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Fair And Balanced (TM)

November 15, 2006

Fox’s vice president of news issued a fair and balanced memo to his staff. Here are some choice quotes:

The elections and Rumsfeld’s resignation are major events, but not the end of the world.

Let’s be on the lookout for any statements from the Iraqi insurgents, who must be thrilled at the prospect of a Dem-controlled congress.

The question of the day, and indeed for the rest of Bush’s term, is: What’s the Dem plan for Iraq?

Is it just me or does this sound, I don’t know.. biased?

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  1. Or is it, I don’t know..covering the news?


  2. I report, you decide. Heh.


  3. It’s not always what’s covered, but what isn’t covered . . . or the degree of coverage. I think it’s fair to say that, generally, the majority of media is left leaning. Fox is an exception. As is talk radio. Go to mediaresearch.org for plenty of examples of the left’s media bias. I’m not saying it doesn’t exist in some fashion for the right . . . just not as predominantly.


  4. For plenty of compelling examples of the media’s RIGHTward bias, see mediamatters.org. While you’re there, don’t miss their take on the memo, including excerpts from this dude’s previous memos to his staff.


  5. Again, I’m not saying there doesn’t exist bias leaning right, just more of it leaning left. Lots-o-examples here:

    http://www.mediaresearch.org/Welcome.asp.

    Interesting article here:

    http://www.polisci.ucla.edu/faculty/groseclose/Media.Bias.8.htm

    It’s too bad. The major media outlets are all guilty of slanted, facts omitted, or innaccurate news.


  6. I maintain that genuine pervasive political bias is pretty much absent from the news. Their problem is that they’re lazy and follow public opinion and corporate sponsors chasing after advertising dollars.


  7. You are saying that public opinion leads media bias, in part with corporate sponsors? That’s an interesting twist. The really scary thing is that we don’t and cannot know how much we are all manipulated by the news we “tune into”. And that is different for everyone, depending on the source of news one chooses. Then again, we are all still at the mercy of whomever (at the top) is deciding what should be published, sent across the airwaves, or otherwise “spun” into our consciousnes. Who has it worse? The senseless who are so easily manipulated, or the thoughtful really that try to make sense of it all? And who has the biggest voting power? That WILL sway elections!!!


  8. Yes I am saying that the media is highly influenced by public opinion. Advertisers don’t want to buy time on programs that are contrary to what viewers believe. Think about the months following 9/11. Everyone was caught up in a unified outrage bordering on jingoism. This is part of the reason the media never asked hard questions of the Bush administration about invading Iraq.



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