That is a false dichotomy. The "if it bleeds it leads" tendency is a reality - and that tendency is a bias. The tendency can be "justified" on grounds of the self interest of journalism to attract attention - but the self interest of journalism is a special interest.
Journalists have no qualms about criticizing and condemning the NRA and the gun manufacturers, yet the Second Amendment comes closer to saying that I should have a gun - for a "necessary" militia - than the First Amendment comes to asserting that the Sultzberg familiy should have a printing press. Journalists work overtime when bad things happen to the rest of us. Journalism is a special interest.
George Bush has got to be the luckiest man to ever hold the office of POTUS. He just happened to come in just as a communications revolution took off.
On the other hand, whoever handles his communications has to be the lamest bunch of arrogant imbeciles ever. If his paid staff did half the work bloggers do for free, his record on the economy, the real progress in Iraq, all these things would be out there. The drive-by media would be playing catch-up.
Instead, he and we are lucky this isn't 1974 still. The media would have eaten him alive and we would be talking about President Gore.
interesting contrast with the dem attitute towards the blogs, there are statements form Dean, Kerry and Hillary against them.
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No, Tony, it IS BIAS.
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I was holding this article in anticipation of a regular briefing thread, but it is looking more and more like there won't be one today.
It would seem Tony thinks that is time might be better spent communicating the President's message to the people, rather than to Helen and Dave. (I could have told him that.)
My vast network of spies informs me that FNC (tv) is advertising that Tony will be on John Gibson tonight between 5-6Pm.
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