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High Bias: "Mainstream" reporters aren't just liberal they're fanatical.
The Wall Street Journal Opinion Journal ^ | July 12, 2004 | Orson Scott Card

Posted on 07/11/2004 9:18:35 PM PDT by quidnunc

Edited on 07/11/2004 9:50:27 PM PDT by Admin Moderator. [history]

When Fox News Channel was founded by Rupert Murdoch, the consensus was that no startup all-news cable channel could possibly compete with CNN, and if any startup had a chance, it was MSNBC, which had the combined clout of NBC's esteemed news division and Microsoft, which in those days was believed to own the future.

Now, almost a decade later, Fox News Channel has left both CNN and MSNBC in the dust. There's no guarantee that this is permanent, of course. But it certainly has the left in a panic. They hated it that American conservatism had any voice at all, back when it was confined to a few radio talk shows — remember how everybody wanted to blame Rush Limbaugh and other conservative talk-radio hosts for the Oklahoma City bombing?

Now, though, to have Fox News Channel be the source for the largest portion of America's TV news junkies just sticks in their craw. How could such a thing happen? Scott Collins, author of "Crazy Like a Fox: The Inside Story of How Fox News Beat CNN," thinks he has the answer.

It's not what Fox claims — that the American news media have a pronounced and painful liberal bias, so that huge numbers of Americans had given up on TV news, only to return in droves when Fox News offered them a balanced, trustworthy source of information. No, it's that a large number of Americans believed that the news was biased. How they got this idea is that they were … hmmm … idiots? But no matter. Mr. Collins repeatedly states that the perception is what mattered, and by homing in on the audience dumb enough to think the media was biased, Fox News won the ratings race (but not, of course, the race for quality news coverage).

I'm painting Mr. Collins's book far too negatively, and I'm doing it deliberately. In fact, you can finish "Crazy Like a Fox" and think you have received a balanced story. Nowhere does Mr. Collins actually say that Fox News viewers are idiots. But Mr. Collins is a product of the liberal American news media, which are deeply offended at any accusation of bias. They don't twist the news — they inform their readers of the truth. And when they see Fox News trumpeting slogans like "we report, you decide" and "fair and balanced," they see red. They take it for granted that those slogans are true of every news outlet except Fox News.

So when Mr. Collins sets out to write a fair and balanced account of Fox News's triumph, he does not realize that his own reporting is biased, too. He scrupulously avoids demonizing the folks at Fox News.

But the bias is there. It is simply taken for granted that Fox distorts the news, that Fox is unusual for taking sides, while all of the allegations about liberal bias are refuted so that one could close this book believing that liberal bias in the vast majority of the American news media is a delusion shared only by dimwitted conservatives who don't like it that the world has passed them by — and blame the messenger.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; Extended News; Miscellaneous; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 4paragraphlimit; bias; bookreview; crazylikeafox; foxnews; mainstreammedia; mediabias; orsonscottcard; osc
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1 posted on 07/11/2004 9:18:35 PM PDT by quidnunc
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To: Tolik

FYI


2 posted on 07/11/2004 9:19:22 PM PDT by quidnunc (Omnis Gaul delenda est)
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To: quidnunc
and then there is 'Outfoxed' and a documentary.

The left sure is pulling all the stops out in this election year. If they lose the election, I expect riots in Beverly Hills and Greenich Village.

3 posted on 07/11/2004 9:24:30 PM PDT by GeronL (wketchup.com)
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To: quidnunc

Never thought I'd see the day when Fox would beat CNN and an offspring of NBC news, msnbc, in the ratings game. It's been about two years now. I hope it never ends.


4 posted on 07/11/2004 9:26:29 PM PDT by Reagan Man (.....................................................The Choice is Clear....... Re-elect BUSH-CHENEY)
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To: quidnunc
The Stone Age press is the only business in America that believes it can insult 60% of it's customers.

Pray for W and Our Amazing Troops

5 posted on 07/11/2004 9:27:22 PM PDT by bray (Yaaaawn Tax , Tax , Tax & Kerry wants your paycheck!)
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To: GeronL

I have always felt that most people in Hollywood were dumb. They are so afraid to be different or hold an opposing point of view. The same thing with the liberal media. They are just sheep and are pathetic. FNC is a breath of fresh air. Hollywood and the liberal media are using their star power to get Pres. Bush out of office. People are not as dumb as these people in the media and Hollywood.


6 posted on 07/11/2004 9:28:19 PM PDT by Merry
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To: quidnunc

WOW.


7 posted on 07/11/2004 9:28:36 PM PDT by swilhelm73 (We always have been, we are, and I hope that we always shall be detested in France. -Duke Wellington)
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To: quidnunc

Presstitutes.


8 posted on 07/11/2004 9:30:10 PM PDT by sheik yerbouty
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To: quidnunc
I like FOX.
I'll watch FOX.
Thanks, anyway, for the "concern."
9 posted on 07/11/2004 9:31:12 PM PDT by concerned about politics ( Liberals are still stuck at the bottom of Maslow's Hierarchy)
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To: quidnunc
The icemakers were certainly unhappy with the invention of the refridgerator, which would never survive. The buggy-whip makers were certainly unhappy with the invention of the horseless carriage, which would never survive.

The Leftist media will of course gnash their teeth mightily, and offer all manner of protestation, before, in the end, their tombstone receives the same engraving: "You Are Obsolete"

10 posted on 07/11/2004 9:31:45 PM PDT by Mad_Tom_Rackham (Havoc be upon them!)
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To: quidnunc
If you think that the news media isn't biased, then simply ask yourself how many doctors, who've been sued by Democratic Senator Edwards into bankruptcy, have been interviewed.

Then ask yourself how many women who simply *claimed* to have been groped by Republican Arnold Schwarzenegger got interviews and articles published.

11 posted on 07/11/2004 9:32:40 PM PDT by Southack (Media Bias means that Castro won't be punished for Cuban war crimes against Black Angolans in Africa)
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To: GeronL
The left sure is pulling all the stops out in this election year. If they lose the election, I expect riots in Beverly Hills and Greenich Village.

And suicides. They're kooks!

12 posted on 07/11/2004 9:33:43 PM PDT by concerned about politics ( Liberals are still stuck at the bottom of Maslow's Hierarchy)
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To: quidnunc; David Hunter; Jim Noble; bonesmccoy
But the reporters covering science in America today are so wretchedly miseducated that they don't even know what questions to ask when interviewing biased sources.
13 posted on 07/11/2004 9:37:35 PM PDT by Paleo Conservative (Do not remove this tag under penalty of law.)
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To: concerned about politics

How many days after the election will Michael Moore call on his worshipers to "drink the kool aid"?


14 posted on 07/11/2004 9:37:37 PM PDT by weegee (Government does not solve problems; it subsidizes them. ~~Ronald Reagan)
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To: concerned about politics

Maybe riots, maybe suicides-- but, damn, they never leave like they threaten to.


15 posted on 07/11/2004 9:38:39 PM PDT by fat city (Julius Rosenberg's soviet code name was "Liberal")
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To: Merry
"Hollywood and the liberal media are using their star power to get Pres. Bush out of office. People are not as dumb as these people in the media and Hollywood."

What is more amazing is that the Hollywood crowd is a very uneducated group. A good share of them are high school drop-outs.

How the public adores them as 'stars' is beyond me.

16 posted on 07/11/2004 9:39:55 PM PDT by LADY J
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To: bray
The so-called mainstream press is imploding upon itself.

It doesn't understand yet that it is about as relevent as the UN.

It's whining about FOX is evidence of it's own weakness that it somehow chooses to ignore.

17 posted on 07/11/2004 9:42:42 PM PDT by smoothsailing (Eagles Up !!!!)
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To: concerned about politics

I hope self-immolation is in vogue with the left on election night


18 posted on 07/11/2004 9:43:04 PM PDT by GeronL (wketchup.com)
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To: quidnunc
I do not believe the usual rhetoric that the media doesn't know it is biased that I have heard so many times. They freaking well know they are and are doing all they can to destroy this President and his administration. No question about it, they have an evil agenda and they know exactly what they are doing.
19 posted on 07/11/2004 9:46:07 PM PDT by ladyinred (What if the hokey pokey IS what it's all about? Become a monthly donor and find out!!!)
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To: fat city

Yeah, promises, promises. It's like all the HollyRATs who said they would leave the country. All talk and no action.


20 posted on 07/11/2004 9:46:10 PM PDT by ozzymandus
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