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Opening Arguments

Bias? What bias?

Baba Wawa, speaking with Piers Morgan:

Well, you’ve touched on it to a degree. He made so many promises. We thought that he was going to be – I shouldn’t say this at Christmastime, but – the next messiah. And the whole ObamaCare, or whatever you want to call it, the Affordable Health Act, it just hasn’t worked for him, and he’s stumbled around on it, and people feel very disappointed because they expected more.

It’s very difficult when the expectations for you are very high. You’re almost better off when they are low and then they rise and rise. His were very high and they’ve dropped. But you know, he still has several years to go. What does he have, three years, Piers? And, you know, there will be a lot of changes, one thinks in that time.

Yeah, yeah, yeah, the press has a liberal bias. That has become so obvious that liberals don't even bother to deny it anymore. (But they have a comeback zinger with, "Well, what about Fox News. huh, huh, huh?") And even the fact that the mainstream press has been completely in the tank for the Obama administration is almost too boring to talk about anymore.

Still, this is just astonishing. Not that she and others like her thought Obama would be the next Messiah, but that she's dumb enough to say it out loud. Somebody who can put a cum laude graduate of the Chicago thug school of politics on that high a pedestal should have an escort just to leave the house. And people like her are giving us our news.  Heaven help us.

Comments

Joe
Wed, 12/18/2013 - 4:44pm

Leo,  The media has a liberal bias? Really?  What about talk radio? Where is there a progressive opinion ever expressed on WOWO?

On WOWO we have Charley (I hope someday I can be Rush) Butcher in the morning, followed by the nut case Glenn Beck. Glenn is the same guy Politifact has said speaks the true only 3% of the time and whose TV show was so out in left field that even Fox dropped him.  Then, we can have 3 hours of Limbaugh slamming the Pope, after which our own local Rush wannabee Pat Miller  embellishes what Rush just said for the last 3 hours.  Next up 3 hours of  Hannity and more propaganda.  Hannity has terrific journalist credentials. According to his bio on Fox and his own personel website Sean has never attended any journalism classes, has no formal training in journalism, or ever been a reporter.  Sean's claim to fame is his work as a talk show host on a college radio station.  Then it really starts to get interesting after the kids go the bed with the obnoxious Mark Levin followed by the conspiricy theorist Clyde Lewis, the guy who claims the children killed at Sandy Hook were murdered by the government  using devices to beam homicidal thoughts into the killers mind as justification to takeaway guns. Mr. Lewis also stated in an interview conducted in 2012 that beings from outer space are on earth to quote "eat us and farm our organs." Real nice.

And you are afraid of Barbara Walters?

Leo Morris
Thu, 12/19/2013 - 9:34am

We need to differentiate between shows that are clearly advertised as opinion vehciles and those that are supposedly objective looks at the news. You are free to disagree with Rush Limbaugh or Rachel Maddow, but, then again, that's the whole point. They want a reaction so they expresses strong opinions strongly, but they're not pretending to be something they aren't. It's when biases start to color our attempts to report straight news that we should be concerned. We all have biases and they affect what we do; we just need to be aware of it and compensate for it as much as possible.

And, Lord, the liberal bias of the mainstream press is such old news that even journalists don't deny it any longer. Of course, that doesn't necessarily mean they're willing to change. Considder these four reporters, for example, via Politico and Hot Air:

. . . copping to institutional bias is now used as a sort of plea bargain to the charge of unfairness, to avoid the harsher penalty of having to correct that bias. Over the past 10-15 years, as conservative media watchdogs have flourished, the demand presented to “impartial” outlets was to be more neutral in their coverage or, failing that, admit that their ideological orientation is fundamentally liberal. The goal was to get them to change, not to come clean. Instead, increasingly, they’re apt to admit that they do lean left as a group. You win, conservatives; we’re liberals. And then the coverage proceeds more or less as normal, with major shifts produced only when an inconvenient fact becomes impossible to ignore or when conservatives wage an intense online campaign to browbeat them into covering a particular issue more fairly.

 

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