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Posted on 09/18/2012 1:03:10 PM PDT by No One Special
Examples of Liberal Media Bias
Let's face it, liberal media bias has been around since there have been liberals to do the "reporting" of the news. But this fact should surprise no one. After all, the news media has always been filled with bias of one type or another. In fact, there was a time when American customers of the news knew exactly which newspapers sported which point of view. It was taken for granted that one newspaper supported one side and another newspaper a different side.
But in the late 1950s and early 1960s that all changed. Suddenly the folks in the news media began to present themselves as unbiased pursuers of "the truth." Gone was the out-in-front bias and instead the media cloaked itself in a new air of detachment, a new just-the-facts mien.
This new era in media conceit coincided with the advent of a liberal mindset that took on the weight of the world, a new era in which liberals felt that their ideals rose above God, tradition and country.
Suddenly a journalist's work was divorced from the trade in local news and became a profession increasingly assuming a national and ideological agenda, one fueled by journalism schools and professors that began to disgorge university trained "journalists" with a left-wing agenda. These people then went forth to replace the grizzled local reporters that were wedded to their local political culture. This new wave of "journalists" did not want to report what was going on in their local news as much as they wanted to "save the world."
In pursuit of that left-wing national agenda - if not a leftist world agenda - "reporters" began to spin all news stories, from the most mundane stories to the hottest national news, toward a left-wing agenda. These "journalists" slipped in bias in every way they could to push the leftist's meme.
For decades this left-wing agenda drove the coverage of the news. Then in the 1980s talk radio came and conservative talkers began to point out this obvious bias. Even so the bias continued unabated.
Only one thing has begun to turn the tide - or at least succeed in educating news consumers - against liberal media bias. Since the advent of the New Media, Internet forums, blogs, podcasts, and on-line news sources, what I call the Old Media has had a much tougher time getting away with the bias that has plagued its work since the 1960s.
But that won't stop them from trying!
Certainly any list will be somewhat subjective, and some may quibble with what is and is not on the list. But following is, if not the top 50 examples of media bias, 50 egregious and well-known examples of it.
So, without further ado, and in no particular order except a loose historical timeline, here are some of the top 50 examples of liberal media bias.
1) Better Red Than Informed: Probably the single worst example of liberal media bias is the media's steadfast refusal to accurately report the monstrous evils of the Soviet Union - even still to this day. It didn't matter how many millions of Soviet citizens that Joseph Stalin and his successors murdered, it didn't matter how evil the Soviet Union was, the liberal media was not going to report about it. The media even awarded itself a Pulitzer Prize through the lies of one Walter Duranty a New York Times columnist that was a shill for the murderous Soviet Union.
2). Castro's Cheerleaders: The Soviets weren't the only communists that America's liberal media establishment has for years worked to shore up. Cuba's Fidel Castro was also a communist dear to the hearts of the Old Media establishment. Never an unkind word for dear leader.
3). The Vietnam War: "The American media played a major role in spreading the idea that the U.S. was not only losing the war, but was also routinely committing the most barbaric atrocities against the Vietnamese population. Writes Paul Johnson: "Once the TV presentation of the war became daily and intense, it worked on the whole against American interests. It generated the idea that America was fighting a 'hopeless' war. Not only did the media underplay or ignore any U.S. successes, it tended to turn Vietcong and North Vietnamese reverses into victories."
4). DDT Ban: The biggest example of the media coming to the aid of environmentalism is, of course, is the worldwide ban of DDT. In 1962, a book titled Silent Spring written by American biologist Rachel Carson was published. The media pushed Carson's work as settled science. It later came to light that much of Carson's "evidence" was simply manufactured and the ban has been responsible for untold millions of deaths in places like Africa. Still, the media continues to cite Carson's work as fact.
5). Edward Kennedy: One word explains how the Old Media covered for Senator Edward Kennedy throughout his political life: Chappaquiddick. How is it possible that a sitting senator could be involved in the death of a young woman and never really face any consequences for that crime? Even in death, Edward Kennedy benefited from media myth making.
6). Robert Bork and Clarence Thomas Vs. Elana Kagan: In 1987 and in 1991 when Robert Bork and Clarence Thomas were respectively nominated to serve on the Supreme Court of the United States, both men were utterly destroyed by the press. In the case of Bork they were successful in preventing his nomination, not so in the case of Thomas. It was so bad for Robert Bork that a verb was made of his name. After the press and Democrats succeeded in ruining his career and reputation the term "Borked" gained cache. On the other hand, when Elana Kagan was nominated by Obama to serve on the highest court in the land, the media went out of its way to ignore key factors in her career in order to facilitate her ascension to the court. Just for one for instance, when running as McCain's VP, Sarah Palin the media reported that she engaged in "book banning" when she was mayor of Wasilla. But Elana Kagan actually ruled that book banning was OK and the media ignored the story during her confirmation hearings. Liberal media bias 101.
7). 1995 Oklahoma City Bombing: In an example of jumping to conclusions - as long as such jumping smears the right - the media has for years claimed that convicted Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh was a "Christian terrorist." This is an absurd claim, though, because McVeigh did not perpetrate his crimes in the name of religion nor was he a proselytizing Christian. He was an anti-government activist and did not use religion to justify any of his actions. This claim is still extant and even came up recently in a piece by lefty journalist Juan Williams. McVeigh was also part of the mythic "white militias" fear that the media and President Bill Clinton drummed up in the 1990s with little to no evidence.
8). Media Falsely Reports Bush Loss in Florida In 2000: As voting for president in 2000 was still going on in Florida's GOP leaning panhandle, several Networks reported that Bush had already lost the Sunshine State even though the polls had not yet closed. According to some this cost Bush some 10,000 votes as voters who would have voted for Bush stayed home imagining that their candidate had already lost. If the Networks had not made this false announcement, the close vote in Florida would not have happened and Bush would have clearly beaten Gore.
9). KKK Double Standard: There are two stories (or one story and a lack of the other story) that shows how differently the media treats conservatives and Democrats on the issue of the KKK and the two stories can be summed up in two names: Trent Lott and Robert Byrd. Even though the Democrat Party is the party from which the KKK was born, the media constantly burdens Republicans with the epithet of being Klan members. In 2002 for instance, GOP Senate Majority leader Trent Lott from Mississippi attended a retirement party of long-time Senator Strom Thurmond, famed for his anti-Civil Rights activism of the early 1960s. At the party Lott praised Thurmond's career and said that, "If the rest of the country had followed our lead, we wouldn't have had all these problems over all these years either." Lott later called this was a "poor choice of words." The media, however, instantly whipped the story up into national news. So much so, in fact, that Lott had to step down as GOP leader. Lott's poor choice of words cost him his powerful position. Some may say that it is good that someone with a racist past would be turned out of power and that the Old Media did its job properly. But if defeating racism was really the media's goal, why did it never attack Democrat Senator Robert Byrd who became the longest serving Senator in history? After all Robert Byrd was an actual member of the KKK in the 1930s and 40s, even served as a recruiter for that hate group. Yet the media never bothered to question him on his membership in the KKK until 2005 only a few short years before his death. Obvious destroying Trent Lott, not rooting out racism, was the Old Media's goal here and it illustrates well the left's double standard on the issue.
10). Rathergate (or Memogate): In an effort to damage George W. Bush's 2004 run for reelection, Dan Rather - whose bias goes back decades - floated a story based on forged documents that claimed Bush had gone AWOL from his Texas Air National Guard unit back in 1973. Internet sleuths, though, realized that the documents purporting to have been created on a 1970s era typewriter were actually made using a Microsoft computer font and obviously these computers did not exist in 1973. Rather refused to admit the truth, however, and ultimate lost his spot as the anchor of CBS's nightly newscast. This takedown of a network news anchor put the Internet on the map as a force to be reckoned with.
11). Journolist: In June of 2010 the Daily Caller news website seized on the existence of a secret, private web message board open only to left-wing members of the news media, found its messages, and exposed them to the world. The message board was revealed to be openly plotting to make sure that negative coverage of Barack Obama was either explained away or, better yet, ignored by the media. This collusion showed that "the fix was in" and that liberal "journalists" saw no reason not to coordinate along ideological lines instead of simply reporting the truth.
12). Fake Exploding GM Trucks: In 1993 on its Dateline NBC program, NBC News was determined to smear trucks made by General Motors. The TV newsers wanted to show America that the gas tanks in GM trucks were prone to exploding. Dateline aired footage of just that causing a PR nightmare for GM. Ultimately, NBC had viewers convinced that GM's "sidesaddle" gas tank was a hazard. But in its zeal to destroy GM, NBC forgot to mention one little thing to the viewing public. Its video of an exploding gas tank was little else but Hollywood special effects. The video did not show an actually exploding gas tank, but one rigged to explode on cue by NBC's special effects artists. NBC's anti-capitalist crusade turned into a circus and network had to apologize for its lies.
13). The "Death" of Little Muhammad al-Dura: In 2000, during one of The Palestinian's many intifadas against Israel, the western media - especially that in France - began to shop the shocking story of poor little Muhammad al-Dura. The line being sold to the public was that little Muhammad, a "12-year-old boy from Gaza whose father could not shield him from a hail of Israeli gunfire," was killed in a firefight. There were even photos and video of this outrage. Little Muhammad was mourned and held up as a symbol of the evils perpetrated by Jews against innocent Palestinians. Only one small problem. No such child existed and no such death was ever suffered. Fortunately the truth came out, but few in the media reported the facts. For years media around the world traded in this lie.
14). Anti-Tea Party Bias: The leftist media really loves to hate the Tea Party movement. Any manner of lies and calumny has been ascribed to the Tea Party. They are racists, homophobes, haters, even terrorists of all sorts as far as the Old Media is concerned. In one incident, for instance, the media assigned Obama-as-Hitler signs sported at a Tea Party event to Tea Party members themselves. In fact, though, the Obama-Hitler posters actually belonged to the extremist LaRouche organization, a group Tea Partiers opposed.
15). Sarah Palin's Swift Skirting: No candidate for high office has ever been more maligned by the Old Media establishment than Alaska Governor Sarah Palin after she was picked by Republican Presidential candidate John McCain to run as his Vice President. Palin was a Governor with very high approval ratings when McCain picked her for his running mate but by the time the Old Media got done attacking her, her record - real or imagined - even her children, her career as Governor was over. She was hounded from office by the media and its accomplices on the left. One of the early untrue reports on Palin was that her own baby, Trig, wasn't hers but was really that of daughter Bristol. Then there was the false accusations that Palin used her political power to push around an Alaska State Trooper. The media even passed around the false claim that Palin banned books when she was Mayor of Wasilla using a list that included books that were not yet even published during her tenure as mayor. In fact, there are hundreds of cases of media bias against Palin and it continues to this day.
16). Climategate: The Old Media establishment has almost exclusively reported global warming from the point of view of religiously zealous warmists. But when thousands of emails were released to the public by hackers that proved that climate "scientists" were cooking the data and then working with members of the media, especially the BBC, to sell global warming theories, the Old Media tried its best to completely ignore the story. Weeks and weeks went by before the first few mavens of the Old Media finally mentioned the emails that put the lie to the "consensus" of global climate change. Thousands of more Climategate emails have been released recently, but have you heard of them?
17). ACORN: Speaking of trying to squelch a story, we have a perfect example of that in ACORN. When videographer James O'Keefe unveiled videos of members of several ACORN officials agreeing to help what they imagined was a pimp trying to get government breaks on his housing costs for his prostitutes, the Old Media ignored the story for weeks. For his part Andrew Breitbart covered that story for weeks before the Old Media finally began to talk about it. An ACORN Whistleblower even emerged and the media, especially The New York Times, did its level best to squelch the story.
18). Gabrielle Giffords Shooting: From the moment that the crime against Representative Gabrielle Giffords became national news, members of the media began to blame her attack on the "violent rhetoric" of conservatives in general and the Tea Party movement in particular. A "climate of violence" perpetrated by the right was at fault, said the media. This line of attack on the right was unleashed by the media before the name of the attacker was even known. It later turned out that shooter Jared Lee Loughner had no discernible political beliefs at all and, in fact, had been targeting Giffords before the Tea Party movement was even started.
19). Duke La Crosse Rape: The Old Media did a similar thing with the Duke La Crosse rape story that it did with Giffords' shooting. As soon as this story became national news the media pushed the meme that it was a "race" thing, that privileged, white college kids raped a poor black exotic dancer because they thought they could get away with the crime. A full investigation eventually proved that the African-American woman that made the accusation was lying about the whole thing.
20). Obama as Messiah: Everyone knows the left-wing media did an excellent job selling Barack Obama as the ideal candidate for president in the 2008 elections. His background was ignored, his votes unreported, his schooling and records never looked into, the media fell thoroughly in love with their "O." It got so absurd that newspaper, after, TV newser, after news outlet began to employ visuals presenting Obama in near religious imagery. Obama was constantly shown as if he had a halo around his head. As his first 100 days commenced, the media went into overdrive as cheerleaders for him.
21). The John Edwards Infidelities: Another in a long line of stories the Old Media refused to cover is the John Edwards story. Edwards was the third runner up for the Democrat Party nomination for President of the United States in 2004, and eventually became John Kerry's VP running mate that year. He ran again for president in 2008. And during that whole time rumors of his infidelities were common knowledge among the Old Media establishment covering the campaigns. Instead of reporting about what they'd learned about John Edwards - especially in 2008 - the media waited until Edwards was out of the running before they were dragged kicking and screaming to the story by the reports in the National Enquirer of all places.
22). Fort Hood Killer's Religion Suppressed: As mentioned above, one of the many ways to see media bias is as much in what they don't say as what they do say. The Fort Hood murderer was a perfect example. The media did is best to either ignore Major Nidal Hassan's Muslim religion or downplay it choosing instead to focus on the fact that he was an Army psychiatrist.
23). Abu Ghraid: This story was portrayed by the left as an endemic problem perpetrated against Iraqi citizens by our solders. The fact that this was an isolated incident never seemed to be noted by the media. Worse, it turned out that many of the photos used by various media outlets to portray abuse of Iraqis were faked.
24). Guantanamo Bay: The media has gone out of its way to portray the terror detainee facility run by the U.S. military as an illegitimate, even racist venture. President Obama even ran his campaign promising to close the facility in a year after he ascended to the White House (a promise he later broke). But one thing the media never reports is that the recidivism rate in detainees returning to terror upon release from the facility is quite high. Key facts again ignored by the Old Media.
25). Fast And Furious: To this day the media has not spent much time covering Obama's murderous program of supplying guns to Mexican Narco-Terrorists, a program that has killed hundreds of Mexican citizens and several U.S. law enforcement agents. To its credit, the L.A. Times has been very good on this story and so has CBS' Sharyl Attkisson, but months went by before the rest of the media began to begrudgingly cover the story.
26). Occupy Wall Street: The media fell in love with Occupy Wall Street protests from the second they began. All reportage on these violent, crime-filled events has been suffused with a touch of sweetness and light by the media. Unreported has been the over 400 crimes committed by Occupiers not to mention the many thousands of small laws like local ordinances and rules that have been broken across the country. At these Occupy events we've seen rapes, thefts, rampant property destruction, drug abuse, some gun violence, even deaths have occurred at these protests. Yet the media is reticent to cover these crimes. This is a kindness the media never extended to the Tea Party movement. Another major aspect of the Occupy protests ignored by the media is the long list of un-American groups that are helping to fund and support them. From the American Nazi Party, to the KKK, to every communist, socialist, and union organization you can imagine, such haters have been a big part of OWS yet the media ignore it all.
27). Birthers: Whether you think Barack Obama is a natural born citizen or not, one thing you cannot say is that the Republican Party supports the position that he is not. It may be true that the so-called "birthers" might generally vote Republican but it does not follow that birtherism is a Republican plank - the party has neither questioned the point, issued press releases about it, nor made any policy on it. There are no prominent Republicans that support the idea that Obama isn't a natural born citizen. But one would never know that by reading the lefty media. Take AOL's Huffington Post, for instance. Even though HuffPo begins a recent article saying, "The issue of President Barack Obama's citizenship has been largely absent from the 2012 Republican primary," the lefty website run by AOL still goes on to link every GOP candidate to birtherism even though not one of them have said they think Obama is not a citizen. Or take Chris Matthews who claimed on his Cable TV show that a "majority of Republicans are birthers." Now THAT is bias!
28). Ground Zero Mosque: The media outdid itself in the Ground Zero Mosque battle and always came down on the side of those that wanted to build the thing on the very grounds where Muslims murdered so many thousands of Americans on that dark day on September 11, 2001. Take an AP report, for instance, that tried to characterize the Ground Zero Mosque as just one of many Muslim mosques in the area. But the facts run contrary to what AP tried to massage into being. Of course, this is another issue that the Old Media tried for months to avoid talking about.
29). Stupid Fathers: Fatherhood is constantly looked upon as either a needless cultural habit or an outright joke. A 2008 study by a fatherhood advocacy group noted that fathers are all too often portrayed negatively on TV sitcoms. And Rebecca Hagelin noted in 2009 that commercials, TV shows, and the media often portray fathers as hateful, uninterested in their families, or not nearly as smart as the kids in the family.
30). Herman Cain: We've all just gone through the end of Herman Cain's bid for the GOP nomination for the Republican Party. And while Herman came up against a lot of media bias - Cain was often called an Uncle Tom, for one - the biggest example of anti-conservative bias in his campaign was the story of his alleged (and still unproven) infidelities. Just compare the favorable media treatment that Bill Clinton, John Edwards, and other Democrats got for their bimbo eruptions to how the media covered Cain. Clinton, Edwards, even JFK and his brother's infidelities were either entirely ignored or their stories were avoided for many long months before the media finally deigned to cover it all. Yet Cain's accusations ht the news immediately. Cain was not given the benefit of the doubt that Democrats almost always get from the media.
31). Howard Zinn: For decades the media presented historian Howard Zinn as the most accomplished historian in America. His books were referred to over and over by the media. Yet never once did the media expose Zinn for what he really was: a leftist, anti-American hack. In fact, Zinn the "historian" was an actual member of the Communist Party, but the media never bothered to disclose this fact.
32). Juan Williams and NPR: Fox News contributor Juan Williams is certainly a left-winger, no question. But in 2010 when he uttered what his employer, National Public Radio, claimed was a "racist" attack on Muslims and then fired him for it, Williams became a cause cÃ©lÃ¨bre in conservative circles. But NPR and PBS both have a long history of nasty comments directed at conservatives and not one other employee was fired over it. Apparently "hate" against conservatives is OK with our taxpayer-subsidized broadcasters.
33). George Soros/The Koch Brothers: A recent Fox News story asked the trenchant question, "Why Don't We Hear About Soros' Ties to Over 30 Major News Organizations?" It is a good question. While the media constantly slams conservative/libertarian donors David and Charles Koch, George Soros is consistently ignored by that same media seemingly so interested in exposing the influence of big money in politics.
34). Dan Quayle Vs. Joe Biden: In the early 1990s the media targeted Vice President Dan Quayle for total destruction. His silly little missteps were ginned up into examples of his utter stupidity and incompetence, one in particular. When Quayle misspelled potato (he added an "e" at the end) at a school visit the media went into a feeding frenzy of attacks on the veep. These attacks destroyed any further political efforts attempted by Quayle. On the other hand, Vice President Joe Biden has exhibited a similar penchant for stupid missteps - many arguably worse than Quayle's - yet the Old Media slaps Biden on the back with an endearing refrain that "that's just Joe." Biden is given a pass and has not been driven from the public sphere portrayed by the Old Media as a clown.
35). MSNBC: (2004) - Natural Disasters Create Jobs, (2011) - Natural Disasters Wipe Out Jobs: This one is sort of a "process" story. It shows the way the media characterizes the same news as bad for Republicans but good for Democrats. In this case the media showed that natural disasters created jobs for Bush in 2004. This was presented as a false job creation to prove that Bush's good economic news was really a sham. But in 2011 the same thing, natural disasters, was presented as evidence of why Obama's down economy was not really his fault. This sort of spin is a typical example of the Old Media's efforts to make Republicans look bad and Democrats look good quite despite the facts.
36). Name That Party: Another example of Old Media, left-wing "process," the name that party game is one of the Old Media's favorite mechanisms for giving cover to Democrats. Here is how it is played: every time a Democrat is caught in misconduct, the media will either "accidentally" forget to mention his party affiliation or will bury it at the tail of the article were fewer people will see it - you see, the media knows that more people quit reading an article before they get to the last paragraphs than finish reading to the end. On the other hand, when a Republican is caught in a crime his party affiliation either leads the piece or even appears in the very headline of the report. The Republican Party is associated immediately with wrongdoing while the Democrat Party's part in the story is buried or ignored.
37). "Hate Speak" Double Standard: The lefty media have for decades railed about the "hate speak" coming from America's conservative talk radio hosts. Every sleight, real or perceived, uttered by conservative talkers has been ballyhooed as shameful shock radio. Yet worse has been perpetrated by left-wing talk radio hosts and the Old Media has remained silent.
38). Reporters or Advocates?: The liberal media is always hot to find "bias" in conservatives, of course. They are always on the hunt to connect dots between any conservative's background and actions to "prove" he is hopelessly sold out and, therefore, untrustworthy. But the same is never true when liberals go from journalism to advocacy. In fact, left-wing journalists jump back and forth from "journalism" to political campaigns, to political advocacy groups and back to journalism all the time and not one of them are ever questioned as to their veracity as a journalist. Examples of lefty journalists jumping to advocacy abound. Just to name a few, Sanjay Gupta went from reporting on medicine to joining Obama's administration, Chris Matthews was once a common journalist but is now a cheerleading commentator for the far left (yet still treated by the media as a legit journalist), Jay Carney went from print journalism to Obama's Press Secretary, Linda Douglas went from TV news to White House Comm Director and back to journalism without a hitch in the esteem of her colleagues. Even those "journalists" that started in Democrat politics are never questioned. Take Chuck Todd for instance. Todd started as a Democrat campaign staffer and ended up as a "journalist" even becoming NBC's Chief White House Correspondent and Political Director! But remember when conservative journalist Tony Snow joined the Bush administration as Press Secretary? The calumnies were numerous and attacks immediate. And when he died of cancer only a few years later many lefties expressed joy at his demise.
39). Most Biased Reporters: The list of America's Top Ten most biased reporters includes Helen Thomas, Joe Klein, Paul Krugman. Christiane Amanpour, and others.
40). Only the Poor Have to Become Soldiers: This claim is one bandied about by the left-wing media all the time. The goal with this false meme is to cause readers to imagine that the U.S. military is made up of the poorest Americans, those that have no other options but to go into the armed forces. This, then, helps the left mischaracterize the military as an exploiter. It is, of course, untrue. In 2011 it was found that only 11% of enlisted soldiers are from lower income families
41). Wild Growth in "Extremist" Groups in America: Several times a year we get stories from various TV newsers or newspapers and magazines that claim that there is a wild growth of extremist or hate groups in America. These stories are constantly based on the claims of only one source: the Southern Poverty Law Center. But this claim is problematic. For many reasons there is cause to suspect the claims of the SPLC. But never does the media establishment take a moment to consider the veracity of the SPLC. Its claims are taken at face value as the Gospel truth despite the journalist's credo that one must have at least two sources for all facts.
42). Left-Wing Think Tank Subterfuge: The left-wing media loves to use left-wing think tanks other than the SPLC, as well. These groups are constantly presented as "experts" in whatever subject drives a story. Yet once quoted, these left-wing think tanks are never identified as left-wing think tanks. Groups like The Center for American Progress, The Ford Foundation, the Economic Policy Institute, the Carter Center, or the Brady Campaign gun banning advocacy group are always cited as "experts" but readers are never informed that these groups are far left think tanks. On the other hand, any conservative think tank is always described as a conservative group.
43). Lone Wolf Terrorist: This leads us to the general penchant of the media to ignore the Muslim connection to many of the mass shootings since 911. While the Tea Party or conservatives are often the first people the media blames for such crimes, Islam is consistently downplayed or entirely ignored as playing a role in these shootings or attempted terror attacks. The case of a 26-year-old man from Massachusetts is a good example of this. Few reports of the arrest of Rezwan Fedaus mentioned he was a Muslim. Instead, the Old Media likes to characterize these killers (or killer wannabes) as "lone wolf gunmen," as if they popped up spontaneously from the earth fully grown with no connection at all to Islamic terror.
44). Comic Book Bias: No I don't mean that the media is demeaning comic books, I mean that comic books are demeaning conservatives in yet another example of the media attacking the right. For just a very few examples, we had the Captain America comic that portrayed the Tea Party movement as dangerous and anti-American, the Batman comic that portrayed Muslims as heroes, and the Archie Comic that introduced a gay character to the series. Unfortunately, comic books have for a long time been filled with anti-conservative themes.
45). Hollywood: It is well known that the Hollywood media cabal is anti-conservative. Let's just take a few examples in recent movies. In 2010 the director of the then in production Captain America movie suggested that his Cappie would not be a flag waver." Further, the studio intended to take the "America" out of the title for overseas distribution. That same year the movie Machette portrayed whites as racists out to murder Mexicans, Roger Ebert said that Americans are all racists, and Whoopi Goldberg wondered why anyone would think Muslims might be terrorists. There are certainly too many cases of Hollywood bias to report in this small space.
46). TV's anti-conservative attacks: Episodic television is no different than Hollywood in its attacks on the right. For a few examples: NCIS featured a story about terrorists not long ago. Of course, the terrorists were white people mad at US government failures, not Muslims. The series Medium created a character evoking comparisons to the law-and-order Sheriff Joe Arpiao in Arizona. Only the TV show's version was a child rapist and murderer... naturally. This is not to mention the bias belched out by the chicks on The View on a daily basis.
47). Anti-Christian Bias: There is, of course, one religion that the Old Media attacks with regularity: Christianity. The anti-Christian bias in the media is endemic. This month's attacks on football player Tim Tebow's religion is a prime example.
48). Guns Are Evil: A typical line of bias against guns employed by the media is that of "expert" testimony. An example might be the 2009 story ABC put out that aired the opinions of a rabid anti-gun group, but did not tell the viewers that those being presented as "experts" had a political agenda. Another thing the media does is use scary words that have little meaning to bias viewers and readers against gns. To the media, any gun used in a crime is an "assault weapon," even though there really is no legitimate definition of such a class of weapons. Another example might be the story of the Chicago gun buy-back program that the media touted as a good program even though gun related crimes were still soaring in the city. Instead of talking about why crime was occurring in the city the media focused on the guns as if guns got up and did the shooting all by themselves.
49). Abortion: Once again, this is one of those issues where the media presents "experts" to legitimize a story on abortion but those "experts" are always members of left-wing think tanks or abortion advocates like Planned Parenthood. Naturally, these "experts" are never identified for their bias. The media has gone out of its way for years to push the liberal agenda on abortion.
50). Unions: Unions have always been given a pass by the media. Take AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, for instance. Trumka has a long history of inciting violence as well as partaking in such. In the 90s Trumka was even involved in a murder. Yet the media ignores all this when reporting on his actions. Unions commit violence all the time yet the media rarely bothers reporting it. Now imagine if a right-wing group had such a history of violence? Do you think we'd ever hear the end of it?
Examples of liberal media bias are legion, of course. Instances of it occur every single day and it is a full time job just trying to keep up with it all. Sadly, these 50 examples and tendencies are but a drop in the ocean of left-wing media bias.
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HAHA, what a great list and we all have seen this in action. Thank you for posting.
Propaganda has always been effective in the past; but never has it been more effective than in the present day U.S.A.
Q. What are the two biggest problems today facing our beloved Republic?
A. I don’t know, and I don’t care...
Oops, I thought this was the top 50 just in the past week.
Only fifty??? How about five thousand - for a start!
That’s an amazing list.
1035rep - you might enjoy this one too...
But in the late 1950s and early 1960s that all changed. Suddenly the folks in the news media began to present themselves as unbiased pursuers of "the truth." Gone was the out-in-front bias and instead the media cloaked itself in a new air of detachment, a new just-the-facts mien.
- News Over the Wires:
- The Telegraph and the Flow of Public Information in America, 1844-1897
by Menahem Blondheim
. explains that the Associated Press, founded initially as the New York Associated Press in 1848, was an aggressively monopolistic organization which entered into exclusive contracts with the telegraph companies to prevent competitors from transmitting journalism over the telegraph lines. It was natural for people to challenge the centralization of propaganda power which the AP represented. The AP responded to this charge by pointing out that its member newspapers famously didnt agree on much of anything - and claimed that, therefore, the AP was objective. A fine theory, but in practice fatally flawed. Adam Smith famously warned in 1776 that
People of the same trade seldom meet together, even for merriment and diversion, but the conversation ends in a conspiracy against the public, or in some contrivance to raise prices. It is impossible indeed to prevent such meetings, by any law which either could be executed, or would be consistent with liberty and justice. But though the law cannot hinder people of the same trade from sometimes assembling together, it ought to do nothing to facilitate such assemblies; much less to render them necessary. - Wealth of nations, Book I, Ch 10And what is the Associated Press newswire, but a continuous 24/7/365 virtual meeting of all the major newspapers in the country?
Besides, the only way to even attempt to be objective is to be open about your own motives and interests as they could possibly influence your point of view. In claiming to be objective, the AP rejects the possibility of the existence of such motives and interests - thereby precluding the possibility of making any serious attempt at objectivity. It is arrogant to assume that a virtue is inherent in your own nature, and any serious attempt at objectivity must start from a position of humility.
At any rate, the point is that the AP started claiming objectivity in the Nineteenth Century. Journalism claiming objectivity didnt start in the 1950s, it literally has been going on since the memory of living man runneth not to the contrary. It didnt start with the journalists smear of Senator joseph McCarthy in the early 1950s.
At the start of the Twentieth Century the term "liberal" meant the same in America as it still does in the rest of the world - essentially, what is called "conservatism" in American Newspeak. Of course we "American Conservatives" are not the ones who oppose development and liberty, so in that sense we are not conservative at all. We actually are liberals.
But in America, "liberalism" was given its American Newspeak - essentially inverted - meaning in the 1920s (source: Safire's New Political Dictionary). The fact that the American socialists have acquired a word to exploit is bad enough; the real disaster is that we do not now have a word which truly descriptive of our own political perspective. We only have the smear words which the socialists have assigned to us.
And make no mistake, in America "conservative" is inherently a negative connotation - we know that just as surely as we know that every American marketer loves to boldly proclaim that whatever product he is flogging is NEW.
But my point in recounting that is to point out the propaganda power the socialists exerted to invert the meaning of a common political word. It surely could not have been done without the unified support of journalism.
Nice read about MSM bias over the years...
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