Liberal Media Bias
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The Case Proving Bias and its Effects
In watching or reading the news, one expects to get an accurate assessment of what is going on and presented fact. Those of us that wish to receive our news with a certain slant end up watching or reading a commentators opinion about a given issue. Well in the United States today, there has been a sharp decline in fair journalism when it comes to political issues. A bias exists in the mainstream media, a liberal bias, which clouds many of their judgments and hence slants the facts against an issue or person. This phenomenon has occurred for many years, but seems to have reached a fever pitch just recently.
Since President Obama has been inaugurated, he has received some of the best press a sitting president has ever been given. During press conferences and one on one interview, he often receives soft ball questions and is allowed to dodge answering the tough questions. President Obama is so popular with members of the press, that some have even gone to work in his administration. While that is an individual’s choice, others are questionable. For instance, during press conferences, it has been suggested that the president pre arranges questions with certain press corp. members. To me, that is very troubling, when we should be given the facts. So many sweeping changes are happening at such breathtaking speed, but the majority of the media does not cover it or present all of the facts. How many of the press actually covered the Cap and Trade Bill? How about the president wrongly firing an Independent Inspector General? The answer is not many. I don’t see much about that, but I see plenty of Mr. Obama swatting a fly or him being statesman like for smoking or some other insignificant occurrence.
The media is not just pro-Obama or pro-liberal, it often is anti-Republican and anti-conservative. While Democrats are attempting a government takeover of healthcare and forcing the largest tax increase on us in history, through the energy tax, most of the press is covering Governor Sanford’s affair or the latest Sarah Palin controversy. To go along with that, how much did we hear about John Edwards’ affair? Hardly a peep, granted Edwards was not in office like Sanford, but it is still significant. He was being considered for the vice presidency at the time, cheated on his cancer-stricken wife (using it to gain sympathy), and has a kid with the mistress. Sanford’s private struggle with his family is being played out all across the television. This is the epitome of a double standard. The media coverage during the election was 2:1 in favorable coverage for Obama and 2:1 negative coverage for McCain.
The prime examples of this bias include MSNBC, CBS, ABC, NBC, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and many others. Good examples of each one’s bias either for Democrats or against Republicans exist. MSNBC might as well admit to being pro-Obama 24/7. Their biased pundits, including the obnoxious Keith Olbermann and Chris Matthews, anchor non-partisan events and inject their biased comments into it. I take solace that no one watches that channel. CBS, well they fabricated documents in an attempt to oust President Bush in 2004, but thankfully were investigated for it. ABC, they gave President Obama free primetime coverage to pitch his health plan to the American people, without any opposing side being heard or even advertised. Even though this was free and a breach of journalistic standards, the infomercial was a flop in the ratings. NBC, Brian Williams bowed down to the president, enough said. The New York Times, there is nothing I have to say. They have confessed to being in the liberal tank. The Washington Post was just shown to sell access to Obama Administration officials for money. How would they have all that access, unless they were biased? These outlets not only are biased towards the left with their opinion shows, but more importantly in their objective reporting, or lack thereof.
Now, critics to this would argue that Fox News, the Wall Street Journal, and talk radio are biased in favor of Republicans. Well let’s take a look at that. Fox News does definitely have a conservative tilt with their commentators, which I will admit. There are two stark differences though. The first is their conservative commentators do not anchor nonpartisan events and do not attempt to mask their bias. They are who they are and the audience knows what they are going to get. The second difference is that the normal reporting done on Fox is not biased at all. Please do not confuse bias, with good reporting. Fox just happens to be the only network that actually asks tough questions. Their ratings reflect that. The Wall Street Journal only has a conservative tilt on their opinion page, not in their actual news articles. The Journal happens to be one of the most respected newspapers in the world. Finally talk radio was never designed to be objective. The purpose is to spout your opinions as you wish, the whole system is comprised of bias, so critics cannot complain. That is why the liberals wish to use the Fairness Doctrine to silence the critics on the radio. These three “conservative outlets” or objective ones, I would argue, have the highest ratings in their respective fields. There is a reason; the American people are becoming wise to the bias right in front of them. That and more and more people get their facts from the Internet which has many objective sites. The people read the news and realize who in the mainstream press is biased and who is not.
This is important now, more than ever before, because the Democrats have effective control over the government. They are in control of the White House, the Senate, House of Representatives, and the majority of state governments. All that, and the majority of the press gives them favorable coverage and their opponents negative coverage. That is not right, nor what this country needs. A liberal agenda, forced upon them, which is aided by the very people who should be asking the tough questions. The Founding Fathers always intended the press to be a check on the government, not a rubber stamp. Maybe it is time for them to get the memo from us. Or maybe they already have, since the liberal outlets are facing their lowest audience and readership levels ever.
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