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Posted on 12/04/2001 11:37:20 PM PST by JohnHuang2
'Bias' aired out on Rush Limbaugh
Former CBS newsman says TV networks slant left
By Joe Kovacs
© 2001 WorldNetDaily.com
A former CBS News correspondent now lashing out at TV networks for what he calls a liberal slant in coverage has taken his case to America's archenemy of liberalism: Rush Limbaugh.
Bernard Goldberg, who spent 28 years with the network, made a guest appearance yesterday on Limbaugh's nationally broadcast radio show, promoting his new book, "Bias: A CBS Insider Exposes How the Media Distort the News."
"It's not at all unusual to hear on the news a description of right-wing Christians, right-wing politicians, right-wing radio talk-show hosts, right-wing Miami Cubans," Goldberg lamented. "The only time you hear the word left-wing is if they're talking about part of an airplane. ... They don't even think there's a liberal or left-wing position."
Limbaugh, who rarely invites guests on his program, devoted an hour to questioning Goldberg about his thesis. The radio host himself has spent years examining the issue.
"Each day this program could be about nothing but media bias," said Limbaugh. "People still on every program today call and give me an example. ... It's become pervasive."
In fact, it can be argued that Limbaugh rose to the top of his field by being one of the few national voices to challenge accepted practices by the media establishment. "I am equal time!" Limbaugh often thunders on why he doesn't interview guests with views opposing his staunch conservatism.
Limbaugh even thinks his political stance hindered him in his quest last year to become an analyst on ABC's "Monday Night Football." He says he was told one of the reasons why he didn't get the job was that "management couldn't face cat calls at cocktail parties for hiring [him]." ABC selected comedian Dennis Miller over Limbaugh, and ratings for "MNF" have since been among the show's lowest ever.
In Goldberg's book which media writer Howard Kurtz of the Washington Post points out is published by "conservative house" Regnery Publishing the author rips into his former employers as well as anchorman Dan Rather, whom he calls "ruthless and unforgiving," with a touch of Richard Nixon's "paranoia."
Goldberg says CBS News President Andrew Heyward once told him: "Look, Bernie, of course there's a liberal bias in the news. All the networks tilt left. ... If you repeat any of this, I'll deny it."
Kurtz reports that "Heyward declined to be drawn into a debate with Goldberg, saying: 'Bernie asked to see me before the book was published and said he didn't want to be portrayed as a liar or a disgruntled employee. Therefore, I have no comment.'"
Goldberg says the implication he's a disgruntled employee and other statements saying he's committed treason show the network is in what he calls full-attack mode.
"They're hemorrhaging audience; they're hemorrhaging viewers," he said, referring to a continual dwindling of television newswatchers.
As an example of bias in network reporting, Goldberg says producers and reporters often seek comment only from liberal-minded groups. On women's issues, he says you can often expect to hear someone from the National Organization for Women.
"Do they do anybody a service when they only go to NOW?" asked Goldberg rhetorically. "They don't even see that as a liberal bias, because the only way to define liberal bias in their world is if you're tough on Republicans and easy on Democrats."
He also recounted how a CBS weekend news producer referred to presidential candidate Gary Bauer as "the little nut from the Christian group," with no one raising an objection.
But Goldberg added that the situation for balanced-news seekers is not hopeless, telling Limbaugh that his impact in radio is being echoed elsewhere.
"Your show is a crack in the dam; the Internet is a crack in the dam ... and I hope in a small way my book is a crack in the dam," he said.
He specifically cited the Fox News Channel as a mainstream network that does what it says in providing "fair and balanced" coverage.
"I think when Fox went up, it was like the Berlin Wall coming down," he said.
As far as why viewers have recently gravitated toward Fox, Goldberg says many have collectively said, "I just don't trust those guys anymore at the three main networks."
In recent days, Limbaugh has been harping on reporters for their lack of willingness to choose sides in the U.S. war on terror. He said American failures had been magnified by the press while successes were ignored, adding that journalists' new mantra was to be critical in order to be credible.
"I don't expect anybody to go 'rah rah!' on the nightly news," Limbaugh said. "If you are a media person, I don't think it's unrealistic to hope your country wins."
Limbaugh offered his own reasoning why modern broadcast journalists tend to lean left. He said if someone asked a student at an average journalism school why he or she were there, the response would be something like "I want to change the world."
"Journalism has taken this ardor of social justice, righting the wrongs," he said.
Limbaugh pointed out that Goldberg was in effect a whistleblower whom the news media would normally love had he exposed any other target besides journalists. To that, Goldberg responded, "If I were writing about Big Tobacco or Big Oil ... I would be a national hero."
Goldberg, who now works for HBO's "Real Sports," says he's hearing from both former as well as current employees at CBS who are glad he's going public with his book.
"We agree with you, but we can't say anything," he said is the common theme of their remarks.
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I heard the show today and I'm happy as hell that Goldberg had the full hour....I was riveted....Felt as if I was listening in on the media culture's equivalent of the Nixon "18 minute" tapes.....Nothing like getting the goods from an "insider" and finding the peace of knowing that you were RIGHT all along about these creeps.
Know what I mean?
Yes, indeed, amigo. I caught Goldberg's interview on Rush also, and it was music to my ears.
All together now, FReepers, take a bow.
"I am equal time!" Limbaugh often thunders on why he doesn't interview guests with views opposing his staunch conservatism."
And it's the same for Free Republic. This is why we don't like mushy headed liberals pushing their Godless leftist agenda on FR. The liberals control the rest of the media... We ARE equal time.
This was a great interview, I happened to catch it. I'm glad it wasn't on in the first hour, that's the last hour of Boortz for me.
A key point Goldberg made - he's surprised the CEO's are continuing to put up with the leftist slant given the poor and continually declining ratings of the Big Three network news programs plus CNN. I don't think that can continue too much longer without major changes, and the influence of Fox News Channel cannot be discounted.
And, good points.
Regards, Jim Robinson
Reminds me of many of my liberal friends driving big gas-guzzling SUV's while continually preaching "Save the Environment" and wouldn't drive that big SUV through a poor black neighborhood if their life depended on it. That some of them would actually admit to this is astounding!
Just another example of how we currently live in a 180 degrees backwards anticivilization...
Goldberg would be a national hero for attacking value producing business...
That's the current problem...
Those that produce values are vilified...
Those that produce nothing are glorified...
Those that produce are a net value...
Those that destroy are a net loss...
The world becomes an infinitely better place as soon as we realize that the producers of society are the true heroes, and that those value destroyers who produce nothing are the true enemies...
Support for the producer increases drastically...
Support for the destroyer is eliminated...