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More Media Bias

November 15, 2006

I got your liberal media bias right here.

A new study by the Center for Media and Democracy says Americans are still being shown public relations videos disguised as news reports on newscasts across the country. The fake reports are called Video News Releases, or VNRs. They’re produced by marketing firms hired to promote products or political messages.

I like the global warming example where a “hurricane expert” explains how increasing bad weather isn’t related to global warming. What they don’t tell you is that the entire “interview” was produced by a firm which was

owned by the Republican lobbyist, DCI Group. TCS was also the recipient of a $95,000 grant from the oil giant ExxonMobil for, quote, “climate change support.”

Apparently this is going on all the time. Kill your television.

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  1. Not that I’m defending it, but how is this any different than a print news outlet reproducing a print press release nearly in its entirety? And we know that happens.

    Aside from the example you cited, I’m not so sure I’d chalk this up to bias as I would journalistic laziness.


  2. Actually I’m inclined to agree with you. There is very little in the way of ideological bias in the American news media. Standouts like Fox News (see next post), Air America and right-wing talk radio are the exceptions that prove the rule: the rest of them are just incompetent and lazy and selling sensationalism and advertising.

    I never find righties agreeing with me on this point, however, when they’re trying to demonstrate the “obvious” and “blatant” liberal bias in the media and I counter that it’s just laziness.


  3. Interesting article here:

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

    Interesting note. If you google liberal meida bias, you will get lots of links of varying sources. If you google conservative media bias, you get lots of Fox news. Not saying that’s an accurate measure of any sort. But, I do think it plays into the perception that the media over all is left leaning.



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