Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Cut on the Bias

By Keith Schmitz

We should all be sick of the media bias charge that has been ground out by whiny conservatives over the past 15 years or so, because this is so disrespectful to a group of people who are just trying to do their job.

But not Jessica:
You could hook most MSM reporters up to a polygraph and, if they denied they have a liberal bias, they'd pass. There are, of course, exceptions, but liberal assumed truths are the starting point for many in newsrooms. Otherwise, we'd see many more stories about the economic cost of illegal immigration, among other things.
She teaches journalism doesn't she? What kind of person leads such a dual life where she is I think attempting to instill the ethics of the profession on young minds at UWM and then over on her blog treat her fans like rubes by claiming the media is made up of insincere people -- her students.

There are many professions -- law, the military, psychology, etc. -- where people tamp down their personal prejudices and act like professionals. They love what they do and treat it accordingly. Certainly conservatives have been cut enough slack by the media when balance is attempted in the case of evolution, global warming and other issues when they have no factual footing to stand on yet are given equal coverage for the sake of balance.

And this is the way the right wing pays the profession. Ingrates. This of course includes Charlie Sykes who was practically raised as a journalist and now turns on his brethren. Isn't there a 51st rule about such behavior?

Right wing talk radio of course came about because conservatives complained their were not treated fairly by the rational media. The problem is what these people want is to listen something that tells them soothing tales and essentially lies to them.

It's time we put a stop to this nonsense and stand up for journalists. Needless to say we have seen a none too subtle attack on freedom of the press.

Let's face it, there are certain professions that attract certain personalities. Journalists happen to be people who believe in passionately uncovering the truth, which constitutes news. They of course are human and sometimes their bias may poke through, but my bet is many who can't control that impulse get out of the business eventually.

And I have to be fooling my self to deny that people in the media don't fall prey to a number of other pressures including the so-called business side, but their supposed bias should be the least of our worries.

But as we all know, the truth has been especially hard on the right wing lately.


  1. There's a reason polygraphs aren't admissible in court, by the way. That aside, we also could attach a lie-detector machine to right-wingers like McBride and I'm sure we'd find that racism, not class rage, is what motivates their will to manufacture an immigration "crisis." By my mind, "MSM" reporters are sheep-where have we read about the economic costs of NOT having cheap migrant labor around? Want to pay $5 for a head of lettuce? People like McBride, who grew up in suburban comfort, only take up the banner of economic justice when it is in the service of an ulterior motive. And if she is interested in teaching about truth, all we will say is that, "If lips and life do not agree..."

  2. Granted we all are a bit disappointed by the timidness of the MSM, who, like many of us, are trying to protect their IRS's. They are often a product of their environment, and many millionaire pundits reflect life in their bubble.

  3. Let's not forget that even though there may be a strong trend towards liberalism among the reporters, there is an even stronger trend towards conservatism among the editors, the publishers and the producers, who ultimately decide what news gets presented to the unsuspecting public. Perhaps if the gatekeepers for what news is actually reported, it would have saved us a lot of problems like the Iraq war, the failing economy, and the overall Bush misadministration.