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Mainstream Media in Denial of its Leftist Bias

Posted by Steve Markowitz on September 5, 2012

Boston Globe writer Jeff Jacoby wrote an interesting piece titled News media need to own their biases.  It reviews the mainstream media’s strong bias towards Leftist and Progressive views.  Jacoby’s most important point is the media’s unwillingness to admit its bias.  It refuses to do so not out of some form of guilt, but rather to preserve their appearance of professionalism where it does not exist.

Irrespective of the media’s overall denials, Jacoby points to some rare examples where insiders admit to the problem including:

  • New York Times journalist Arthur Brisbane last week reviewed the liberal slant of news coverage in American newspapers and specifically referred to the Times saying the paper “virtually bleeds” with “political and cultural progressivism.”
  • In 2004, Times ombudsman Daniel Okrent asked and answers the question “Is the Times a Liberal Newspaper?” in his final column.
  • ABC’s then-political director, Mike Halperin in 2006 said: “that it tilts the coverage quite frequently, in many issues, in a liberal direction…. It’s an endemic problem.”
  • Politico’s executive editor Jim VandeHei said: “If you put all of the reporters that I’ve ever worked with on truth serum, most of them vote Democratic.”

Irrespective of this reality, many on the Left deny the media’s bias since doing so would show one of the Left’s most important allies to be corrupt.

It is entertaining to watch the media squirm when asked about their political bias.  Below are videos of George Stephanopoulos, ABC’s political correspondent, and MSNBC’s De La Cruz being asked about this bias recently.  Their condescending nonresponses to fellow journalists indicate their discomfort with the truth.


3 Responses to “Mainstream Media in Denial of its Leftist Bias”

  1. Silly Wabbit said

    the “mainstream media” does not exist.

    • smarko1 said

      On second thought, you might be right. The mainstream media at one time did exist and while it always had a liberal bias, it also had a streak of professionalism that kept the bias contained. What’s left of it, after being wounded by cable news and the Internet, is not much more than a propaganda arm of the radical left.

  2. Silly Wabbit said

    the radical left does not exist

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