Carol Platt Liebau: All You Need to Know

Friday, April 28, 2006

All You Need to Know

So the press is demanding that their White House televisions be tuned to CNN rather than Fox News. So here's the question: Why does the press want to watch CNN rather than Fox?

Well, apparently, "a lot of people consider [Fox News] to be a Republican-leaning network." And bias would be bad, of course, especially given the straight down the center political positions of the press itself.

Seems to me that the press' outspoken preference for CNN has to do with what PBS' Terrence Smith's observation that "people regard CNN as liberal, somewhat to the left of center." Apparently, the members of the press -- like most other people -- simply prefer media outlets that conform to their own political biases.

But wait . . . aren't we supposed to believe that the media doesn't have any biases?


Blogger wrabkin said...

Carol, you're so much smarter than this. No one with an actual brain actually believes the "liberal media" line -- they just spread it because it's so useful. Even Newt Gingrich has admitted it.

Why not just admit the truth? Everybody knows Fox is nothing more than a mouthpiece for the Republican party. You know, Fox knows it. Why keep up the charade? Why not treat your readers with the respect they deserve?

1:56 PM  
Blogger R Platt said...

Forcing those left wing journalists to watch FOX must have been excruciatingly painful and we certainly wouldn't want them to have trauma-induced seizures. I suppose changing channels could be considered a humane act.

3:15 PM  
Blogger Marshall Art said...


Who's "everybody"? You and the frog in your pocket? Every lib likes to believe that. People who actually watch Fox knows better. Libs saying so doesn't make it so.

6:54 PM  
Blogger Bachbone said...

This topic has been explored on this blog before, wrabkin, and at least six or eight polls cited showing Jane and Joe Six-pack, Network honchos themselves and many others believe Fox has, indeed, "fair and balanced" coverage, while the others (CNN, NBC, ABC, SeeBS) skew their reporting left. I haven't inspected each head polled, but suspect they have brains. Perhaps not as big or 'deep thinking' as liberals', but quite capable of recognizing bias when they hear and see it.

If Gingrich did say there is no liberal media bias, perhaps it was before his October 30, 2004 statement: "...[A]ll elite media lean to the left except for the Wall Street Journal editorial page and Fox News. ...Republicans need a message that can survive distortions in...the liberal media (emphasis added)."

Check that out on Newt's Web site.

7:17 PM  
Blogger Poison Pero said...

Fox is just barely better than CNN.......Both simply recycle the news all day, and neither is very interesting to watch.

Sure Fox may be less Liberal than CNN, but it is hardly Conservative.

If anything, all the TV's should be turned off, and AM radio turned on.......A little Hugh Hewitt and Dennis Prager would do them all good.

10:48 PM  
Blogger madhatter26 said...

One of the greatest accomplishments of the Right over the last 2 decades has to their assault on professional, objective journalism, and the success such efforts have had in convincing a large portion of Americans that only a select few media sources are "unbiased" enough to be trusted. It's really an attack on free press when one thinks about it: if objective news coverage from several different and independent sources is not respected and/or taken seriously, then it has no power.

Furthermore, ignoring virtually every major news source, no matter how old and respected the organization, and maintaining that only one is truely objective and "unbiased" ventures on the illogical, as does the insinuation that the political leanings of journalists and/or broadcasters will slant their work to such an extent that it renders it completely worthless. Perhaps illogical is too kind a word; ludicrous is perhaps closer to adherance to such ideas.

11:51 AM  
Blogger eLarson said...

It's really an attack on free press when one thinks about it

Please sketch out that thought pattern. I'll bet it's fascinating.

I don't care that network newsrooms or newspapers like the New York Times are full of ideologues who care more about "changing the world" than simple reporting. I care that they don't simply admit their left-leaning bias on the front page.

Until then, I'll read the Corrections columns to find the real news.

4:53 AM  
Blogger Pete said...

My opinion, for what it may or may not be worth, is that we would all be better off if we ignored MSM.

I'm not a pollster, or anything like it, but from what I used to see when I did watch, was obvious hatred of the right, clear bias favoring anyone on the left - they're the ONLY ones with intellect, you know, etc, etc. It does not take a rocket scientist to see the distain the media has towards Bush or any conservative. Fox is more central, to be sure, and that is why the MSM hates Fox - there is an attempt to be somewhat fair, and fairness is not the agenda of MSM.

I remember with great clarity years ago seeing Bob Schieffer's anger and the venom dripping from his mouth on how he would attack any woman who changed her mind about abortion after having one. He honestly looked like he would kill her. Many other MSM "celebrities" have been caught in gaffes thinking they were off camera or microphone when spitting profanities against a conservative thinker.

Is the media bias left? DUH! So, who cares what THEY want to watch? Force feed them Fox - maybe they will get a lesson in journalism - but don't hold your breath!

9:13 AM  

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