Last month Thomas Edsall, former senior political reporter for the Washington Post, admitted in an interview with Hugh Hewitt that the mainstream media in general tilted “overwhelmingly to the left.”
The right has been asserting for years that the MSM was liberally biased, and the left as usual has been in full-fledged denial, countering that the MSM is biased more towards conservatives rather than liberals. When pressed to explain how they came to that conclusion, the answers typically follow along the lines of “well you have Rush Limbaugh, National Review, Fox News” etc. You’ll note that two of the three of those are what’s considered the opinion media. The left, without blinking, will deliberately mix the opinion media with the mainstream so-called unbiased media to try and prove some sort of conservative bias. It’s disingenuous for them to do this because when the right complains about the bias of the mainstream media, they’re not talking about the opinion media, because – well, of course the opinion media is going to have a bias one way or the other. That’s why it’s called the opinion media.
On the other hand, the mainstream media consists of ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, MSNBC, FOX, the NYT, WaPo, BBC and other news outlets that are supposed to be free of bias and instead report the facts while letting the viewer/reader/listener form his/her own opinion on what they’re reporting. As I noted in the post I referenced earlier, as as reported by Media Research.org (a link I included in that post) there have been numerous admissions of liberal bias from reporters, analysts, etc who work for some of those major network news and/or entertainment outlets – outlets that are considered to be a part of the mainstream media. Just as a refresher, here are a few examples MRC has compiled:
“Personally, I have a great affection for CBS News….But I stopped watching it some time ago. The unremitting liberal orientation finally became too much for me. I still check in, but less and less frequently. I increasingly drift to NBC News and Fox and MSNBC.”
— Former CBS News President Van Gordon Sauter in an op-ed published January 13, 2005 in the Los Angeles Times.
“Of course it is….These are the social issues: gay rights, gun control, abortion and environmental regulation, among others. And if you think The Times plays it down the middle on any of them, you’ve been reading the paper with your eyes closed.”
— New York Times Public Editor Daniel Okrent in a July 25, 2004 column which appeared under a headline asking, “Is The New York Times a Liberal Newspaper?”
“Most of the time I really think responsible journalists, of which I hope I’m counted as one, leave our bias at the side of the table. Now it is true, historically in the media, it has been more of a liberal persuasion for many years. It has taken us a long time, too long in my view, to have vigorous conservative voices heard as widely in the media as they now are. And so I think yes, on occasion, there is a liberal instinct in the media which we need to keep our eye on, if you will.”
— ABC anchor Peter Jennings appearing on CNN’s Larry King Live, April 10, 2002
“I think we are aware, as everybody who works in the media is, that the old stereotype of the liberal bent happens to be true, and we’re making a concerted effort to really look for more from the other, without being ponderous or lecturing or trying to convert people to another way of thinking.”
— ABC World News Tonight Executive Producer Emily Rooney, September 27, 1993 Electronic Media.
Today, they can add another one to the list:
We are biased, admit the stars of BBC News
It was the day that a host of BBC executives and star presenters admitted what critics have been telling them for years: the BBC is dominated by trendy, Left-leaning liberals who are biased against Christianity and in favour of multiculturalism.
A leaked account of an ‘impartiality summit’ called by BBC chairman Michael Grade, is certain to lead to a new row about the BBC and its reporting on key issues, especially concerning Muslims and the war on terror.
It reveals that executives would let the Bible be thrown into a dustbin on a TV comedy show, but not the Koran, and that they would broadcast an interview with Osama Bin Laden if given the opportunity. Further, it discloses that the BBC’s ‘diversity tsar’, wants Muslim women newsreaders to be allowed to wear veils when on air.
At the secret meeting in London last month, which was hosted by veteran broadcaster Sue Lawley, BBC executives admitted the corporation is dominated by homosexuals and people from ethnic minorities, deliberately promotes multiculturalism, is anti-American, anti-countryside and more sensitive to the feelings of Muslims than Christians.
One veteran BBC executive said: ‘There was widespread acknowledgement that we may have gone too far in the direction of political correctness.
Read all of that article for an eye-opening inside look into how the BBC is operated. It’s even worse that I previously thought. The BBC should rename itself the AAPCNN – Anti-American Politically Correct News Network. Mainstream news networks like the BBC are glaring symbols of AmeriEuro-liberal hypocrisy on issues of tolerance, sensitivity, as well as diversity in terms of advocating the inclusion of many different voices on any given issue. These hypocritical liberals, as exemplified by the BBC, are not interested in tolerating contrary viewpoints nor do they have any interest in inclusion of any of those viewpoints that might call into question their ‘established truths’, and they’ll mock Christians and desecrate Christian symbols without thinking twice about it while going out of their way to avoid doing the same with Islamists and Islamic symbols.
Liberals here at home and liberals abroad who continue to deny there is a strong liberal bias in the mainstream media in the face of all these admissions to the contrary are doing nothing more than the customary burying of their heads in the sand (I call it HISS: Head In Sand Syndrome) when faced with facts they don’t want to hear. Non-media liberals who will admit to seeing the liberal bias, who say it’s no big deal should imagine a world filled with mainstream media outlets that were predominantly conservative, uninclusive of opposing viewpoints, while showing an insensitivity to liberal concerns. Then they’d understand why conservatives feel the way they do about the mainstream media today. Not only that, but maybe, just maybe, they’d realize what a sham a political party and a media, both of which claim a ‘big tent’ type of tolerance for all kinds of views, actually is.