« Star Wars: Sucks | Main | Mr. Paul Anka Rocks! »
May 23, 2005

Media Tipping Point?

The media wants to be seen as credible. They also want to engage in left-liberal advocacy as they see fit. And if they're not taken as credible, that advocacy isn't particularly effective.

John Leo suggests that the one issue the media has previously all but refused to discuss -- its political bias -- is becoming less of a forbidden issue. And that maybe, with this latest gaffe, they'll begin to comprehend that they cannot contiue doing business as usual.

Instead of trampling Newsweek—the magazine made a mistake and corrected it quickly and honestly—the focus ought to be on whether the news media are predisposed to make certain kinds of mistakes and, if so, what to do about it. The disdain that so many reporters have for the military (or for police, the FBI, conservative Christians, or right-to-lifers) frames the way that errors and bogus stories tend to occur. The antimilitary mentality makes atrocity stories easier to publish, even when they are untrue. The classic example is CNN’s false 1998 story that the U.S. military knowingly dropped nerve gas on Americans during the Vietnam War. On the other hand, brutal treatment of dissenters by Fidel Castro tends to be softened or omitted in the American press because so many journalists still see him as the romanticized figure from their youth in the 1960s. Another example: It’s possible to read newspapers and newsmagazines carefully and never see anything about the liberal indoctrination now taking place at major universities. This has something to do with the fact that the universities are mostly institutions of the left and that newsrooms tend to hire from the left and from the universities in question.

I once complained to an important news executive that he ignored certain kinds of stories. He said that he would like to do them but that his staff wouldn’t let him. He admitted his staff had been assembled from one side—guess which?—of the political spectrum. This conversation hardened my conviction that the biggest flaw in mainstream journalism today is the lack of diversity

Almost all of the media's recent gaffes could have been avoided had they simply had a few influential (not token) conservatives in the newsrooms, who could ask of these stories the same sort of questions that liberals ask of any conservative-tilting story.


digg this
posted by Ace at 11:51 AM

| Access Comments




Recent Comments
CrotchetyOldJarhead: "I suspect the Meagain and the 12 angry harlots int ..."

tdatsd: "woohoo top ten ..."

freaked: " Here we go. The vindictive bitch Meagain is tryin ..."

Nevergiveup: " Usually my President has at least one tweet poste ..."

Duke Lowell : "Monday. Ugh. ..."

wing: "Mornin Horde Happy Monday ..."

Bruce: "JJ is woke. Nood! ..."

freaked: "The press conference is being hosted by an org cal ..."

Vic We Have No Party: "Good Morning Morons ..."

Bruce: "Chicago season of giving still going on. 5 dead 13 ..."

Bruce: "Well, I'm disappointed. Usually my President has a ..."

K. Spacey [/i]: " Sexual allegations against Trump? He just needs ..."

Recent Entries
Search


MuNuvians
Polls! Polls! Polls!
Frequently Asked Questions
The (Almost) Complete Paul Anka Integrity Kick
Top Top Tens
Greatest Hitjobs

The Ace of Spades HQ Sex-for-Money Skankathon
A D&D Guide to the Democratic Candidates
Margaret Cho: Just Not Funny
More Margaret Cho Abuse
Margaret Cho: Still Not Funny
Iraqi Prisoner Claims He Was Raped... By Woman
Wonkette Announces "Morning Zoo" Format
John Kerry's "Plan" Causes Surrender of Moqtada al-Sadr's Militia
World Muslim Leaders Apologize for Nick Berg's Beheading
Michael Moore Goes on Lunchtime Manhattan Death-Spree
Milestone: Oliver Willis Posts 400th "Fake News Article" Referencing Britney Spears
Liberal Economists Rue a "New Decade of Greed"
Artificial Insouciance: Maureen Dowd's Word Processor Revolts Against Her Numbing Imbecility
Intelligence Officials Eye Blogs for Tips
They Done Found Us Out, Cletus: Intrepid Internet Detective Figures Out Our Master Plan
Shock: Josh Marshall Almost Mentions Sarin Discovery in Iraq
Leather-Clad Biker Freaks Terrorize Australian Town
When Clinton Was President, Torture Was Cool
What Wonkette Means When She Explains What Tina Brown Means
Wonkette's Stand-Up Act
Wankette HQ Gay-Rumors Du Jour
Here's What's Bugging Me: Goose and Slider
My Own Micah Wright Style Confession of Dishonesty
Outraged "Conservatives" React to the FMA
An On-Line Impression of Dennis Miller Having Sex with a Kodiak Bear
The Story the Rightwing Media Refuses to Report!
Our Lunch with David "Glengarry Glen Ross" Mamet
The House of Love: Paul Krugman
A Michael Moore Mystery (TM)
The Dowd-O-Matic!
Liberal Consistency and Other Myths
Kepler's Laws of Liberal Media Bias
John Kerry-- The Splunge! Candidate
"Divisive" Politics & "Attacks on Patriotism" (very long)
The Donkey ("The Raven" parody)
News/Chat
Archives
Powered by
Movable Type 2.64