Monday, January 13, 2014

Media Bias? What Media Bias?

From Breitbart via Newsalert:
At a Television Critics Association event on Friday, Zucker alleged that "the Republican Party is being run out of News Corp. headquarters masquerading as a cable news channel" without acknowledging that he runs a network that accused former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin of being responsible for the attempted murder of Gabby Giffords without any evidence whatsoever. CNN has been repeatedly called out for its left-leaning biases that masquerade as "objective" news, which is why the network's primetime ratings hit a 20-year low last year.
And let's not forget about "Bridgegate":
That’s juicy, just as Bridgegate is juicy. It’s something we can all understand, it speaks to our greatest fears, and it’s the sort of thing TV newspeople could gab about for days on end without needing a fresh piece of news to keep it going.

And yet, according to Scott Whitlock of the Media Research Center, “In less than 24 hours, the three networks have devoted 17 times more coverage to a traffic scandal involving Chris Christie than they’ve allowed in the last six months to Barack Obama’s Internal Revenue Service controversy.”

Why? Oh, come on, you know why. Christie belongs to one political party. Obama belongs to the other. You know which ones they belong to. And you know which ones the people at the three networks belong to, too: In surveys going back decades, anywhere from 80% to 90% of Washington’s journalists say they vote Democratic.
Was ABC/CBS/NBC/CNN harping every night during the government so-called shutdown on Obama's barricading of highway turnouts so that people couldn't even stop on the side of the road to look at Mt. Rushmore?  Or the barricading of a federally-owned parking lot at Mt. Vernon so that visitors couldn't park and tour?  Did you hear about those every night on the legacy media?  No?  Me, either.


maxutils said...

I watch my share of both MSNBC and FOX ... I find it gives me a balance, but I find two things to be true, almost always: MSNBC tends to be more histrionic (probably because no one actually watches them) and FOX tends to give its hosts a set of talking points that they have to hammer home ... if you don't believe me, watch any Jon Stewart mockumentary montage, or reference the relatively recent Rolling Stone article about FOX news.
In the case of 'Bridgegate' (why does every scandal have to add gate?) I absolutely believe that Christie's workers, planned it and executed it, and that is awful. But ... he fired those responsible, and apologized because they were his workers. Yet, it's still in the media and the (apparent) reason why he can no longer be a viable presidential candidate, and it's still in the news.

Compare that to Fast and Furious, the IRS scandal, the NSA scandal, and Benghazi ... barely mentioned, no one fired, president had no idea.

Perhaps there is a Santa Claus.

allen (in Michigan) said...

Let's see what Bernie Goldberg or Juan Williams have to say on the subject.

maxutils said...

Bernie was pretty reasonable ... didn't know if Christie had anything to do with it, directly, but said he was unequivocally done if a link was found ... sad thing on FOX last night: on Megyn "I can't spell my own name ' Kelly did approximately 10 minutes of 'debate' about whether or not Bruce Springsteen was disrespectful to Christie as a fan (he's apparently seen Bruce 127 times ... seems odd that FOX would know that, exactly) by showing up on late night tv and doing a very clever parody of Born To Run ... it was anti-journalism.