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Every Sunday, Wake Up to the Right (Liberal Op/Ed; "What Liberal Media?")
Madison.com ^ | March 2, 2006 | Dave Zweifel

Posted on 03/03/2006 2:53:07 PM PST by Diana in Wisconsin

Eric Alterman, a columnist for the Nation magazine, has been one of the country's most outspoken critics of those who claim that the U.S. media slant toward liberals.

His 2003 book, "What Liberal Media?," did a masterful job of exposing the myth that the right wing in America has been peddling for years. Yes, there are "liberal" publications The Capital Times and the Nation would fit in that category but they are few and far between in this country, Alterman contends.

He always points to the old studies that purport to show reporters vote Democratic. When not biased in the first place, he says, the studies never tell anything about the content of news. A number of Rupert Murdoch's top lieutenants, for instance, claim to be liberal Democrats. That fact certainly hasn't made Fox News liberal.

Alterman contends that the country's mainstream media have actually lurched to the right "thanks in large measure to an extremely well-funded, well-organized and well-disciplined conservative political assault comprising, essentially, two tactics: a willingness (and ability) to make life miserable for those who don't go along, and a determination to shape the zeitgeist in such a way that those who do go along may not even know they're doing so."

In a recent column with the headline "The Gasbag Gap," Alterman takes aim at the Sunday morning talk shows on the major television networks to make his point.

He cites a new study by David Brock's Media Matters for America titled "If It's Sunday, It's Conservative." The study analyzed the content of ABC's "This Week With George Stephanopoulos," CBS's "Face the Nation" and NBC's "Meet the Press," classifying each one of the nearly 7,000 guests from Bill Clinton's second term, George W. Bush's first term and 2005 as either Democrat, Republican, conservative, progressive or neutral.

The balance between Democrats/progressives and Republicans/conservatives during Clinton's second term, he reports, gave the GOP/conservatives a slight edge over the Dems/progressives 52 to 48 percent. In other words, fairly equal.

During Bush's first term, though, the right held a dramatic advantage over the left, 58 to 42 percent, and the same ratio carried through in 2005. When the shows were contacted, Alterman wrote, they explained that happened because today the action is Republican/conservative. But if that were true, how come the guests didn't tilt the Dems' way when Clinton was in power?

The networks seem to think that a William Safire or Bob Novak, two staunch conservatives, can be balanced by a Gwen Ifill (PBS) or a Dan Balz (a Washington Post reporter), two neutral journalists.

"Indeed, as far as critical commentary goes, with the occasional exception of E.J. Dionne, there's not a single unapologetic liberal on any of these shows, save perhaps an annual appearance as a kind of anthropological curiosity," Alterman opined. "Tune in to every show every week for a year and you are unlikely to see Frank Rich, Paul Krugman, Rick Hertzberg or anyone associated with the Nation, the American Prospect, the Washington Monthly, Mother Jones...

'When you think about it, it is a tribute to the American people that they remain as receptive to liberal arguments as they do, given how infrequently they hear them," he added.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; Politics/Elections; US: Wisconsin
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Oh, Brother!
1 posted on 03/03/2006 2:53:09 PM PST by Diana in Wisconsin
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To: Diana in Wisconsin
I suppose these bozos are going to start telling us all that the memos on cBS were really not forged.
2 posted on 03/03/2006 3:00:25 PM PST by dbehsman (NRA Life member and loving every minute of it!)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin
His 2003 book, "What Liberal Media?," did a masterful job of exposing the myth that the right wing in America has been peddling for years.

Can't see the forest for the trees.

All this book did was demonstrate that rich people run networks, and their bias is that rich = republican. Wrong.

The slap happy dumping on Bush day in and day out is proof enough that the left controls the MSM, even a good bit of Fox News, which spreads the left spin a bit too much for me.

3 posted on 03/03/2006 3:01:19 PM PST by narby (Evolution is the new "third rail" in American politics)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

No Bias? Really? I don't watch the MSM anymore.


4 posted on 03/03/2006 3:04:01 PM PST by dhs12345
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

This sort of lying is going to be repeated over and over until the SHeeple fall for it and elect her...


5 posted on 03/03/2006 3:06:05 PM PST by Quanah Parker
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To: Diana in Wisconsin
He cites a new study by David Brock's Media Matters for America

David Brock...who's been on a personal crusade to blunt the impact of conservative media.

6 posted on 03/03/2006 3:06:44 PM PST by My2Cents ("The essence of American journalism is vulgarity divested of truth." -- Winston Churchill)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin
Keep in mind that Alterman doesn't consider George Stephanopoulos (Bill Clintons former communication director and also clinton campaign aide) to be partisian and labels him as neutral or unbiased.

To me, thats just funny.

7 posted on 03/03/2006 3:13:24 PM PST by Sonny M ("oderint dum metuant")
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

-...ABC's "This Week With George Stephanopoulos," CBS's "Face the Nation" and NBC's "Meet the Press,"...-

Well, sure, if you count conservatives having to DEFEND themselves constantly as "conservative press" you could get those conservative numbers up there somehow. Sheesh.


8 posted on 03/03/2006 3:14:13 PM PST by AmericanChef
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

More bong water hallucinations.


9 posted on 03/03/2006 3:14:15 PM PST by facedown (Armed in the Heartland)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

What a crock! What conservatives are on CNN, ABC, CBS, etc...? Conservatives, so long locked out of the mainstream media, have created their own outlets such as talk radio. The success of this has led to an failed liberal imitation due to the many other outlets of liberal news. Namely, the mainstream press.


10 posted on 03/03/2006 3:25:10 PM PST by danmyte
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

"a tribute to the American people that they remain as receptive to liberal arguments as they do, GIVEN HOW INFREQUENTLY THEY HEAR THEM"


That has to be the joke of the week!


11 posted on 03/03/2006 3:36:38 PM PST by AmeriBrit (The 'hildabeast' must be stopped. RELEASE THE COMPLETE BARRETT REPORT.....NOW!)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

12 posted on 03/03/2006 3:49:32 PM PST by RightWingAtheist (Creationism Is Not Conservative!)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin
Why did a California political science professor write a paper describing the liberal bias of the news media?
13 posted on 03/03/2006 4:12:51 PM PST by mountainlyons (Hard core conservative)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

I'm sorry. I couldn't hear you. What did you say? The roar of the left msm is drowing you out.

Sheesh. ; ).


14 posted on 03/03/2006 4:14:32 PM PST by pollyannaish
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To: Diana in Wisconsin
what he fails to mention is that when ever a republican is invited on to a Sunday news show it is only to be asked simply "why are you so evil". And when a democrat is on simply "why are they so evil". None of them especially russert and stephonopolous calls a liberal out when there on there shows if they are caught in a lie and many times they will lie themselves.

And he has the balls to claim we are using "cherry picked data".
15 posted on 03/03/2006 4:16:46 PM PST by spikeytx86 (Beware the Democratic party has been over run by CRAB PEOPLE!)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

This is hilarious. Simply consider that people like Chris Matthews, George Stephanapolous, and Tim Russert actually used to work for Democrat politicians.


16 posted on 03/03/2006 4:17:47 PM PST by Straight Vermonter (Stations of the Cross in Poetry---> http://www.wayoftears.com)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

Alterman has been saying this for years and years.

If the liberal message was so good .. CNN, CBS, ABC, NBC would not be losing viewer share, and the NYT and WP would not be losing readership.

You can't argue with facts.


17 posted on 03/03/2006 4:57:15 PM PST by CyberAnt (Democrats/Old Media: "controversy, crap and confusion" -- Amen!)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin
Sort of an aside...I see now that the media is complicit in an all-out, no-holds-barred, do-or-die effort by the left to take back the Congress.

We gotta keep fighting back.

18 posted on 03/03/2006 7:29:54 PM PST by the invisib1e hand ("Who is it, really, making up your mind?")
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To: the invisib1e hand

Good tagline! And yes, we DO have to keep fighting. I fear that our conservative representatives in Congress have gotten very lazy and flabby since 1994.

Maybe a little shake up in some quarters will wake up the party? I can't find anyone in public office these days that's conservative enough for me. Our conservative base is being undercut right now and I think they under-estimate the power of the MSM when it comes to spoon-feeding the more liberal masses disinformation every day.

Just because most of us here are political junkies, we're definately the "informed minority" when it comes to the voting issues.


19 posted on 03/04/2006 5:27:36 AM PST by Diana in Wisconsin (Save The Earth. It's The Only Planet With Chocolate.)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin; All
From my file "89% Voted"--

 

Public disclosure: Media are finally admitting their biases.

Professor's Study Shows Liberal Bias in News Media


CyberAlert -- 05/07/1996 -- NQ CyberAlert
... recent Freedom Forum survey of Washington reporters and bureau chiefs revealed 89
percent voted for Clinton versus 7 percent for Bush in 1992. Do you think the ...

Great Debate#9
... opinions skew their professional writing. Nuzzo pointed out that a 1995 Freedom
Forum survey showed 89 percent of the media voted for Bill Clinton while the ...

Break up Microsoft?...Then how about the media "Big Six"? [ ...
... Why? They're usually wrong. 92% voted for Clinton. Libertarians, by contrast,
much enjoy being Right. You may (continue to?) derive your understanding of ...

-Poll confirms Ivy League liberal tilt--

The Politics of Hollywood
Uncommon Knowledge ^ | July 20, 2001 | Peter Robinson
A poll by the Center for the Study of Social and Political Change in 1992, eighty-three percent of film and television writers, directors and producers voted for Bill Clinton. Eighty-three percent. The vote that Clinton received in the country at large, forty-three percent.

No Bias in Media, ha ha, tee hee

20 posted on 03/04/2006 5:30:52 AM PST by backhoe ("It's so Easy to spend somebody else's Money..."[ My Dad. circa 1958 ])
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To: backhoe

Excellent list! Thanks! :)


21 posted on 03/04/2006 5:40:22 AM PST by Diana in Wisconsin (Save The Earth. It's The Only Planet With Chocolate.)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

Thanks for looking.


22 posted on 03/04/2006 5:42:10 AM PST by backhoe (-30-)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

alterman is a horse's ash who has been insisting for years that the ratmedia is not a bunch of leftist scumbags. I guess when you are as far to the left as this guy, almost anybody looks conservative, but that doesn't make it true.


23 posted on 03/04/2006 11:46:09 AM PST by jmaroneps37 (John Spencer is the warrior we have been waiting for.We can trust him with our future.)
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To: backhoe
Belated weekend catch-up post.
Another great backhoe list!

Let's just all be thankful that he didn't obsess about FReepers. Again.

Or was that Altman? Note to self: Straighten out your @$$clown folder....

24 posted on 03/07/2006 3:38:18 AM PST by Watery Tart (Four shalt thou not count, neither count thou two, excepting that thou then proceed to three.)
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To: dbehsman
All we need to know is the reaction they typically have to anything from FOX News. Just the attempt to be fair and balanced, by using a news format that provides one person from each side of virtually every argument, is seen by the major "non-biased" media as "RIGHT WING".

Remember how they bemoaned Dick Cheney giving his post-"shooting" interview to FOX?

It's not just that they're liberal, they're also too stupid to realize how illogical they are.
25 posted on 03/07/2006 3:46:56 AM PST by RavenATB (Patton was right...)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

Libs are pining for the return of the so-called "fairness doctrine", that made the three TV networks the filter for all the news the public heard. If Hitlery manages to cheat her way into the White House, expect the fairness doctrine and the control of the internet to be two of her first goals. The Left hates freedom of the press. Thought-control has always been a pillar of Communism.


26 posted on 03/07/2006 3:53:13 AM PST by kittymyrib
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To: Watery Tart

27 posted on 03/07/2006 4:02:02 AM PST by backhoe (-30-)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

Anti-life, anti-freedom socialists and their indoctrinated, irrational enablers have infiltrated so many facets of our lives.


28 posted on 03/07/2006 4:17:19 AM PST by PGalt
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