Daily Wisdom

June 24, 2007

More Proof of Liberal Bias in Media

Hat-tip to Evan Coyne Maloney at brain-terminal.com

Two items of interest this week which confirm what we already knew, that is, that the media has a liberal bias. The first was a report commissioned by the BBC to investigate itself. Not surprisingly, the report found that the BBC is biased to the left...

The BBC has failed to promote proper debate on major political issues because of the inherent liberal culture of its staff, a report commissioned by the corporation has concluded. The report claims that coverage of single-issue political causes, such as climate change and poverty, can be biased - and is particularly critical of Live 8 coverage, which it says amounted to endorsement.

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The report concludes BBC staff must be more willing to challenge their own beliefs. It reads: "There is a tendency to 'group think' with too many staff inhabiting a shared space and comfort zone." A staff impartiality seminar held last year is also documented in the report, at which executives admitted they would broadcast images of the Bible being thrown away but not the Koran, in case Muslims were offended. During the seminar a senior BBC reporter criticised the corporation for being anti-American.

The report was jointly commissioned by BBC managers and the board of governors and will be published by the BBC Trust, which has since replaced the governors.

Gee, I wonder why management replaced the board of governors? Was it because the report found that the BBC was liberally-biased under their watch and they did nothing about it (ie, genuine concern)? Was it because the report tainted the BBC's "sterling" reputation of impartiality (ie, embarrassment)? Or, was it because their liberal propaganda machine has been exposed (ie, agenda)? Who knows?

The second item was the compilation of a detailed list by MSNBC of 143 jounalists who made campaign contributions from 2004 through the first quarter of 2007 according to Federal Election Commission records. The tally of the list shows that out of the 143 journalists, 125 gave to Democrats and liberal causes, 16 gave to Republicans and conservative causes, and two gave to both parties. These numbers would suggest that the U.S. media is about 1.4% "fair and balanced", while 11% is biased towards Republicans and conservative causes, and 87.6% is biased towards Democrats and liberal causes. In other words, nearly 90% of U.S. journalists are liberally-biased.

The fact that this information comes to us from the media itself only lends it more credence. It would hardly seem advantageous for the media to tell us that they are biased in either direction, particularly in such a lop-sided way. One can only assume that Americans want impartial news stories. For example, according to a related article by MSNBC...

Americans don't trust the news or newspeople as much as they used to. The crisis of faith is traced by the surveys of the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press. More than seven in 10 (72 percent) say news organizations tend to favor one side, the highest level of skepticism in the poll's 20-year history. Despite the popularity of Bill O'Reilly and Keith Olbermann, two-thirds of those polled say they prefer to get news from sources without a particular point of view.

Ain't that the truth!

1 Comments:

At 6/25/2007 3:51 AM , Anonymous camojack said...

"Americans don't trust the news or newspeople as much as they used to."

Perhaps, but way too many of them still buy into the pablum they get spoon fed. Intellectually lazy is what they are, or just plain stupid...

 

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