Skip to comments.ABC News Admits Press Liberal, Hates Bush
Posted on 02/10/2004 11:25:22 PM PST by kattracks
Its rare when the major media admit to their liberal bias.
When CBS correspondent Bernard Goldberg revealed that his network and all the others were liberal, it came as a shock to his colleagues.
As Goldberg noted, the liberal press had been talking to themselves for so long, they all believed that every other sane person shared their views. Republicans, the NRA and pro-lifers were all wackos.
On Tuesday, ABCNews.com made some confessions of their own confessions that are as profound as Goldbergs.
On the ABC site's must-read "The Note" section, prepared by the network's "political unit," was the following, and we quote verbatim:
"Like every other institution, the Washington and political press corps operate with a good number of biases and predilections.
"They include, but are not limited to, a near-universal shared sense that liberal political positions on social issues like gun control, homosexuality, abortion, and religion are the default, while more conservative positions are 'conservative positions.'
"They include a belief that government is a mechanism to solve the nation's problems; that more taxes on corporations and the wealthy are good ways to cut the deficit and raise money for social spending and don't have a negative affect on economic growth; and that emotional examples of suffering (provided by unions or consumer groups) are good ways to illustrate economic statistic stories. ...
"The press, by and large, does not accept President Bush's justifications for the Iraq war in any of its WMD, imminent threat, or evil-doer formulations. It does not understand how educated, sensible people could possibly be wary of multilateral institutions or friendly, sophisticated European allies.
"It does not accept the proposition that the Bush tax cuts helped the economy by stimulating summer spending.
"It remains fixated on the unemployment rate.
"It believes President Bush is 'walking a fine line' with regards to the gay marriage issue, choosing between 'tolerance' and his 'right-wing base.'
"It still has a hard time understanding how, despite the drumbeat of conservative grass-top complaints about overspending and deficits, President Bush's base remains extremely and loyally devoted to him and it looks for every opportunity to find cracks in that base.
"Of course, the swirling Joe Wilson and National Guard stories play right to the press's scandal bias not to mention the bias towards process stories (grand juries produce ENDLESS process!).
"The worldview of the dominant media can be seen in every frame of video and every print word choice that is currently being produced about the presidential race."
Thank you, ABC News The Note, for your honesty. Also, please put a disclaimer at the bottom of "World News Tonight" declaring your bias and put Bernard Goldberg back on your Christmas card list.
I did - 20 years ago............got out of it partly because of this.......seriously considering going back to it, though......
No kidding .. Really ???? /sarcasm>
OK .. what's the catch in ABC doing this???
that emotional examples of suffering (provided by unions or consumer groups) are good ways to illustrate economic statistic stories.
It does not understand how educated, sensible people could possibly be wary of multilateral institutions or friendly, sophisticated European allies.
It sounds over-the-top to me. Maybe I'm wrong...
What do they plan to do about it? Answer: Not a damn thing.
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