's Dylan Byers got tough on MSNBC with two posts calling into question the
channel's journalistic credibility. Byers started the day by going after MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry for something she
said over the weekend. Harris-Perry claimed Sunday that the term Obamacare was an attempt by white people to denigrate a black
President. Byers pointed out that "Hillarycare" and "Reaganomics" seem like similar appellations and asked, in light of these,
how "Obamacare" could be implicitly racist while the other terms are not.
Liberal media's chickens [are] coming
home to roost. [Scroll down] In other words, the shift of cable news viewers away from liberal CNN and radical left (Forward!)
MSNBC is considerable. Unlike monopoly newspapers, cable news viewers have a choice, and they are finding that those who uncritically supported
Obama are less trustworthy and therefore are changing their viewing habits. Unmistakably, there is a trend here.
Now They Tell Us. After spending three years promoting ObamaCare lies, the media elite now scramble to get out of the way of a
train wreck they helped cause. Their backpedaling would be funny if so many lives weren't at risk.
A Death Panel Toldja So. My pal Steve
Malzberg, now hosting a show on Newsmax TV, scored big this week with an interview with leftist journalist Mark Halperin —
co-author of Game Change, and the former ABC News political director who once sent a memo directing reporters to be biased in
their coverage of the Bush-Kerry election. Halperin admitted that Obamacare includes death panels — committees of
bureaucrats who will decide when your life is no longer of value to the state.
Politico: Dems Prep to Trash
ObamaCare. It is no secret that the Democrat party is hemorrhaging support in the wake of the disastrous ObamaCare
rollout. [...] Politico's Mike Allen was on MSNBC this week, saying that they are "hearing" that Democrats will be very aggressive
against the program in Congressional oversight hearings next week. If Politico is "hearing" something, it means Democrats are
trying to leak the information to the public ahead of the hearings. Politico and Mike Allen, especially, are simply another
communications vehicle for the Democrat party.
Why Obama can't wave away this scandal.
[Scroll down] Consider the events that would have been unprecedented scandals in a Republican administration — with teams
of reporters digging and scratching daily at every nook and cranny in every bureaucratic corridor — that have instead been
covered dutifully but with relatively little passion and almost no follow-up. Why? Because it would have hurt Obama,
Might the Establishment Turn Against
Obama?. [Scroll down] Meanwhile, the bulk of the media, dominated by progressive executives and editors, along with their useful
idiots the journalism majors, made protecting progressivism's new poster child and mocking or ignoring anyone who dared to challenge him their
primary mission. [...] The leftist media majority, meanwhile, followed the Democratic Party's talking points right down the line, as they were
hired to do. And the doomsday clock for American liberty that is ObamaCare was carefully concealed through the obvious and
simplistic tactic of delaying much of the law's implementation until after Obama's re-election.
Group Tied to Obamacare 'Trains'
Journalists on how to Spin Obamacare's failures. Every dictator knows that if you want to stay in power, you absolutely must control
the media. Having a robust, honest, independent media is an important aspect of maintaining a government accountable to the people.
However, the Obama Regime has worked very hard over the years to gain a stranglehold on the media and it shows.
Digging for News vs. Digging out Obama.
As the Obamacare fiasco deepens and broadens, and one watches the panic enveloping Team Obama, which strategy looks more desperate: Defending the
indefensible or savaging critics as somehow responsible for this mess? The spin control is actually amusing when you consider that it isn't Team
Obama trying to influence the media. It's the media doing damage control for Team Obama.
Other Scandals, Virtually Ignored By Big Media. Obama only looks "relatively scandal-free" when the media quit doing their job and choose
to dwell in a wonderland of denial.
The Obama Facade Cracks at Last. Only
now — five years into his presidency — are we seeing some cracks in the protective shield surrounding President Obama,
and then only after the abuse of reporters' privacy has been threatened. Mainstream journalists have not scrutinized his controversial
policies, nor have they held him accountable for questionable actions that have caused outrage among fair-minded critics and produced
irreparable harm to the nation. Some facts are irrefutable, but the president has, by and large, deflected all blame and few in
the media have dared question his policies and actions.
Obamacare's Media Mandate. [Scroll down] So the
question is now, will the media agree that if Democrats were so thoroughly invested in Obamacare, they should now pay the price at the ballot box for
its collapse? Will they conclude that different voices are needed to moderate their ultra-liberal view of America? Will they, as often as
they have acquiesced in the blaming of George W. Bush for every Obama failure, now rebuke the latter as fiercely and frequently as they did the
former? Fat chance. No, even should pigs sprout wings, the media will defend their myopic view of the Democrat and Republican parties;
even to the political grave.
Obama just got used to
saying things that were never challenged. He was going to close GITMO was one of the early promises. He even signed an executive
order to close it within a year. But GITMO is still open and will likely stay open the day that President Obama flies home to Chicago in early
2017. I'm not good at predictions but I can predict today that [President] #45 will inherit GITMO. He said that you could keep your own
health care plan or doctor. [...] It looks like millions won't keep their insurance. Where was the media on both of these? They weren't
doing their job. This is why he got away with making these statements.
Obama Ex-Chief of Staff Joins CBS News.
The incestuous relationship between the mainstream media and the Obama White House continues unabated with the announcement today [10/28/2013] that
Bill Daley, President Obama's former Chief of Staff, is joining CBS News as a contributor.
Ted Cruz's father equates
'liberal media' to communist propaganda ministries. The father of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said that the "liberal media" in the U.S. has an "evil agenda" that
reminds him of the "ministry of misinformation" in communist countries like Cuba. In an interview with radio host Glenn Beck, Cruz said that the media was interested
in "destroying what this country is all about."
The 10 Rules In The
Establishment Republican Handbook. [#4] Trash conservatives, but hold your fire against Democrats: There's a reason that both John
McCain and Mitt Romney fought harder against their Republican primary opponents than they did against Barack Obama. The liberal media applauds you for
saying mean things about conservative Republicans, but they hate it when you go after Democrats.
The New Nexus:
Media Left And Republican Moderates. The government shutdown has made it abundantly clear that the anti-conservative news media and the
anti-conservative Republican establishment have joined together to the point where it's almost impossible to see where one ends and the other begins.
Wussies! Every Last One of You.
The liberal media can't help themselves. They have a huge crush on the President. He can do no wrong. [...] There's something very dangerous about
the liberal love affair with the President. Fear of asking the tough questions crushes accountability. And without accountability, tyranny follows.
Drown the Racist Terrorists!: Media Ramp Up
Rhetoric Against Right. With the government shutdown now entering into its third week, the frustration and rage among the media elite is
manifesting itself in ways above and beyond the usual-usual hostile coverage. Just two years after launching the New Tone-era, media elites are
now openly wishing conservatives dead while comparing them to terrorists, criminals, and segregationists.
Who Created the Gerrymandered
Media? New York Times media columnist David Carr thinks its shocking that some smart people don't want to read his paper or
the Washington Post. He was amazed to learn in a New York magazine interview that Justice Antonin Scalia a man who is widely
acknowledged, even in the saner precincts of the left, to be an intellectual giant, won't read either of them and that his daily sources for
news are limited to the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Times and conservative talk radio.
Media's Off-the-Record Meetings
with the President Really Need to Stop. Earlier this year, President Obama privately sat down with the primetime lineup of MSNBC to talk about selling
his tax plan to the American people. Those journalists, or pundits, or hosts, or personalities, or however [...] we define those who host cable news shows
these days, weren't there for an interview, they were there for instructions.
Jake Tapper Acknowledges Media Bias,
Says 'White House Press Briefings Are Quite Often Useless'. One of the things many conservatives admire about CNN's Jake Tapper is his willingness to speak truths
typically too inconvenient for most in his industry.
Jake Tapper on media bias: Most reporters have
never fired a gun, worked 9 to 5. Award-winning journalist and author Jake Tapper says most reporters' bias comes from being out of touch.
TruthRevolt Will Make MSM 'Pay' for Lies, Change 'Nature of Media'. Shapiro said TruthRevolt will be billed as the "anti-Media Matters."
He emphasized that Media Matters has tried to destroy the careers of conservatives who are truth-tellers and TruthRevolt will "turn that around and go after
the liars of the left-wing" and the mainstream media.
Weakness Does Not Make A Political
Party. Boldness is the stuff of leadership. Many have argued that the Republicans must not risk bad press. This is the
fear behind the call to not shut down the government. They allude to the days of Newt Gingrich fighting President Clinton. The
Republicans will never receive good press unless they are attacking other Republicans.
staff if they are 'intersex,' 'transsexual,' 'genderqueer,' male-to-female. The 60,000-strong Thomson Reuters media empire, in an effort to
determine its diversity success, is asking its staff of reporters, researchers, marketers and others to pick their sex from nine choices, including
"genderqueer," a category for identities other than man or woman. According to the company's annual employee survey, choosing a sexual identity
doesn't have to be based on a worker's actual sex, but instead "a person's innate, deeply felt psychological identification."
Dangerous Times: The Crisis-Monger.
Obama thrives on crises, not solutions. That's the key to this whole administration. [...] He believes that politically he can't lose with
a completely obedient media spinning everything his way. As long as Americans are suckered by our monopoly media, we will never solve any real
problems. Instead, we will be drawn into phony crises instigated by Obama and the Democrats. Any real dangers, like nuclear proliferation
and the Jihad War, will be ignored as long as Democrats are in power. The only permanent solution is to fire the mendacious media, and that
is completely up to you.
The World According to Andrea Mitchell.
Now's a good time to bring this up as Mitchell, one of the biggest Obama supplicants on the boob tube, improbably receives the National Press Club's
highest honor, the Fourth Estate Award, at a gala banquet tonight [10/4/2013] in the capital city. Mitchell is receiving the prize even though it is designated
for "a journalist who has made significant contributions to the field through a lifetime of excellence."
Wendy Davis was a media
hero and Ted Cruz is a 'grandstander'. It's sort of hard to believe, but the Washington media is filled with people who maintain
that the major mainstream news media in the U.S. does not have a liberal bias. I don't spend too much time on the broader "media bias" case,
because it's too hard to litigate. Point out disparate treatment, and a bias-denier can just say "the cases are equivalent."
But Ted Cruz is giving us a very good point of comparison.
Press Hires Lefty Activist Chris Tomlinson, Gets Its Money's Worth. In July 2011, the Associated Press hired Chris Tomlinson
to be its Supervisory Correspondent in its Austin, TX bureau. The AP's news reporting is supposed to be neutral and non-partisan, but
Tomlinson is not. He came to the AP from a gig at the Texas Observer, which is the same lefty publication that was once the home of
Media bias springs up after seeds like this are sown:
with ESPN sportscasters. The president is golfing [9/15/2013] at Maryland's Andrews Air Force Base, just outside Washington, with
Tony Kornheiser and Mike Wilbon, co-hosts of ESPN's "Pardon the Interruption" program.
The Media Protect Obama Where It Counts.
[Scroll down] Historically, the purpose of the press was to inform people. But the principal purpose of our laughably misnamed mainstream media is to
prevent people from learning things that might not be good for them. Or, rather, for the Democratic Party.
Stengel Is at Least the 21st Journalist to Work for the Obama Administration. Keeping track of how many reporters went to
work under President Obama is tricky. Do you count those who had some other job in between reporting and the Obama administration?
Enacting the Liberty Amendments.
Without getting into the detail of the potential disputes over the procedures for an Article V convention, it is certain that, even if
two thirds of the States were to call for a convention, it would be tied up in litigation for years. And if it was ever able to convene,
it would likely turn out to be the largest convocation of leftist law professors ever assembled, who would dominate the media coverage and
assure that no amendments would issue which would accomplish anything sought by constitutional conservatives.
Super-Media! With the Power to Detect Non-Existent Racism. In order to immunize the most left-wing presidential
candidate the nation has ever seen, the Non-Fox Media went into overdrive reporting their fantasies of an America full of racists,
constantly terrorizing innocent blacks. Of course, once Republicans got the Democrats to stop terrorizing black people, there
was no one else doing it. Nonetheless, for decades, the media would highlight every apparent white-on-black crime,
treating each such incident as the Crime of the Century.
Hillary Clinton, the Press, and the
Permanent Campaign. When the media decides that something or someone is or isn't in the "public interest," it will inevitably abuse the
elasticity of that category. When the media sees itself as responsible for enabling or resisting trends in American politics, it tends to take
sides. It is not the fault of the New York Times that the 2016 presidential campaign seems already to be under way.
Media's Cruz Derangement Syndrome: 'Creepy,' 'Abrasive,' Born in
Canada. The attack on Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) has begun. Fearful of Cruz as a prospective Republican presidential nominee in 2016, the media is now
digging into his past, all the way back to birth.
The Editor says...
Why didn't Barry Soetoro (a/k/a Barack H. Obama) get the same treatment?
Media Target the Powerless;
Protect Powerful Liars, Bigots & Race Hoaxers. Last week, a nobody shopgirl was globally defamed after one of the most powerful people in the world
publicly accused her of racism. Today, Oprah Winfrey's tale of being victimized by this shopgirl has completely collapsed. Meanwhile, the media are too
busy talking about Winfrey's Oscar chances to vindicate this poor shopgirl's honor or to hold Winfrey accountable for her behavior.
Politico Publishes Media
Matter's Attack On CNN's 'Rightward Shift'. You have to give it to Politico and Media Matters. What a genius stroke to
team up for an Orwellian attack against CNN that accuses the network of a "detectable rightward shift." Though David Brock, founder
of Media Matters, has all kinds of space of his own to spew propaganda, Politico apparently felt this particular editorial was important enough
to host and promote on their own real estate.
BBC 'is twice as likely to cover Left-wing
news stories than Right-wing ones' claims study. Long-running accusations that the BBC is biased have been backed by a study that found it was twice as likely
to cover Left-wing policy proposals as Right-wing ones.
America's Three Worst Pravda Press Organizations.
The competition for the most loathsome news organization in the U.S is fierce. Based on their offenses against the basic tenets of journalism seen
during just the past two weeks, some of which would have made the propagandists at the former Soviet Union's Pravda blush, three lame losers —
Politico, the Huffington Post, and the Associated Press — have emerged as leaders of the left agenda-promoting, Barack Obama keister-covering
brigade. Politico is the trailblazer in frequently tailoring and even altering its coverage to minimize Obama administration embarrassment.
Is Obama 'Insuring' Softball Questions?
[Scroll down] American media executives, and American journalists, might have political positions with which we cannot agree, and they might not even appear
sensible, but for the most part, they are still intelligent people. And they remember a lot of what they hear or read. They see how this
administration has approached dealing with those it might view as "enemies." They have heard how a president's choice for the FCC views control
of the media. [...] So perhaps we should view these media "softball" questions as a pre-emptive defense position. That would be the most
charitable view we could take. Otherwise, we would have to conclude that the mainstream media are acting in collusion with the administration
to undermine the Constitution of the United States of America.
Andrea Mitchell: 35 Years of Liberal Advocacy.
On July 31, 2013, NBC chief foreign affairs correspondent Andrea Mitchell celebrated her 35th anniversary at the network and was predictably praised by
her media colleagues. [...] Given how consistently Mitchell has toed the liberal line throughout her career of slanted reporting, it's no wonder why
MSNBC's left-wing hosts also heaped accolades upon her.
Mitchell Reports': Five Years of Cheering Liberals and Slamming Conservatives. On Thursday, MSNBC host Andrea Mitchell celebrated five
years of her 1 p.m. ET hour show, Andrea Mitchell Reports, with highlight reels and congratulatory messages from her NBC colleagues.
The accolades for Mitchell followed five years of her using the program to routinely praise liberals and bash conservatives.
Obama Visited Amazon 6 Days Before Founder Bought
WaPo. While conservatives and liberals consider the political leanings of Washington Post buyer and Amazon founder Jeff Bezos in
an attempt to divine how his politics will affect those of the historic institution, the truth appears to be far simpler: the Post is
now Bezos' latest political tool in a crony capitalist effort to work with the Obama administration.
88 Percent of New Washington Post Owner's Donations
Went to Dems. Amazon founder and chief executive officer Jeffrey Bezos has agreed to acquire the Washington Post for $250 million,
the paper announced Monday [8/5/2013]. Although not a major political donor, Bezos' donation history skews Democratic — 88 percent
of his donations since 1998 have been to Democrats. Bezos has donated $17,000 to political candidates during that period, with only $2,000 to
In the mood
for fiction? Wait for new projects on Hillary. When did the Clintons become the Kennedys? Just what the world needs is not one,
but two movie projects on the so-called virtues of Hillary Clinton. Has Obama set the bar so low that Hillary looks like a good alternative?
With left-wing Tinseltown celebs in the Clintons' back pocket, the chances of her scandals being included in the CNN film and the NBC miniseries now in
the works are slim and none. The film either will be the best example of revisionist history during our lifetime or a two-hour episode of "The
settled now; Hillary will be president #45. Well, it looks like we won't have much to write about here for the next three years.
The media, which knows all and tells some, has proclaimed Hillary Clinton the definite Democrat nominee in 2016.
Trayvon Martin tragedy to fit. I never thought the Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman case deserved nearly the attention it got.
But reasonable people can disagree about that. What strikes me as unconscionable, however, is the way the supposedly objective media have
not only sensationalized a tragedy but at times appear to deliberately bend the facts to fit a desired story line.
Zimmerman case hurt media's image.
A Pew Research poll this month revealed that less than a third of Americans believe journalists contribute "a lot" to societal well-being.
That's more in a continuing stream of bad news for the media. Unfortunately, the press has done little to improve that image with its
coverage of Trayvon Martin's death. Instead, reporters took a tragic situation and sensationalized it [...]
Fig-Leafs Dirty Democrats. In the rare times the networks report on Democrats snagged in scandals, they conveniently forget
their party affiliation. Scandalous Republicans, in contrast, get ID'd 100% of the time.
Poll: Media Out of
Touch on Voter ID Laws, 83% Approve. Remember how, during the media's failed months-long crusade to push for gun control, the GOP was
under siege 24/7 from left-wingers like Chuck Todd, Joe Scarborough, and Wolf Blitzer armed with polls that showed 80% wanted background checks
tightened, including a majority of Republicans? [...] Well, guess what else is an 80-20 issue? Voter ID.
Reporters Tell Obama His
Ideas are "Great"? We have all heard about liberal media bias, but this is just over the top. [...] In his speech that lasted over an
hour yesterday [7/24/2013], President Obama said reporters praise his economic proposals as "great and tell him that they are "all good ideas".
The speech which droned on for what seemed like ages, presented no new ideas and was dismissive of serious concerns with his administration.
Licensed to Smooch. How do we believe a word of
anything we read (or hear or see) from the Licensed Media (or the "state-run media," as Rush calls them) if they are not counter-balanced by
the Non-State-Run Media? "Trust us, we're professionals" is not exactly reassuring given their recent track record as information
falsifiers and administration cheerleaders.
It's time for 'journalists' to
discover journalism. I was recently speaking with two editors from top-10 newspapers who by their own admission see the world
from different ends of the political spectrum and yet both were bemoaning the state of their profession. One — a bit
right-of-center — complained how more and more reporters and editors are putting their ideology before their duties as
journalists and skewing stories and "news" accounts to reflect or enhance that ideology.
Davis' Shoes and America's Ideologically Monochromatic Newsrooms. For better or worse, we live in a pretty balanced country.
Yet when you look around the newsrooms and editorial boards of most major media organizations, this ideological diversity isn't remotely reflected.
At the New York Times, The Washington Post, ABC News, NBC News, CBS News, if you were betting that three-in-four journalists were pro-choice
Democrats, it would be free money. Equally important, these reporters and editors are just like most everyone else they know.
Associated Press, You're Why
We Can't Have a Nice Country Anymore. Obviously it's too much to expect that the AP treat any Republican fairly, let alone a
conservative Republican from Texas. By accentuating the trivial, AP plays up irrelevance and minimizes politicians' actual records.
That's no accident, as it tends to help Democrats who have built up records of failure by pursuing leftwing policy, and downplays the successes
that Perry and other GOP governors such as Scott Walker and Bobby Jindal have had in pursuing smaller-government policies that actually work.
Former Producer Rips
MSNBC as Obama's 'Official Network'. Left-wing media critic Jeff Cohen has been all over cable news as a contributor, but for a
time he worked as a senior producer for MSNBC. Monday [7/8/2013], in the wake of the NSA spying scandal, Cohen lashed out at his former
employer as the "official network of the Obama White House." This isn't exactly news to the most of us, but MSNBC's water carrying for
Obama's massive surveillance state apparently woke Mr. Cohen up.
In the news business, bias leads to destruction.
Not Even Democrats Like MSNBC, Poll Finds.
[A recent Gallup] poll showed Democrats turn to television first for news at a 54 percent rate, well above the Internet (18 percent),
print media (12 percent) and radio (4 percent), yet MSNBC was used by them at the same rate as National Public Radio (2 percent).
Who's the most opinionated in town?
MSNBC. Bias is hard to measure because, like beauty, it's in the eye of the beholder. But the Pew Research Center tried to
put numbers on it and they've codified what everyone already knows. Bias is an art, not a science, and their conclusions won't settle
many arguments. The folks at Pew set out to determine the network with the most obvious bias, what Pew calls the most "opinionated."
The winner, and hence the loser in the race for the viewers the advertisers covet most, is MSNBC.
Zimmerman and Obama. In the likely event that George
Zimmerman is acquitted, it is also likely that there will be explosions of racial violence all over this country. Even in the event of a
guilty verdict, it is possible in this emotional situation that there will be violent actions by those on all sides of this tense issue, whether
white or black, liberal or conservative. Sensible folks should be frightened for the fate of our nation now as the Zimmerman case dominates
so much of the media.
Lehrer Reveals Decades of Liberal Journalists Assisting Democrats in Presidential Debates. It may be 2013, but the race for the
White House in 2016 is already heating up. The eventual Republican nominee will have to deal with the liberal media assisting the
Democratic candidate in the presidential debates. In his 2011 book Tension City, journalist Jim Lehrer recounts several examples
of that happening from 1960 through 2008.
Briefing, Reporters Don't Ask Obama a Single Question About Scandals. During his flight to Africa aboard Air Force One, President Obama
headed to the part of the plane where the travelling press corps was seated and held an impromptu news briefing. Despite the many scandals
currently swirling around the administration including NSA spying and lying, Benghazi lying, and the revelation that the IRS's political attacks on
conservative groups was even more widespread than originally thought, the left-leaning journalists did not ask Obama a single tough question.
The Obama White House Tapes. [Scroll down] But
a detailed examination of the videos reveals [IRS Union Chief Maureen] Kelley's eye-opening description of how the federal bureaucracy really works. A
statement that was echoed separately by [ABC senior correspondent Claire] Shipman in her "Breakout Session 2." Unwittingly, they confirm exactly
the charge made by an anonymous IRS official in Cincinnati that "everything comes from the top." A close look also reveals a stunning admission
from [Cokie] Roberts of her own influence in the Obama White House as she openly boasts about directly influencing policy through Valerie Jarrett.
Gallup: Less Than One Fourth
of Americans Trust Newspapers. A new poll on newspapers and television news shows that Americans' confidence in the news
industry continues to erode in this era of mass communications, reaching a low not seen since 2007. [...] Naturally, liberals trust
newspapers more than conservatives.
How Democracies Perish, Deathbed
Edition. Paradoxically, the totalitarian world's great advantage in its cultural assault was the openness of the democracies
themselves. Specifically, our free press became the communists' best weapon, as it gave them a strategic advantage: [...] Everyone
saw freedom's warts, blunders, and impurities; from the totalitarian world, there were only declarations of purity and superiority,
supported by apologetics from Western intellectuals, and mitigated only by vague, unsubstantiated rumors of secret police, repression of
political opponents, and other implausible-sounding evils. [...] Today's Western totalitarian propaganda apparatus, still operating under
its former, respected title, the "news media," functions on precisely the same mechanisms as the Soviet or Chinese propaganda operations
described by [Jean-François] Revel: suppress, obfuscate, dilute and, when revelation seems unavoidable, delay.
Obama's Climate of Intimidation.
Both parties constantly make accusations that their rival is engaged in hypocritical, unethical, or illegal behavior. Given
the drastic lack of ideological diversity in the American elite media, the general public usually only hears about such accusations
against Republicans. Beyond the fact that biased reporting shapes public opinion to favor the left, it may also have an effect
on law enforcement. The persistent lies that have been told about right-leaning political groups by leading Democrats, including
President Obama himself, may have led to the IRS abuses of power that we've heard so much about in recent weeks.
another arrest-ridden liberal protest gets the atta-boy from national press. The coverage of the Tea Party, especially
racism charges, is meant to discourage home-schooling moms and flat-tax dads from getting involved and to put off possible newcomers.
The press largely finds it distasteful when conservatives voice their beliefs in public and would like them to keep it as quiet as
possible if they feel the need to talk at all. The persecution of Tea Party groups at the hands of the IRS institutionalized
this message. One method was unfair and unethical; its ensconcing in the halls of government power was unconstitutional.
But make no mistake about it. Neither is merely a mistake.
Post: Family Relations Between Media, Obama Officials Does Not Affect Coverage. Let's start by going through the
Post's article to create a list of journalists married to or closely related to officials within the Obama administration.
The size and scope of this is bad enough. But what is most troubling is how high up this incest occurs in the worlds of both the
media and the Obama administration.
Progressives in the Media Ignore Uncomfortable Facts and Justify Their Bias. [Scroll down] Progressives don't want a level
playing field, they want to disqualify their opponents at every opportunity so they can win unchallenged. Look at Obama. How did he win
his first few elections in Illinois? Simple — by getting his opponents disqualified or playing dirty pool by unsealing divorce
records to force his opponent to drop out so he could run unopposed. So it's no surprise at all that an Administration under Obama's direction
almost immediately turned to trying to disqualify the opposition.
Is this the result
Media Fail to Break Even One of Four Obama Scandals. Over the past few weeks, four major scandals have broken over the Obama
administration, and it is a very sad (and frightening) truth that our pathetic, American, lapdog mainstream media is not responsible for
breaking even a single one.
It's the Power, Stupid! Because the media
work with the government in order to get their stories, they have an amazing amount of influence. The MSM (Main Stream Media)
reporters are essentially the friends of the politicians; and we all know what influence friends can have on people. Additionally,
since MSM reporters are almost all liberal they envelop the candidates in a cloud of liberal "reality"; in liberal reality when hundreds
of thousands of people march in the dead of winter in DC for the right to life of every unborn American nothing really happens.
the Latest Obama Scandals Robbed Liberal Media of Their Favorite Defense. The biggest problem for Liberals in these current growing Obama
scandals is they have been robbed of their usual favorite defense/justification of Obama: "Bush did it too!" Perhaps you've seen this
yourself over the past 4½ years.
Quietly Gather at White House. NPR's Ari Shapiro posted an interesting Tweet on May 21. He discovered that a
cadre of well-known lefty columnists and journalists visited the White House together, three of whom he mentioned by name.
who spin for Obama are getting lonely as scandals pile up. Hard as it is to believe, there are still Obama administration
loyalists out there in the media insisting scandals are not scandals. These are just bad facts (e.g. auditing tea partyers, spying
on reporters, creating a false narrative on Benghazi) on which Republicans "seize" to attack the president — for doing things
like politicizing the IRS, the Justice Department and national security. [I]t doesn't quite make sense, but their job, you
see, is to keep spirits high on the left and defend and deflect criticism of the White House.
Counting on a Double Standard. While not licking their chops at the thought of tearing into the president's aides about
the IRS scandal, the Justice Department's fishing expedition into the AP's phone records, or Benghazi, they're asking a salient question
of journalists: What would you do with this material if it was George W. Bush or Dick Cheney who were accused of lying about a
terror attack, infringing on the rights of the press, or selectively enforcing the laws to punish political opponents?
Media Performance Of Late Is Largely Due To Left-Wing Bias. One reason the major television and cable network news outlets
get it wrong so often is because they sometimes would rather be first rather than right.[...] Another real reason they get so much wrong
is because of their left-of-center bias. As we have seen time and again, the television news networks that lean left of center, such
as CBS News, ABC News, NBC News, MSNBC, and CNN — there is not enough room to list all of the newspapers in the tank for the
left — will give President Obama a pass for the exact same issues they targeted President George W. Bush. Be
those issues golf outings, uttering factual mistakes or even foreign policy parallels.
'Today' Host to Marry
Longtime Democrat Operative. The warm fuzzies were everywhere as "Today" co-host Savannah Guthrie announced on-the-air
that she was officially engaged to her boyfriend of four years, Mike Feldman. Al Roker made jokes, Matt Lauer beamed like a proud
poppa, the blushing bride-to-be flashed her ring... But what wasn't revealed is just who it is one of the most powerful women in
media is marrying. Mike Feldman is a long-time Democrat operative.
Earthquake: Did Carney Presser End MSM
Monolith? Do not underestimate the significance: the Obama administration has not faced such an onslaught of truth-seeking
since he took office in 2008, and further, no Democratic administration has been charged from all sides like this in recent memory.
That press conference was unthinkable just days ago.
Presidents of ABC
and CBS News Have Siblings Working at White House With Ties to Benghazi. "CBS News President David Rhodes and ABC News President Ben Sherwood,
both of them have siblings that not only work at the White House, that not only work for President Obama, but they work at the NSC on foreign policy issues
directly related to Benghazi." So stated political consultant and media commentator Richard Grenell on Saturday's Fox News Watch.
News President and WH Official Tied to Benghazi Scandal Are Brothers. One of the mainstream media journalists whose pursuit of
the truth has been truly tenacious and nonpartisan is CBS News' Sharyl Attkisson. Her tough reporting has made life difficult for everyone
from Hillary Clinton to the Bush administration and Congressional Republicans. She's also been relentless on the Obama administration's
Fast & Furious gun-running scandal — and, of course, Benghazi. As we mentioned this week, Attkisson's tough investigative
journalism is starting to bother unnamed CBS News executives.
Obama official's brother is president of CBS News, may drop reporter over Benghazi coverage. The brother of a top Obama
administration official is also the president of CBS News, and the network may be days away from dropping one of its top investigative
reporters for covering the administration's scandals too aggressively. CBS News executives have reportedly expressed frustration
with their own reporter, Sharyl Attkisson, who has steadily covered the Obama administration's handling of the Benghazi terrorist attack
in Libya since late last year.
The Sovietized American Media. What happened in the Soviet
media was the systematic suppression of all real news and a purging of all serious intellectual inquiry. All news made the party leaders look good, or it
simply wasn't news. All facts supported the theme that the latest Five Year Plan was working marvelously, whatever the clear facts of ordinary Soviet life
might say to the contrary. [...] Isn't that the way things are in America today?
Gun debate triggered media bias.
If you thought President Obama was outraged after the Senate killed the plan to expand background checks on guns, you should have seen some
members of the press. Even by the standards of today's partisan media environment, the response has been noteworthy. [...] The decision by
some members of the media to come down so firmly on one side of a policy debate has only served to reinforce conservatives' longstanding
suspicions that the mainstream media has a deep-seated liberal bias.
The Top 50 Liberal Media Bias Examples. [#47] Anti-Christian
Bias: There is, of course, one religion that the Old Media attacks with regularity: Christianity. The anti-Christian bias in the media is endemic.
[#49] Abortion: Once again, this is one of those issues where the media presents "experts" to legitimize a story on abortion but those "experts" are always
members of left-wing think tanks or abortion advocates like Planned Parenthood. Naturally, these "experts" are never identified for their bias. The
media has gone out of its way for years to push the liberal agenda on abortion.
The Curious Case of Kermit Gosnell.
If there was ever a case of clear-cut media bias and cover-up, this is it.
about "Doctor" Kermite Gosnell's news media coverage here, and more
about his crimes here
Know Thy Enemy II: the Media.
The throng known as the "main stream media" has lost far more than its neutrality; it's also lost its institutional memory. While
there isn't a journalist on or off payroll who can't recite his First Amendment rights verbatim, they seem to have collectively forgotten
the responsibilities that accompany those rights; i.e. reporting the truth without regard to their personal political, religious or secular
beliefs and inclinations.
Guns Responsible for Global Warming. For every
issue there is a narrative: a set of assumptions and boundaries of thought with which every story (and editorial) is tailored to agree.
False narratives usually serve the left well. For over eighteen months, American politics was forced into as media narrative tat [sic] ignored
everything else and focused on Obamacare which, we were told, would make health[ ]care cheaper and more available, the precise opposites of its
effect. For months before that, we were told Obama's "stimulus" would create tens of thousands of jobs and get our economy growing. It
did no such thing, but the media narrative helped it become law.
Can You Imagine the Coverage If It Were Puppies?
It is fascinating how much of a bubble the media lives in with that bubble so DC-NYC centric. It is again one of the problems for news organizations like
CNN as it tries to rebuild. [...] In churches, local restaurants, and small town hair salons a lot of people across the country are talking about the terrible
trial of Kermit Gosnell in Pennsylvania. It's just not the people who interact with those who produce the news in New York City.
Working Up to Auschwitz. A demon has been revealed in
twenty-first-century Philadelphia, and the three broadcast networks have been enforcing a policy of silence about the discovery. So have most major
America's Economic Disconnect. The state of our
economy has become a constructed fantasy created largely by mainstream media (MSM) narratives. Media accounts of economic performance over the
past four years have ranged from confusing to inaccurate to flagrant happy talk and spin. Rationalization and selective reporting have created
economic 'good' news and false 'hopes' where none existed or should exist. The techniques employed have included consistently biased memes, factual
omission, factual commission, and even misdirection.
Why They Won't Talk About Kermit Gosnell.
You may not have heard much about Gosnell's case. That's because the mainstream press has chosen by and large to ignore it. There is no
area of American politics in which the press is more activist or biased or unethical than social issues, the so-called culture wars.
The Media Can't Bury McConnellgate.
While the Watergate scandal may have been more about the cover up than the crime, the line crossed by Nixon's henchmen has always appeared
to be a bright line that no one — not even liberals who can generally count on favorable media treatment — dare cross
in this country. Yet someone or some group may have done so in Kentucky, and if that explanation of what happened at Senate Minority
Leader Mitch McConnell's Louisville office holds up what follows will be an interesting test of the media's integrity.
MSNBC's Touré founded militant
anti-white student paper. MSNBC host Touré founded a student newspaper dedicated to black liberation theology while he was a
college student attending Emory University from 1989 to 1992. Touré's flagship publication, The Fire This Time, lavished praise on
famous anti-Semites, black supremacists, and conspiracy theorists whom Touré helped bring to campus. Before he became an
intense-but-sardonic TV personality, Touré also decried "the suffocating white community" and defended a nationally famous fake hate crime.
Shame On The AP For
Surrendering To Left-Wing Language Policing. The Associated Press has rolled over in the face of political pressure and
dropped the term "illegal immigrant" from their style guidelines. They have implicitly accepted the liberal notion that using the
term outside the context of an action is offensive. "No human being is 'illegal,'" immigration activist Jose Antonio Vargas
recently wrote. Apparently, the AP agrees with this fatuous, self-obsessed interpretation of the generations-old descriptor.
bans the phrase 'illegal immigrant'. "It's 'illegal immigrant' no more" says the Associated Press, which banished the phrase
from its usage guide on Tuesday — the latest stylistic edict for journalists who have for years juggled such terms as
"undocumented worker" or "illegal alien," its politically incorrect variant. "The Stylebook no longer sanctions the term 'illegal
immigrant' or the use of 'illegal' to describe a person. Instead, it tells users that 'illegal' should describe only an action, such
as living in or immigrating to a country illegally," said the senior vice president and executive editor Kathleen Carroll.
On 'Illegal Immigrant' Undeniably Political. It's no coincidence that a major mainstream wire service is banning the
term "illegal immigrant" just as immigration reform gathers steam in Congress. The "P" in AP must stand for "Politicized."
Jay Leno described it best, on Tuesday's "Tonight Show." The comic noted that "the Associated Press, the largest news-gathering
outlet in the world, will no longer use the term 'illegal immigrant.'" Instead, "they will now use the phrase 'undocumented
Associated Press Revises Another Politically Charged Term. Following on the heels of the Tuesday [4/2/2013] decision by The
Associated Press to discontinue use of the term "illegal immigrant," the news agency on Thursday revised its stylebook entry for another
politically charged term. The term "Islamist," the AP clarified in a Thursday afternoon alert to online stylebook subscribers,
should not be used as "a synonym for Islamic fighters, militants, extremists or radicals."
The reporters who banned "Illegal
Immigrant". File this in the overflowing cabinet labeled: No Wonder the Mainstream Media Is Dying. On
Tuesday [4/2/2013], the Associated Press announced that it is banishing the phrase "illegal immigrant" from its famous stylebook.
The world's largest newsgathering outlet now advises reporters that "illegal" will "only refer to an action, not a person." AP
directs writers not to use the terms "illegal alien, an illegal, illegals or undocumented" anymore, except "in direct quotations."
It won't be long before illegal border crossers, illegal visa overstayers, illegal deportation evaders, document fraudsters and illegal
alien traffickers are all referred to as "our fellow Americans." Without the quotations. Mark my words.
Marriage Is the Media's Vehicle, Destination Is to Destroy the Church. If anyone wants to argue that the same government
currently forcing religious institutions to purchase the abortion pill through ObamaCare will not eventually use civil rights violations
in order to attempt to force the Church to perform same-sex marriage ceremonies — good luck with that. But this would
have been unthinkable five years ago.
Disney CEO defends
ABC, ESPN against shareholder's complaints of liberal bias. Disney CEO Bob Iger defended the reputations of ABC News and ESPN at the
company's annual shareholders meeting on Wednesday [3/6/2013] after one shareholder accused both networks of contributing to liberal media bias and
the nation's declining trust in the media.
Sharp Left Turn Began With Education Takeover. Realizing that they could actually influence the national polity, including
elections, the media abandoned any semblance of journalistic balance and became shameless mouthpieces for liberalism, the Democrat
National Committee, and any political cause or candidate of the political spectrum's left side. National reporters and news
anchors have descended to the level of overt cheerleaders for the left. They blatantly run interference for Barack Obama,
even to the point of abetting the cover up of major scandals such as Benghazi.
Why Liberals Still Detest Fox News.
More than 16 years after its founding and 11 years after it assumed its current perch as the most-watched cable news network, Fox News
remains the favorite punching bag of the left. Liberals take it as an article of faith that Fox is not merely biased but a travesty that
serious people should ignore. But the notion that there is something unholy about what is broadcast on Fox or that its mix of news and
opinion is uniquely biased has never stood up to scrutiny.
Media's Dirty War Of Words Against Pope Francis. The left has been trying to paint the new Pope Francis as someone with a
dark past dating to Argentina's dirty war. One problem: Their allegations are falling apart. So now it's all about
endlessly repeated innuendo.
Coverage Almost Entirely Opinionated, While Fox News Includes More Factual Reporting, Study Says. True to its motto, MSNBC has
been leaning forward. To the point that its opinionated programming far outweighs its "factual reporting," according to a new Pew
study. While Fox News, too, had more opinionated programming, the network had a much smaller discrepancy between opinion and
MSNBC Has Become Almost
Entirely Saturated With Opinion. MSNBC's programming became almost entirely full of commentary and opinion in 2012,
while "factual reporting" saw almost no airtime, according to a new report from the Pew Research Center. The report, which is
part of Pew's annual comprehensive State of the News Media, found that opinion and commentary fill 85 percent of the airtime
on MSNBC. The network only devotes 15 percent to "factual reporting," according to the Pew study.
More reporting, less
punditry. According to a new survey done by Pew Research for its Project for Excellence in Journalism, most of the major
"news" networks are more opinion than reporting. MSNBC is the most opinionated network by far. About 85 percent of its
programming is opinion, which media analyst Howard Kurtz reminds us "is cheaper to produce than reporting."
The political media's
declining power. A new Pew report on the state of the media exposes one of the worst-kept secrets in politics:
reporters are losing their power to frame presidential contests for the average citizen.
Must Be Prepared to Answer Obama's Lies and Deceptions. [Scroll down] Along with confiscating as much wealth as he
can get away with, Obama believes that the tax code should be about punishing achievers and controlling behavior. Assisted by the
media, Obama sells his perverted definition of "fairness" to low-info voters. Anyway, Obama knows that the mainstream media usually
acts as his personal public relations firm, eagerly selling his lies to the public.
shocker: Some voters still trust the news media. It may be hard for many educated voters to believe, but
fully six out of every 100 Americans still find the news media Very Trustworthy. That compares with a proportion
twice as large (12%) who find the country's professional deliverers of news Not At All Trustworthy. A new Rasmussen
Reports survey of 1,000 likely voters reveals that more than four-of-ten Americans (41%) believe the average media reporter
(and most of them are average) is more liberal than they are.
Know Thy Enemy III: Celebrity Culture.
In 1983, 90% of American media was owned by 50 companies. By 2011, that same 90% was controlled by just 6 corporations. The
new Big Media cartel has given us a huge number of outlets, all controlled by a few corporate entities. This serves to give MSM the
illusion of programming diversity without actually having to present any content with different points of view. Obviously this
creates a concern from a journalistic standpoint — as the right wing has been arguing for years, and the left wing has been
Goodbye to a Very Green Business
Week. In the February 18-24 edition of Business Week, an editorial, "The Right Way Forward on Climate Change",
contained this gem: "Still, the U.S. accounts for about 19 percent of all emissions — emissions that are causing
global temperature increases, rising seas, and destructive droughts, floods, and hurricanes, according to a government advisory panel
report released last month." When a magazine publishes such drivel, you should not read it. There are no rising temperatures
Bob Woodward Retreats: Death of the Free Media.
I have to ask with all due respect where has Woodward been all these years when scores of journalists and citizens have been threatened,
marginalized or smeared by their government for daring to speak truth to power? During the Clinton era that would include anyone
who dared to challenge the official narrative during the investigation into the death of Vince Foster or Oklahoma City bombing.
Remember how Chinagate and Pardongate were shut down? Did Woodward not see how people were trashed during impeachment?
someone mention Vince Foster
and the Oklahoma City bombing?
Know Thy Enemy II: The Media.
The fuss over Fox's (admittedly) rightwing editorial orientation is surprising in face of the fact that they're outnumbered
6:1 by left leaning alphabet TV news outlets — ABC, CBS, NBC, MsNBC, CNN, PBS — 8:1 if you count TMZ and
Comedy Central as news sources, which many do [...]
media's approach to Rand Paul's filibuster: pretend it never happened. [The] front pages from some of the dominant
newspapers in America provide a textbook example of mainstream media control over political dialogue in America. The media's
playbook is simple: For Democrats, elevate good stories and bury bad ones. For Republicans, elevate bad stories and bury
good ones. Because the drive-by media is no longer interested in reporting news, but only cares about obtaining outcomes, it is
up to us [...] to offset the media hegemony.
Our Father, Who art in the White
House. Do you accept Barack Obama as your Lord and Savior? Chris Rock does — calling him our father, who
art in the White House. The media does as well. [...] To the media, the man can do no wrong. He is universally portrayed as
successful, moderate and bipartisan, when he has not one single measureable success, is probably the most left-wing president the nation
has ever elected, and has 'reached across the aisle' only to publically slap those who have dared to disagree, or beneficently allow
them to do as they are told.
President Obama divides and
strongarms. [Scroll down] In an earlier, better age, enterprising journalists would be curious about who in the
White House conjures these fictions that are then foisted on the American people in the name of the president. They would dig for
the work shop and roster of aides tasked with the job of misleading the nation. Not now. Now outright lies are considered
business as usual, at least as long as Barack Obama is the beneficiary.
Sen. Reid to the
Press: 'You Guys Have an Obligation to Report' that Democrats Are Right. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said
Thursday [2/28/2013] that the news media have an "obligation" to report that the Republicans are "unwilling to do what the American
people want done" on looming automatic, across-the-board budget cuts.
The Media Threat to Democracy.
Today, the mainstream media — ABC, NBC, CBS, MSNBC, CNN, the New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, the Boston
Globe, the LA Times, Newsweek, Time, and all the other mainstream media outlets — are
unabashedly liberal. They have also been integrated into the inner workings of the Democratic Party and the United States
government. The Obama administration tells the mainstream media what to report and how to report it. We now have a
government-controlled press, not a free press.
The Oscars, the Obamas and
Camelot. The Obamas are the beneficiaries of a media whose liberal bias is beyond doubt. They also have a
skillful staff that is ruthlessly manipulative and takes full advantage of social media and creative tactics. But mere
bias and smart tactics don't fully explain it. No president or presidential family has been treated by the mainstream
media with the sort of deference if not reverential awe the Obamas get since John F. Kennedy and his beautiful wife were
in the White House.
Bill Plante: Obama Administration 'Undercutting First Amendment,' 'It's State-Run Media'. Bill Plante, CBS News
Senior White House Correspondent, made a rather shocking statement Sunday [2/24/2013] about the Obama administration's media
strategy. Appearing on CNN's Reliable Sources, Plante said that to the extent the White House is able to "put out
their own material" without the Washington press corps, "they're undercutting the First Amendment...it's state-run media".
Gibbs and Axelrod pushing 'propaganda' on MSNBC. CNN's "Reliable sources" host Howard Kurtz and Baltimore Sun TV
critic David Zurawik debated on Sunday [2/24/2013] whether MSNBC's hiring of former Obama officials Robert Gibbs and David Axelrod
is punditry or propaganda. "Two of President Obama's fiercest and most visible defenders are now becoming television
pundits," Kurtz said, asking Zurawik, a frequent "Reliable Sources" guest, about the move.
Liberal Bias Central to Obama
Media Edge. No matter how smart the strategies employed by the White House, the president's ability to skate through four
years without getting seriously challenged by the mainstream media would not have been possible if most of those being played were not
willing accomplices. Due credit must be given to the administration's ability to take advantage of technology as well as their
brilliant if unscrupulous game playing with journalists. But without the liberal bias of most of the mainstream outlets that
let the president play them like a piano, he would come across as a bully and a demagogue rather than the reasonable nice guy seen
in those "60 Minutes" interviews he loves to give.
Enforcing the Liberal Media Omerta.
A basic rule of life: If you volunteer to be somebody's doormat, you forfeit the right to complain about the footprints on your
back. The White House has merely exploited the unabashed fandom of the journalistic elite, which is so overwhelmingly liberal
that they were only too happy for the opportunity to publish daily valentines to their presidential heartthrob.
Magazine Hired Dem Lobbyist 'Media Specialist' to Get Obama Interview. Author Steve Brill claims that the New Republic
magazine hired Democratic
lobbyist "media specialist" Anita Dunn to help secure an Oval Office interview
with President Barack Obama. The magazine ran the interview, which was in part conducted by former Obama campaign aide Chris
Hughes, who now owns and publishes the New Republic, on the cover of their re-launch issue earlier this year.
Obama's obedient lap dog.
For more than four years, the fawning mainstream coverage of the president has been a national disgrace. The only standard was a
double standard, and Obama accepted the adoration and demanded more. Never lacking in self-reverence, he came to believe that he
can arbitrarily set the terms of news coverage, and cleverly uses carrots and sticks to get his way. He doles out interviews and
chances to ask questions at news conferences to organizations whose coverage flatters him and promotes his agenda.
and NBC News: Is journalistic integrity dead? The truth seekers have gone, the truth tellers are rapidly dying off.
The "news" is little more than political campaign for a particular party. Every subject is skewed and skewered to the point that
everything you see hear and read should be taken with the proverbial "grain of salt." A recent article on the popular progressive
website Politico refers to Obama as a "puppet master", calling him "a master at limiting, shaping and manipulating media coverage of
himself and his White House." While this states the obvious, they go wrong in their claim that the media is powerless to do anything
except parrot White House press releases and accept them as cold hard facts. Whatever happened to questioning the "facts"?
Chuck Todd: It's
'Mythology' That MSM Hostile To Conservatives. Chuck Todd can't imagine what could ever have given conservative politicians the
idea that the MSM is unfriendly to them.
columnist resigns after Kentucky paper refuses to run op-ed on publication's liberal bias. The lone conservative columnist at the largest
and most influential newspaper in Kentucky says he quit writing for the paper because editors are refusing to publish his opinion piece calling the
publication out for its apparent liberal bias. Columnist John David Dyche told The Daily Caller Monday [2/18/2013] that he's written for the
Louisville Courier-Journal for about a decade and his column had never been rejected until last week.
And Gibbs Deny 'Pro-Obama' Allegations. MSNBC's hiring of former high-ranking Obama staffers David Axelrod and Robert Gibbs once again puts
the network in the position of having to defend itself against allegations of being decidedly "pro-Obama" in its reporting and analysis. Speaking with
CNN's Howard Kurtz this morning [2/21/2013], the two pushed back against such accusations and instead claimed the mantle of "independent analysts."
Extreme media alert. The
insurance industry appears to be behind all the hype of extreme weather.
Oops, your racism is showing. The New York Times and
Washington Post have been called out for what grievance industry types like to call racism — treating a person of minority ethnicity more harshly than
members of the dominant ethnicity. And the target, unsurprisingly, is Ted Cruz, the brilliant and tenacious new senator from Texas. Make no
mistake: Ted Cruz is a serious threat to the liberal establishment because he is so damn smart and has the intestinal fortitude to stand up and call out
Ted Cruz deserves cheers, not jeers.
Imagine a new senator who ran a campaign of "no more business as usual." No more special interest politics, no more backroom deals — and
he won. He came to Washington, and he delivered. He didn't stay quiet, he spoke passionately for what he believed in, and he made it clear he
planned to shake up the status quo. How would the media react to a senator like that? Nothing but praise for standing his ground, right?
Media dogpile on Ted Cruz.
Freshman Sen. Ted Cruz R-Texas is breaking china in the Senate — and the media is responding. Here are the latest media
stories and columns in just 24 hours — reacting to Cruz's Tea Party firebrand behavior — and fretting about
his lack of comity in the Senate.
The Editor says...
If the media liked Ted Cruz, I would be deeply disappointed with him.
That Ted Cruz Is So Canadian. As Bryan Preston
and Stephen Kruiser noted last week, the liberal media has mounted a campaign to destroy Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas). He's a high priority target
because he goes against everything the media has said about the Tea Party, and conservatism in general. For all the talk about the Tea Party's
anti-intellectualism, Cruz received his B.A. at Princeton University, and his Juris Doctor at Harvard University. He also clerked for
Chief Justice William Rehnquist.
Our Incorrigible Media. For the last several weeks, as
you are no doubt aware, the Washington Free Beacon and other news outlets — most of them conservative — have
been investigating secretary of defense nominee Chuck Hagel's positions, finances, associations, career history, and
utterances. Which seems to us to be precisely what you would expect an intrepid and creative and entrepreneurial
press to do when the president of the United States nominates a controversial former senator to one of the most important
cabinet posts in the land.
Media Cover Up True State
of Our Union. Even though Obama has failed miserably when it comes to managing the economy, and things have only
gotten worse during his watch, the American media has spent the last two years intentionally covering this fact up. Instead
of reporting on and pressuring the White House to solve a problem afflicting tens of millions, the media prefers to work in tandem
with the White House to manufacture divisive distractions that boost his standing.
Post Hires Lobbyist Hilary Rosen. The Washington Post has announced that it is adding Hilary Rosen, a long-time
Democrat operative, attorney, and lobbyist, to its editorial pages. Rosen will join a parade of liberals and Democrat operatives,
one Republican operative, and others as one of the "Insiders" writing daily political commentary.
remember Hilary Rosen, don't you?
Dreams From Our Fathers: Obama Resigns.
[Scroll down] The left-wing media, still dominant in the United States, is a puzzle to say the least. They ought to possess
every motivation to encourage both an economically strong nation in and about which to cover and live, as well as a militarily strong
nation to protect their behinds from annihilation (as well as their jet-set vacation spots). Yet, they have become so enamored
of a black man in the White House that he can do anything he wants regardless of the potential or actual consequences.
Reasons America Is Becoming An Increasingly Nonfunctional Society. [#5] The mainstream media has become so partisan for the Democratic
Party that it's not significantly different from a state-run media. Every news story and scandal is reported differently based solely on which party
is involved. "Scandals" that would destroy the careers of Republicans are largely ignored and treated as irrelevant when Democrats are involved.
You Don't Need a Weatherman to Know Which
Way Journalists Blow. Remember back in what was it — 2006 or thereabouts — when left-leaning critics
of President Bush couldn't stop talking about how nothing was more red, white, and blue than good old-fashioned American dissent?
Why, our very country was founded by an act of dissent, didn't you know! [...] Those were good times, friends, and they stopped pretty
much the minute that liberals and Democrats took control of the federal government. The antiwar movement disappeared once it became
clear that Barack Obama wasn't going to shut down Gitmo or stop bombing places or [care] about that constitutional stuff he used to teach
in law school.
City: Why the Media Don't Care About the Poor. The media is intentionally protecting Barack Obama at all costs (see: cover
up, Libya), and the media is populated by hive minds terrified of what might happen should they jump off the Narrative Plantation and
actually report on the state of the economy. But via Glenn Reynold's Instapundit, we learn a third reason the media doesn't care
about those struggling in Obama's economy: Washington DC has become the Imperial City.
Steve Capus Oversaw 'Erosion of
Journalistic Values'. You would think five documented instances of outright journalistic fraud from a single news division would result
in a little more outrage from our journalistic overlords. You would also think that those who believe in the ethics of their profession would
speak out, or that those with competitive instincts would leap at the opportunity to ding a competitor. But media has its own version of a
the Blue Code of Silence.
Why I'm Canceling My SI Subscription.
I am going to let my subscription to Sports Illustrated lapse when it runs out this year. I hope lots of other people will do the same.
Like too many other publications, the magazine has become dishonest, dishonorable and even occasionally despicable in its conformist, lockstep
left-wing bias. Republican politicians and conservative positions are routinely insulted in articles having nothing to do with either.
Door Spins Again: Boston Globe's Glen Johnson to Kerry's State Department. Glen Johnson, formerly the politics
editor for Boston.com, the website of the Boston Globe, has become the latest journalist to join the Obama Administration
working as a senior adviser for new secretary of state John Kerry. In a hilariously self-unaware press release,
Kerry is quoted touting Johnson's supposed neutrality.
Counting the Ways the Media Lies About
the Economy. Pop quiz: What was the biggest news story this week? And I don't mean, what was the biggest news story
according to Obama's media. Obviously, it was the economy taking a nosedive into negative territory last quarter, along with the fact that
hardly enough jobs were created last month to keep up with population growth. Oh, and the unemployment rate increased. Of course the
economy is the biggest story; it affects the most people and Obama's doing it wrong. But not only is the media never-minding the economy,
much of the media coverage related to economic bad news is forever being spun into good news.
On Bias, Yet Again. Any statement which helps Obama is deemed
presumptively true by liberals. No fact-checking needed, no skepticism applied; if it helps Obama, then it must be true, right?
Did Fox News make liberal media bias
worse? If the 2012 elections taught us anything, it's that liberal media bias is alive and well — and
effective. David Fredosso is out with a new book on the subject, called: "Spin Masters: How the media ignored the real news and
helped reelect Barack Obama." As he notes in "Spin Masters," the establishment media seemed more concerned about Mitt Romney's
dog Seamus and allegations that Romney gave someone a forced haircut, decades ago — than about Benghazi — or
the fact that an Obama-authorized drone strike killed a 16-year-old American.
What Difference Does It Make? Every day brings news that
would be utterly different had Mitt Romney won the 2012 election. To answer the question Hillary Clinton recently posed to the Senate
Foreign Relations Committee in another context: The facts on the ground make all the difference indeed. Even the dimmest New
York magazine blogger ought to be prepared to admit that a hypothetical Romney administration would be subjected to far stricter scrutiny
by the U.S. media than President Barack Obama has experienced.
'Obamedia' Ignore Major Events, Fabricate Others. Would Communist Russia's TASS news agency or Pravda newspaper have been
any more subservient to the party in power, the chief executive who leads it, or the ideology at their foundation than America's major
media outlets are being to Barack Obama, the Democratic Party and their socialist-style liberalism?
Media Bias in the Age of Obama.
[Steve] Kroft, as embarrassing as his interview was, is merely symptomatic of a larger phenomenon: the unprecedented swooning and
cheerleading by the press for Barack Obama. To say that the elite media has a liberal bias is similar to declaring that the sun
rises in the east. But it's never been this transparent, the infatuation never this deep, the advocacy this passionate.
We Must Do Something About The Media. The media no longer hides it in their
actions. They are fully fused with the Obama Administration and DNC. The only way in which they do hide it is by simply lying when
confronted about it: They'll issue a snide denial, then go about doing precisely what it is they were accused of doing. This is
dangerous and unhealthy.
Shapiro: 'NBC News is a disaster area, an unholstered weapon for the left. "Brian Williams is an excellent example
of how the media bullies the right," said Shapiro, author of the new book "Bullies: How the Left's Culture of Fear and Intimidation
Silences Americans," in an email. "He claims objectivity, but he's obviously a leftist. I don't mind bias — I'm
biased. But I don't lie about it.
It's time to take on the media. It takes some
reframing in our own minds, I believe, to grasp the idea that it is simply a political candidate or policy we are fighting. We must destroy
the food chain that is rotting our country, the primary vehicles of which are the media and the government-run schools.
CBS News' Political
Director: Obama Must 'Destroy' Republican Party. The author of this outrageous left-wing fever dream is John Dickerson,
whom Slate describes as "Slate's chief political correspondent". What Slate leaves out of its little bio, though, is that
Dickerson is also the political director at CBS News. Dickerson is merely being Dickerson, and there's no doubt he speaks for
legions upon legions of those in the media today.
Leader: CNN Correspondent Wrote Obama Letter Every Day for Four Years. Most people would cut a 13-year-old girl some slack if she
became obsessed enough with Justin Bieber to write the teen singer emails and letters all the time, but what if an ostensibly professional
journalist were to do the same to a politician? This odd scenario actually is not a hypothetical, however. A CNN correspondent named
Tom Foreman has been doing just that, writing a letter every single day to President Obama for the past four years.
Campaign journalists 'swooned' over Obama during off-the-record bar visit. "The behavior of the assembled press corps was
telling. Everyone, myself included, swooned. Swooned! Head over heels. One or two might have even lost their
minds," [Michael] Hastings writes, as each reporter had a chance to speak personally with the president. "We were all, on some
level, deeply obsessed with Obama, crushing hard, still a little love there. This was nerd heaven, a politico's paradise, the
subject himself moving among us — shaking our hands, slapping our shoulders!"
MSNBC: The Racist Network. MSNBC is arguably
the most race obsessed cable news network on television and they beat a single drum constantly. In their narrow view, all white
conservatives are racists, the Tea Party is a terrorist organization and the Republican Party is as white as the snows of January.
This leads me to wonder why MSNBC also does everything it can to demonize black conservatives.
The Obama-Media Love Affair.
Media bias is not just a "problem" or an "annoyance." It is a fundamental challenge to the political health and future of America.
How the fact-checking press gives the president a pass.
A proliferation of "fact-checking" enterprises at various mainstream media outlets, combined with an increasing willingness to abandon what
New York Times Public Editor Margaret Sullivan in September called the "false balance" of "giving equal weight to both sides of a story,
regardless of an established truth on one side," produced a nearly consensus conclusion: "Let's Just Say it: Republicans Are the Problem."
The Real Country-Killer in 2013.
Simply trim a few percent from every program — here a little, there a little. Isn't that obvious? Yet big spenders
howl as if entire programs must be completely eliminated — all or nothing. People will be cut off and starving in the
streets if the federal spending spree is slowed. "What would you cut?" candidates are asked. This is a trap. Attack
journalists twist whatever a candidate answers into a scandal of heartless cruelty.
The Editor says...
The trap only works because so many people make their decisions based
on sound bites and bumper stickers, rather than rational thought.
Is There a Constituency for Liberty in the U.S. Media? When
I was a journalism student at the University of Tennessee 35 years ago, one thing we were told over and over again was that journalism
served a "watchdog" role in keeping tabs on government. I had assumed (naïvely, of course) that the term "watchdog" meant serving
as a counterforce against the predations of the state. Alas, what I have found that it really means is that modern journalists and their
mainstream organs like the New York Times, Washington Post, Vanity Fair, Time and Newsweek, not to mention a
gaggle of numerous smaller wannabe publications, are making sure that the state is using all of its powers and then some to push people into line.
Hillary Clinton Must Answer for Benghazi.
It's almost as if many in the mainstream press wish we could switch temporarily to a monarchy. That way we could coronate Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and
assure her role as our next leader and be done with it. [...] Four Americans lay dead because of these failures, and most of the media seems entirely comfortable with
this being swept under the rug.
The Media's Gunsmoke. Eliminating guns is a separate goal from eliminating
violence. The media supports the former but opposes the latter. It routinely props up the culture of death, guarding abortion with even more zeal than it
condemns gun rights. "We need to have a conversation about the killing of unborn children," is a line you will never hear from CNN's Piers Morgan or Soledad
O'Brien. The lamentations of posturing pro-abortion journalists over a coarsened culture don't count for much.
President Obama's Pravda. The president has rewarded his campaign loyalists from MSNBC with an off-schedule West Wing meeting, where
he's given them new talking points to win the next battle over taxes. Yes, this state-press collusion is happening in your capital, not just
Caracas or Havana. The lovefest between Obama and MSNBC toadies Lawrence O'Donnell, Rachel Maddow, Ed Schultz and Al Sharpton actually took
place on Dec. 4.
Now They Tell Us The Economy
Stinks. Little noticed in President Obama's "fiscal cliff" plan is a demand for a huge new stimulus package. Wait!
Wasn't he and everyone in the press telling us just before the election how the economy was gathering steam? [...] In the crucial last few
weeks before the election, the mainstream media were falling over themselves painting a rosy economic picture. Every upbeat bit of
data made it to the front page; any bad news got buried.
The Media Mogul Protection Racket. If you are a
millionaire or billionaire looking to avoid negative or critical or even remotely credulous press coverage, stop what you are doing,
invest in a media property, and employ liberal writers and editors. You will probably lose a lot of money, but the intangible
benefits of slavish praise and deflected criticism will be priceless. Emphasis should be placed on the hiring of liberal
writers and editors.
MSNBC Hosts Spotted Visiting Obama White House.
On Tuesday afternoon [12/4/2012], four of MSNBC's primetime hosts were seen entering the West Wing for a meeting with President Obama.
Mantra Raves. It's not hard if you have a show on
MSNBC. There's a mantra and all you do is repeat it, like a fourth grade math teacher going over the same fractions year after
year until she starts to develop a dislike for 10-year-olds. I get home from work and click on the TV and MSNBC's Chris Matthews
is saying "the rich" aren't paying their "fair share."
TV news anchors quit on air,
allege media bias. These brave people stood up for what they believed in and unfortunately they are in the minority. Most
people either go along with the bias because they believe it themselves, or they know they can't advance their careers without going down the
Fighting the Good Conservative Fight.
Perhaps the only thing more daunting than the level of media bias with which conservatives have to contend, is the willingness of so many on the right
to accommodate it. Nothing exemplifies this better than the RNC, the Romney campaign and Congressional Republicans sitting still when four
leftist debate moderators were chosen for the presidential and vice presidential debates. Their spinelessness was "rewarded" when CNN hack
Candy Crowley took the president's side against Romney on the issue of Benghazi in the second presidential debate.
Jaws '12. For the past seven years, this column has chronicled the decline of the
mainstream media's credibility. That decline has multiple sources, including the increasing polarization of American politics, which has made it more
difficult to appear "moderate" and thereby conceal one's own biases; the emergence of new media that not only compete with the old but also act as adversarial
critics; and the mainstream media's own hubris, their tendency to view their authority as an entitlement rather than a trust that they must continuously earn
anew by adhering to standards of impartiality.
MSNBC Looks To Battle Pro-Obama Reputation
During Second Term. Many believe the network's "pro-Obama" reputation has, thus far, been warranted: A recent Pew study found that
during the final week of the 2012 election campaign, MSNBC ran zero negative stories about President Obama; and not a single positive story about
Republican challenger Mitt Romney.
Pew: Positive media coverage
of Obama surged in campaign's final week. President Obama had his best run of media coverage during the final week of the campaign, while positive coverage
of Mitt Romney dwindled, according to a study released Monday from the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism.
How The Press Helped Obama Over The Finish Line.
It's hard to see how press coverage of President Obama's re-election bid could have gotten any more biased, but a new report shows the media managed to outdo themselves
the week before voters went to the polls.
MSNBC's Bias Against Mitt Romney Was Astonishing.
No one really expects MSNBC's coverage to put a positive spin on Republicans — but in the final week of the 2012 presidential campaign, the network's
coverage toward presidential nominee Mitt Romney skewed entirely negative.
Losing the Battle to Spin the War. The
media-entertainment-education-Democrat axis control the mainstream narrative, which means the 30-40% who are in the center (between conservative
and liberal identification) generally will believe whatever Bill Maher, CNN or Politico says.
Your Guide to
Understanding the Media for the Next Four Years. There's no question we have a long four years ahead of us, and the fact
that we're going to have to fight the mainstream media every inch of the way is only going to make those years feel longer. But
if we're going to fight the media, we at least have to understand what we're up against and what the media's over-arching goal is.
N.Y. Times: MSNBC
Voice Of Obama's America. The New York Times, in a puff piece about its spiritual cousin MSNBC, said that the
leftist network is the megaphone for Barack Obama.
Sure, our ambassador was murdered and the Obama administration is lying about it, but the real story is that McCain
is a grouch. CNN wants you to look over there! [...] Here's the rule: When a Republican screws up, that's the story. When a
Democrat screws up, the Republican response is the story.
Post-Election Survey: Voters Have No
Confidence in Media. Most voters who watched the second Presidential debate saw CNN's Candy Crowley jump in and bail out President
Barack Obama when he stumbled on Benghazi and correctly concluded she was biased in his favor.
Journalists Found Donating
Heavily to Obama Campaign. Here in the waning days of this campaign for the White House, Politico reports that many journalists, editors,
and news personnel have donated thousands to Barack Obama's reelection campaign.
MSNBC: Joke Network, Cont'd.
The worst offender, Keith Olbermann, is now gone, not because of his crazed leftism or frequently embarrassing errors, but because he was an
insubordinate employee. Of those who remain at MSNBC, Chris Matthews is among the worst. In another era, his reckless disregard
for truth and unprofessional conduct would have brought his career as a journalist to a speedy end. At MSNBC, these qualities are
apparently valued, as Matthews has been rewarded with a multimillion dollar contract.
The worst media election since the last one.
No matter which candidate wins Tuesday, it's clear the media didn't just cover this election, they shaped it. To paraphrase Dickens, it was the
best of coverage and the worst of coverage. If you were President Obama, you got the best of coverage and photos of you with halos around your
head. [...] The major media, on the other hand, turned Mitt Romney into a caricature straight off a Monopoly card.
Wave goodbye to the Obama media.
By tomorrow night we'll likely know the name of the next president. But we already know the loser in this election cycle: political
reporters. They've disgraced themselves. Conservatives have long complained about liberal bias in the media, and with some justification.
But it has finally reached the tipping point. Not in our lifetimes have so many in the press dropped the pretense of objectivity in order to
help a political candidate. The media are rooting for Barack Obama. They're not hiding it.
Media Favoritism May Be Hurting Obama.
This election's X-factor may be a gift to Romney from the mainstream media. It is the suppression of public expression of support for
him. However, while pre-election polls may not have been fully recording it, Election Day may finally capture Romney's true support
level for the first time — to Obama's ultimate detriment.
CNN political reporter not happy about favorable
Romney coverage. There was a time when news reporters who covered politics were expected to keep their partisan leanings or preferences to themselves.
That time is nearly gone. [...] And now, in the age of Twitter, we see political reporters increasingly not only taking advantage of the new technology to get information
out to their readers faster, but also expressing their personal partisan opinions on what they are seeing and hearing out on the campaign trail.
Are the TV anchors rooting for
President Obama? It is widely perceived that the national television news industry skews left and in some cases actively
supports liberal political candidates. While that is debatable on a case-by-case basis, the evidence is overwhelming that the folks
who deliver the news to the nation are sympathetic to liberal causes, and that obviously favors President Obama during this election cycle.
skewers Biden but is ignored by media. Imagine a scathing look at a vice presidential candidate. Put a "R" after
that candidate's name, like Sarah Palin, and you get big-name books, a controversial film and lots of news coverage. Put a "D" after
that candidate's name, even when he's still the sitting vice president, and it gets almost no attention.
Obama's Homeless. There are more homeless right
now, at this point in Barack Obama's presidency, than there were at this point in Reagan's presidency. That's significant
because the homeless, at this point under Reagan, were used by liberals to torpedo Reagan's reelection bid. And yet, today,
liberals are completely silent about the homeless under Obama. Liberals have not turned the homeless into a propaganda issue
today, as they did in the 1980s.
Rise of the Mediacracy. The media is no
longer informative, it is conformative. It is not interested in broadcasting events unless it can also script them.
It does not want to know what you think, it wants to tell you what to think. [...] The media isn't biased anymore, it's a
player, its goal is turn its Fourth Estate into a fourth branch of government, the one that squats below the three branches
and blocks their access to the people and blocks the people's access to them.
Announcing the Winners of the Inaugural Walter Duranty Prize. A recent Pew Poll
showed public dissatisfaction with the mass media has reached what Pew called a "fresh high," with 60 percent of Americans saying they have little
or no trust in the mass media to report the news fully, accurately, and fairly. Personally, I wonder who the forty percent are.
Obama's not-so-centrist Hampton speech.
To hear Washington Post columnist Richard Cohen tell it, President Obama is "a man of the center — or maybe a wee to the left
scrambles to downplay Obama's attendance at VP debate moderator's wedding. President Barack Obama was a guest at the 1991 wedding
of ABC senior foreign correspondent and vice presidential debate moderator Martha Raddatz, The Daily Caller has learned. Obama and groom Julius
Genachowski, whom Obama would later tap to head the Federal Communications Commission, were Harvard Law School classmates at the time and
members of the Harvard Law Review.
Moderator Martha Raddatz Hosted President Obama at Wedding, Never Told Public. The liberal media/politician/bureaucrat
revolving door spins so rapidly, sometimes it's hard to keep pace. Today [10/10/2012] we learn via the Daily Caller that the
moderator for tomorrow's vice presidential debate, ABC News reporter Martha Raddatz, hosted President Obama as a guest at her 1991 wedding
to the man who would later become Obama's FCC commissioner, Julius Genachowski.
ABC News' version of an impartial debate
moderator. Tomorrow's vice presidential debate will be moderated by Martha Raddatz. The Daily Caller has reported that in 1991,
Barack Obama attended Raddatz's wedding to the future president's law school classmate and fellow Harvard Law Review member Julius Genachowski.
If that name sounds familiar, it's because Obama appointed Genachowski to head the Federal Communications Commission.
What Obama's Raddatz connection really shows us.
[Scroll down] Why might this matter? Even when overt favoritism isn't a factor, people who socialize are more likely to share a worldview.
And that can be the most insidious form of bias. In short, Republicans are constantly being interviewed by people who see the world differently
than they do. Over time, it's fair to assume this might pose a problem. Republicans tend not to cultivate these sorts of relationships.
There are a lot of theories for why this is. Liberals, for whatever reason, seem to be more attracted to journalism and the arts.
Conservatives might be too focused on their jobs and family to network or attend dinner parties?
of Liberalism Marches to Re-elect Obama. Most people still get their news from national and local television,
and from their local newspapers. Virtually all of the editorial pages of the major newspapers are liberal, and reporters
self-describe as liberal far more often than they self-describe as conservative.
Caddell: Media Have Become An "Enemy Of The American People". Caddell noted that while First Amendment protections
were originally provided to the press so they would protect the liberty and freedom of the public from "organized governmental
power," they had clearly relinquished the role of impartial news providers. Nowhere was this more evident than during the
tragic death of a U.S. ambassador in Libya that was lied about for nine days, because the press and the administration did not want
to admit it was a terrorist attack. "We've had nine days of lies over what happened because they can't dare say it's a
terrorist attack, and the press won't push this," said Caddell.
How the Liberal Media Ruined Obama. The fact is
that this Obama we saw Wednesday night and have endured for the last four years is a product of our liberal leftist media. Obama was not ready
Wednesday [10/3/2012], he has never been ready, and he will never be ready to be the leader this country needs, for he is the first president to have
never been vetted. [...] It is the fault of America's leftist liberal media who have continually misled Obama into thinking he would never have to
answer to his record.
A Look at Chuck Todd and Conspiratorial Media Incest.
[Scroll down] Flip on any major news network other than Fox and you'll be greeted by reports heralding gay marriage, an issue that has failed
repeatedly in more than half the states, a generally liberal social world view, Washington compromising jacking up the national debt, and unquestioning
acceptance that a poorly produced video on the internet caused our American Ambassador in Libya to die. You'll probably even get some poo-pooing
about excesses of the First Amendment with regards to Coptic Christians and Citizens United, but rarely about pornography or the press itself.
We Live Under a Media Coup d'État.
We have long lived under this assumed reign of liberalism — in our media, in our schools, and through
our entertainment. It is as pervasive as the air we breathe and as unquestioned. Fox News, even the
Wall Street Journal, important as they are, exist under this reign and more often respond to it than initiate
their own programs and investigations. Barack Obama is a product of this coup d'état.
The Real Enemy. The list of flacks for leftism is drearily
familiar: academia, public school systems, the entertainment industry, professional organizations, nonprofit foundations of vast wealth, the
bureaucracies dependent upon social grievance and mind-numbing regulations (which includes not only federal and state bureaucrats, but "experts" in
private industry who would have spent their careers mastering the arcane arts of regulatory compliance), and, of course, the media. It is
this establishment which is our true enemy.
Mainstream media is threatening
our country's future. I think we're at the most dangerous time in our political history in terms of the balance of power in the role
that the media plays in whether or not we maintain a free democracy or not. You know, when I first started in politics — and for
a long time before that — everyone on both sides, Democrats and Republicans, despised the press commonly, because they were [mean] to
everybody. Which is exactly what they should be. They were unrelenting. Whatever the biases were, they were essentially
equal-opportunity people. That changed in 1980.
Pollster To Megyn Kelly: Media Guilty Of Corruption Of The First Order' For Protecting Obama. Former Democratic pollster Patrick Caddell
appeared on Fox News Channel with Megyn Kelly on Monday to elaborate on a talk he gave recently in which he claimed that the media has today become "the
enemy of the American people." Caddell called the media's deliberate downplaying of certain stories that could damage Barack Obama's electoral
prospects as "corruption of the first order."
The great media slide continues.
The distrust of the media becomes total. That's hardly news to anyone, except to the clueless editors and publishers of the big newspapers and the
big mules of the television networks, who see their audiences shrinking and wonder why.
Mainstream Media: Public Enemy
No. 1. Mitt Romney can still win this election, but first he has to confront the largest single domestic threat to our liberty, our values,
and our national and economic security — the mainstream media. Most mainstream "journalists" unethically supported then-Sen. Obama in
2008, and most have doubled-down on that bet in 2012. And that biased and corrupt support may be the least of their professional sins.
Media Shocked GOP Hasn't
Conceded. When the mainstream media declares that Mitt Romney is finished, they expect everyone in the Republican Party to not just
listen but to act accordingly. That's the only way to respond to an astonishingly obtuse feature in Politico that centers on the willingness
of GOP congressional candidates to embrace Romney.
Gallup: 60% of Americans Don't Trust
Mainstream Media. Gallup is out this morning with a new poll that contains a damning indictment of the mainstream media. 60% of
Americans, an all-time high, do not trust the mass media to accurately or fairly report the news. Mind you, that isn't 60% of Republicans or
conservatives, but Americans of all political persuasions.
U.S. Distrust in Media Hits New High. Americans' distrust in
the media hit a new high this year, with 60% saying they have little or no trust in the mass media to report the news fully, accurately, and fairly.
Who needs elections when we have the mainstream media?
Obama's Army. Obama's most successful reset, it turns out, was not with Russia but with the
mainstream media: In their eyes we are back where we started, in 2008, and Obama is once again nothing more or less than a symbol of racial and
political progress whose opponents are ideologues or reactionaries or bigots. This is the story line that has dominated news coverage of Obama
ever since that first tingle ran up Chris Matthews' leg, and we know the media love story lines. They have been committed in this election to the
twin notions that the Republicans are radical obstructionists and that Romney is an out-of-touch and gaffe-prone plutocrat. Neither the Republicans
nor Romney can do anything to change such an impression once it has been set in media concrete.
Why is the race close? The media's role as propagandist is
evidenced in several ways. News stories freely mix opinion with fact. Interviews are conducted not to gather information but to prove
points. Investigations are conducted not to uncover news but to create it. Instead of acknowledging the need for independent media
watchdogs, members of the media appoint themselves to "fact check" the candidates. For example, the fact-checking website PolitiFact.com is
owned and operated by the anti-Republican Tampa Bay Times and its staff includes a number of reporters.
The Audacity of These Dopes. Mitt Romney makes a
comment about how 47% of Americans are "dependent" on government handouts, and the media is outraged that he would tell the truth. The rest of
America is outraged that the figure is 47%. This is why Americans cannot believe the media message that the president is winning. The press
has to pretend, and they will, right up until November 6, when he will lose in a landslide. Strip away the Obama myth, and what are you left
with? You are left with a man who is nothing more than an illusion. There never was and never will be a Barack Obama, because he is not real.
The man reading from the teleprompter is nothing more than the sum total of the audacious hopes and dreams of delusional progressives — touted
endlessly by a submissive press.
Media lap dogs in hot
pursuit of the wrong story. What we are in the midst of witnessing right now is a complete, Fukushima-style meltdown of the
mainstream media. Without these slobbering lap dogs, President Obama never would have been elected in the first place. And
now they are his only hope for staying in office amid all the global violence, a morbidly paralyzed economy and a national crisis of
confidence so profound that the American Dream has become nothing more than quaint fiction for millions.
Romney's "Secret Video" and the Dem Politics of
"Squirrel!" [T]he same media lapdogs who had conniption fits when the late Andrew Breitbart and conservative investigative journalist
James O'Keefe used undercover video are tripping over themselves to publish glowing profiles of Carter the Fourth and his impressive "furtive efforts"
to secure the Romney tapes.
Media Bias Designed to Save Obama's Presidency.
Our media understand that, in the same way that Jimmy Carter lost Iran and America was humiliated during the Iranian hostage crisis,
there is a danger that Obama will be perceived to have lost Egypt to the Muslim Brotherhood, as violent demonstrations continue in the
Middle East and other Arab/Muslim areas of the world. Hence, attention is being directed to a film that has been on the Internet
since July. It is a diversion intended to save Obama's presidency.
Congress will likely investigate DOJ-Media Matters collusion, target group's tax-exempt status. Texas Republican Rep. Blake Farenthold said Tuesday that he expects the House Committee on
Oversight and Government Reform to investigate collusion between the Department of Justice and Media Matters for America, in the wake of
The Daily Caller's publication of emails between the liberal messaging group's employees and a top DOJ spokeswoman.
Emails reveal Justice Dept. regularly
enlists Media Matters to spin press. Internal Department of Justice emails obtained by The Daily Caller show Attorney General Eric Holder's
communications staff has collaborated with the left-wing advocacy group Media Matters for America in an attempt to quell news stories about scandals
plaguing Holder and America's top law enforcement agency.
Referendum on the Liberal Media. The old media is dialing-up its defense of a failed Presidency.
It will cost them. [...] America is not a totalitarian state, but more than a few Americans believe the nation has
taken significant steps, during the Obama Presidency, in a totalitarian direction, and we are alarmed. Today, America's
liberal media displays behavior typical of how news and political commentary outlets function in totalitarian states.
The Real Culprits. Anyone willing to invest a little
time in a search for facts can find plenty of them literally at his fingertips. But vast numbers of Americans are still totally dependent
for their information — and thus in large measure for their political opinions — on the TV networks and the printed
media. It is the duty of the press to perform the crucial function of enlightening the public. But the liberal media refuses to act
as a guardian of democracy, fulfilling its obligation enshrined in the First Amendment. Rather than supplying its customers with unbiased,
factual information, it feeds them a steady diet of blatant propaganda.
The Fourth Estate, Still Thrilling to the Spirit
of '08. By the time the presidential campaign had ended four years ago, the media's role in driving the outcome had become a
fact too obvious to dispute. The impact of the journalistic horde's devotion to the Democratic candidates was clear, the evidence
vivid — especially in the case of reporters transported to a state of ecstasy over candidate Obama's speeches. One New York
Times reporter wrote of being so moved he could barely keep from weeping. Not for nothing did the role of the press become a news
story in itself — an embarrassing one that might, serious people thought, serve as a caution during future campaigns.
Campaign Coverage Goes Beyond Biased.
In an interview this week, the president of CBS News insisted his network isn't biased. We agree. When it comes to
the current election campaign, calling the mainstream press biased doesn't go nearly far enough. These days, the media aren't just
tilting stories, they're acting like paid employees of the Obama campaign's PR shop.
News President Appears Not to Understand What Bias Is. CBS News, current employer of the reporter caught coordinating
attack questions against Mitt Romney and former employer of the disgraced Dan Rather, is actually not biased. So says its current
president David Rhodes. [...] According to Rhodes, his news team is actually "constantly diligent" to avoid being accused of bias.
Those who do so are simply trying to affix "labels" to what is actually objective reporting.
The sun never sets on Obama's failures. Our adversaries are stronger.
America and her allies are weaker. And yet, after spending practically a decade blaming every last thing, including the bad weather, on
President Bush, the media seem determinedly uninterested in ascribing even the slightest amount of responsibility to President Obama.
How Republics Fall. [Scroll
down] This is how republics die, in thrall to the inane, the frivolous, and the inconsequential. A liberalism incapable of persuading
the public to embrace its policies has been converted by its media tribunes into a publicity stunt. As a result, the nation that gave the
world the Federalist Papers and the Lincoln-Douglas debates may very well reelect a flawed chief executive for no other reason than that
he has been continuously portrayed as a super-nice guy by the media lackeys who tend the Obama cult.
Media's Coverage Of Romney On Libya: American Pravda. When the Evil Empire was up and running, Americans used to have a
good laugh at Pravda. How in the world could the Soviet people believe the tripe coming from those hacks? Well, the
mainstream media in this country has become every bit as corrupt as Pravda and the reporters can't even claim that they're controlled
by the government as an excuse.
The media are doing the same thing now that they did in 2010 to drag Democrats across the finish line and depress conservative morale.
the Media Lies: [Scroll down] It's so easy to go down rabbit holes of conspiracy wondering what people's real motives are in
politics, but I just don't understand anyone who writes for a conservative site or even comments on one who does not focus on exposing how the
corrupt media lies to benefit Democrats. That should be a paragraph, at least, in every article because whatever's being covered in the news
that day is saturated with the corrupt media's pro-Democrat spin. I think the reason so many conservatives are so bad at picking up on this
stuff is because it's so rare that they see anyone talking about it ... or calling out the conservative writers who pen "Doom Reports" instead of
showing people just how shamelessly the corrupt media lies in service to the Left.
Dezinformatsiya. Like the ineffable Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the Baghdad Bob of the DNC, who has mastered
the dark art of looking you straight in the eye and lying right to your face, the media has simply declared the verdict they
wanted to reach all along. [...] For the truth is, the conservative media effort is pathetic: uncoordinated, scattershot,
internally contradictory and grotesquely underfunded. Whereas the Democrats have not only the mainstream media —
beginning with its official mouthpiece, the New York Times, as well as the broadcast networks and two of the three cable
networks — but also the George Soros-fueled resources of the "non-profit" Media Matters for America disinformation
operation, whose stated mission it is to take down Fox News and to combat conservatism in general.
President MSNBC. No one pretends anymore that MSNBC is an objective observer to the news. Obviously, the decision was made to be aggressively
progressive. With the exception of "Morning Joe," where Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski co-host a roundtable of commentators, politicos and actors who
dispense praise and criticism equally to Democrats and Republicans, the cable network's other political shows are unapologetically pro-Democratic, pro-Obama.
Double-Minded Republicans. Certainly, the
media, the academy, and most of our society's major institutions are heavily influenced by progressives, if not outright controlled by them. It is
therefore a given that elite opinion will portray Republicans as villains. Yet, that longstanding challenge for Republicans has never before been an
The Pinocchio Press. Outside
the world of journalism, fact checkers were pretty much unknown until recently. Like proofreaders, they work behind the scenes.
Their job is quality control. The most rigorous fact-checking operations — The New Yorker's and Reader's Digest's are
the best known among us who know about such things — would scrutinize every factual assertion in an article, reporting
back so that any error could be corrected. Over the past few years, many organizations have promoted "fact checkers" by
making them writers, or perhaps demoted writers by making them fact checkers. No, it's more the former, because other writers
have been bowing to the "fact checkers" as submissively as Barack Obama upon meeting some anti-American dictator.
A prediction of future media bias:
October, liberal media will say economy springs anew. [Scroll down] Here's what will happen, beginning immediately
after the Democrats' convention. The media will discover signs blossoming all over that the economy is recovering. Jobs are
appearing and various indicators will show that the Obama tax-and-spend approach is working. By Nov. 6, if you read the paper
or watch TV, we will be in boom times. The national debt will continue to rise. Unemployment may be as bad or worse.
Social Security and Medicare will be as likely to go bankrupt. But from the liberal media's perspective, happy days will be here
US journalists trade independence for access. In the US, journalists are
sacrificing editorial independence in exchange for access to top politicians. The practice has a long history in Germany, where interviews often
must be authorized before publication. In democratic societies, the media has long struggled with the political class to define what information
is fit to print. While journalists seek access to high-level officials for a scoop, officialdom often does its best to control the flow of
information to journalists in order to mold public opinion in its interests.
The Huffington Post Whitewashes Sharia.
Big broadcast news and print media offer Islamic supremacists and their leftist shills unfettered access to defame, lie about, smear, and give misleading
information about freedom's fiercest defenders, without giving the victims of these vicious defamation campaigns the opportunity to rebut the false charges.
This is twenty-first-century Goebbels-style propaganda. Islamic supremacists and their useful idiots on the left are given enormous power —
the kind of influence and access to deceive and mislead the American people that Nazi propagandists were given in Germany.
Stephanopoulos: No Bias in
Media. MRCTV's Joe Schoffstall ran into "Good Morning America" host George Stephanopoulos at the Republican National Convention in
Tampa, Florida. When asked if he believes there is a liberal bias in the media, he responds, "I don't."
The Exact Opposite of Truth. In case you didn't
realize it, the only claim [Chris] Matthews has to being a journalist is that he is a partisan Democrat. Matthews never worked a day as a
reporter, never covered a city council meeting or a homecoming parade. After evading the Vietnam-era military draft by enrolling in the
Peace Corps, Matthews moved to Washington and worked on the staff of various congressional Democrats before unsuccessfully running for Congress
as a Democrat, later joining the White House staff as a speechwriter for Democrat Jimmy Carter, then spending the Reagan years as a top aide to
Democrat House Speaker Tip O'Neill. Somehow, this ultra-political background as a partisan operative qualified Matthews for the job of
Washington bureau chief for the San Francisco Chronicle.
Media's One-Sided Coverage Is Clear
Evidence Of Bias. The media should, at bare minimum, be expected to reveal the truth. But it won't even do that. Still
the media focus nonstop on unsubstantiated reports about Mitt Romney's tax returns — not on anything substantial. MSNBC analyst Mark
Halperin, when asked about Mitt Romney's tax returns on the Today Show, said, "The press still likes this story a lot." He added, "The
media are very susceptible to doing what the Obama campaign wants, which is to focus on this." The fact the media are susceptible to do
what any campaign wants is disturbing enough. But the way the media focus relentlessly on gaffes and ignores substantive issues when
covering one side, while ignoring gaffes and issues critical of the other side, does serious damage to the integrity of news reporting.
controlling American media like Hugo Chavez does in Venezuela. Award-winning actor Jon Voight told The Daily Caller at the
Republican National Convention that he thinks President Barack Obama's administration has "taken over" the mainstream media in a manner
similar to how leftist Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez controls media in his country. "The media has been taken over by this
administration," Voight, an outspoken Hollywood conservative, said in an interview with TheDC. "It's not less than what has happened in
Venezuela with Hugo Chavez, really, because you can't get the information through. I'm giving you this because I want to get the press my
opinion. You can put it in any way you want to. But, it's become pure propaganda and we should be appalled."
All Major Media Companies Donated
More Money To Obama, Says NYT. For those who argue there's a "liberal media bias," this is likely to affirm those beliefs.
personal ties link Obama administration to Commission on Presidential Debates. The moderator of the lone October vice presidential
debate was previously married to a top Obama official, an association both ABC News and the left-leaning Commission on Presidential Debates do not
view as a conflict of interest. ABC Senior Foreign Correspondent Martha Raddatz, whose role as moderator was announced on August 13,
was previously married to Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski — an Obama appointee.
Don't Just Stand There: Employ A Three-Question Test!
You wouldn't call someone "anti-spoon" if he preferred to use a knife to cut his steak. [...] That's what makes the frequent misuse of the term
"anti-government" so perplexing. It's a common refrain among left-of-center commentators when they search for adjectives to describe those who
advocate for free markets, individual freedom, personal responsibility, and limited government.
Why Isn't Romney Slaughtering Obama? [Scroll down] It
is well-known that virtually all of the opinion-molding organs of American society are firmly in the hands of the leftists. These include: the
media, public schools, academia, legal profession, foundations, seminaries, libraries and, sadly, many major corporations. Therefore, unless an
individual is an exceptionally original thinker or is exposed to a countervailing inoculation, his mindset is inevitably shaped to be part of the liberal
consensus. And the two venues that are most influential in this regard are the media and the government-controlled public schools. [...] Today —
and for the last 30-50 years — the children of America are subject to a relentless barrage of left-wing propaganda that is strongly reinforced by
what their parents see and read on TV, in the movies and in the newspaper.
Clearing up this silly media bias
business. The new Rasmussen poll reports that this time 51% of likely voters now fully expect reporters to help the incumbent Democrat keep his
office, while only 9% expect reporters to help the Republican ticket of Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan. Nine percent? Really that much? Other
Rasmussen findings: 18% of likely voters, presumably deaf, blind and living in closets, can't make up their minds, while 22% absolutely expect unbiased
coverage throughout the remaining national agony and bonanza for commercial TV stations. Obviously, they only watch C-SPAN.
Lamestream coverage leans left.
Now "angry" joins an ever-growing list of moonbat-proscribed words and phrases that have been deemed "racist."
Paying Newspapers for 'News Gathering'. Several newspapers have recently announced that far left leaning, non-profit foundations such as The Ford
Foundation have given them hundreds of thousands of dollars to cover "the news." [...] Consider the left's main complaint about researchers funded by cigarette
manufacturers or oil companies. They claim that the funding guides the research. Why shouldn't we assume that the funding of the news by hardcore,
left-wing foundations wouldn't eventually (if it isn't already) coloring the coverage of "the news"? If money from oil companies makes research funded by
them less reliable, or even bogus, then what does that make "news" funded by hardcore, left-wing foundations?
See no evil. Our news media, especially as
seen and heard during nationally broadcasted news, engages in highly selective story-choosing, story-telling and subsequent indignations and outrages that are first
weighed on political scales. Early this month a spectacular story was given tiny attention, and none, as far as I watched, on nightly national newscasts.
Poll: Media in Obama's pocket. Likely
voters, by a five-to-one margin, believe that America's media is in President Obama's pocket and will treat his candidacy better than challenger
Mitt Romney's as the election nears, according to a new Rasmussen Reports poll. The startling numbers point to an even more disturbing
trend for the media: Reporters just aren't trusted to deliver the news in an unbiased fashion. The proof: Rasmussen found
that when it comes to information about the presidential campaign, 48 percent of likely voters trust friends and family while just
26 percent trust reporters.
Latest Word on the Trail?
I Take It Back. The quotations come back redacted, stripped of colorful metaphors, colloquial language and anything even mildly
provocative. They are sent by e-mail from the Obama headquarters in Chicago to reporters who have interviewed campaign officials under
one major condition: the press office has veto power over what statements can be quoted and attributed by name. [...] Many journalists
spoke about the editing only if granted anonymity, an irony that did not escape them. No one said the editing altered the meaning
of a quote. The changes were almost always small and seemingly unnecessary, they said.
Proof! Establishment media controlled. This may be
the most important story broken by the New York Times in years. What it means is this: When Americans read these reports —
whether in newspapers, wire services or on the Internet — they are not really reading news stories at all. They are reading
approved, pre-packaged press releases from the government and politicians. But, even worse, they are not labeled as such. They are
labeled as actual news. That's how low the national press establishment has descended. [...] These so-called journalists are selling their
ethical and moral souls for access to politicians. And this practice raises expectations by politicians that they can routinely manipulate
the press to their advantage.
Obama's Media-Contrived Courage. The Obama
media — the Gatekeeper Media who try to control what people know based on what fits their narrative — are proving almost
daily that they're not in the news business. They are in the business of political activism, aimed solely at getting their guy another
four years in the White House.
Republicans Roll Over on Debate Moderators. Either Mitt Romney and the Republican
party doesn't get it about the media, or they're just plain stupid. [...] Once again for terminally clueless Republicans: this presidential
election, like every presidential election, is a two-against-one battle. It's your party on one side, Democrats and the mainstream media on the
other. It's one thing not to get a fair shake and have to deal with It. it's quite another to embrace it with open arms.
A Reporter with Convictions. A journalist who has made a
career attacking the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) also has an extensive criminal history, including drunk driving
charges, possession of exotic hallucinogens, and the attempted invasion of a senior center while screaming homophobic slurs.
Beau Hodai is a reporter for PR Watch, a publication of the Center for Media and Democracy (CMD). He previously
worked for In These Times, a far-left labor publication.
"Ugly Black Babies" and the
Left. In mediaworld, abortion doctors are just noble people striving to protect the equal rights of women. In
mediaworld, gay marriage activists are all ordinary loving couples who seek nothing more than to be left alone to snuggle as they
choose, and opposing gay marriage is "controversial" for a business executive. In mediaworld, all children raised by gay
couples are grateful for the experience and turn out as impressive as young Zach Wahls.
Matter Who Romney Picks For Veep, the Media Will Hate Him or Her. This is as automatic as the debt-ceiling growing
under Barack Obama. The media will hate Romney's choice for Vice President. It does not matter whom Mitt Romney chooses;
this person will be hated, despised, and compared to Sarah Palin. There will be no comparisons to the nut-job, gaffe machine
Joe Biden, because the media loves him and finds his foolishness endearing. "Someone get that VP a puppy." The
media has failed miserably at "cracking" Romney, so the Veep will be the new target. [...] It is already happening.
Have Your Way with the Local Newspaper.
[Scroll down] Here are a few tips for getting your story in the paper, and for having it told (to the degree possible) the way you would prefer
to have it told. If you are an elected official, assume that the reporter with whom you are speaking is skeptical and is seeking an opening for
a good, juicy story. If you are a Republican candidate or officeholder, assume that the reporter thinks you're both stupid and self-serving.
Not all reporters think that way, but the vast majority do.
Confidence in News Hits New Low. Nearly 80 percent
of Americans lack confidence in television news, a historic low, according to a new Gallup poll. Just 21 percent of adults
expressed a great deal of confidence in T.V. news, a six-point drop from last year, and 25 points lower than in 1993, when Gallup
first started asking the question.
Americans' Ignorance About Socialism
Is Unbelievable. Socialism has never worked but it is easy to sell to those who refuse to study history which is why
progressives use academia as their base of operations. I'm willing to bet that "Animal Farm" and "1984" are no longer recommended
reading in today's high schools. Big Brother is only a TV reality show to many of the young today who regard socialism and big
government as a good thing because that's how the mainstream media presents it.
Bain Capital and Media Bias. Most journalists will swear that, despite the fact they vote
Democratic, they treat both sides fairly. Indeed, it is a rare event to read a news article that directly attacks the Republican party or
one that praises the Democratic party. But that does not mean media bias does not exist. It does — its exercise is just
subtler than this. And the last two weeks have been a great example of how it operates.
NBC and NYT Employees Caught
Contributing to Obama Campaign. Workers in news organizations ranging from the New York Times to NBC News are making donations to
President Obama's re-election campaign even though many companies forbid employees to do so for fear that such contributions will raise questions
about the staff's impartiality.
National Media's Bias Erodes
Public Confidence. The national liberal media's bias has eroded the public's confidence in the news they get.
Americans' distrust of the national media will continue to grow until the national media provide the public with objective
news reports. Recent bias displayed by the national media has caused one of its long-time defenders to grow "weary
of trying to defend the indefensible." These recent remarks by former CBS producer Greg Kandra highlight the continued
existence of the national media's liberal bias. As a result of the national media's use of selectively edited clips to
push its liberal agenda, Kandra stated that he cannot and will not defend his former colleagues against claims of liberal bias.
A Leftist Media for Obama.
Left-leaning journalists like Walter Cronkite and Dan Rather were memorable names because, despite their leftism, they did
not entirely compromise their professional journalistic standards. But who will remember the hordes of little Marxists
who now dominate the mainstream media? What they share is the conviction that the journalistic profession is the handmaiden
of social transformation, and Obama is the transformer. Thus, any sort of bias, omission, or speculative reporting is an
acceptable means to the end of revolution.
Washington Post Fact Checker:
I Don't Fact Check Our Own Writers. In your meta moment of the day, Glenn Kessler, the Washington Post's Fact Checker, announced today [7/2/2012]
that he will not grade comments made by political candidates about stories reported in the Washington Post, largely because he refuses to fact check
stories published in his newspaper.
Where Are Today's Woodward and Bernstein?
Whether it's patterns in voting, financial support, or political identification, journalists are significantly more liberal than the average American.
According to a 2012 Pew Research Center study, the public perception of that bias is increasing with 67 percent of Americans now believing that there
is a bias in news coverage. Journalists have every right to hold liberal views, but it makes their job of objective reporting more difficult.
Time For Super PACs to Tell the Truth
About Fast & Furious. Forget about the media. No amount of shaming will ever convince those moral illiterates to tell the
full and complete story of Fast and Furious. If you think Brian Williams and those who staff every other newsroom in this country went
to journalism school to hold power accountable and inform the public, think again. They entered media for one purpose and one purpose only:
to defeat the right and to further the leftist cause.
The Most Pathogenic Media in History. We have the most
pathogenic media in history — they create social divisions, ethnic hostilities, massive deliberate misunderstandings of the real causes of economic despair, and
political "solutions" from the very people who created those problems in the first place. Our media are the worst plague virus in history because they spread
falsehoods and block the truth. No society can solve problems if the media lie as a daily habit.
Unmasking the media's birth certificate
hypocrisy. [Scroll down] The answer is that the liberal media have become thoroughly corrupt. They no longer
care to hold leaders of both parties accountable; rather, they act — and view themselves — as the communications
arm of the Democratic Party. In short, their mission is not journalism, but propaganda. This is now blatantly obvious to
the point of becoming a professional embarrassment.
Journalists don't have
good grasp of religion. Evidence of big media's bias against religion that doesn't advance the secular and liberal agenda of the
Democratic Party is beyond dispute. Any faith attached to a conservative agenda is to be ridiculed, stereotyped and misrepresented.
Islam is a notable exception. The media appear to bend over backward not to offend Muslims.
Their Rules, Not Ours: Time
to Vet Private Lives of Journalists? We now have three instances of three individual Politico writers digging up and publishing political
oppo-research about the private lives of private citizens who don't support Obama, and the motive behind these attacks can only be for two reasons:
1. To change the narrative of effective criticism of Obama to the less flattering moments of the private lives of these individuals. 2. To
intimidate and frighten others who might consider supporting a candidate not named Obama.
Media Rekindle Their Obama Love Affair.
The Washington Post defends its Mitt Romney hit piece by claiming it didn't collude with the Obama White House on timing. Collusion isn't
the problem. The fact that they both share the same goal is.
Cronkite and the Roots of Media Bias.
It wasn't Fox that poisoned the well of journalism, as former New York Times editor Bill Keller recently alleged. Fox and other such outlets were
brought into existence in an effort to balance a journalistic establishment that was already tilting heavily to the left. The real sin here is not bias or
even partisanship but the pretense of fairness that Cronkite exemplified.
The Media Mess of Pottage? [Scroll down] Ideology plays a
major role, as an overwhelming majority of journalists and editors are politically left of the majority of the American people. But this craven cheerleading
for and knee-jerk defense of the president raises the question: is there another more practical and base factor behind this unprecedented sycophancy?
A September Gallup poll showed that 60 percent of Americans perceive a media bias, with 47 percent saying the media are too
liberal and 13 percent saying they are too conservative, findings similar to the year before.
Stadium promises never pay. [Scroll
down] In a just-released article in the Journal of Sport and Social Issues, my colleagues and I studied media coverage of 23 publicly financed
stadium initiatives in 16 different cities, including Philadelphia. We found that the mainstream media in most of these cities is noticeably
biased toward supporting publicly financed stadiums, which has a significant impact on the initiatives' success. This bias usually takes the form of
uncritically parroting stadium proponents' economic and social promises, quoting stadium supporters far more frequently than stadium opponents, overlooking
the numerous objective academic studies on the topic, and failing to independently examine the multitude of failed stadium-centered promises throughout the
country, especially those in oft-cited "success cities" such as Denver and Cleveland.
about public funding of sports stadiums.
Olbermann, Rest of Media
Won't Chase Dog Stories Anymore. Jonah Goldberg broadened the argument beyond dog stories to the way the media
frames stories in general.
To the media, controversies are
only distractions if they benefit Republicans. My complaint isn't about distractions, it's about the press's
tendency to treat controversies that help Republicans as "distractions" and ones that hurt Republicans as Very Serious Issues.
Our National Media Don't Deserve Their 'Mainstream'
Title. The opinions expressed by the media are neither widespread nor accepted by the majority of Americans. To call today's national
media "mainstream" is inaccurate. They are better described as the "liberal" national media. Regardless, the term "mainstream" should be
dropped. According to a Gallup poll, 55% of Americans have little or no confidence in the national media to report fully, accurately and fairly.
Americans are right to be skeptical about the news they receive. How can something be considered "mainstream" if the majority of people lack confidence
Co-Founder: Most Journalists I've Known Are Democrats. In one of the more honest admissions of the obvious, Politico co-founder
Jim VandeHei has admitted that the majority of the journalists that he's known in his career at a variety of publications "vote Democratic."
Media Want Complexion To Count In Guilt Or
Innocence. Whatever the ultimate outcome of the case against George Zimmerman for his shooting of Trayvon Martin, what has happened already is
enough to turn the stomach of anyone who believes in either truth or justice. An amazing proportion of the media has given us a painful demonstration
of the thinking — and lack of thinking — that prevailed back in the days of the old Jim Crow South, where complexion counted more than
facts in determining how people were treated.
Time to Stop Being Intimidated by the Left.
[Scroll down] What has this selling out accomplished for the media? In a recent poll, 63% of respondents said the media were "politically
biased in their reporting"; 66% believe that news stories are often inaccurate; 42% say the press is immoral; and 72% believe that "they [the media] try to
cover up their mistakes."
TV Corrects Itself, Just Not on the
Air. What is it with television news and corrections? When the rest of the journalism world gets something wrong, they generally
correct themselves. But network news acts as if an on-air admission of error might cause a meteor to land on the noggin of one of its precious
talking heads. NBC used all of the powers at its disposal to amend the mistake, except the high-visibility airtime where the bad clip ran in
the first place.
MSNBC, the Faux News Network.
Liberals have been feverishly attacking Fox News for years now, irate that the Left's monopoly on television news outlets
has been broken. Conservatives, on the other hand, have tended to ignore MSNBC, even though that network is far more
partisan, and less reliable, than Fox. Perhaps this is because of a perception that hardly anyone watches MSNBC.
It is true, of course, that that network's ratings are nowhere near Fox's, but still, close to a million people watch the most
popular MSNBC shows. That is far too many for a network that is not only ridiculously partisan, but spews hate on a
Spittlegate, and the Left's 'Race-Gating' Tradition. The media's willingness to lie for the cause should shock
no one to the right of Bill Ayers. What is particularly troubling about Editgate is that the major media, which
once served as a firewall against fraud, now seem eager accomplices in its commission.
Breitbart built Internet empire by combining new media, partisan slant. Get this: The Washington Post points
its finger at someone else's partisan slant.
about the untimely death of Andrew Breitbart.
MSNBC'S Al Sharpton
Sinkhole. NBC news used to be the channel for sober, boring Huntley-Brinkley journalism. It was liberal, to
be sure but serious. NBC's news wasn't always objective, but it had a reputation for professionalism. Think Tim Russert.
But in today's era, Brian Williams going on saucer-eyed burger runs with President Obama is a refreshing improvement over MSNBC's
lineup, chock-full of vicious, uncivil, shamelessly partisan left-wing hacks.
Ed Schultz and MSNBC's Sewer of Hate:
This story emerges in a little known book called The General: David Sarnoff and the Rise of the Communications Industry by
Kenneth Bilby. Mr. Bilby was a close associate of David Sarnoff's. The ultimate Sarnoff insider who was a two decades-long
member of Sarnoff's management team. The book, a combined biography and insider's account of the legendary Sarnoff —
the man who was known in his day as the creator of the modern NBC and "the father of television" (not to mention color
television) — tells quite a tale. And in reading it, one is left speechless at just how far the network's mindless
obsession with all things fashionably left — otherwise known as MSNBC — has now managed to steer the entire NBC
network's reputation into a veritable sewer of hatred.
Poking around the
propaganda factory. [Edward] Bernays worked for Woodrow Wilson, the president who was re-elected because he "kept us
out of war" and then promptly took us into World War I, where 117,000 American soldiers were killed in action. It
was Bernays who helped come up with the justification of "bringing democracy to all of Europe," and was delighted to find out that
the American public could be easily manipulated with slogans and blatant falsehoods. Although rarely acknowledged today, he
laid the groundwork for modern political propaganda and in particular is the godfather of progressive techniques for pushing public
opinions such as those used by moveon.org and Media Matters.
Media Matters' targets revealed:
business, wealth, Christianity. When David Brock applied for tax-exempt status for Media Matters for America, he told the IRS
exactly who his group would be fighting against: businesses, wealthy Americans and conservative Christians. [...] Treasury Department
documents — 88 pages that The Daily Caller obtained through a public records request to the IRS — reveal for the
first time how the organization described its mission while applying for coveted 501(c)(3) non-profit status. Media Matters has made
no secret of its adherence to progressive principles, but flagging Christianity as having undue influence in media is the latest revelation
about the group's treatment of religion.
Fights War on Christians. CBN News has uncovered Media Matters for America's foundational IRS
documents — and they show that Media Matters was constructed as a weapon against Christians.
According to its application for non-profit status, it was created in order to counter pro-Christian "bias in
news reporting and analysis by the American media".
Dishonesty: We know that most of the media is actively rooting for President Obama to be re-elected.
But it used to be that the liberal press just tilted coverage, ignoring stories that reflected positively on
conservatives and Republicans and hyping stories that helped Democrats and liberals. But now, national
news agencies are actually lying to you, using out-of-context quotes that they get from websites and fabricating
things all in an effort to advance the liberal agenda.
Schultz Paid Nearly $200,000 By Unions in 2011, According to Labor Dept. A Labor Department spokesman
confirmed to NewsBusters that Schultz received $190,000 from CWA in fiscal 2011, far from than the $7,500 he was
paid by the union a year earlier. The spokesman said unions are mandated to report such payments as required
by the Labor Management Reporting and Disclosure Act. For its fiscal 2010 payment to Schultz, the union
characterized the payment as pertaining to "union administration," according to Labor Department records.
The Editor says...
I had never heard of Ed Schultz until I saw the article immediately above. Apparently he has a radio talk
show as well as a show on MSNBC.
Bill Moyers, Progressive
Propagandist. The problem is not that Moyers admires Alinsky as a good man, but that he is intellectually
dishonest and vindictive regarding those who don't share his admiration. His erudite tone and his measured,
smooth-as-silk delivery seem to be aimed at damning what he portrays as knuckledragging conservatives as much as praising
Saul Alinsky, and this stains Moyers's commentary with brutish propaganda.
and the Suborned Media Employ Hegel's Dialectic. We are at a dangerous time in our Republic's
existence. The warning signs are there and the Cultural Marxists have almost destroyed our national
culture and society, the final brick in the foundation of a Marxist totalitarian state worse than that
created and ruled by Uncle Joe Stalin.
Political Puppet Show.
[Scroll down] The television career of Stephanopoulos is merely an extension of his work as a communications
director for Bill Clinton's 1992 presidential campaign and subsequently in the Clinton White House. Like
the late Tim Russert (a lifelong Democrat who worked for Daniel Patrick Moynihan and Mario Cuomo) and Chris
Matthews (a former aide to Democrats Jimmy Carter and Tip O'Neill), Stephanopoulos is merely one of many who
have followed the well-trod path from Democratic operative to liberal media star.
Obama's Law of Contraception.
A thinking person would ask where the President has the legal authority to order the insurance
companies to give away anything for free. But there are no such thinking persons in the Democrat
Party-controlled press, which is ready to applaud a third-world style Obama benevolent dictatorship —
benevolent, that is, if you are part of the party political machine.
The Associated Press Conspiracy.
Just last week AP released this directive to their members regarding its editorial 'standards' as applied to Koran burning:
"Should the event happen on Saturday, the AP will not distribute images or audio that specifically show Qurans being burned, and
will not provide detailed text descriptions of the burning," managing editor Thomas Kent wrote to AP staff. "AP policy is
not to provide coverage of events that are gratuitously manufactured to provoke and offend." Shortly after the decree,
numerous media organizations and their disciples fell all over themselves rushing to support AP's decision, ignorant of the
fact AP has no problem breaking their own rules when convenient.
Economic News From Big Brother, 'The
Recession Is Over!' Big Brother sends us today's urgent Newspeak via the Associated Press...
foundations lavish millions on Media Matters. Relying on tax returns and websites of wealthy U.S.
foundations, a Daily Caller investigation has revealed the sources of more than $28.8 million in funding
collected by the liberal Media Matters for America since 2003, the year before its formal incorporation.
That sum represents 54 percent of every dollar the organization has raised in its history, making Media
Matters a principally foundation-driven — not citizen-supported — activist group.
Matters accepted $50K grant for 'fact checking' religious broadcasts. The liberal Media Matters for America
organization once accepted a $50,000 grant to monitor and attack religious news outlets, according to tax returns examined
by The Daily Caller. The grant came in 2006 from the ARCA Foundation, a 60-year-old philanthropy that funds Democratic
causes. The foundation gave Media Matters the $50,000 "to support a Religious Broadcasting Project to expand the
monitoring and fact checking of religious broadcasts," according to its tax return that year.
Record High 67% See Political Bias in News Media. The downward slide of media credibility
continues. A Pew survey released a few days ago found 67 percent of Americans see "a great deal" or
"fair amount" of "political bias" in the news media, a record high for the poll by the Pew Research Center for
the People and the Press which pegged the level at 63 percent just four months ago.
Diabolical American Propaganda Storm Fogs
Republic. What's intriguing about today's propaganda is that despite the West's many sophisticated
democracies, which depend upon an unbiased media, we observe the press devolving into cheerleaders for socialism.
How this occurred, in a nutshell, is simply that journalism — much like universities — was
targeted as a strategic place to foment leftist ideas.
Media Watchdog Threatens Press Freedoms. Media Matters For America head David Brock surrounded
himself with "more security than a Third World dictator," including a semi-automatic-toting "assistant" protecting
him from right-wing assassination squads, according to the Daily Caller. ... Recent revelations expose Media Matters
as nothing more than a thinly disguised adjunct of the Democratic National Committee. With President Obama
announcing he was breaking his campaign promise of refusing the help of Super PACs, you'll never guess who
serves as the head of a new one called American Bridge 21st Century: Media Matters' David Brock.
And there's lots of overlap in the two groups' donor lists.
Inside Media Matters:
Sources, memos reveal erratic behavior, close coordination with White House and
news organizations. Founded by [David] Brock in 2004 as a liberal counterweight to "conservative
misinformation" in the press, Media Matters has in less than a decade become a powerful player in Democratic politics.
The group operates in regular coordination with the highest levels of the Obama White House, as well as with members
of Congress and progressive groups around the country. Brock, who collected over $250,000 in salary from
Media Matters in 2010, has himself become a major fundraiser on the left. According to an internal memo
obtained by TheDC, Media Matters intends to spend nearly $20 million in 2012 to influence news coverage.
of the morning: Soros monkeys coordinate with Democrats. The Daily Caller provides a deeper glimpse
into the Soros-backed Media Matters/Democrat propaganda machine. ... The Media Matters sycophants have repeatedly
attacked the few reporters digging intrepidly into the Fast and Furious scandal.
the White House manipulating the media through Media Matters? The Daily Caller has a multipart
exposé on David Brock and Media Matters which will surprise ... well, probably no one who reads this site.
Speaking with former and current employees, Tucker Carlson, Vince Coglianese, Alex Pappas, and Will Rahn paint a
picture of Brock as paranoid and out of control, but still supremely effective at getting his message out through
the mainstream media.
Bloggers Aren't Journalists, Neither Are Many Members of the MSM. [George] Stephanopoulos earned
his political science degree at Columbia University and he has been a Democrat political lion ever since,
apparently making him a desirable spokesman for the party's agenda. ... MSNBC, a cable station claiming to be
"a leader in breaking news, video and original journalism," is anything but. It is stocked with partisan
Democrat anchors and, in one instance, Morning Joe Scarborough, a former Republican RINO. Al Sharpton?
Chris Matthews? Rachel Maddow? Lawrence O'Donnell? These are journalists? ... Watching MSNBC
is a chore and an exercise in frustration waiting for the other side of the story. It simply will not be
presented. Instead we are treated with angry scowls and insulting language thrown at Republicans.
Ombudsman Won't Quibble: The Post Has a Liberal, Pro-Obama Bias. On Sunday, Washington Post
ombudsman Patrick Pexton noted that Deborah Howell, Post ombudsman from 2005 through 2008, said at the end
of her tenure that "some of the conservatives' complaints about a liberal tilt [at The Post] are valid."
He added: "I won't quibble with her conclusion. I think she was right." Pexton said this
even as he characterized his electronic mailbox as a harsh place when conservatives get going on the paper's
fawning Obama coverage.
Self-Destruction of the Mainstream Media. For the past forty years the mainstream media has
become increasingly liberal and more overt in promoting the policies of the Democratic Party. This
evolutionary process reached its zenith in 2008 when the media were instrumental in Barack Obama being elected
President. Many journalists dropped any pretense of objectivity and became not only cheerleaders but
active de facto members of the campaign. During the past two decades no other sector of the economy
has experienced such overwhelming financial and employment devastation.
Among the most conservative South Carolina primary voters, fully 89 percent had an unfavorable opinion of
the media. The same poll showed Gingrich beating Romney in the primary, 37 percent to
28 percent — fairly close to the actual outcome. Conservatives not only resent the liberal
media for trying to pick the Republican nominee (n.b. the media prefer Romney) but they also resent Republican
politicians who, once elected, spend their careers appeasing the media while abandoning conservative principles
(n.b. the supine leadership of the Republican party in the House of Representatives).
Favorite SuperPAC, The Activist Old Media. Let's call it what it is now, folks. The biggest
SuperPAC out there right now is the one working overtime to destroy any Republican who might be so bold as want
to take on the media's Dear Leader in the White House. ... The Activist Old Media has two very specific goals in
mind here, 1) keep the "horse-race" going as long as possible because it will help ratings and revenue,
2) work to damage whomever becomes the GOP winner.
and the Media: Still Together after 100 Years. A century ago, a segment of the American media
abandoned their role as facilitator of public discourse and became active participants in making politically
achievable the transformative change being offered by the newly formed progressive movement. The
marriage was undeclared, yet under the cover of darkness they conceived a leviathan child which fashioned a
mammoth government beyond even the imagination of Hobbes.
Conservatives frequently complain that our presidential candidates are chosen by the media for us but give
little thought to how this is actually possible. It is, and has been for decades, the modus operandi of
the media to work hard to predispose the attitudes of voters toward their candidate by planting the seeds of
doubt about the chances of his opponents.
Agenda Journalism: Reporters
and news writers not only assume that they understand a story before it unfolds, they approach events with a
cookie-cutter mentality, a prefabricated plot line. They come equipped with an entrenched political
perspective that enables them to shape the news according to prior specification, a practice that has come to
be known as "agenda journalism." ... Similarly, the controversy over the now-defunct Journolist group does not
cloud the fact that a number of its members were clearly playing partisan politics, attacking Republicans and
suppressing unsavory facts about Obama.
Media Doesn't Tell Full Story About Obama's Fourth-Quarter Fundraising. Long, long ago, the
Associated Press simply decided to stop being objective. Other than the final act of officially declaring
their left-wing bias, the AP has done just about everything else required to announce that they are on a crusade,
among other things, to ensure Barack Obama's reelection. But even then, you would think credibility would
mean something to the AP.
the Meat Grinder. [Scroll down] Conservative viewpoints are extreme, but the liberal
counterpoints never are so. It's extreme to criticize contraceptives, but not extreme to give them
to 12-year-olds in public schools. It's extreme to oppose all abortions but not extreme to favor every
one of them (even partial-birth abortions) and want them funded with taxpayer money. It's extreme to
believe in traditional marriage, but it's not extreme to support poly-amorous groupings of three or five
lovers in loose "family" arrangements.
Will Obama Go to War?
[Scroll down] Three separate news reports from media outlets that are the first to cheer Obama and genuflect
before his ideas. Three media outlets that are supported by a viewership made up largely of
Liberal-Progressive-Democrats. Three media outlets with staffs and on-air talent that also overwhelmingly
support the president and the L-P-D agenda. All three statements from official Obama administration
spokespersons reported by the so-called mainstream media without comment. One needs only a minimal
amount of imagination to visualize the reactions of these same media outlets if a spokesperson representing
the Bush administration had spoken exactly the same words in exactly the same context.
The biggest little story of 2011.
If the mainstream media had their way, President John Kerry would likely be in the final year of his second
term. Vice President John Edwards might be a leading candidate in the 2012 Democratic primary. In
this alternate universe, John Kerry's three-month stint in Vietnam would be a footnote in his storied rise to
power. And most Americans wouldn't know that he acquired three purple hearts without bleeding in battle.
For the most part, that information reached the American electorate through new media — and in spite of
the efforts of the broadcast news outlets.
The No News Stories of 2011.
As a general rule, when you watch a story on CBS, listen to NPR, or read the New York Times, assume
that the news is prepped in such a way as to suggest the opposite of what really happened.
Snooty Brand of Liberalism Comes to an End at ABC. On December 13 Christiane Amanpour announced
she would no longer be host of ABC's This Week. Her run as host of that show was filled with shots at
conservatives and their issues as she called Tea Party candidates "bizarre," and scolded that tax cuts would
"hurt" the poor.
has deep financial ties to new Sun-Times owners. It's nice to have friends in the media. Mayor Rahm
Emanuel sure will have a ton of buddies in one key local media outlet, because virtually every one of the Sun-Times' new
owners has been a major contributor, business partner or civic ally of his.
Ezra Klein: From 'Journolist' To Liberal Activist.
In the early days of the Gulf War, pundits marveled at the specter of Iraqi troops surrendering to journalists.
Well, now it's even worse: Journalists are giving the Democratic Party its talking points.
The Ever-Worse Establishment
Media. Once again, the Media Research Center identifies the real haters.
Fighting for The Mainstream.
You're probably getting your news from people whose approach to information is so one-sided as to be dishonest —
people, I mean, like Brian Williams, George Stephanopolous, and Diane Sawyer. And yet they appear thoroughly
presentable: polite, well-spoken — exuding elegance and good will even as they go about demonizing
anyone they disagree with.
Koppel, Elitist Hack. To [Ted] Koppel, the nation was much better off when it was guided by a
small and wise (and supposedly nonpartisan) national media elite that had the brains to separate the wheat from the
chaff of information and tell the public how it should think. That's all been ruined now by the "democratization
of journalism," and the public will ruin the country with their incessantly partisan ravings.
The Media's Debacles. In both
the coverage of the Ground Zero Muslim Community Center and Mosque and the coverage of the great demonstration
organized in Washington by Glenn Beck attracting in the neighborhood of half a million Americans, the
mainstream media once again revealed their bias, blatant selectivity, self induced amnesia, and a rush to
judgment to "shame" the audience into guilt over their assumed Islamophobia, the newest charge in the litany of
grievances with which the public has been maligned focused on racism, sexism, xenophobia and homophobia in the
Military Scandal, Media Blackout.
Let me preface the facts of this column with two disclosures: first, I have a deep and abiding respect for the
United States military. ... Second, I have equal amounts of contempt for a mainstream media, which is neither
mainstream, nor remotely interested in reporting the truth, if it interferes with their agenda.
Secrets of the American
Nomenklatura. [#1] The media and the Democrats are joined at the hip and have created a
"hereditary celebrity class". One of the fastest ways to celebrity and fortune is to be the child of a
politician or a well connected political operative. ... If you are a Democrat, like JFK, Jr, Mika Brzezinski,
or Maria Shriver who can be counted to toe the party line, the door is wide open. The capper was the
announcement this week, that Chelsea Clinton has been hired by NBC.
Clinton to Report for NBC. NBC announced Monday that it has hired Chelsea Clinton to become a
full-time special correspondent for NBC News. The appointment was immediate. Ms. Clinton will begin
work on stories that NBC expects to use as part of its "Making a Difference" series, which runs on "NBC Nightly
News," said Steve Capus, president of NBC News.
The Editor says...
Is Chelsea Clinton paving the way for her own political career? Is there any doubt that her reporting will be
biased? And really, why is there a "Making a Difference" series on NBC? Journalists who "make a difference" —
or even attempt to do so by expressing their personal opinions — are activists.
Zurawik: NBC Hiring Chelsea Clinton a 'Journalistically Bankrupt Decision'. Baltimore Sun television
critic David Zurawik on Sunday called NBC hiring Chelsea Clinton a "journalistically-bankrupt decision."
Talking to CNN's Howard Kurtz about Clinton's debut, Zurawik said if she's been preparing for this all her
life "it's been a largely wasted life".
Media vs. the military.
The Vietnam War and the Walter Cronkite legend inculcated a strong distrust of the media in the military
establishment. The sentiment is that if the press can lose America's wars, it is something to be dealt
with warily, if at all. But what comes across as bias is often the product of structural and unavoidable
aspects of reporting. The primary role of the press is to expose and publicize information, while the
military norm, based on the need for operational security, is to withhold and control information.
Newspaper endorsements swing left. After overwhelmingly endorsing Republican presidential
candidates from the 1970s into the late '80s, the United States daily newspapers have shifted editorial
support in the past 20 years to Democratic candidates, a new study shows.
To [Heck] with You People.
Look, I am past exhausted talking about liberal media bias. It's real, we all know it, and people
who deny it aren't even fooling themselves. But some things just have to be pointed out.
Candy Crowley Picks Up MSNBC's Trial Balloon, Questions Cain's 'Blackness'. CNN's Candy Crowley
and her absolutely shameful interview with Herman Cain over the weekend was yet another piece of evidence that
proves my theory that the MSM is involved in one big left-wing conspiracy. They use each other, they work
together, and because it comes so naturally thanks to their shared ideology and social circles, they don't even
know they're conspiring. Trust me, that's the worst kind of conspiracy, and Journolist was only a symptom
of something much more insidious and widespread. And MSNBC plays a very important role in this.
New Media, Old
Bias. Back in the old days — say, 10 years ago — Christians used to
complain about liberal media bias. The newspapers and networks had a stranglehold on what was considered
news. And because most members of the national media were part of the liberal cultural elite, polite
indifference was usually the best we could expect. Now, of course, all that has changed, right?
Will Happen When the People Realize that the Constitution Is No More? Dishonest, manipulative,
agenda-consumed politicians who hold power will not easily surrender that power. Today, an overwhelmingly
"progressive" mainstream media feed progressive politicians' lies as truth directly to the people, thereby
reinforcing the lies, giving the lies credibility in the minds of a mostly gullible electorate.
Tells Ingraham NBC's Todd Worked for Lib Senator. After radio's Laura Ingraham questioned
Todd about this issue Thursday [9/8/2011], Fox News's Bill O'Reilly brought her on his program Friday
saying, "We did a little research on Mr. Todd... His wife makes a living working for the Democratic
Party. There is a report that Chuck Todd actually worked for Senator Tom Harkin, very liberal
Senator from Iowa".
is the left's biggest muckraker you never heard of. An obscure nonprofit investigative
newsroom's editor in chief is paid $585,117 a year and the group gives away its online stories for
publication by big-time "partners," including the New York Times, ABC World News, Salon.com and
Associated Press. The 32 highly paid reporters seem to investigate only things liberals
News Bias, Civil Disobedience, and John Adams'
Rule of Thumb. Almost all of our TV "news" shows are unacknowledged, unchallenged, and
unopposed Far Left to Moderate Left, pro-Big Government apologists. Occasionally they will make a
daring foray out into the hinterlands of "fly-over country," and run a slanted expose on what those wacky
Tea Party people are up to, but mostly they stick with their schtick — smug, anti-American,
Leaning Left for 15 Long Years. Tonight [7/7/2011] MSNBC's cast and crew will gather in Washington
D.C. to celebrate their network being on the air for 15 long years. In that time its hosts, reporters
and guests have attacked conservatives and Republicans on everything from impeaching Bill Clinton and conducting
a war on terrorism, up to the fight over public unions. All the while some of its reporters and hosts have
been thrilled by the likes of Mikhail Gorbachev and Barack Obama.
New Low: Hiring Al Sharpton as On-Air Host. When CNN hired Elliot Spitzer many complained
hiring the disgraced former governor was a new low in cable news. Allow me to submit to you that with
the hiring of "Reverend" Al Sharpton to be their 6pm host, MSNBC has smashed through CNN's record and
established a record for finding a new host in the sewer of society that may never be topped. While
CNN and others have hired people disgraced by political or sexual scandals, in hiring Sharpton MSNBC has
contracted with a "Reverend" who bears false witness and a racial arsonist who is responsible for the
deaths of at least eight innocent people.
Where does all that bias get you?
CNN Tanks in April, Hits Ten-Year Low.
The era of the old media is over. CNN had the lowest rated month in eleven years in April; the last time CNN had ratings this
bad, the date was August 2001. CNN had a grand total of 357,000 viewers, and just 108,000 in the crucial 25-54 age group.
Ratings: CNN Hits 15 Year Low. Last week on Twitter, Piers Morgan
taunted me with an invitation to come on his show and debate. We responded in the most serious way we could; we reached out directly to his producer and said,
"anytime." Haven't heard back. Kind of glad now. I can get more attention strolling through a supermarket.
CNN reaches all-time lows
again. Forget April — May was the cruellest month for CNN. The third-place cable news network hit a
20-year prime-time ratings low last month, averaging only 390,000 viewers — down 51 percent from May 2011. Those
were also CNN's lowest numbers, in prime time, since October 1991.
Nation Magazine Editor Gets MSNBC Show. If you thought Comcast buying into NBC was going to
change the overtly liberal bias at the network's news divisions, think again. On Monday [8/1/2011], MSNBC
announced that Christopher Hayes, the Washington editor of the far-left magazine The Nation, will be
getting his own show in September.
effects of media bias. It is a well-told story that the mainstream media — at
least to a small degree — have a liberal bias. It's surprising, then, that few people
have examined, or even asked, a potentially more important question: Does the bias matter?
If the media reports the news with a certain slant, how does it affect those who take in the content?
Act: America needs more media bias, claim some on the left. What the self-styled opponents
of balance really want is something resembling a state media monopoly — but one that is nominally
independent and that is pliant when liberals run the government and adversarial when conservatives do.
That is more or less what existed between the 1970s and the late '90s, when competition greatly weakened
the authority of the formerly mainstream media. Strident leftism is not going to restore that authority.
the Climate Blues. [Scroll down] Al Gore is not wrong to see that the media is
changing into something that feels more like professional wrestling than like the hallowed network news
broadcast in the Cronkite era. The public at large increasingly sees journalists as entertainers
rather than arbiters. "The Daily Show" and "The Colbert Report" play this for all it is worth and
increasingly the myth of the objective journalist is yielding to the idea of the engaged party frankly
promoting an agenda.
Education of a Compassionate Conservative. [Scroll down] Leftist assumption of control
of academia and the media was so swift and thorough during the 1970s and 80s only because many conservatives
had swallowed the liberal line that such values as self-reliance, merit, individualism, and fairness were not
only immoral and indefensible but quite possibly racist and borderline fascist as well.
proliferation of media is the best guarantor of accuracy. The multiplication of online news
outlets unsettles some traditional journalists, especially those on the soft Left who have until now been
accustomed to dictating the narrative. Blogs, they complain, are opinionated and tendentious.
Well, yes; but try looking in the mirror, gentlemen.
Hill Poll: Most voters see media as biased and unethical. Likely voters hold a dismal
view of the news media, generally regarding reporters as biased, unethical and too close to the
politicians they purport to cover, according to a new poll for The Hill. A full
68 percent of voters consider the news media biased, the poll found. Most, 46 percent,
believe the media generally favor Democrats, while 22 percent said they believe Republicans
are favored, with 28 percent saying the media is reasonably balanced.
It's a close Race Between 'Don't Know' And 'Nobody'.
The Most Trusted Political Reporter? The same poll that showed "undecided" narrowly beating Mitt
Romney for the Republican presidential nomination also showed voters are just as divided on political reporters.
When asked by pollsters at Suffolk University which political reporter "you trust the most," respondents (1,070
of them were polled) said "don't know" (21%) followed by "none" (15%).
Suicide Compact. Is there a profit-making business — other than TV networks and
The New York Times — that so disrespects its audience it works overtime to offend them?
What other business metaphorically flips the bird to those who don't subscribe to their social, cultural
and political worldview? That is precisely what big media does to a large number of potential
viewers and subscribers.
Michele Bachmann Rips Through the Shroud of
Contempt. Control of the cultural and media landscape places some powerful weapons in the
hands of the Left. One of their favorites is the Shroud of Contempt, which they use to muffle
targeted individuals by declaring them unfit to be taken seriously. The public has been conditioned to
applaud "moderates" and recoil from "extremists," so painting someone as a horrid extremist is an effective
way to airbrush them out of the national conversation.
Let Liberal Establishment Choose Our Candidates. Obviously, the liberal media do not have the
best interests of Reagan conservatives in mind when they do their "reporting." So when they tell us
certain GOP candidates are unelectable or electable, common sense would counsel us to take their advice with
mounds of salt.
Maybe this has something to do with it...
in Congress invested in news media. Many members of Congress have financial interests in the media
that cover them, financial disclosure documents show. The Center for Responsive Politics reported Wednesday [6/15/2011]
some 60 senators and representatives, or their spouses, have investments in at least 19 media corporations.
still despises Republicans. One can take MSNBC, hose it off, dress it up in moderate looking clothing
and call it CNN. It is still a liberal network with an agenda that includes ridiculing Republicans and
ensuring that their deity Barack Obama is reelected. John King is more dangerous than Chris Matthews
because at least with Matthews the screaming leftist lunacy is laid bare for all to see.
Perpetual Media War Against Palin Exposes
Imbecility of Mindless Critics. Palin is loathed for what she represents, not for being dumb.
Her "stupidity" is simply a shorthand rejection of her unacceptable political ideas. This became
obvious when detractors were unable to provide meaningful examples of how she lacks intelligence.
On Eligibility, It's Up to the States.
For much of our American history, we had a safety net that existed to deal with that political class when its
actions and its oaths became divergent — the press. What would Watergate have been without
Woodward and Bernstein? Our press used to pride itself on being our watchdog — that assiduous,
obstinate handful of reporters who knew, and revered, the service they provided our free nation. However,
as we have painfully become aware, that press no longer exists in this country, as it has grafted itself onto
the far left corner of that political class. To protect their real estate in that corner, they have
refused to approach this issue honestly, and have, rather, responded to the citizens of this country with
ridicule and derision.
Media Bias in Layout.
When it comes to printed news, the front page trumps all — especially the front page above the fold. This
is the part of the paper that contains the headlines and the color pictures; it's the part of the paper that's put
on display on the sides of city streets. On any given day, more people see the front page of a newspaper
than any other page. The stories that make it to the front page above the fold are the ones the newspaper
editors feel the public would — or should — find most important.
Corsi Book An Important One.
As I have come to learn firsthand, the anti-journalist does not seek to report the news. The anti-journalist attacks the
people who do report the news or, just as likely, ignores them completely. When in attack mode, the anti-journalist
disregards the facts and dismisses the fact finder as partisan, whacko, reckless, and inevitably, in regard to Obama, racist.
No reporter in America knows this form of abuse better than Harvard Ph.D. Jerome Corsi.
Soviet Propaganda Would Fit In
With USA Of Today. Today, the Obama administration is inserting federal government dictates into
major aspects of life and the economy in the USA. In the USSR, the governing Communist Party directed and
controlled all aspects of life and the economy. Today in the USA, political correctness is used by American
progressives to control speech and to suppress undesirable criticism. In the USSR, speech-control played a
major role in silencing the opposition. The nuanced difference is that those who critique Obama administration
policies are accused of being racists or bigots; in the USSR, individuals who criticized the government were
described as spies, traitors or "enemies of the people."
Soros' Ties to Major News Organizations: When liberal investor George Soros gave $1.8 million
to National Public Radio, it became part of the firestorm of controversy that jeopardized NPR's federal funding.
But that gift only hints at the widespread influence the controversial billionaire has on the mainstream media.
Soros, who spent $27 million trying to defeat President Bush in 2004, has ties to more than 30 mainstream
news outlets — including The New York Times, Washington Post, the Associated Press, NBC and ABC.
the New York Times Gets Everything Wrong: It's the Left-Wing Bias. There's no secret anymore as
to why the paper has become worse than it ever was. The editors and writers are on the political left;
and they are pompous enough to think that since everyone they know thinks the same way, what they are writing
is objective. This is not to say that its bias is a relatively new thing. It's just that in the
paper's heyday, you could find relatively straightforward top-notch reporting. But even then, on certain
issues, there was very little difference between the editorial side and that of the reporters.
Paradise Lost. The new graduates of journalism schools are faced with few or no prospects of
the future they envisioned. In the minds of many members of the mainstream media, the fault for this
drastic turn of events lies with the conservatives and those ignorant masses in fly-over country, not with
themselves. Therefore they lash out more than ever against conservatives and Republicans.
If Republicans Acted Exactly Like Democrats.
One of the best ways to illustrate the utter corruption of an ideology is one of the oldest: imagine if
political party "x," did what political party "y" is doing, and see if it passes the stink test. For this
purpose, I offer Exhibits A, B and C: Wisconsin, Indiana and the Oval Office, three places where what
is occurring stinks to high heaven.
The Government of the Big
Lie. Faced with nationwide economic misery caused by politicians' runaway deficit spending, some
people choose resignation, others, disengagement. Far too many Americans still robotically swallow the
left-flavored pabulum which is spoon-fed to audiences by alphabet TV networks, newspapers, and the entertainment
industry. ... Busybody politicians have fashioned decades of debacles. And yet many voters continue to
cave in to manipulation by government-worshiping "journalists" and the busybody politicians.
The Bias They Can't
See: NPR's reporters, regardless of how much they might annoy us, are clever, intelligent
people. As professional communicators, hired for their abilities and not how good their hair appears
on camera, they know how to make words sing and dance. They understand how to advocate without advocating.
Advocacy begins with the choice of stories to cover. When you cover the "controversial" Arizona immigration
law with great attention and give very little attention to stories that reflect badly on immigrants, you exhibit
bias even though no clear advocacy has been shown. Of course, the media will argue that they cover the
"newsworthy" stories. This is convenient cover when you get to decide yourself what is and isn't
The Media's Deadly Sin.
As a nurse, I've learned that people's behavior tells us a lot about their underlying condition. My
diagnosis of the media: The average liberal "journalist" today is a rigid ideologue who is
Stylebook inconsistency is fruit of political correctness. Today, class, we will discuss
matters like The Associated Press Stylebook (APSB) and such. ... Transgendered people, according to APSB
editors, are called exactly what they want to be called. Think those editors grant the same courtesy
to those who consider themselves pro-life? Guess again. Here's what you'll read under the APSB
heading for "abortion": "Use anti-abortion instead of pro-life and abortion rights instead of
pro-abortion or pro-choice." The APSB editors couldn't have been more flagrant in their double
standards if they had written, "Pro-abortion and pro-choice people have pure, noble motives and seek to
protect those rights cherished by all Americans, so much so that we're going to refer to them as champions
of 'abortion rights.' Pro-lifers, on the other hand, are simply whacked out, anti-abortion
America's Marxist Media. How
did the mainstream media get to be the way they are? To find the answer, let's turn to an old source.
Helen MacInnes was a Scottish-born novelist whose writing career spanned nearly four and a half decades.
Most of her 21 novels dealt with the struggle against totalitarianism. During World War II, she
wrote stirring novels of the fight against Nazi Germany. After the conclusion of that war, while other
writers were busily plotting stories of the threat of a reincarnated Nazism, she was among the first to understand
that communism, with its subversive hooks already well set in the upper levels of many governments, including ours,
represented a far greater threat to human freedom.
rope-a-doping Republicans on spending. [President] Obama passively professes his desire "to
work with Republicans on responsible spending cuts." That prompts GOPers to produce multiple compromise
proposals in the hope of finding one Obama will support, even as they wear themselves out promising not to
shut down the government as they did in 1995. Meanwhile, Senate Democratic leaders are attacking GOP
spending cuts as "mean-spirited, reckless and irresponsible," confident that most journalists will simply
repeat their charges without lifting a finger to test their validity.
The Media and
the Republicans. [Scroll down] This evolution of the mainstream media culminated
in the election of Barack Obama, who on the surface fulfilled all the requirements of an ideal presidential
candidate for the chattering class. He was one of them. Ivy League educated, well spoken,
attractive, and said all the right things designed to appeal to the myopic worldview of the
New York-Washington-Los Angeles media axis. But above all he was African-American, an opportunity to
wash away the collective guilt so imbedded in the psyche of the press. Barack Obama also knew that he
had those tangible and intangible factors that would allow him to manipulate the media, and he did so.
The mainstream media became, in the phrase often attributed to Lenin, useful idiots.
MSM. In the fall of 2008 and early 2009, the left dared to dream big. Back then, we saw
the Daily News' hagiographic endorsement of Obama (their publisher and erstwhile Obama speechwriter has since
seen the light). This was quickly followed by Rahm Emanuel's ham-handed "Never let a serious crisis go
to waste" quote. In early January of 2009, even before Obama took office, John Judis of the New Republic
wrote, "A decade ago, I might have been embarrassed to admit that I was raised on Marx and Marxism, but I am
convinced that the left is coming back." James Carville promised their reign would last for
40 years. ... Two years later, and all is lost.
Major Networks, the Lamestream Media Again
Shows Hypocrite Colors. By now just about every American, save for most of the Obama supporters,
knows how "in the bag" the big networks of ABC, CBS and NBC are for the socialist loving, liberal Democrats
from the Obama Administration on down to the bottom of the line. They keep proving it on a daily and
'Hail Mary' pass. CNN is struggling. The news and opinion channel, launched in 1980, has
seen its all-important primetime ratings steadily erode since the creation of its primary competitor, the
Fox News Channel, in 1996. Long gone are the days when CNN was the only game in town and had a monopoly
when it came to 24-hour coverage of the news and issues that affect Americans. The decline in viewership
of CNN has been arguably due to its left-leaning take on news and its leftist political commentary.
Rewriting Ronald Reagan.
Everything [Reagan] changed he managed to do against a daily wave of news media hostility to his agenda.
Think of everything Reagan did, and then add: He did it all before Fox News. He did it all before
the Rush Limbaugh phenomenon. He did it all before the instant battle cry of his defenders could hit the
Internet. He did it all before C-SPAN caught on and people could enjoy the game of watching entire speeches
and debates and then observing how the network tricksters discombobulated them into liberal hatchet jobs.
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has expanded its definition of "discrimination" to include things
that no one thought was discrimination when the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was passed. The Federal Communications
Commission is trying to expand its jurisdiction to cover things that were never included in its jurisdiction,
and that have no relationship to the reason why the FCC was created in the first place. Yet the
ever-expanding bureaucratic state has its defenders in the mainstream media.
The worst of Times.
The New York Times today [1/30/2011] offers what it calls the backstory on its publication of the stolen
WikiLeaks documents. It includes the intriguing fact that the White House didn't try very hard to deter
publication, but the report by executive editor Bill Keller mostly reads like house propaganda and a Pulitzer
application. There is a laugh-out-loud moment. It comes when Keller writes that "it is our aim to
be impartial in our presentation of the news." It's hard to imagine he believes that. Certainly
nobody else does.
Olbermann Gone the News Media Is Now Even More Dishonest. Like most conservatives I am of
course thrilled to see my political nemesis Keith Olbermann gone from his perch at MSNBC. His Angry
Ted Baxter routine in which he hurled insults and dishonesty like a monkey hurls his own poop, was never a
pretty sight. But that doesn't mean I couldn't at least somewhat respect Olbermann for flying his
partisan flag. With Olbermann gone, the news media is somehow even more dishonest today than it
I Wish I Were a
Democrat. Oh, to be totally unaccountable for one's failures and blunders, pleading
good intentions as a one-size-fits-all justification. Small wonder Democrats always talk of
their plans for the future, not the results of their past activities. They never look back
for good reason: how would they explain the endless vista of messes? But for the media,
good intentions are good enough. And so the Democrats are portrayed as forward-looking, while
the Republicans as stuck in the past.
Democrat Diversion Strategy
Succeeds Again. The Democrats and the left have once again succeeded in their most well-worn, time-tested,
and effective tactic: diversion. For the past six days, the country has been watching the spectacle of the
Republicans and those on the right defending themselves from absurd and trumped up accusations. This strategy has
been so successful over the years that the left and their allies in the media are now greatly emboldened.
The Media Has Declared...
WAR! Journalism, like any business, enjoys great highs and suffers noticeable lows. Scandals of
false stories have rocked no less than CBS and the New York Times in recent years. But this? This was
different. This was a near-industry-wide failure. I will argue that this was the worst moment of
journalism I have ever witnessed. This was not just an embarrassment, but it was a lie filled with such
wishful hate as to damage the industry beyond repair to a huge portion of an audience already doubting or dismissing
its credentials. What's worse is that no one complicit in this horrific failure to the core of credibility of
the profession much cares.
Journalism and Politics. A question that I have been asking for quite some time was brought to
the fore once again with the pervasive and obnoxious liberal bias in the so-called news reporting of the
assassination attempt on Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. Why does anyone continue to purchase and
read the New York Times, the Washington Post, Time Magazine, and other mainstream publications which have
replaced accurate reporting with faux news accounts rising to the level of outright lies? And why does
anyone waste time watching "news" programs anchored and/or reported by the likes of Rachel Maddow, Keith
Olbermann, Christiane Amanpour, and others on MSNBC, CNN, the BBC, and the like?
Playing the Violence Card.
The very word "demonstration" is a euphemism for "show of force." Labor unions have always used the
threat of violence. "Community organizing" is what left-wing activists do when they are trying to gin up
a rent-a-mob for the benefit of the TV news cameras. Just to be helpful, the MSM used to warn every year
of "a long hot summer" if summer jobs programs for urban youth weren't passed. Whenever there is actual
violence by lefties, as recently by "students" in Britain or by government workers in Greece, our lefty friends
play both sides of the street. If there is property damage, they blame the police for not controlling
the crowd. If rioters get injured, they blame the police for "overreacting." Did you know that
almost all MSM reporters are labor-union members?
Progressives and the
'Bad Stuff' in the Constitution. It is hard to actually believe that something as prototypically
American as a public reading of the U.S. Constitution by people recently sworn to uphold it could be at all
controversial. For that matter, it is even harder to believe that such an exercise should become the
subject for ridicule by the very people — the press — whose free speech the founders
went out of their way to protect.
How Did All That Happen?
How did villains become heroes, global warming become "climate change," and the most liberal senator become a
"bipartisan" president? ... Lurking somewhere behind all these improbables is a rather small Western elite
that is enormously influential in the media, government, the arts, universities, and Hollywood.
Autism Fraud Just the Tip of the Iceberg.
Last year the World Health Organization, having exaggerated the world AIDS problem by 12-fold, then hyped SARS
and then spent four years terrifying us over avian flu (remember avian flu?), converted the mildest flu strain
in decades (swine flu H1N1) into the first flu pandemic in 41 years simply by rewriting the flu pandemic
definition. Aiding it was a study in Science magazine that completely misrepresented the citations it
used as authority.
2010 a Banner
Year for MSM's Ministries of Mistruth. In George Orwell's 1984, set in a pre-computer era,
Winston Smith, working in the misnamed Ministry of Truth, alters documents that contradict or conflict with
his totalitarian government's take on history, wiping out inconvenient truths or revising them to fit the
current template. In 2010, the establishment press ramped up its propaganda role, acting as a
collective of preemptive Winston Smiths. They ignored or massaged important news stories in ways that
prevented the vast, relatively disengaged majority of the population (probably 85%, but perhaps as low as
80% thanks to the Tea Party movement) from getting their arms around the truth without doing a great deal
of independent research.
The 10 Biggest 'Non-Story'
Stories of 2010. [#10] The Resurgence of State's Rights — Somewhat supported by the Tea Party movement,
and certainly related to ObamaCare and Arizona's immigration battles, the broad issue of state rights in the context
of constitutional government is garnering interest among Americans perhaps like never before. The 10th Amendment
is being championed on an increasing number of fronts and even the concept of "nullification" has returned to our modern
dialog. Big Media really isn't into the whole Constitution thing. It would never occur to them that
Washington is less than omnipotent.
aliens are illegal and alien. Are "illegal aliens" simply misunderstood "undocumented immigrants?"
The Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) Diversity Committee believes so, and it's engaged in a campaign to
"inform and sensitize journalists as to the best language to use when writing and reporting" on the issue.
That may sound nice, but there is nothing insensitive about calling a crime a crime.
Conservatives More Charitable than Liberal Scrooges.
While liberals often want to take other people's money and spend it the way they think is proper, liberals are,
on the whole, hypocritically far less generous with their money than conservatives that they demonize are.
Countless studies point this out, yet the false notion and stereotype that conservatives are harsh and do not
care about others stubbornly persists, most likely because such false memes are propagated and perpetuated by
the liberal members of the mainstream media.
2010, Media Scolded Americans as Anti-Islamic, Anti-Immigrant Bigots. Condemning everyday
Americans as racist, anti-immigrant Islamophobes was a favorite media theme in 2010, as documented by the
Media Research Center's year-end Best Notable Quotables of 2010. Polls showed most Americans supported
Arizona's effort to curb illegal immigration and opposed building an Islamic center near the site of the
destroyed World Trade Center towers — but on both scores the media elite stacked their coverage
against the public.
No great surprise here:
York Times Editor Bill Keller is a registered Democrat. According to voter registration records,
New York Times Editor Bill Keller is a registered Democrat. Keller has been registered as a Democrat
since 1998 with his Manhattan apartment listed on forms as his address. The New York Times has long
been criticized by conservatives as politically biased in favor of Democrats. In 2007 a Rasmussen poll
found that 40% of Americans believe the paper has a liberal bias.
The Editor says...
That's only because 50% of Americans don't recognize bias when they see it.
Latchkey Journalism. TV news' phony objectivity, once personified by avuncular Walter Cronkite, has
mutated into the "bratcast." When CBS' Cronkite for decades told millions of viewers each day "that's the way it
was," Americans were expected to take it as gospel truth from the lips of a grandfatherly wise man. In the
Internet age, with its endless flavors of news reporting, a Cronkite is as obsolete as an 8-track tape player.
Washington Democrat-Media Complex. When someone says "journalist" do you have a picture of a
fedora-sporting, cigar chomping, agitator of jaded mien and independent mind, a man stubbornly outside the
political establishment looking in and eyeing it all with suspicion? Do you get a flash of a writer
that stands in opposition to entrenched powers, one looking out for the Little Guy? If so you've been
watching too many black-and-white moves from the 1940s. Today, "journalist" simply means an extension
of the Democrat Party.
of Voters Are Angry At The Media. Sixty-six percent (66%) of U.S. voters describe themselves as
at least somewhat angry at the media, including 33% who are Very Angry. A new Rasmussen Reports national
telephone survey finds that 31% say they are not angry at the media, but that includes just nine percent (9%) who
say they are not at all angry.
It's Maureen in America Again.
Especially after bad days, liberals like to go to columnists like Maureen Dowd at the New York Times for
some reassurance that everything's fine with liberalism and it's just the rest of us who are a bad mix of
weird, greedy, ethnocentric, dumb and scary.
The Censorious Sound
on the Left. Let's give the media a break and conclude that when it comes to Rush Limbaugh, they just have
no common sense. Fine. That's where fact-checking comes in. A couple of minutes on the computer would
have proven that these quotes were pure fantasy, put forward by radical leftists, with no substantiation whatsoever,
purely to assassinate this man's character, as is their wont. But the Left — including many in the "news"
media — is so blinded by its hatred of Rush Limbaugh that it will accept any accusation as authentic, and the
more salacious, the better.
Has Big Media Global Warming
Bias Begun to Endanger the Public? Why did the AP and the [Boston] Globe de-emphasize Maine officials' snowpack
warning, especially when doing so endangered the property and safety of the public they are supposed to serve? The
Globe is owned by the New York Times Company. Both the Times and the Associated Press are heavily invested in the myth of
When Bias Has Its Own Media.
Bias always exists, but journalistic bias has a tipping point at which instead of a free press, we have a
propaganda press. When does that tipping point occur? Henry David Thoreau wrote that there is a
certain amount of injustice in government, just as there is a certain amount of friction in operating a
machine. But when "friction has its own machine", then the injustice is no longer an unfortunate
byproduct, it is now the purpose of the machine.
Issues vs. The Mainstream Media. The mainstream media has become thoroughly useless to the
American voter, offering information that focuses on personal quirks and foibles, rather than the candidates'
positions and, if applicable, voting records on issues important to the American electorate. Perhaps
this is why so many Americans are turning away from traditional media outlets for their information, political
or otherwise. Since even before the 2000 election — and poll after poll, both scientific and
not, bears this out — the American public has become intensely disenchanted with not only the status
quo of our political class but with the grotesquely transparent engagement in political activism by our "free
media bias is real, revealing. Polling of MSM journalists showed they voted 9-1 in favor of Bill
Clinton over George H.W. Bush in 1992 and voted in the same margin for John Kerry versus George W.
Bush in 2004. No surprise, then, that the Center for Media and Public Affairs found Kerry received
77 percent favorable coverage in 2004 while Bush received 34 percent favorable coverage —
quite a chasm, in my view. Hypothetical question: If Bush had instead received nine out of 10
votes of the MSM in 2004, does anyone really believe Kerry would have garnered that 77 percent favorable
coverage compared to Bush's 34 percent?
Distrust in media hits record high.
Fifty-seven percent of Americans do not trust the news media to accurately and fairly report the news, a new
high according to a Gallup poll out Wednesday [9/29/2010]. The percentage of Americans who distrust the
media has been steadily climbing since the mid 1990s, when distrusts in the news media rated hovered around
The Election's Done; What
Now? The statist ideology of Progressivism first shaped federal law in 1890 and has moved forward
for 120 years, reshaping the states and cities along the way. Progressive education reshaped the public
schools in the 1930s, proceeding since uninterrupted; it has produced generations of journalists who have
evolved from professionals into political pimps for Progressivism.
Dupes — and Traitors.
One of the last mysteries of the Cold War is why so many seemingly intelligent Americans believed to the bitter
end that the Soviet Union — history's most vicious dictatorship and an economic basket case —
was paradise on Earth. Well, now we know. In his new book Dupes, Paul Kengor provides a
stunning, detailed exposé of how the Kremlin set out to manipulate those among us whom Lenin famously
described as "useful idiots" — Americans who could be made to fall hook, line, and sinker for Soviet
propaganda and who then used their influence to swing public opinion behind the Soviet Union's policies.
Journalistic Misfeasance. The
Gallup Organization has just released the results of a poll that, for the fourth straight year, reveals that
the "majority of Americans say they have little or no trust in the mass media to report the news fully, accurately,
and fairly. The 57% who now say this is a record high by one percentage point." Those that do express
trust in the media (43%) tie a record low.
Why Are Voters Only 'Angry' When They're Tossing
Dems Out? Interesting, isn't it, that if you listen to liberal journalists, the voters are
always angry and stupid when they're tossing Democrats out. But they're high-minded and caring when
they're giving Republicans the heave-ho. You may recall that in 2006 and 2008, when Democrats took over
both Houses of Congress, it was those high-minded, caring "soccer moms," looking out for the welfare of their
families, who went to the polls to vote for Democrats. They were never described as "angry" or "irrational"
or "throwing a temper tantrum" — even though they were cleaning house just as the voters did
Fire the Media. The
Giant has awakened. The American voter just threw the bums out of Congress — not enough of them,
but a very good start. The crucial question today is: Will the Giant just turn over and go
back to sleep? ... The Giant must fire the media. It's the easiest thing in the world, as Rush
Limbaugh has pointed out for twenty years and more. It's called the "on off switch" on your
TV, or your browser, or your iPhone.
the Election Approaches, Do Not Trust the MSM. I am ashamed to admit that there is one thing the
contemporary mainstream media does well. Having spent years studying politics, history, and language, I
find it amazing that media is able to convince people to believe conflicting narratives. The creation
and perpetuation of these contradictory beliefs cannot be possible without a media structure, as well as an
educational structure, that discourages, and too often scorns, analytical thinking.
With Tagline, MSNBC Embraces
a Political Identity. MSNBC, once the also-ran but now the No. 2 cable news channel, has a
new tagline that embraces its progressive political identity. The tagline, "Lean Forward," will be
publicly announced Tuesday [10/5/2010], opening a planned two-year advertising campaign intended to raise
awareness of the channel among viewers, advertisers and distributors.
Democrats got 88% of 2008 contributions by TV network execs, writers, reporters. Senior executives,
on-air personalities, producers, reporters, editors, writers and other self-identifying employees of ABC, CBS and
NBC contributed more than $1 million to Democratic candidates and campaign committees in 2008, according
to an analysis by The Examiner of data compiled by the Center for Responsive Politics.
Media Bias: The Chasm Widens.
Thanks to the Washington Examiner, which analyzed data from the Center for Responsive Politics, we learn that
"senior executives, on-air personalities, producers, reporters, editors, writers and other self-identifying
employees of ABC, CBS and NBC" were overwhelmingly in the Obama camp. Overall, 1,160 employees of the
big three networks gave Democratic candidates and campaign committees $1.02 million, while 193
contributed $142,863 to Republican candidates and campaign committees. That's a 7-to-1 ratio.
with Sally Pipes on ObamaCare at Six Months. [Scroll down] "I would say the mainstream
media, of course, always likes to increase the role of government in our lives, and Obama, Pelosi, and Reid
believe that government can make decisions for the American people better than we can make for ourselves.
It's an ideological vision that they have, and that is not the American way.
Bozell Launches 'Tell the Truth' Campaign.
Media Research Center President L. Brent Bozell III is calling on members of the liberal media to "Tell the
Truth" about the administration's efforts to push the U.S. toward socialism.
The Nexus between
Liberals and Racists. Conservatives are disparaged, insulted, belittled, and denied the public
pulpit, just as blacks once were. The common denominator in each travesty is the mainstream media.
Deceptive Mainstream Media Techniques. Just a few decades ago journalism in this country was
actually about reporting the facts. Yes, journalists may have leaned to the Left, but at least
reporters made an effort to be fair. Today, journalists are more interested in "making a difference"
than in any antiquated standards and they play by PRAVDA rules. Every news story is filtered through an
ideological prism and instead of asking who, what, when, how, and why, the stories are framed around a
simple rule: How can we hurt the Right and help the Left?
conservatives suspicions regarding the media justified? Yes. Howard Kurtz whines that
"[Conservative] candidates seem to regard it as an affront when reporters challenge them on their past
statements and inconsistencies, which is a basic function of journalism. They are avoiding or
limiting interviews with all but the friendliest faces as a way of circumventing the press. And some
of them delight in skewering the mainstream media, a tactic that plays well with their base." It's
interesting that Kurtz doesn't mention the Obama administration's attempt to boycott Fox News, and its
ongoing complaints about that network.
Reasons Government Has Become Completely Dysfunctional in America. [Scroll down] For a
long time, the mainstream media in this country could fairly be classified as center-left. However, over
time it has drifted from center-left to far-left and it has affected the way our politicians behave.
Politicians on the Right know they can't get a fair shake from the media; so they tend to be overly cautious,
even though the populace leans to the Right. On the other hand, politicians on the Left have been
emboldened by the unwavering support of the media.
the Media Ignored the Nashville Flood. In a climate where chatter is constant and ubiquitous,
newsworthiness now seems to be determined less by what's most important than by what all those other media
outlets are talking about the most. Sheer volume of coverage has become its own qualification for
Offers Offensive Explanation For Why Media Ignored Nashville Flood. [Scroll down] Or how
about this for a narrative: Tennessee was one of the few states Obama didn't win in November 2008.
As part of the media narrative concerning Bush and Katrina was that he was racist — or, at the very
least, that race played a factor in the slow response — couldn't the press have played up the
"Obama Lost Tennessee" angle concerning why the White House didn't declare a state of emergency there until
May 4[,] days after the floods began? Readers are advised that this "narrative" suggestion is by
no means an accusation on my part that McCain's victory in Tennessee had anything to do with Obama's slow
response to the Nashville floods. Instead, as media rarely need plausibility for their conspiracy
theories, this would have been just as feasible a narrative as Bush's response to Katrina involving race.
War of Words. As we know,
the world of political journalism has radically changed in the post-WWII decades. The methods, the tone
and the very role of media have morphed over time, although they have always been prone to liberal leanings.
They began as mere reporters, whose sole function was to chronicle events in Washington. ... Then, as the
influence of radical socialists who had begun to infiltrate journalism schools in the 1930s began to take
effect, they came to view their profession as a way to "change the world for the better."
The Left and Its
Talking Points. The Journolist story demonstrates active, covert collaboration among leftists
to plant political themes in the media. Long-time listeners of conservative talk radio are aware of
audio montages where old-line media talking heads repeat verbatim a set of words that can't be anything
other than shared talking points. A perfect example was the 2000-era Dick Cheney "gravitas" showcased
by Rush Limbaugh. It's one thing to ask how proper reporting of Obama might have changed the outcome
of the election. I'll ask a bigger question: Did old-line media journalists share talking
points to prop up the global warming issue?
about the JournoList scandal.
Too Many Voters
Unaware Of How The Mainstream Media Corrupts The News. My sister is an intelligent senior citizen
but she doesn't watch Fox News very much though does watch CNN and upon further discussion told me she'd never
heard of Anthony ("Van") Jones, the green-jobs czar ousted from the White House after Mr. Beck exposed his
communist background. Her television news sources are CBS, NBC, and ABC, and, as a Democrat, she had
no problem voting for the relatively unknown Illinois Senator Barack Obama. She also refuses to get
involved with the World Wide Web. I've done a similar personal survey of persons I know to be Obama
supporters and, similarly, their news sources are the same.
Difference between 'World Opinion' and Left-Wing Opinion. Here's a challenge: Can you
name one difference between what the media refer to as "world opinion" and left-wing opinion? Take
all the time you need. No matter how much time you take, you probably won't come up with any
examples. ... The world's media and virtually all international organizations are leftist in their
politics, and they define "world opinion" and in turn shape it. Of course, there are other
powerful institutions in the world that shape public opinion. But virtually none of them
contravenes the left-wing views of the world media and world organizations on world issues.
is not being televised. [Scroll down] Paradoxically, over the last two generations, the
aging leftists have been quite successful in establishing their agenda without violence, by infiltrating and
dominating the education, legal, and media establishments in our country. Teaming with the trade unions
whose movement has been a tool of the International Communists for over a century, this coalition has succeeded
in radically altering the American economic, political and moral landscapes. Their foothold has been so
firmly established, especially in the media, that those promoting traditional American values can scarcely
get their voices heard through what now amounts to the Pravda media.
Good Riddance to Newsweek. It is
extremely doubtful that The Washington Post will find a buyer for Newsweek magazine and it would not surprise
me if Time magazine disappears as well. Both are an offense to anything that passes for journalistic
ethics or practices and have been for far too long.
ABC's Davis to SEIU.
Another jump from the media to politics: ABC News's deputy political director, Teddy Davis, emails that
he's leaving the network to join SEIU's already-muscular communications and politics operation.
The Naked Left. The
establishment media, which has been obviously tilted to the left for fifty years, petulantly denies any
leftist bias. This utter denial continues more than forty years after Agnew's speech against the television
elites in 1969 and in spite of polling data, such as a Gallup poll which shows a huge plurality considering
the media more liberal than conservative and a Zogby Poll which shows 64% of Americans seeing a liberal bias
in the media.
Bozell Reacts to Americans' Heightened Anger with the Media. A new Rasmussen poll found an
astonishing two thirds of American voters are at least somewhat angry at the media, including an entire one
third who said they are 'very angry.' That's disturbing but unfortunately, not surprising. The
liberal media lost touch with the public and fair reporting long ago, and Americans are sick of their
lavish praise for a President that is leading our country and economy into a disastrous state. The
American people are abandoning the old media by the millions because they are simply fed up."
The Origins of the Lapdog Media.
Noam Chomsky, a self-declared socialist, once said, "Any dictator would admire the uniformity and obedience of the US
[mainstream] media." Never would he have imagined that his critique would apply more than ever to the present-day
relationship between the mainstream media and President Obama. This march to the media's present role of being
in league with the Obama administration is the culmination of the good-versus-evil narrative of modern journalism.
Media no longer report
just the truth. We've become so acclimated to politicians in both parties lying that we can
hardly distinguish between fact and fiction or, worse, actually believe the drivel spewed by either.
But at some level this is understandable as you would hardly expect objectivism from either party.
The calamity in this cauldron of mendacity, however, is the media from whom one would expect a fair and
balanced news offering.
Media's fiscal credibility
deficit. There's a good reason to remain pessimistic about deficits as far as the eye can see.
It's called the "news" media. Legislators who want to get re-elected will clearly want to avoid any spending
decision that will create bad national publicity. And our news media, the manufacturers of bad national
publicity, will send crying victims down the assembly line at the slightest thought of a social spending cut
Integrity in the Rear View Mirror. Looking
for your integrity in the rear view mirror is becoming an occupational hazard in the newsroom. ... In the run-up to
Obamacare; Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and prescription drug relief were all celebrated as social
landmarks. Yet somehow these programs are never judged to be failures once they become corrupt and/or
CNN's decline follows rise of grass-roots
America. In a year when America's tea party activists have been surging, cable news networks that
slam the grassroots movement have been dying in the ratings. Is it merely coincidence? As widely
reported, 2010's first quarter ratings for cable news networks were released earlier this month. Compared
to the numbers in 2009, Fox News Channel, frequently reported as a favorite of the tea partiers, actually gained
3 percent over last year's numbers, but MSNBC, whose left-leaning commentary has been far more critical of
the movement, has dropped 15 percent of its audience.
Bill Maher's 'Black' President.
[Scroll down] It is the liberal media machine which ignores intellectual blacks like Thomas Sowell
or Walter Williams and elevates racial hucksters like Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson to the level of "community
spokesmen." It is our leftist-dominated entertainment complex which continues to glorify black low-lifes
and gang-bangers in music and on film. It is the liberal academics who continue to insist that America
is a fundamentally racist nation, and that "reparation" must be made to peole who never experienced slavery
by people who never engaged in it.
to Advertisers: We're the Only 'Non-Partisan' Cable Network. Stuart Elliott of the New
York Times's Media Decoder blog reported on Tuesday [4/13/2010] that CNN, a network known for its consistent
liberal bias, is now incredibly touting itself as "the only credible, nonpartisan voice left" on cable
television. Elliott noted that this spin was being pitched by the network at a Tuesday morning [4/13/2010]
event for advertisers at the Time Warner Center in New York City.
The Source Of Today's News Is Crucial. [Scroll down] Circulation figures for many liberal
news publications have plummeted and yet this hasn't stopped the continual demonizing of the conservative
majority in this country. It's as if their editorial boards live in a womb nourished by a placenta of
left-wing dogma and are totally oblivious of reality. They still haven't a clue of what the Tea Party
movement means and continue to portray it in a negative light. Reports that come from the Associated
Press, Newsday, Newsweek, Reuters, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, and The Washington Post need
to be read with a jaundiced eye.
Notes Blatant Media Hypocrisy on Protestor Anger. Last night [3/30/2010], Bill O'Reilly used recent
instances of inflamed, occasionally violent liberal protests to give his viewers a lesson in Media Bias 101.
Lefties dominate the mainstream press, and are reluctant to cover events that don't suit their agendas, he
stated. "The Mainstream media largely ignores crazy stuff generated by the far left because many media
types sympathize with liberal politics." It's hard to put it more succinctly than that.
about media bias related to "tea parties".
Triumvirate Destroying America. [Scroll down] This boils down to the biased, dishonest, and
fraudulent mainstream media posing a mortal threat to the survival of our democracy. If America is to
survive as the greatest country on earth, it requires an informed citizenry getting the information needed to
make sound judgments. That's not happening now, and until it does happen we'll be under the shadow of an
existential threat. So, the public better start going out of its way to get both sides of the issue.
That means they have to stop relying on the mainstream media as the exclusive source of news and commentary.
the next 'crisis' will be manufactured. Now the MSM plays a vital role covering up initial
results that fall well short of "expectations" and the financial justification erodes before our eyes.
Never once does the MSM compare real versus actual results, or re-examine the business case, or question the
ability to achieve the desired outcomes. The stimulus inability to create jobs and the inconsequential
climate improvement promised by the "cap and trade" bill are conveniently ignored by the MSM. The
Mainstream Media is an active co-conspirator to government greed and manipulation, hiding in plain sight,
and has forfeited any credibility as a fair and balanced check and balance of power.
of media bias in President Obama's favor.
the worst: There is an unspoken but real impulse in today's media to see
themselves as "independent" of America, even above America, not so much because they are
superior to America but because America is so egregiously flawed. It is their role
to shed light on America's failings. They're not keen at being seen as
Americans. They choke at the idea of wearing flag pins.
enraged speeches and street disorders across the country that accompanied the inauguration of President
Bush may tell us more than we want to know about what is happening to this country. Elections are
supposed to be an alternative to other ways of settling political differences, including riots, military
coups and dictatorships. But riots have been re-christened "demonstrations" by the mealy-mouth
Media's War on Conservatives: I've been writing a lot lately about the disconnect between the
American legal profession and the American mainstream. The legacy media is no different from the bar on
this score. Because of that, it is shriveling into extinction. It can't survive on a competitive
playing field by enraging its consumer base — the only potential savior on the horizon is the
possibility of a bail-out by our current Leftist government.
Declare War on the
Establishment Media. [Scroll down] I say that the establishment media is, as a
collective entity, intellectually and ethically corrupt. Not just liberal, but intellectually
dishonest, often knowingly, to a stupendous degree. So many examples could be given, but here's
one that is apt right now: There is no standard too duplicitous on which these media folks will
act on behalf of their liberal ideology.
Journalists' Tweets Show Their Liberal Bias.
Survey after survey shows the ideological bent of most mainstream press reporters favors the Democratic Party.
And that's before one reads their stories, watches their news broadcasts and considers their collective mea
culpa after giving Sen. Barack Obama the hands off treatment during the 2008 election cycle. Still,
press members continue to cling to their impartiality pose. But watching how some reporters work in
our Twitter-fied culture makes it even more obvious such a stance can't be believed.
MSNBC President Phil Griffin Finally Comes Clean on Channel's Liberal
Slant. It took a while, but MSNBC President Phil Griffin has finally admitted and embraced his
cable network's hard-left slant. He told the Chicago Tribune that he will try to carve out a niche on
the left, hoping some day to rival the Fox News Channel's record-setting ratings.
Matthews: Washington Post 'Used to Be Liberal', Now 'Hard to Read Ideologically'. Chris
Matthews could have a future in comedy if only his funniest moments weren't unintentional. Here's
today's knee-slapper: The Washington Post is not ideologically liberal in its editorials.
Mass media and private
liberty. The spectacle of a White House warring against the single television news network which
does not fawn over the president, and attacking his most prominent talk radio show critic, brings home just how
bureaucratized information, opinion, and thought have become in America. In television news a handful of
institutions determine what is newsworthy and what is not for those tens of millions who only get news from
the video screen. That decision — what is "news" — decides everything.
about Obama vs Fox News Channel.
Liberal 'Journalists' Attack, Real Americans Suffer. Andrew Breitbart's recent smackdown of Max
Blumenthal at CPAC (for his vicious smears against James O'Keefe) serves as a reminder to us all that when
Liberal "journalists" attack, they have one goal — and it isn't reporting the truth. It is to
win at any cost no matter what the damage is to the victim. It is called the politics of personal
destruction and it reflects the utter nihilism of Liberalism.
Tea Party Movement
vs. Elites: The danger of the "birther" question is irrelevant because the elitist [New York] Times will
always find something that they can use to try and discredit anyone who isn't liberal. And if there is a crowd
of a thousand tea party protesters the media will canvas all of them until they find one willing to say something
A Biased Media at Work.
[Scroll down] This kind of frontal attack on conservatives is glaringly obvious, relatively straightforward
and easy to counteract. Napolitano was forced to issue an apology to veterans [for the Homeland Security
Report, "Right-wing Extremism"]. However, less obvious are the unrelenting, insidious tactics of mainstream
media which disproportionately report events that favor liberals and liberal agendas over those of conservatives.
The media has even gone so far as to censure (sic) coverage of stories that favor conservatives or conservative views.
Such biased coverage or, entire lack of coverage, marginalizes issues important to the conservative agenda,
damages the ability of conservatives to have their ideas accurately and fully presented and, ultimately, inflicts
damage on the conservative position.
James O'Keefe and
the Fourth Estate's Double Standards: Reporters for top media outlets have masqueraded over the
years as workmen, students, and even bartenders in their effort to expose corrupt officials and misdeeds —
and, of course, to get a good story (and maybe some coveted journalism awards). Well, who could imagine
such journalistic shenanigans in light of the way the mainstream media is portraying James O'Keefe III, 25,
the videographer who became famous for exposing ACORN, the liberal community organizing group?
Confessions of an anchorman.
There is a case to be made that the steady drumbeat of hyped-up threats — SUV's that roll over,
kitchen-counter bacteria, road rage, swine flu, amber alerts and the stations' willingness to enlist governments
and institutions to solve those "perceived" problems, actually drives a lot of bad and unnecessary public
policy. But it's a formula that has worked as a cash cow for your local TV station.
Losing the Pro-Abortion Media
Bias: Former New York Times reporter Alex S. Jones ... sees the bias in the mainstream
media as not political but "cultural." He defines this as "a set of beliefs" that can "skew"
reporting. Taking the word "political" out of the equation doesn't make any sense.
truth" abortion: Many in the media resent any suggestion that they are
either politically biased or that journalists' personal views stop them from doing a
good professional job of accurately reporting the news. The way the issue of
partial birth abortion has been reported — or not reported — gives
the lie to such protests.
Use and Abuse of
Euphemism: Whatever you think of the practice of partial-birth abortion, surely no one can truly
be pleased with the media convention of describing it as "a certain abortion procedure" or "a controversial
abortion method." [...] Even the practice of referring to it on the second, third, or fourth mention as
"what opponents call 'partial birth' abortion" is questionable. What do supporters call it?
Bias, Witting and Unwitting, Among the
Gods of Journalism
The hidden agenda of
unionized media: [Scroll down] You should also know that your "objective" network
correspondent, roaming the halls of Congress right now trying to ferret out the "truth," probably pays
hundreds, or even thousands of dollars in union dues to AFTRA every year. He or she, in all likelihood,
depends on AFTRA for one of those "Cadillac" health insurance plans that is the subject of so much debate. ... Now,
do you really think your friendly network correspondent is gonna criticize the Senate Democrats' bill?
How To Kill
Political Correctness Before It Kills Us. I've been doing consumer reports for over 34 years
and, from my perspective, the No. 1 consumer issue is the sad state of the mainstream media. It has
become something other than a segment of the media, and now can be correctly described as a propaganda organ of
a Democratic Party controlled executive branch of the U.S. Government. What's worse, it is totally biased,
dishonest, and fraudulent and can no longer be trusted to deliver the information needed by the American people.
Ways Liberals Misjudge the American People: [Scroll down slowly] Because the Left controls
the mainstream media, they can often get away with lies no conservative ever could. Put another way,
conservatives tend to be more honest because they have to be while liberals are used to having the mainstream
media cover up, ignore, and explain away their lies. The problem with that is that over time, the MSM
has become less powerful and the new media has filled the gap.
Rasmussen Survey: Voters See Media As Liberal, Biased & Too Powerful. A new survey
from Scott Rasmussen finds that more than half of all voters (51%) believe "the average reporter is more
liberal than they are," and two-thirds (67%) think the media have "too much power and influence over
government decisions." Rasmussen's poll was released Thursday [1/14/2010].
You Ready to Subsidize Reporters? [There is] some recent poll data collected by
the Pew Research Center. Only 29 percent of 1,506 adults surveyed said news
organizations generally get the facts straight. The facts! Sixty percent said
the press is biased, up from 45 percent in 1985. Just 26 percent said that news
organizations are careful their reporting is not politically biased.
War on Fox Is Liberalism's War on Dissent. Liberal politicians have been spoiled with mainstream media
favoritism for so long that they believe anything other than sycophancy is mistreatment. Their selective outrage
is as hollow as it is risible. In fact, Fox News seems much more conservative than it is because no other
television network over the past half-century has been anything but decidedly liberal.
A Leninist View of
the American Media: Conservative exasperation with media bias is a tired refrain, a waste of
energy. ... The premise that now guides the mainstream media is something we haven't seen before in this
country — thus the never-ending consternation of conservatives at the blatant bias of the media
and the nonchalance of its practitioners when caught in the act. We have seen press behavior like this
before, though — not here, but in China and the Soviet Union during their classical Leninist
eras. ... Where conservatives see dishonesty, double standards, and deception, media practitioners see
themselves as fulfilling their role in consolidating Party power in pursuit of a socialist utopia.
To The Ministry of Propaganda. Freedom of the press was included in the Bill of Rights for a
reason. The founders of this nation expected the "fourth estate" to keep government honest by informing
the public of the truth. When the press becomes a creature of government, and freely declines to report
fully, completely and honestly to the public then it is no longer free. It has enslaved itself...
Conservatives and the
death of newspapers. Not long ago journalists were champions of free speech. Now they
routinely manipulate, ignore or suppress information. They've become the gatekeepers of multiculturalism
and political correctness.
Total Disappearance of the Mainstream Media. Now it's time to look at the mainstream network
news stations, if we must. How in the world could they lose out to cable stations to begin with, and
why do they keep slipping? They slip because they do not deliver the news. They in fact deliver
the news with innuendo and thinly veiled bias. When that is impossible, they simply skip the story.
It is time to face facts; politics rules when it comes to news.
The Slave Press. Freedom of the
Press, like almost all our constitutional protections, has been murdered by the courts and the Left. Those who
view slave masters like Castro as "liberators" have no notion of what freedom really means. The Left does not
want the responsibility of freedom, especially in the arena of facts, ideas, and opinions. What we have today
in America are willing serfs of The Slave Press. It exists solely to expand the power of the Left, and the Left
exists only to grasp power and to choke liberty.
Media Malfeasance. The majority of Americans
realize the liberal bent of the old media. Most can identify opinion pieces that are increasingly presented as news,
but they have to resort to the net or talk radio in order to be made aware of all the good news which is deliberately
relegated to the back burner in the (remaining) newspapers and nightly news broadcasts.
Our Dangerous Media. For decades, the old media,
consisting of the big three networks and the newspapers of most major cities have had a stranglehold on what information gets
disseminated to the public at large. The media elite have decided which issues qualify as news. Not surprisingly,
the majority of the information that makes it to the airwaves or in print is overwhelmingly one-sided, reflecting a
world-view steeped in progressive values and blatantly hostile to traditional values.
What is Bias? Here
are the "Seven Violations of Media Objectivity":
1. Misleading definitions and terminology.
2. Imbalanced reporting.
3. Opinions disguised as news.
4. Lack of context.
5. Selective omission.
6. Using true facts to draw false conclusions.
7. Distortion of facts.
Media Has Lost the Public's Trust. A recent report indicates that the
general public's trust in newspapers and television news are at all-time lows. In addition,
another report shows that newspaper subscriptions are facing an accelerated decline. These
reports, combined with the major networks news programs and CNN's continued slide in ratings,
means the public is fed up with news coverage that is not fair and balanced.
Slobbering Sycophants of the MSM. There was a time, after all, when Americans actually had a
rather high opinion of those who brought us the news in a fair and reasonably objective manner, and when
editors and publishers didn't allow their opinions to bleed all over the rest of the newspaper. But
those days are long gone. Today, nobody trusts print or TV journalists. Liberals may have been
delighted to find the MSM working overtime to get their guy elected last year, but in the final analysis
nobody respects a whore.
the Tank: A Statistical Analysis of Media Bias. During the 2008 presidential election,
even center-left observers have noted the unmistakable bias of the prestige news media toward
Democratic candidates and the Democratic Party in general. As we shall reveal, the bias
of the media is pervasive, ideologically motivated, and quantifiable: that is, it has been admitted,
measured, and analyzed in statistical terms. Those results reveal a media doggedly out-of-touch
with the political center and tilted decidedly leftward.
whine about conservative media: Neil Gabler, professor
at the Annenberg School of Journalism at USC pretended to be
unable to detect liberal bias in the media, including leftwing papers like the one
he was writing in. Perhaps that's because he also failed to notice that the Annenberg
School is run by a former Clinton Administration official and — like journalism
schools across the country — its faculty is 100% leftwing.
frivolity, dubiety and the truth in medialand: It is not news that the
Establishment press hangs way out there over the leftward edge, and long has. In
1972 more than 90 percent of top people in the national print and electronic media
voted for George McGovern. In April, 1980, only about 2 percent of the editors
attending the annual meeting of the American Society of Newspaper Editors in Washington
indicated in a survey they wanted Ronald Reagan to be the next president.
deny conservative media bias: A new poll indicates most Americans
disagree with top Democrats that there is a conservative bias in the media that
shouts down and drowns out liberal voices.
A Double Standard at CNN: The double
standard at CNN is: when those on the right do something it is fishy and needs an expose. When the same
thing is done on the left, it is just "the given."
We must hold the media
accountable. Conservatives have made a target of the liberal biases of the
"mainstream" media. It has become a tired attack, wrung out of its freshness and meaning by
constant repetition. So why not leave it alone? The reason is simple: It's too
important to leave alone. The liberal media's ideological prejudices are growing ever
more blatant, outrageous, and dangerous.
Liberal Media on Life Support. [Scroll down slowly] Ten years
ago, this might never have surfaced, as the media giants, in their lockdown control of the presses and airwaves, seemed
to have things their own way. Then the Internet emerged as a free and alternative center of power, a 'press' that
looked at the press with the critical eye that the press turned on others, and an age of exposure began. Skeptics
took aim at the press and its doings. Blogs rose that put the Times under their microscope. Powerline and Hugh
Hewitt took on local papers, which are now in some trouble. Instapundit pointed out double standards when and
where they occurred.
The Ten Worst Media
Distortions of Campaign 2004. [For example] Dan Rather's forgery fiasco; ignoring,
then attacking, the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth; spinning a good economy into bad news; and
swooning over John Edwards' image [while] ignoring his liberalism.
With One Exception, Every CBS Reporter, Director, Anchor A Liberal. Give Mika Brzezinski credit for candor.
She has stated that during her 10 years at CBS, every reporter, producer and anchor she knew, with one exception, was a
liberal. ... Will Mika's revelation trigger a frantic internal investigation at CBS to root out the Republican interloper?
This is an original
compilation, Copyright © 2013 by Andrew K. Dart
Ex-Washington Post Ombudsman, Who Recognized Liberal Bias, Killed in
New Zealand. Howell agreed with readers who saw "a tilt toward Democrat Barack Obama" in the
paper's campaign coverage, as she had earlier determined "Democrat Barack Obama has had about a 3 to 1
advantage over Republican John McCain in Post Page 1 stories since Obama became his party's presumptive nominee."
Turn: Judge and Decide the Worst Media Bias of 2009. For each of the 16 categories,
pick one quote — the one you think is the most outrageous in the category. Then move on
through all of the categories.
Picks for Worst Media Bias of 2009 Unveiled. Nearly 8,000 of you participated in the
public online voting for the Best Notable Quotables of 2009 (7,903 to be exact), weighing the idiocy
and outrageousness of dozens of quotes from liberal reporters and celebrities.
erupt in anger over MSNBC's leftwing bias. Anger erupted at GE's annual shareholders meeting on
Wednesday [4/22/2009]. "The crowd was angry with MSNBC because of its leftward tilt," one person observed. "Some
former employees said they were embarrassed by it." The complaints came hot and heavy. During the
question-and-answer period, shareholders repeatedly asked executives about political views expressed on MSNBC
Decries General Electric's Control of NBC, MSNBC ...But Only On Some Topics. The Huffington Post is concerned
all of a sudden that General Electric is engaging in top-down control of the news because they tried to stop Keith
Olbermann's attacks on Bill O'Reilly. The Post is right to be concerned about GE's control, but they haven't shown
much interest in GE's network push for green investments and carbon trading that will line their own pockets.
NBC: National Broadcasters Against
Conservatives. On December 7, 2007, as the country solemnly remembered Pearl Harbor and the
timeless sacrifices of soldiers long dead, one of our major television networks decided that running ads praising
today's modern armed forces constituted a bridge too far.
Some of the roots of media bias:
Tracking Your Digital Trail.
[Scroll down] Most people never realized that after World War II, the higher-ups among these various radical
entities ventured forth to head educational institutions and media outlets. For example, Edward Barrett, who
served as head of our government's overt psychological warfare program from 1950-52, became dean of Columbia University's
Graduate School of Journalism. ... William Paley, an alumnus of the U.S. Army's Psychological Warfare Division went
on to head CBS, and C.D. Jackson led Time/Life.
GE Using CNBC, MSNBC to Promote Cap-and-Trade for Financial Gain? It has been something that there have
been rumblings about, but no one has really put the x's and o's together entirely — that General Electric is
using its media arm, NBC Universal to promote President Barack Obama's so-called progressive agenda for its own financial
The Editor says...
GE and Obama are both pushing for a "smart" electric power grid. Coincidence?
GE dancing to the White House piper? General Electric, more intimately tied in with government than nearly
any other company, rolled out a new intiative this week, called "healthymagination." That odd name draws a parallel to
GE's 2005 initiative "ecomagination." Like ecomagination, healthymagination held its launch event not at corporate
headquarters in Greenwich, Conn., but here in D.C.
GE a corporate sponsor.
For all of the carping liberals did for eight years about corporate cronyism in George W. Bush's White
House, they seem to turn a blind eye to the same behavior in President Obama's. With plans in place for
a major overhaul in the health-care industry, General Electric is positioning itself to become a major
beneficiary of these health care reforms.
Obama Staffers Attend Secret Dinners With Lefty
Media. The Washington Post's Howard Kurtz has let the cat out of the bag in the Post's April 27 issue
about a regularly scheduled secret media dinner attended by some of the top left-wing journalists in the country. ... The
secret dinners for Obama staffers and his boosters in the Old Media have been going on for "more than a year" and are
sponsored by David Bradley, the owner of the Atlantic. In attendance have been some of the most well known lefty
journalists in Washington.
Jake Tapper Isn't
Letting Go. Jake Tapper isn't the easiest guy to interview. After all, when your interview
subject is a competent journalist, he or she already knows all the tricks of the trade — the subtle
flatteries, the ever-so-slightly leading questions — so Tapper isn't about to say any more than he
has to about his personal politics or what goes on behind the scenes of his job as ABC News White House
correspondent. Or it's possible Tapper doesn't want to talk about these things because he's one of
the last remaining journalists in America who take the responsibilities of their jobs seriously, and thus
place a premium on their credibility.
2008 liberal media
awards: It's time for the 21st annual Media Research Center's awards for the most biased, manipulative
or downright goofy quotes from liberals in the "mainstream" media. I'm honored to serve, once again, on MRC's
distinguished panel of conservatively-biased judges.
Being Watchdogs to Needing Watchdogs. The mainstream media, who forgot Felix Frankfurter's
admonition that "freedom of the press is not an end in itself but a means to the end of a free society," long
ago abdicated their role as government watchdog and now require a watchdog themselves. Never has that
been clearer than in the 2008 presidential election, during which they are covering up rather than covering
Barack Obama's shady past and alliances, his knee-deep involvement in corrupt practices threatening the very
core of our democratic system, and his many policy misrepresentations.
Why Reporters — and Judges and
Professors — Are Biased. That the news media were biased in the 2008 presidential election is now
acknowledged by fair-minded people, left or right. ... Given how obvious this bias is, the question is not whether
liberals in the media tend to offer biased reporting. The question is why? Why can't liberal news people
report the news without any slant? ... For most liberal news reporters ... the purpose of news reporting is not to
report news as objectively as possible. The purpose of the media in general and of reporting specifically
is to promote social justice and the social transformation of society.
Mainstream Media Needs Rehab For Liberal
Overdose. This bias from the small town markets to the industry's big guns creates an
interesting dichotomy — because the majority of news organizations have swung so far to the left,
other news outlets who don't follow suit appear "right." Or worse, the rosy glasses of the majority make
leftist extremes appear normal. Yet, despite the mainstream media's best efforts, the majority of
Americans remain conservative.
soon to a lefty rag near you. In the months to come, we can expect all kinds of horror stories from the
left about alleged Bush-Cheney atrocities. These will deflect attention from present-day problems and provide
liberal thinkers with the intense indignation they so desperately need. In addition, the bevy of Bush-Cheney
sins will supply the media and individual opportunists with "product." So, in order to get ahead of this
inevitable situation, I will now predict some future headlines...
Most Reliable Constituents: The Press. Surveys of journalists conducted over the past three
decades show the media elite are extremely consistent in choosing Democratic candidates on Election Day.
If only journalists were permitted to vote, we would never have had a President Reagan or a President Bush, but
would have instead faced Presidents McGovern, Mondale, Dukakis and Kerry. It wouldn't have been close.
As an "independent conservative," I'm expected to see liberal media bias lurking everywhere, but it's not just
me — and it's not just conservatives. I know liberals, including newspaper editors, who think
the "news" pendulum had swung dangerously far to the left. Beyond recent studies by the Pew Research
Center and the Project for Excellence in Journalism, other research shows that the media has tilted to the
left; indeed journalists themselves have openly admitted as much.
Helen Thomas: Symbol of
Media Decline. The gold standard for reportorial behavior is supposed to be "objectivity" and the
appearance of impartiality. That does not apply to opinion journalists who are often ideologically oriented and
whose very livelihood depends on a readership/listenership/viewership that is attracted to them precisely because of
their punditry. We are talking about straight reporters who supposedly arrive at the table with no intent to
weave an agenda into the story. It can be argued, as this writer has, that anyone who covers the bitterest
gut-wrenching political battles of our time and claims to have no opinions is likely to be judged either a liar
or a moron. The point is — Does he/she try to play it down the middle in a way that is credible
to a public that simply wants unvarnished facts?
Zogby Poll: Voters Believe Media Bias is
Very Real. Nearly two-thirds of those online respondents who detected bias in the media (64%)
said the media leans left, while slightly more than a quarter of respondents (28%) said they see a
conservative bias on their TV sets and in their column inches.
Exactly How Biased is the American Media?
The average American voter is starting to come to grips with the fact that those who control the flow of their
information, "the media," are neither independent nor unbiased. In a September 2007 Gallup survey of American
voters, 45% said the media is too liberal, compared to only 18% who said the media is too conservative and 35% who
said the media is about right. The results of that survey demonstrate how far left 18% of Americans are today, and
how uninformed another 35% are.
America's Second Wake-Up
Call! In the last 40 years, there have been nine major surveys of editors and reporters
who work for national media. The most they ever voted Republican in a national election was 14%; the
more common range has been 4% to 7%. This is one reason why no matter who wins a political debate,
the media almost en masse repeatedly tell you their man won. And most voters who don't pay close
attention will believe them. It's called coordinated propaganda.
Old Media News In The Tank.
The old broadcast and print media outlets have abandoned any pretense of objectivity and impartiality in this
year's general election, further eroding their credibility. It makes one wonder. Is the future of
news already here, or are we transitioning toward something still over the horizon?
Even Harvard Finds The Media
Biased. The debate is over. A consensus has been reached. On global warming? No,
on how Democrats are favored on television, radio and in the newspapers. Just like so many reports before
it, a joint survey by the Project for Excellence in Journalism and Harvard's Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press,
Politics and Public Policy — hardly a bastion of conservative orthodoxy — found that in
covering the current presidential race, the media are sympathetic to Democrats and hostile to Republicans.
Keeping the press honest:
"If you look at the surveys, we've accomplished our primary mission, which is to educate the American people
about the bias that exists," he [Brent Bozell III] says. "One survey in 1987 showed ... that only
25 percent of the people believed there was such a thing as media bias. Today, according to a
recent survey, that figure is 79 percent."
Reader responses overflow after story.
When Politico editors John F. Harris and Jim VandeHei tackled the subject of media bias Tuesday [10/28/2008],
they knew they were venturing into controversial territory. Still, they hadn't predicted the most
intense reader response Politico has ever received, with hundreds of e-mails pouring into their inboxes
within hours of the story hitting the web.
Media Myths and the 2004 Campaign. The media's ability to shape opinion derives from its power
to slant the news — the pervasive activism known as "media bias" — and also from its
power to choose what is and is not reported. But 2004 marked a watershed in American
political history. That was the year the old media lost control of our national conversation.
Tim Russert Took Media
Bias Seriously. In 2001, my first book, "Bias," came out. It was an insider's look at bias
in the media. Not one network news correspondent would have anything to do with me. I couldn't get
on any of their morning news shows to talk about the book (which was a national best seller), or their evening
shows or their weekend shows or even their middle-of-the-night news shows. No one in network television
wanted to discuss the issue, no matter how many Middle Americans thought it was important. Russert was
the lone exception.
The War Inside NBC: It was a black
day for journalism in NBC: [Tim] Russert's death released one of the last brakes slowing NBC's descent
into political activism and journalistic irrelevance. NBC was once the proud home of real journalists.
People such as Chet Huntley and David Brinkley brought its standards to — and above — the
level prevalent in most news organizations. But now, it's an asylum for people such as Chris Matthews
and Keith Olbermann.
Enough Already! I have
just about had it with the conservative punditry and their plaintive wailings about the unfairness of the
self-proclaimed "mainstream media" (I think the designation "Big Media" would be more appropriate as applied
to the information service of the leftist elites, which is anything but mainstream). "Where is the
outrage?" "Why does the mainstream media concentrate exclusively on the failings of the right while
completely ignoring the failings of the left?"
Inside the Disinformation Machine:
If you think the media has a liberal bias today, wait until you see what the left has in store for America's
future. Extremist billionaires, "netroots" activists, and nonprofit pressure groups are creating a new
media network. Through blog journalism, they aim to discredit the media outposts of the right while
remaking the Internet in their own image.
in the news, but not in newsrooms. It's unclear exactly how many evangelicals work in newsrooms, and
federal laws against religious discrimination prevent news managers from asking about a job candidate's beliefs.
But the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press reported in 2007 that 8 percent of journalists surveyed
at national media outlets said they attended church or synagogue weekly. The survey also found 29 percent
never attend such services, with 39 percent reporting they go a few times a year.
Shameful Week for the Press. I have always tended to think that conservative complaints about
the media are a little exaggerated. There are occasionally obvious instances of bias and clear examples
of a double standard, but most reporters don't want to fall into those and some conservatives are surely too
sensitive to them. But this week has changed my view. I have never seen, and I admit that I could
never have imagined, such shameful, out-of-control, frenzied, angry, condescending, and pathetic journalistic
Academedia Bias: Too
often we treat academic and media bias separately when their relationship is much more symbiotic. After all,
not only are media elites trained in academia but they frequently return to school to teach and "give
something back" to the educational system that spawned them.
Democrats Trust Media More than Republicans Do. Harris released one of their latest polls on the 6th
[3/6/2008] and it showed that less than half the general American public trusts the press. With the state of the media
today, this should come as no surprise to anyone. But, the numbers are pretty amazing when it is realized that 54% of
those responding said they did not trust the press while 46% admitted that they don't trust television news either.
Indictment of Liberal Media Convinces, Says Zelnick. No one does a better job than L. Brent Bozell III
and his Media Research Center in documenting the liberal bias of much of the mainstream news media. Some
of their citations of my former colleagues' wisdom make me laugh out loud. Others make me furious.
The Fall of the
American Press? Many of the reasons given for the challenges facing the newspaper and the media
in general are well known, but perhaps worth recounting.
[For example] journalists are no longer seen as
disinterested parties pursuing the truth, but as elites who themselves profit from pushing certain agendas.
The revolving door between the halls of power and the news studios underscores this concern.
CNN Staffer Joins Obama's Team, As Does ABC Vet; Revolving Door Up to Ten. Following the path of
CNN Middle East correspondent Aneesh Raman and producer Kate Albright-Hanna, who both jumped aboard the Obama
campaign last year, senior political producer Sasha Johnson this week announced she's leaving the network's
Washington bureau to take the Press Secretary slot at the Department of Transportation.
Media Lies: Plenty
know by now that in 2004 the progressive Pew Foundation published an extensive poll exposing the five-to-one
ratio of liberals to conservatives in the news-reporting media. Strangely, media outlets must believe that
we have forgotten this because they continue marching forward just like the vain and gullible monarch penned
by Hans Christian Andersen.
Media bias impacts the news you hear and don't hear.
Time for "Propagandist Buttons" to identify
biased "journalists" on air. Canada Free Press (CFP) editors Judi McLeod and Arthur Weinreb
advocate that [Gwen] Ifill and others of her ilk should be identified for what they are: propagandists
not journalists; that "journalists" advocating for the election of Obama should be forced by the networks who
hire them to wear buttons proclaiming them as "Propagandists". In short, in fairness to television
viewers everywhere, the Katie Courics, Rachel Maddows et al should be forced to wear on-air the "Propagandist
Button", a sort of Fairness Doctrine that really works.
to probe its 'bias to the Left'. The move comes just five months after another internal BBC report
claimed that the organisation was Left-leaning, out of touch with large swathes of the public and guilty of
"unconscious self-censorship" on issues it found unpalatable.
The Pulitzer Racket:
Conservatives often ponder why more young conservatives don't go into journalism. Here's one easy reason:
The path to prizes and prestige doesn't come from fierce investigative probing into liberal sacred cows or sharp-eyed
conservative commentary. It comes from pleasing liberals with stories that advance their agenda.
Hillary On The Hotseat:
One need look no further than yesterday's Wall Street Journal to figure out why the Left has been so adamantly opposed to
its sale to Rupert Murdoch. The Wall Street Journal has had the audacity, the effrontery, to challenge, actually
challenge, one of the Left's most cherished shibboleths: Queen Hillary. Doing what 'mainstream' journalists
have failed to do for, oh, the last ten years or so (except when a Republican is president), the WSJ put the 'investigate'
back in 'investigative journalism.'
"Scandals". Now that ABC News has the list of phone numbers given to them by the "Washington
madam," the question is: Whose names will they publicize if they find out that there are public figures
whose phone numbers are among those they have? Let us suppose, just for the sake of argument, that these
names include Karl Rove and Ted Kennedy. Are both names equally likely to be revealed?
All the news
that fits. Only a dyed-in-the-wool leftist would think to label CNN, MSNBC, the New York Times,
the Washington Post and the three major networks, as the mainstream media. Only liberals who are so
delusional as to regard their politics as middle of the road could be that mistaken. Normal people are
aware of the fact that these news outlets are not only not mainstream, but are clear out of the water and
perched on the far left bank. However, those of the liberal persuasion have repeated that lie so often
and for so long, I'm afraid they've actually come to take it as gospel.
The blind leading the
bias. What a splendid joke. If I'd wanted to prove the unconscious bias of the media, I
would have picked exactly such a panel, and watched to see if anyone actually noticed the screaming absence
of a single conservative voice.
Al-Jazeera now biased,
says leaving reporter. The most high-profile US journalist on al-Jazeera's English language service has
left the channel, attacking its narrowing world view and increasingly anti-American editorial slant. Dave Marash,
a former ABC correspondent, said that editorial input from Washington had "gotten smaller and smaller" and that the
Qatar-based management were exerting control on the channel's overseas bureaux.
Al Jazeera Hosts
Party for a Terrorist. An Israeli official has accused the Arabic satellite television
channel Al Jazeera of "unprofessional" behavior in hosting a party at its Beirut office for
newly freed arch-terrorist Samir Kuntar.
Kuntar was accused of killing four Israelis, including
a four-year-old girl whose head he smashed with a rifle.
CNN and Hillary Destabilize
Pakistan. We can now understand why Musharraf's November 3 state-of-emergency
decree took foreign news outlets like CNN off the air. Musharraf, who is one of the main
targets of the al-Qaeda international terrorist organization, recognizes that the so-called
"CNN effect" in global affairs can destabilize foreign governments, including his own.
It's no wonder that he recently complained about being betrayed by the Western media.
America is in Deep Trouble.
Though most Americans are far more conservative than anyone living or working in Washington DC today, the conservative movement finds itself playing defense to a
long list of socialist anti-American aggressors. No, not the Soviet block or Red China, but your friendly
DNC Headquarters, their minions in the press, and your next door neighbors, many of whom are unaware of
their socialist standing.
Excerpts from How to Identify,
Expose and Correct Liberal Media Bias: Tips for identifying and
documenting bias in news stories.
What can we do
about media bias? The Associated Press is the 500-pound gorilla of media bias. They
are the gatekeepers of our news and they're extremely powerful. The liberally biased AP is a
monopoly when it comes to distributing news to our nation's newspapers. It's useless to complain
to them though, because they don't care.
Give 'em that liberal
media bias. The Media Research Center has released its 19th Annual Awards for the Year's Worst
Reporting in its ever-vigilant attempt to point out some of the greatest examples of left-tilting bias in the
mainstream media. Next to Christmas, it is one of my favorite things about the month of December.
I offer a small sampling of my favorites.
bias in media is no secret, but now it's proven. Our American media machine is broken.
Journalists can no longer be trusted. Many conservatives have seen years of evidence that the mainstream
media is shifting further and further to the left. But this week a new study from the Center for Media
and Public Affairs shows an unprecedented bias in the network news coverage.
Times More Journalists Identify as Liberal Than Conservative. A survey conducted late last year
and released Monday, by the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press, confirmed the obvious —
that compared to the views of the public, conservatives are under-represented in national journalism while
liberals are over-represented. Jennifer Harper of the Washington Times discovered the nugget buried deep
in the annual "State of the Media" report from Pew's Project for Excellence in Journalism and FNC's Brit Hume on
Tuesday night highlighted the findings from the survey of 222 journalists and news executives at national
outlets: Only six percent said they considered themselves conservatives and only two percent said they
were very conservative.
a GOP liability. Although Spanish-language press is not monolithic, news coverage, and particularly
political coverage, tends to focus on advocacy for its community, analysts said. It's new territory that
Democrats have been quick to grasp, deploying Spanish-speaking lawmakers to make the party's case on education,
national defense and, most recently, immigration.
The Editor says...
That's just a roundabout way of saying that the Hispanic press leans to the political left even more than
the English-speaking press.
Journalists dole out cash to politicians (quietly).
MSNBC.com identified 144 journalists who made political contributions from 2004 through the start of the 2008
campaign, according to the public records of the Federal Election Commission. Most of the newsroom
checkbooks leaned to the left: 125 journalists gave to Democrats and liberal causes. Only 17 gave to
Republicans. Two gave to both parties.
Finds Journos At Bottom Of 'Prestige' Jobs. Hang down your head, journalist — your
fellow Americans don't think your career is much to be proud of. The annual Harris Poll measuring public
perceptions of 23 professions and occupations came out Wednesday — and you can find journalists in
the Bottom Ten.
Hitting a New Low in Bias: The truth is,
to be pro-life is to be anti-violence. No one who is truly pro-life could ever advocate or engage in
violence, whether shooting an abortionist outside an abortion clinic or tearing an unborn child apart inside
that clinic. But for the media, that truth doesn't fit their fiction of what "pro-life" means. So
they ignore it.
Waves Yellow Flag On Media Bias. At their best, the news media help promote our democracy.
Like many Americans, though, I am increasingly concerned about a bias in the mainstream news media. To
me, there is a significant liberal slant in news reporting that prevents the American people from getting
facts about critical issues facing our country. Without facts, Americans cannot make informed decisions
about issues, and our democracy is threatened.
No Extreme Democrats for MSM?
So, we have a "moderate" in Hoyer facing an extremist in Murtha in this fight for Party Majority leader.
But, one would be hard pressed to see any MSM outlet presenting the facts in such a light. In fact,
the MSM seems to want to present the story as a corruption issue instead of a war issue, even as they want
to assume that the recent election is a vote by the electorate to get out of Iraq.
MSNBC, Leaning Left And
Getting Flak From Both Sides. MSNBC, which bills itself as "the place for politics," is being pummeled by
political practitioners. "It's an organ of the Democratic National Committee," says Steve Schmidt, a senior
strategist for John McCain's campaign. "It's a partisan advocacy organization that exists for the purpose of
attacking John McCain."
See Liberal Media Bias on TV News. By a 39% to 20% margin, American adults believe that the three
major broadcast networks deliver news with a bias in favor of liberals. A Rasmussen Reports national
telephone survey found that just 25% believe that ABC, CBS, and NBC deliver the news without any bias.
New Evidence of Liberal Media Bias. This
study found evidence that conservatives were more likely to perceive media bias than liberals, but that both
conservatives and liberals detected bias in media outlets that leaned against their political perspectives.
In the end, however, because conservatives were more critical of the media both in general and in response to
specific outlets, the results seem most consistent with the claim that a liberal political bias exists in the
mainstream news media.
to Detect Bias in the News: At one time or other we all complain about "bias in the news."
The fact is, despite the journalistic ideal of "objectivity," every news story is influenced by the attitudes
and background of its interviewers, writers, photographers and editors. Not all bias is deliberate.
But you can become a more aware news reader or viewer by watching for [these] journalistic techniques that
allow bias to "creep in" to the news.
Affirmative Action for Conservatives:
Thomas Edsall, who served for many years as the top political journalist for the Washington Post, has told Hugh
Hewitt on his radio show that Democrats outnumber Republicans in the national press corps by a margin of
anywhere from 15 or 25 to 1. That is important personal testimony and evidence from someone
who toiled in the mainstream media.
are biased, admit the stars of BBC News. It was the day that a host of BBC executives and star
presenters admitted what critics have been telling them for years: the BBC is dominated by trendy,
Left-leaning liberals who are biased against Christianity and in favour of multiculturalism.
Fair and Balanced? You
Bet. I worked in newsrooms for most of 30 years, with a couple of breaks for grad school
and political campaign work. I can say with confidence that I can count on one hand the conservatives
I worked with during those years in mainstream news. They fall into two categories: those with
whom I worked in the early 1970s who were relics of the days when you might actually find a conservative
in a newsroom, and a couple in the 1990s who, like me, had made a gradual transition from left to right.
truth on the altar of diversity. Houghton Mifflin's ploy was recently described by reporter
Daniel Golden in a Wall Street Journal story on the lengths to which publishers go to get images of minorities
and the disabled into grade-school textbooks. A Houghton Mifflin spokesman claimed that able-bodied
models are presented as handicapped only as a last resort. But according to one of the company's regular
photographers, the deception is the norm. At least three-fourths of the children portrayed as disabled
in Houghton Mifflin textbooks actually aren't, she told Golden.
Michael Moore and Bill Clinton: Birds
of a Feather. The public has a right to know why Clinton didn't catch bin Laden and when
"facts" in Moore's documentary aren't true. Moore and Clinton's reactions prod the public to view
skepticism and balance as biased attack. Clinton even called it "a conservative hit job" and that
the public questions about his role in not stopping bin Laden were there due to "a serious
disinformation campaign to create that impression." Plenty of conservatives have been
the benefactors of "liberal hit jobs" on NBC, ABC, and CBS but it happens so often, usually
no one notices.
Media Anarchy Has Its
Downside. One can't exaggerate how large Fox looms in the liberal imagination. They see it
as huge and mighty and credit it with almost mythical powers. It is a propaganda channel whose mission
it is to destroy the Democratic Party. That's part of why Clintons' performance had such salience.
Finally he was standing up to an evil empire.
Attacking the Messenger: The
Left Unhinged by The Fox News Channel. Since the dawn of the information age,
groups have tried to manipulate news organizations by going after their advertisers. [...] Even
in the recent attacks on the Fox News Channel, groups have used Rupert Murdoch's relationship
with cigarette maker Philip Morris and how that led to Murdoch's vast media empire ignoring
stories about the negative effects of smoking. It isn't enough, however, to try to
control the behavior of the American people by controlling the legal products they have
access to in the marketplace. The left wants to control what you think and read by
controlling your information sources.
Prepping the '08 Media Battlefield:
The left hates Fox because it reports things that ABC, NBC, CBS, the New York Times and the Washington Post
would otherwise conceal from the public. The war on Fox will continue, because the libs know it's
essential to prepare the battlefield for the 2008 election. If they can marginalize Fox — and
even revive the old "fairness doctrine" to kill conservative talk radio — they could restore
the left's monopoly on national news. So what are Republicans doing in response? Nothing.
Crazy like a
Fox (News). As Fox News celebrates its 10-year anniversary, media watchers should appreciate how
Fox, which tilts right, has provided balance to major new operations such as CNN and the New York Times, which
tilt left. Go to most newsrooms and you'll find a staff that overwhelmingly voted for John Kerry in 2004,
while the rest keep their politics to themselves lest they be considered biased. A survey of the
Washington press corps found that 89 percent voted for Bill Clinton in 1992.
Media Allergic to American Values. Elite news editors shrug at their reporters' highly politicized
activities — from AIDS fund-raisers to pro-abortion rallies, environmental propaganda and unhinged
Bush-bashing (new case in point: New York Times reporter Linda Greenhouse's recent moonbatty screed at
Harvard University assailing everything from Gitmo to the Mexican-U.S. border fence). But wear a
flag pin? Heresy!
Big Government Solutions Don't
Work. Politics as usual is aided by the complicity of the media. Economic ignorance,
bleeding heart emotionalism, and populist passion pervade our major networks and cable channels. ... In
countries where everyone knows the media produces government propaganda, people remain wary of what they
hear. In the United States the media are considered free and independent, thus the propaganda is
accepted with less questioning.
Meet the Real Katie
Couric. On September 5, Katie Couric took the helm of the CBS Evening News, a program tainted by
decades of Dan Rather's liberal bias. But a review of Couric's 15 years as co-host of NBC's Today finds
that she brings her own liberal baggage, and she seems unlikely to challenge the biased approach that has eroded
the credibility of CBS News and the rest of the media elite.
New Network, Same Old Biased
Katie. After more than two decades in which Dan Rather used his anchor desk to push a liberal
agenda — culminating in the forged document scandal in 2004 — the CBS Evening News needed
its new anchor to be the epitome of fair and balanced journalism. Instead, the CBS brass hired Katie
Couric, who put her liberal fingerprints all over Today during her 15 years at NBC.
and 'just plain rude'. Reporters have an obligation to maintain an objective approach to
the stories they cover. That's not to say they don't have opinions, but if they are going to have
credibility as reporters, they need to keep those opinions out of their stories. Instead, we've
grown used to reporters becoming talking heads on television, where they speculate incessantly about
the meaning of stories or the outcome of stories or the virtue of the people they write about.
The database double
standard. Here is the most insincere question a liberal TV news star can ask: How can
President Bush turn around his poll numbers? [...] The media's crocodile tears are not even laughable,
just nauseating. Pushing down the president's approval rating seems to be their daily task.
bias on full display. The reason to point out that this military tribunal case was actually a
5-4 decision is because other 5-4 decisions get reported in a very different way. For example, when the
court upheld the University of Michigan law school's use of race in admissions in a 5-4 decision, [one of the
nation's most important and influential newspapers] called the ruling "deeply divided."
You Can't Spell Pap Without the AP.
Like many of its contributing entities, it is a mere shell of its formerly unbiased self.
The Collapse of Network
News: For the last decade or two, the Big Three network news ratings have declined and their
once-iron grip on public opinion has loosened, prompting this debate: is this decline merely a sign of
increasing 24-7 media availability (cable news, Internet sites) or is the liberal tilt of the networks driving
conservative viewers away from these networks in favor of alternative outlets?
The Media Adore Warren Buffett.
Buffett targets people in general, not just a particular group. In a press release, [Rev. Thomas J.]
Euteneuer took aim at almost every aspect of Buffett's agenda, saying that "Warren Buffett's philanthropy aims
at killing pre-born children not curing childhood disease, eliminating the poor not poverty, and destroying the
developing world not aiding development." That may seem harsh. But while [Bill] Gates is dedicated
to "global health" issues, he, too, underwrites the pro-abortion agenda.
2006: The most outrageously biased liberal reporters of 2005.
Pulitzers. The recent unveiling of the Pulitzer Prizes had more of the same politicized
whiff that the Oscars oozed earlier this year. Merit is taking a back seat now to "edginess" in
both the news and entertainment media.
against an unethical media. To my fellow conservatives, Republicans, and even independents, who
are so frustrated with some in the GOP for abandoning the principles of our party, that you plan to sit out
this election, I implore you to change your mind. While I share your anger and disappointment, I am
still eagerly going to vote on November 7th for one simple reason. To stop those in the
mainstream media trying to hijack this election.
Mainstream Media Go Racist. Imagine that when far-left California Rep. Maxine
Waters was running for office, a number of Republicans didn't like her platform and so they
called her "Aunt Jemima" or depicted her as a slave girl who took her marching orders from
her "massa," Terry McAuliffe. This is exactly what happened — in articles
and political cartoons — during the confirmation hearings of Condoleezza Rice as
secretary of state. And how did the Mainstream Media cover this rank racism? Not
by calling it by its name and not by condemning Sen. Robert Byrd, the former Grand Kleagle of
the Ku Klux Klan, who led the Democratic pack in delaying Rice's ascendance to this august
position. Instead, they were uniformly mute about the racist assaults and slavishly
echoed Rice's critics.
gets pranked. Young students in journalism school ought to be taught
that "by their stories, you shall know them." The media reveal their opinions
about the world not only in their endless pontificating verbiage, but in the topics
they choose. The "news" becomes whatever floats their boat, whatever they
urgently want the people to know.
There is much more about this incident in News
media issues related to the war.
behind Rumsfeld grilling. An embedded reporter from the Chattanooga Times Free
Press is claiming credit for the blunt questioning yesterday [10/8/2004] of Secretary of
Defense Donald Rumsfeld by American soldiers in Kuwait.
There is a difference between a journalist and an activist. A journalist tells
the reader what's happening. An activist makes things happen (and then
reports it). The reporter who supplied this question is evidently an anti-war
activist and a troublemaker who was only there to make a name for himself.
Bush-hatred is a threat to national
security. Would newspapers in the midst of World War II have printed the fact
that the United States had broken German and Japanese codes, enabling the enemy to secure its
communications? Or revealed how and where Nazi spies were being interrogated? Nowadays,
newspapers win Pulitzer Prizes for such disclosures.
Give Back the Tainted Pulitzers. It's a
shame and a tragedy when the nation's two major papers win Pulitzer Prizes for running stories harming national
security that were clearly based on questionable sources with a partisan political agenda.
BBC's commitment to bias is no laughing matter. It's high time the debate moved on from narrow
notions of political bias. Far harder for the BBC to gainsay is that it has a liberal cultural bias, one
that envelops pretty much all programmes, not just news and current affairs. If you want to find the most
solid evidence of partiality, look at the BBC's entertainment output — its dramas, comedies and arts programmes.
Clintonite who owns National Enquirer. What the tabloid's readers, in politics and out, may not
know is that a key owner of the Enquirer is a prominent New York investment banker and one of Hillary Clinton's
key backers, Roger Altman. Altman was an official in the first Clinton administration, and his name is
often mentioned as a possible Clinton Treasury Secretary.
news... It's always fascinating to return from travel overseas and step back into the
alternative universe of America's media elites. [...] Coming back to Washington is a reminder of
just how anti-American the American media elites really have become.
AWOL in the
War of Ideas. It's one thing to give the devil his due. It's another to do the
devil's public relations. How else to explain a dispatch from the Associated Press referring
to Osama bin Laden as "an exiled Saudi dissident"? Such spin may not be inaccurate but it's like
calling Jeffery Dahmer an "eccentric gourmet." It rather misses the point, don't you think?
The Decline of Mainstream
Media: What common sense has comprehended for decades now finds support by yet another
scholarly study: The media has a leftist bias. [...] As if to confirm that bias, over the past
few months, the media have given this research scant coverage. [...] The researchers expected to find
a left-leaning bias, but were astonished at just how behemoth this left-wing bias is.
The Late Jeane Kirkpatrick Warned of
Media's 'Unaccountable Power'. Jeane J. Kirkpatrick, who passed away Friday morning, adapted a
1983 speech on the influence of the news media, into the forward for the Media Research Center's 1990 book,
And That's the Way It Isn't: A Reference Guide to Media Bias. She proposed: "Some people
believe, and I am among them, that the power of the media today constitutes the most significant exercise
of unaccountable power in our society."
Simply Put, the US Mainstream
Media Provides an Inferior Product. The prevailing opinion among the overwhelming majority of
the American public is that there are some very big problems with the mainstream media. The most common
problems noted are the unarguable existence of a political agenda and the elitist pose displayed toward the
American public and those who govern. While I generally agree with both of these observations, I also
believe, when all is said and done, that we are simply being offered an inferior product.
journalism's founding fathers: People on the left and right fault contemporary
journalism for (a) giving the Bush administration a free ride, or (b) extreme bias against all
things Bush and Republican. Charges of media bias and the controversy over good vs. bad
journalism are older than the nation, literally.
Dow Jones Chairman on Media Power: We're Goliath, Not
David. One of the most persistent tics of the passive-aggressive press is its denials of its power,
that it doesn't run the country, or at least try to run the country. All that journalism-school
boilerplate about how the media is merely a watchdog, or like it's the BASF of democracy, you know, it doesn't
make everything, it just makes the secret ingredient that makes everything better? Baloney. Some of us
signed up for the media-criticism business because the media want to pretend they're not major players in the
The Fourth Estate and Public
Opinion: Several studies to assess the political views of national reporters in
the major press pools of Washington and New York find that those reporters overwhelmingly
self-identify as "liberal" or "Democrat." A recent survey, in fact, determined that
only eight percent of those reporters would vote for a Republican — no surprise to
objective media analysts.
Madness: Those who wonder why fewer and fewer Americans are buying newspapers
or tuning into network "news" need only look at this week's coverage to see why. "Hard"
news stories are harder to come by every day, and those events and issues that do get coverage
carry more than just a "tinge" of bias, ignorance or both.
New York Times: Less
Communism = Bad News for Chinese People. Apparently, not even the communists
are socialistic enough for the New York Times.
Media Maelstrom Over Michael
Brown. "Where do I go to get my reputation back?" Ray Donovan, President Reagan's
Labor secretary, poignantly asked that question when, after the media had adjudged him guilty,
he was acquitted in court of corruption charges. Former FEMA Director Michael Brown might ask
the same question.
media. Surveys galore have shown that somewhere around 90 percent of the writers, editors
and other personnel in the news media are Democrats and only about 10 percent are Republicans. We
depend on the news media for information about government and politics, foreign affairs and war, public
policy and demographic trends — for a picture of the world around us. But the news comes
from people 90 percent of whom are on one side of the political divide. Doesn't sound like an
is swinging away from patriotism. When I was growing up, Veteran's Day, then
called Armistice Day, was a great national holiday, with parades and expressions of gratitude
to the military troops who kept this country free. Now it is hardly recognized. December 7,
the anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor which started World War II, is barely mentioned in the
news, but there is extensive coverage in the media on the anniversary of the first atomic attack on
Hiroshima, and later, Nagasaki.
New evidence of left-wing
media bias. A new study from UCLA confirms that the media veers sharply to the left. Of
20 major news outlets studied, 18 tilt to the left.
The Plot to Kill the President: Forty-two
years to the day after President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, an American Muslim was
convicted of joining the terrorist organization Al Qaeda and plotting to assassinate President Bush.
A lot of media attention was devoted to the former but not the latter. Could that be because the media
loved Kennedy but hate Bush?
edits out the word "terrorist". The BBC has re-edited some of its coverage of the London
Underground and bus bombings to avoid labelling the perpetrators as "terrorists", it was disclosed
yesterday. Early reporting of the attacks on the BBC's website spoke of terrorists but the same
coverage was changed to describe the attackers simply as "bombers".
Media Bias Is Real, Finds UCLA
Political Scientist. While the editorial page of The Wall Street Journal is
conservative, the newspaper's news pages are liberal, even more liberal than The New York
Times. The Drudge Report may have a right-wing reputation, but it leans left. Coverage
by public television and radio is conservative compared to the rest of the mainstream
media. Meanwhile, almost all major media outlets tilt to the left.
The Best Notable Quotables
of 2005. The 18th annual awards for the year's worst reporting.
Christmas Is Getting Less Merry
Every Year. Just when you think you have it figured out, life kicks you in the back
of the knee. Over my 30-year career in journalism, I have tried to resist generalizing about
the media. You know, that it is rife with left-wing loons bent on imposing a secular society
on the country. In the past, I would have never said that. But that was then, this is
now. I have come to believe that the American press is so secular Karl Marx would be appalled.
L.A. Times admits false
claim about Falwell. A column by a rabbi published in the Los Angeles Times falsely
asserted Rev. Jerry Falwell claimed lesbian actress Ellen DeGeneres played a role in the 9-11
attacks and Hurricane Katrina because she was the host of the Emmy Awards before both events. The
Times ran a correction explaining the Baptist minister "made no such claim."
The Leftward Course Of Human
Events. [The managing editor of Human Events was forced to resign upon the
insistence of the Southern Poverty Law Center.] How do you explain to your wife that you
lost your job — not for some work-related grievance — but for
exercising your first-amendment rights and, as a freelancer, expressing a point of view?
Substitute Any Other Group and
the Liberals Would Be Howling. The world's largest news service, the Associated Press,
sent out a story today with an alarming headline that the appointment of Judge Samuel Alito to the
Supreme Court would "tip" the Supreme Court to Catholics. The story went on to identify the
religion of each member of the court and indicated Alito's appointment as another indication that
"Catholics have become part of the nation's political mainstream."
Wahington Post Goes After the
Roberts' Children. If you can't come up with something disgusting about the actual
nominee or his wife then rough-up the kids some and see what happens.
Hutchison: Roberts line crossed. Citing "simple decency," Texas Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison
demanded Friday [8/5/2005] that journalists quit poking around for details on Supreme Court nominee
John Roberts' adopted children.
The People, the Press, and
the Pulpit: The increasingly important role of religion in public life
presents a challenge for the press. The media have particularly low credibility
in this area — even journalists themselves have doubts about their ability to cover
religious issues. Public and press concerns reflect a huge but familiar gap: on
the one hand, the American public is one of the most religious in the West. At
the same time, there are more than a few non-believers in the nation's newsrooms.
Outlawing Thanksgiving Here and
Abroad. Everybody had a good laugh on November 17  when President Bush
pardoned two Thanksgiving turkeys named Biscuits and Gravy. The Washington Post noted
that the event was covered by "dozens of international reporters, photographers and television
cameramen." But the stories we saw in the Post, on CNN and elsewhere neglected to
mention that the President went on to speak eloquently about the religious significance
of Thanksgiving. The media are clearly uncomfortable with the topic.
A petty, partisan
press. It is hard to avoid the conclusion that the media are less concerned about the big picture
today, or how all this will look in history, than with how the Bush administration's victory in Iraq will
affect the 2004 elections. After all, studies have shown that nine out of ten journalists vote for
Liberal whining about the
media: In its search for What Went Wrong, liberalism has decided to admit that it has a
problem. Surprisingly, the problem is us — the news media. We went wrong, or
rather, right. We went and became conservative.
Part II: The question posed in my previous column — “Does a (still) largely liberal
news media (still) exhibit a largely liberal bias?” — can be answered both as a matter of logic
and as a matter of fact, and in both cases, the answer is: Sure.
NBC News Blames Bush for
Iranian Threat. Andrea Mitchell seemed extremely concerned that the new
Iranian president may turn out to be one of those  hostage-takers, and that his
election may play into the hands of the Bush Administration. In other words, don't
blame the Iranian government for the fact that it is run by terrorists who hate
America. Blame Bush.
bar: It seems the world of media — somewhat self-righteous at its
worst — is in a bit of a philosophical pickle on this one. For starters,
many of the supporters of the notion to protect anonymous sources are the same publishers,
editors and broadcasters who helped make this the year of "open government" and "open records."
How the Media Created
Rovegate: It's clear, based on the notes of his discussion with Matt
Cooper of Time, that Rove wasn't aware of the facts and didn't have access
to classified information about Valerie Plame's service or status in the CIA. He
said she "apparently" worked at the agency. In any case, it turns out she isn't
covered under a law designed to protect the identities of secret CIA agents.
What If Karl Rove Were A
Democrat? The Center for Individual Freedom has provided an excellent list of cases involving
Democratic officials possibly violating national security or using classified information that have been
ignored or glossed over by the major media. It's hard not to conclude that the media are targeting Rove
because he is a conservative Republican.
Dems' obsession: The Democrats and the Old Media are getting as much
mileage as they can out of President Bush's reportedly low approval ratings. But
the smart money says they ought to be more concerned about their own problems.
Conservatives vs. Unlabeled Liberals. Study shows there have been six
times More "Conservative" than "Liberal" labels on network news since election day.
A seminar in
old media liberal bias: For an object lesson on Old Media liberal bias, read the
transcript of the May 17 press briefing by White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan.
One-Sided Campus Media: For the past sixteen months I have been a weekly
opinion columnist for UCLA's newspaper, the Daily Bruin, and have seen exactly
how media bias works. [...] From the high and mighty editor to the yeoman reporter,
the newsroom is the liberals' private party. The conservatives in the newsroom are not
welcome — and it's made certain they understand that.
Joseph Goebbels award. Events of this past year have shown the need
for a special award in journalism for those who think that the purpose of reporting
news is to cause the public to adopt the political views of those who do the
A Tsunami of Media Bias Hits
America. The anti-Bush media bias that preceded the President's re-election
was back in a big way at the end of the year when officials of the United Nations and some
influential journalists started a campaign blaming the U.S. for being "stingy" and "slow" to
respond to the Asian tsunami disaster. The purpose of the campaign was two-fold — to
rehabilitate the U.N., making the organization look relevant in world affairs, and to damage Bush
politically as he attempts badly needed legislative reforms of the Social Security, legal, and
income tax systems.
This Just In: Liberal Media Bias Comes
to a Halt. Gone are the days when the Big Three networks, plus the New York Times and the
Washington Post, decided what was newsworthy, usually with a liberal spin.
Roberts: Journalists walk around with the knee-jerk assumption that they are the
most essential forces of democracy, there to enrich the nation and its citizens. They truly
see themselves as the conscience of the country, the First Amendment ideal in the flesh.
bias briefing: Fleischer was impressive in the nearly impossible job
of keeping the anti-Bush hounds of the press at bay. They were harsh in the first days,
when they were bitter about not getting to suck up to President Gore. They were hostile
in the last days, as John Kerry's chances slipped away.
U.N. Covers Up Payments to
Journalists. Ian Williams of The Nation magazine, has been on the United
Nations payroll, writing articles for the world body and even coaching U.N. officials
on how to deal with the press. [...] Accuracy in Media
has learned that the U.N. has been paying journalists here and abroad to spread
the U.N. message to an American and international audience.
estate or fifth column. There are still people in the mainstream media
who profess bewilderment that they are accused of being biased. But you need to
look no further than reporting on the war in Iraq to see the bias staring you in the
face, day after day, on the front page of the New York Times and in much of the rest
of the media.
Fred Barnes Calls
Sheehan a "Crackpot," Rues Media Focus on Her. Barnes criticized both
her and the media's treatment of her: "This woman wants to go in and tell the
President that the war is about oil because the President wants to pay off his
buddies. She's a crackpot, and yet the press treats her as some important protestor."
Is Gone; Whining About Leftist Media Is Not. Mark it well — the
media does lean left. News that comes our way is, for the most part, devoid of a
perspective that reflects anything close to a Judeo-Christian, culturally- and
Conservative as Defined by the Media. Obviously American notions of "liberal"
and "conservative" don't translate well to the complicated muddle that is politics in the
former Soviet Union. Yet that doesn't stop the American media from pretending as
though they do. Why? Because to the establishment press, "liberal"
and "conservative" aren't so much ideological descriptions as moral
ones. "Liberal" is the literary equivalent of a white hat for the good guys,
while "conservative" is a black hat for the bad.
askew. Ideally, news should "slant" to the truth. Practically, the
presentation of news usually skews towards sensationalism. As news consumers, we
accept this, though too rarely compensate for it.
Ted Turner Compares
Fox's Popularity to Hitler. Ted Turner called Fox a propaganda tool of the
Bush administration and indirectly compared Fox News Channel's popularity to Adolf Hitler's
popular election to run Germany before World War II. Turner made those
fiery comments in his first address at the National Association for Television
Programming Executives' conference since he was ousted from Time Warner Inc. five years ago.
Big-Media Dinosaurs Face
Extinction. As the big-media Dinosaurs die off one by one — the
catastrophic meteor to blame for their impending extinction is their own damning
construct — their transparent liberal bias. That bias is now, and
will continue to be the fossil fuel driving tomorrow's new media — a new
media whose long awaited arrival, and much needed influence has already begun.
leftism in the media: Most of the guilty insist they are mere mainstreamers,
centrists – yet surely they know better. They betray themselves when they
open their mouths.
How Newt Gingrich Caused
9/11: George W. Bush's record of accomplishment doesn't sit well with the History Channel, which
recently linked the ascendancy of Newt Gingrich to 9/11. The President's words shot in the face of the
liberal establishment, and the History Channel's words seem to have been written by the liberal
Washington Post Buys Slate.com
Where Nearly All Voted for Kerry. In acquiring Microsoft's Slate.com, the Washington Post bought
a Web magazine at which nearly every editor and reporter voted for Al Gore in 2000 and John Kerry in 2004.
Slate.com headlined an October 26 article about a survey of their own staff: "At this magazine, it's
Kerry by a landslide!" In 2000, 12 of the 13 in the top editorial positions voted for Gore, with the 13th
going not for Bush but the libertarian.
Senators to watch: After perusing the year-end issue of Newsweek, I defy
any editor there to deny this magazine is a mouthpiece for the political Left. Their
cover boy was Senator-Elect Barack Obama of Illinois, the "rising star," as the Democrats
and so many admirers in the press have dubbed him. [...] Barack Obama is just another
ultraliberal legislator from a blue state, another Teddy, another Hillary — another
politician only the liberal media wants to usher into power. And
"News"-week is leading the charge.
The party of
government. A Pew Research Center survey of journalists and media executives conducted earlier
this year found journalists identify themselves as liberals as opposed to conservatives by a five-to-one
margin. In a 1997 poll for the Center for Media & Public Affairs, 66 percent of respondents agreed
that news media "favor a liberal point of view." A Freedom Forum survey found that 89 percent of the
Washington press corps voted for Bill Clinton over George H.W. Bush and Ross Perot in 1992, while Clinton
garnered only 43 percent of the popular vote.
Was Worse Than Arafat. It might seem odd to compare and contrast two
recent news stories — the resignation announcement of Attorney General
John Ashcroft and the Paris death of Palestinian terrorist Yasser Arafat. But
an examination of the two demonstrates the degree to which the "news" media's compass
of objectivity is so terribly misaligned. To read the coverage, you'd think
Ashcroft was the tyrant and Arafat the liberator.
fourth estate rumbles for more privilege. Maybe you haven't noticed, but
the mainstream media are suffering from the perception that they're just the teeniest
bit arrogant. Oh, who am I kidding? They behave like they're nobles or a priestly
class. Dan Rather, Brian Williams and Peter Jennings might as well wear flowing ermine
robes. From their palaces in midtown Manhattan they determine what the peasants see
Clergy Denounces "Racial Motivated Attacks" on Condoleezza Rice. A
coalition of black clergy Friday [11/19/2004] denounced recent "racial motivated
attacks" by three editorial cartoonists, the Washington Post and the New York Times
upon National Security Adviser Dr. Condoleezza Rice, who was recently nominated by
President Bush to serve as the next secretary of state.
fever: Here are a few mainstream media rules of thumb: Minority Democrats in public
office are inspirational role models. Minority Republicans in public office are
embarrassing sellouts. Minority Democrat politicians are principled. Minority
Republican politicians are misguided. Minority Democrat politicians represent the
hopes and dreams of all Americans. Minority Republican politicians are traitors
to their "communities." These rules are unwritten, of course, but the minority
politician double standard is glaringly obvious in the national media fawning over
newly elected U.S. Sen. Barack Obama, Illinois Democrat.
Gordon Sauter, president of CBS News 25 years ago, on CBS News
one thing, it has no credibility. And no audience, no morale, no long-term
emblematic anchorman, and no cohesive management structure. Outside those
annoyances, it shouldn't be that hard to fix. [...] I stopped watching it
some time ago. The unremitting liberal orientation finally became too
much for me."
didn't teach in Journalism school: In [the] Wall Street
Journal, Fred Barnes writes about a GOP official asking a group of
twenty or so journalists how many knew personally an evangelical
Christian. Only a couple of hands went up. Then the offical
asked how many knew a homosexual and every hand went up. Although
conservative Christians make up 40% of the population and homosexuals
make up under 5%, elite journalists don't know any Christians. That
shows up whenever they try to report on Christians or Christianity.
The Media Elite: Where
do they stand? Robert and Linda Richter, of the Center for Media and Public
Affairs, surveyed 104 of the "most influential television writers, producers, and executives"
to find out where they stood on the issues. Their results are as follows:
• 93% seldom or never attend religious services.
• 75% describe themselves as left of center politically,
compared to only 14% who place themselves to the right of center.
• 97% believe that "a woman has the right to decide for herself" whether to have an abortion.
• 80% do not regard homosexual relations as wrong.
• 86% support the right of homosexuals to teach in public schools.
• 51% do not regard adultery as wrong.
• Only 17% strongly agree that extramarital affairs are wrong.
What Liberalism Hides Behind
Bylines? The Dan
Rather/CBS fiasco, together
with its arrogant, delayed, pathetic and mostly unbelievable attempts at
justification, introduces a more subtle, and perhaps more inimical,
subject. What militant liberalism lies hidden beneath the bylines of so many
reporters who write news, or alleged news, for the print media?
media bias: here's the proof. Folks know what Liberal Media Bias is. Even
those who deny it have to know what the rest of us are talking about. Anybody can read
it between the lines, see it on CBS (also ABC and NBC), hear it on NPR, and almost feel
it, it's so thick at times. Like an oil slick over the news, LMB permeates American
journalism's elite. But defining Liberal Media Bias isn't easy.
Excuse me, sir, your bias is
showing. An article in the most recent issue of American Journalism Review reveals another layer
of bias in broadcast journalism. According to the article,
network journalists routinely lobby politicians they cover for favorable votes on broadcast regulation.
The article tells how politicians whose votes benefit broadcasters receive awards from the industry.
Legislators who do not vote the way the networks want get threatened with negative coverage on the evening
news. According to AJR, "We need to see the media business for what it truly has turned into: a
huge economic special interest."
Media Critic Has Sharp Words for Media's
"Radical" Style of News Reporting. One of the nation's leading media watchdogs says there is a
powerful element of the media today that has gone beyond mere "liberalism" and has moved into "sheer radicalism."
bias? Larry Elder cites several examples of blatant political bias in
network television news coverage.
Liberal Media: Every poll shows journalists are more liberal than the American
public — and the public knows it. Leading journalists may deny their bias,
but every survey over the past 25 years shows journalists do not think or vote like the
American public. Reporters overwhelmingly vote for Democrats, their views on issues such
as abortion and gay rights are well to the left of most Americans, and large majorities want
big government even more involved in the economy.
truth" abortion: Many in the media resent any suggestion that they are
either politically biased or that journalists' personal views stop them from doing a
good professional job of accurately reporting the news. The way the issue of
partial birth abortion has been reported — or not reported — gives
the lie to such protests.
and the Media: The press treatment of George W. Bush is motivated by hate,
spite and a vicious disregard for the truth and the national interest. What the media
is doing to Bush is unprecedented — worse than what was done to Nixon because it lacks
journalistic virtuosity. What the media is doing to Bush is inexcusable because,
unlike in the case of Watergate, there is no smoking gun, precisely because there
was no crime.
Newsroom conservatives are
a rare breed. If you'd like to check out an endangered species, don't bother
with a trip to the zoo. Just drop by the newsroom of your favorite newspaper or TV
station and ask to see the conservatives.
media? I'm shocked! A new survey by the Pew Research Center says
journalists have political and ideological leanings more liberal than those of the general
public. Or, as a sensible headline might have put it: "Researchers ferret out
the obvious yet again."
More Stuff the Left Has Gotten Away With
Lately: The partisan mainstream media hates it when the Right points out their bias. But
sometimes we just can't help it. Here are three recent comments by well known liberal senators that
received little comment in the Big Media. Thankfully, conservative sources will not let things like these
Media Bias in Australia. The
taxpayer-funded Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) occupies a position in Australia similar to that enjoyed by the
BBC in the United Kingdom. ... No Australian commercial network approaches the ABC in terms of reach and, arguably,
influence. It is well-funded, amply staffed and under more or less constant criticism for projecting a left-wing
take on just about every aspect of Australian life that it touches.
Rupert and Hillary: News Corp.
CEO Rupert Murdoch's fundraising for Hillary Clinton was treated as a man-bites-dog shocking news
story. Keith Olbermann's little-watched MSNBC program went crazy with the news. It has
been assumed that Murdoch, whose $60 billion media empire includes the Fox News Channel (FNC), the
Weekly Standard magazine and the New York Post, is a conservative who wouldn't be caught dead supporting
a left-wing Democrat like Hillary. In truth, Murdoch is an opportunist who plays both sides of the
Foreign Assassination. Christian Coalition founder Pat Robertson prompted
a firestorm of media outrage after he suggested that the Bush administration
should assassinate a foreign leader who posed a threat to the U.S. But when senior Clinton
advisor George Stephanopoulos publicly argued for the same kind of assassination policy
in 1997, the press voiced no objection at all.
Kennedy and McCain: This Is
Media Balance? Conservatives and media watchdog groups are aghast at a longstanding radio debate
program that has Sen. John McCain "pitted against" Sen. Ted Kennedy — "a discussion between the
Democrats' favorite Democrat and the Democrats' favorite Republican."
Central's "That's My Bush" Targets First Lady
Couldn't Get Dubya, So Now They're After Jenna
Liberal media show their stripes every day.
Media bias determines which stories make it to the front page and which ones don't.
For truth in
journalism: Do the people have a right to know the biases of the people from whom they
get almost all their information about politics, politicians, candidates and causes? Seems
to me that an honest journalist has to answer yes.
Tom Brokaw vs. conservative
"jihad": In an interview with Jane Hall in the most recent Columbia Journalism Review, Brokaw
suggests there is no such thing as liberal media bias … and then asserts that liberal bias is an
"obligation" of journalism.
A Lesson in
Dallas: Hitting the street and answering that leftist rant is one way even a small group
of conservatives can force their message to stand next to the radicals in the so-called mainstream
press. Just don't expect much coverage from the press.
speech from the left: In December 1994 I wrote the first of what would become
a yearly series of columns on the subject of liberal hate speech. I had noticed that when a
prominent Republican or conservative said something offensive about liberals, it typically
set off a storm of media condemnation, while an anti-conservative smear voiced by a liberal
or a Democrat rarely drew any protest.
The Communist Party And The American Media
Elite: Is America's left-wing media elite about to suffer the fate of the Communist Party of the
old Soviet Union? I ask this question because my weekend reading raised some interesting parallels
between the Soviet leadership and the current structure of the US news media.
media bias, part I: Bernard Goldberg, author of the
bestselling "Bias" says, "If
the media elites don't take the wake-up call, ...I think they're
going to become the journalistic equivalent of the leisure suit — harmless
enough, but hopelessly out of date."
media bias, part II: Journalists somehow think that they are the only species
on the planet who can keep their biases in check because they're professionals. Well, I
don't think that's true.
Media Bias, part III: The problem there and the problem far more responsible
for the public's losing trust is when the New York Times rams ideology down your throat in
every part of the newspaper, not simply the editorial page.
Give Public Broadcasting its
Freedom — Now. Philanthropist Joan Kroc's recent gift of $200 million to National
Public Radio adds to the millions of dollars in tax-deductible donations from corporate underwriters and
private citizens that pour into public broadcasting coffers each year. In light of the Kroc gift, and with
growing evidence that public broadcasting has been almost totally commercialized, isn't it time to wean public
radio and television from the millions of dollars it receives from national, state and local governments?
Does the media give soft-glove
treatment to Democratic gaffes? Critics of President George W. Bush derive great pleasure from
his inability to pronounce the word "nuclear." As a candidate, they ridiculed Bush for not knowing the
heads of Pakistan, Chechnya and India. But what of the gaffes made by various liberal politicians?
Journalists' liberal bias:
Why it matters, how it hurts. Liberal bias matters. This bias affects consumers of "news"
in subtle and not-so-subtle ways.
We Distort, You Figure
It Out. This, of course, is no longer journalism. It may be entertainment. But it is
not responsible information upon which we can any longer rely.
liberal denials of bias: The suggestion …that the news media do not tilt
to the left, is just not serious thinking. Or, if it's coming from those who would
consider themselves serious thinkers, it's just not intellectually honest.
in denial: What is it about many liberals that blinds them to their true
nature? What makes them think that they are unbiased, objective, open-minded, tolerant
and free of "hate"? Why are they so often in denial — even about their
Media suffer from acute denial
syndrome. The derision the big media holds for all things conservative, especially when that
conservatism has a religious component, is beyond debate.
media bias? Denials of media bias seem to have become more frequent or
more vehement lately. Some in the media try to dismiss the accusation as old stuff. But
the only real question is whether it is true, because the truth doesn't wear out with
the passage of time.
about radio and TV. Liberals are especially uncomfortable with people who
worship God and not the state. Most broadcast programming and reporting in big
newspapers reflect these biases.
Bias Matches UNESCO Intolerance: Popularizing the anti-Christian principles
of the UN Declaration on Tolerance.
Bias on Media Bias: One of the incredible feats of media journalists
is denying that there is media bias by equating it with conspiracy theories. When
people share the same bias, they don't need a conspiracy. The harm comes from the
fact that most of the public gets to see only that part of reality which has been
filtered through the same preconceptions shared by 90 percent of those in the media.
Will a new left-wing TV
network rescue the despondent Dems? Only the looniest leftist could nourish the notion
that today's broadcast or cable-TV networks shortchange or suppress liberal views.
Media Bias Basics: This
study shows the political composition of the media — voting patterns, political affiliations and
beliefs — as expressed to researchers by the reporters themselves. This is followed by a
review of public opinion on liberal media bias, and what members of the media have said about liberal
media bias, and a guide to how to identify liberal media bias.
Quoting from "Media Bias Basics":
Seventy million Americans rely on
broadcast television for their news. They form opinions based on what they hear and
see and to a lesser extent, read. Since citizens cannot cast informed votes or make
knowledgeable decisions on matters of public policy if the information on which they
depend is distorted, it is vital to American democracy that television news and other
media be fair and unbiased.
Media bias: can they
still deny it? Why does it matter, the way the media frames issues and uses certain terms
or expressions? Ronald Reagan, for example, called his anti-ballistic-missile defense shield the
Strategic Defense Initiative, or SDI. But many in the media use the term "Star Wars," an expression
that Reagan loathed.
Media Donations to People for the
American Way: Perhaps it's past time that we stopped calling these entities "news"
organizations and called them what they really are: liberal propaganda machines.
Profiles In Bias: from the Media Research Center.
Clever Is the Word for a Biased
Media: The professional news readers are very smooth, very clever — so clever, in fact,
that they can slant stories to their liberal bias often without a ripple of suspicion.
Ethics and Morality Training
for the Media? Although we don't yet know what the facts are, the mainstream media has seized
this story and is using it, to the great glee of the far left in this country, to indict the entire U.S.
war effort in Iraq. While our combat troops undergo this ethics training (which is already a standard
part of their training), it might be a good idea if the mainstream media put its journalists and executives
through "ethics training" to highlight the importance of adhering to legal, moral and ethical standards in
their reporting, writing and broadcasting.
Small-Time Crooks: The pattern is
clear. The current scandal frenzy is not a campaign against fraud — it's a campaign against
business and capitalism. The people leading the hysteria about "corporate crime" are eager to expose and
condemn fraud by a private businessman — but they ignore or excuse it when the lies are told by
Media Fraud: Media
bias is no longer news. Poll after poll has shown that the vast majority of journalists vote for
Democrats, even though the country as a whole is pretty evenly split between the two major parties. By
itself, there is nothing wrong with this. It becomes a problem when media bias becomes media
fraud. Media bias in editorials and columns is one thing. Media fraud in reporting "facts" in
news stories is something else.
Out-FOXing the Media: Fox
News is on the side of the United States; it is the network for the Red states.
When columnists refer to the Red states and the Blue states, they are making reference
to this map which
shows the county-by-county results of the 2000 presidential election.
News That Fits: How the media color their coverage.
Serving Al Gore.
"We now have incontrovertible front-page evidence. The New York Times is eager
to run stories that are harmful to conservatives and they sit on stories that are harmful to Democrats."
New York Times on the
Defensive: Publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr. comments on the newspaper's pro-homosexual bias.
The "myth" of media
bias: "Journalists have to admit that their bias leads to slanted reporting. ... It is also time
for people to stop demanding the mythical unbiased reporting that has never existed. An objective reporter
is not one that takes no stand in covering a story, but one who in search of the truth reports what the truth
Media Reality Check: A weekly
report on major news stories distorted or ignored by the mainstream media.
Is 'Dim and Perverse', in a remarkable departure from any pretense to objectivity.
Big Battle: Media Bias. Bill Clinton "fulfills a
campaign promise," but when President Bush does likewise, the mainstream media
give a stunningly different spin.
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News media critics
Dallas Morning News
Watch: Here is the place to get an objective media bias analysis of the
news coverage in the Dallas Morning News, and other media as well. Comment is
encouraged from Dallas Morning News journalists and editors, as well as readers
regarding our critique of news bias.
Web Critics Take Aim at Old-Style
Publishers: A small but growing contingent of amateur and semi-professional media critics
are taking aim at newspapers and periodicals, picking up where those papers' ombudsmen (if they have
them) leave off. One of the first to appear
was SmarterTimes.com, a site that painstakingly points
out flaws in The New York Times. Since then, similar sights have cropped up that skewer
the Los Angeles Times (LAExaminer.com) and
the San Francisco Chronicle (Chronwatch.com).
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Links to other internet resources
Bias Videos: See for yourself!
Suppressed News dot com
National Anxiety Center: Information to
refute the "crisis" news you often see in the national news media.
Parents Television Council: "A nonprofit organization dedicated
to improving the quality of prime time television, restoring positive values, and making
TV a socially responsible medium."
Truth In Broadcasting: provides
visitors with direct links to RealAudio Internet broadcasts that
discuss modern-day political, economic, and religious issues. Each
web-cast is archived and reports all the news that the
controlled media never does.
TV–B–Gone: A one-button remote
control that sends the power-off code for every known make and model of television.
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