I'm always flabbergasted when conservatives speak of the "liberal media", as if such an entity actually exists. This one mainly goes out to Gimpy (sorry if i got the name wrong), who has now mentioned it a couple of times.
I mean, certainly there is a balancing liberal constituency which evens out the often hard-handed right wing rhetoric. For every O'Reilly, there's a Franken. Here in Toronto, there is the Toronto Star...unapolegetically liberal, but not ridiculously so. It's counter is the sickening rag, The Toronto Sun, whose brilliantly conceived headline on the day of 9.11, poetically read: "THOSE BASTARDS!" One can imagine what their "articles" are like.
But to claim that mainstream american media (CNN and the other major networks) has a liberal slant is absurd. I heard an argument that because these networks have their home in NY and LA, traditional BLUE zones, that they must therefore have a liberal bias. I'm afraid that position is a little naive. To the best of my knowledge ALL of those networks are owned by a billion dollar parent company who are in the business of making money. The higher ups at these companies put pressure on their little news divisions to sell the news. And news sells a lot when a war is going on. Millionaires and their ilk, with some exception, vote RED.
I'm not saying there is a right-wing media conspiracy (although i certainly think there is a right-wing bias), but to say that there's a liberal bias to the news is something that i find quite laughable.
And Gimpy, that bit on CNN you posted about on another thread, which you found so hilarious...did it ever occur to you that many others may have also found it just as funny and would therefore have disregarded the opinions as overtly liberally biased when in fact, it was the Right, propogating their opinions by making the left look so ridiculous. It's the oldest propoganda trick in the book. I'm surprised you fell for it.
Also...during the Afghan campaign, the hunt for OBL, and working up to the invasion of Iraq, i had to really search to find any mainstream american news that would offer a "dove-ish" view of all these things. It wasn't until the whole situation in Iraq became a mess that some of these stations started straightening up and start taking the wars a little more seriously.
In the end, when it's all said and done...mainstream American media leans farther right than it does left. What are some other thoughts?
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