The Irony of Media Bias Whining…
I’ve listened to this same, sad, tired story so many times and it is truly getting very hard to stomach. That story? Media bias…negatively portraying the Republicans. An article on Politico.com tells of the poor Republicans crying about media bias coming specifically from the New York Times. From the article:
“The New York Times has given Obama the longest wet kiss in political history, and they have done him a favor again,” former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barboursaid. “The New York Times does a huge expose that Ann Romney rides horses. Well, so does my wife, and a few million other people. Watch out for equine performers!”
The Republicans have been singing this sad song for a long time. Also from the article:
Republicans cry “bias” so often it feels like a campaign theme.
The irony of this pathetic whining is that the Republicans have their very own news network in Fox News. Oh wait…they are fair and balanced. Take a couple of minutes and watch this video. Do you think it is “news” or an attack ad?
This segment appeared on Fox and Friends. You can read an excellent blog about it all right here.
So do you think that media favors Romney or Obama? There is some excellent information about media bias that you should read to see the positive and negative press that the candidates are receiving. Here is a look at media coverage of Obama and Romney:
You can find more information from Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism.
Fox goes by the slogan “fair and balanced”…(which in no stretch of the imagination applies to their approach)…but is fair and balanced correct? Fair and balanced does not mean accurate and factual…it only means opinion. The media is so hung up on trying to influence people that facts are now a completely forgotten item. In closing, a quote from my favorite columnist and economist…
The media are desperately afraid of being accused of bias. And that’s partly because there’s a whole machine out there, an organized attempt to accuse them of bias whenever they say anything that the Right doesn’t like. So rather than really try to report things objectively, they settle for being even-handed, which is not the same thing. One of my lines in a column—in which a number of people thought I was insulting them personally—was that if Bush said the Earth was flat, the mainstream media would have stories with the headline: ‘Shape of Earth—Views Differ.’ Then they’d quote some Democrats saying that it was round.
― Paul Krugman