Posts Tagged ‘bias’
GOP pundits and right-wing media personalities paint a bleak picture: The media is controlled by liberal interests and the country is doomed to a skewed point of view. The GOP and their right-wing supporters have been making this claim for years. But just how true is it?
On casual observation of these trends, many believe that the following organizations are somewhat liberal to very liberal:
- Washington Post
- Associated Press
- New York Times
In depth study of reporting patterns shows something very different. While many of these outlets may champion some liberal OpEd writers or opinions, the editorial direction of the hard news and opinion peices is moderate to conservative – and getting more conservative every day.
Hard to believe? How about a few examples to demonstrate this. The following recent stories were either strongly conservative in their leanings or were purposely misleading resulting in benefiting a conservative agenda or GOP point of view:
The Post has published a slew of articles misleading on everything from Health Care Reform to the Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Here’s a few examples:
New York Times
ABC, CBS, NBC
In addition to specific media outlets bias, some stories (especially the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan) get coverage skewed to the right most of the time.
Here’s an example of Iraq War Coverage:
GOP pundits and conservative media outlets like Fox and the Washington Times (just to name a few) are successful at promoting a liberal media bias – despite the overwhelming evidence to the contrary. This is due, partly, to the conservative effort to promote wedge issues in the mainstream media and pick and choose occasional stories with a liberal bent as representing a liberal skew overall to the particular print or broadcast medium in question. Make no mistake, there are certain shows or media personalities that are definitely more liberal or progressive than most. But do those shows or columnists represent an overall liberal bias in those mediums?
Let’s examine a case in point: MSNBC’s Countdown with Keith Olbermann and The Rachel Maddow show. Both are liberal – no doubt about it. But does this mean that MSNBC – overall – has a liberal bias? The evidence points to the contrary. MSNBC is moderate to conservative on many fronts and the plethera of links in this blog post exemplify this.
Chris Matthews and Keith Olberman, apparently ‘incendiary’ voices on MSNBC, have been removed from the spotlight of covering the upcoming political debates after a long and often interesting primary season. The New York Times, in their usual zeal to inaccurately portray progressive news, takes every opportunity make Olbermann, in particular, seem like a left wing loonie that can’t control his commentary on a news show. According to the New York Times:
In January, Mr. Olbermann and Mr. Matthews, the host of “Hardball,” began co-anchoring primary night coverage, drawing an audience that enjoyed the pair’s “SportsCenter”-style show. While some critics argued that the assignment was akin to having the Fox News commentator Bill O’Reilly anchor on election night — something that has never happened — MSNBC insisted that Mr. Olbermann knew the difference between news and commentary.
But in the past two weeks, that line has been blurred. On the final night of the Republican convention, after MSNBC televised the party’s video “tribute to the victims of 9/11,” including graphic footage of the World Trade Center attacks, Mr. Olbermann abruptly took off his journalistic hat.
“I’m sorry, it’s necessary to say this,” he began. After saying that the video had exploited the memories of the dead, he directly apologized to viewers who were offended. Then, sounding like a network executive, he said it was “probably not appropriate to be shown.”
This whole premise, by the NYT, makes me laugh. What the Republican Party did that night, with their alleged 9/11 Video Tribute, was disgusting, manipulative, and altogether wrong. But that didn’t stop the RNC from showing it. Olbermann, to his credit, said what many of us was thinking.
There are few progressive voices like Olbermann’s voice with a national audience today. And unlike Olbermann, a whole sea of conservative voices that cling to the same tired cliches and criticisms, and corporate pandering. The same pandering that is tolerated by the media at large – and Republican party – when it suits them.
Colleagues, Brokaw and Williams, add to this pandering with their apparent deference to NBC:
Tom Brokaw and Brian Williams, the past and present anchors of “NBC Nightly News,” have told friends and colleagues that they are finding it tougher and tougher to defend the cable arm of the news division, even while they anchored daytime hours of convention coverage on MSNBC and contributed commentary each evening.
Sadly NBC has yanked Olbermann and the NY Times calls him “incendiary”. How come the Times doesn’t call out the myriad of right wing voices that host “serious” political debate and coverage? Why not chastise Stephanopoulos and Gibson for their horribly handled primary debate? Why aren’t they called “incendiary”?
Simple – they has less of a problem with a moderate to conservative point of view than with a liberal progressive point of view.