Wednesday, June 29, 2011

On Media Bias

"All of us who professionally use the mass media are the shapers of society. We can vulgarize that society. We can brutalize it. Or, we can help lift it onto a higher level." ~ William Bernbach

My newest Blogroll addition, Wintery Knight, has posted an interesting entry on media bias.

I copied his links and posted them, one by one, to my Facebook status in hopes that my Liberal Doctor nephew will see them, read them, and learn something about the media. He actually sees no bias in mainstream media reporting, except, of course, for FOX News, which he claims is basically the propaganda arm of the Republican party.

I find this interesting, to say the least, since he is a Professor of Media Studies at Eastern University in Pennsylvania. He has even earned a Doctorate in the field.

How can someone who is considered an expert in media not recognize obvious bias? It's not like it's subtle.

Giving my nephew the benefit of the doubt, perhaps he is too close. He can't see the forest for the trees. His blindness reminds me of Edgar Allen Poe's short story, "The Purloined Letter". The object of his search is in plain sight and in the open for all to see, if they merely open their eyes and look.

Of course, that would require objectivity, and being a Liberal, that isn't possible.

In any case, I believe posting some articles about anything concerning media should attract his attention, and perhaps even hold it long enough for him to learn something he may have previously dismissed.

We can only hope.


Always On Watch said...

Most liberals are incapable of objectivity.

But I have to say that some on the Right have the same problem.

Jim said...

So I followed your links to the article on the study.

The study, published almost 6 years ago, basically ranks congressmen on a scale of 0-100 (least liberal to most liberal) based based on their voting on the perceived liberal side of an issue.

Next, they studied who these congressmen cited in writings or speeches to determine a pattern of citations-NAACP = liberal, Heritage Foundation = conservative.

Then they studied media outlets and established THEIR pattern of citations of the same liberal or conservative source.

Then they matched the media outlet pattern to whichever congressman most closely matched the media pattern and assigned the media outlet the same ranking as the congressman.

So, if a media outlet mentioned NAACP more often than the Heritage foundation, they are more liberal.

Really? Does anyone doubt that most news media mention NAACP or Planned Parenthood more often than they mention the Heritage Foundation or the Cato Institute?

I'm with your nephew.

Mark said...

Jim, I don't know what you're talking about. Did you read the article I was referencing or some other article?

Whatever you read, it makes no difference. Media bias is blatantly obvious to even the most casual observer I didn't really even need to link to any studies. The only reason I did was because academic sources are probably the only sources my nephew would give any credence to considering he's done nothing else in his life. He is a life-long student and teacher. No real world experience at all.

So, I guess when you say you are with my nephew, you are saying you really have no clue about reality, only what people who have only book knowledge tell you.

Trader Rick said...

The clueless anonymous "jim" is always good for a laugh!!! He doesn't even realize that nobody here takes him seriously.

Thank God for Fox News, it's great to finally have a pro-American Conservative outlet.

And they ARE "fair and balanced"--They always let fools from the other side have their say.

BTW, have we EVER had a chief executive as blatantly ARROGANT and CONDESCENDING as Hussein O'Bama?? His latest presser was really funny.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the link Mark. I hope that thinks work out with the professor. I think that the studies should be effective with him.

BB-Idaho said...

I agree with Trader Rick:
"Thank God for Fox News, it's great to finally have a pro-American Conservative outlet."
..pretty much supports your nephew's analysis...

Lone Ranger said...

I work in a newsroom. I've been a broadcast journalist for...38 years. Yikes! The lamestream media IS biased. There isn't a doubt about it. Liberals don't know they're liberal the way fish don't know they're wet. They are so immersed in their prejudices that anyone who is just slightly to the right of center looks like a bitter right-winger who clings to his guns and religion.

Jim said...

"Media bias is blatantly obvious to even the most casual observer I didn't really even need to link to any studies."

Prove it.

Lone Ranger said...

Studies??? What studies would you accept? Liberals don't do that type of study, or skew them in their favor. You would not accept studies by any conservative group. So, you are off the hook.

Here is just one example of liberal bias. Apparently, it's OK at MSNBC to call Bush a "murderous fascist." But calling Obama a "dick" is grounds for indefinite suspension.

Must be easy to be a liberal. and, that brings me to my Talking Point #13. An open mind is a liberal's worst enemy.

Trader Rick said...

I DON'T THINK THAT THE TRAITOR MOLE O'bama is a "dick"--but I suspect that the anonymous troll 'jim' IS.

We're dragging out our Fourth of July clothes and stuff here at Trader Rick's cave--to get ready for a HOLIDAY PIG ROAST and fireworks--I wonder what liberal dicks do on the fourth, if anything? Maybe the anonymous troll 'jim' could tell us. Read from the quotations of Chairman Mao? Wear Che t-shirts? Picket a soldiers funeral? Burn a flag? Watch videos of O'Bama telling lies to his zombie followers WHILE EATING TOFU??

Mark said...

Jim, you say, "Prove it"?

Are you serious? Are you seriously going to go there?

These studies WK linked to were not done by Conservatives. They were done by Liberals.

Even Liberals admit media bias! Prove it?


How about this?


Or this?

Then there's the media trumpeting the release of 24,000 Sarah Palin e-mails, yet not one Media outlet has even mentioned wanting to see even one of Obama's e-mails.

These examples are all the proof one needs to prove media bias, but you won't see it. You are too busy proving Liberal truth number 22: Liberals not only refuse to admit their mistakes, they refuse to learn from them.

Jim said...

Your link to "murderous Fascist" is a fail, LR. Nowhere in the article is it every shown that Olbermann or anyone else used that phrase. So if you can prove it, why lie about it.

And to claim that Olbermann is biased is like saying Hannity is biased. Are you kidding me?

What studies would I accept? Studies that have reasonable and rational methodologies and are peer reviewed. The one cited does not meet those criteria.

Lone Ranger said...

Once again, Jim proves one of my Immutable Truths about Liberals. This time, it is #2. Never try to reason with a liberal. They disregard any evidence that conflicts with their beliefs.

In one cut, Olbermann says, "You're a fascist! Get them to print you a T-shirt with fascist on it!"

In another clip, the graduate of the Cornell Cow School says, "...when the incontrovertible truth of your panoramic and murderous deceit has even begun to cost your political party seemingly perpetual congressional seats..."

1+1=2. Murderous+fascist= Olbermann believes Bush is a murderous fascist.

Sheesh, I feel like I'm teaching middle school. Ah, proof of talking point #20. Liberals' emotional development stops at the age of 16.

Jim said...

Dick said, "I wonder what liberal dicks do on the fourth".

Well, Dick just told us what winger dicks do.

Me, I put the Stars & Stripes out on the porch, gather with friends (some liberal, some not. Nobody cares.) Do some Q, swim, go to the football stadium for the city fireworks show and then do some fireworks of our own on the block.

I'm as patriotic and American as you, Dick. Maybe more since I don't think that half my fellow Americans hate their country.

Happy 4th of July, Dick.

Ducky's here said...

How can someone who is considered an expert in media not recognize obvious bias?
The answer is pretty obvious and involves your warped evaluation of bias.

Ducky's here said...

Dick said, "I wonder what liberal dicks do on the fourth".

The gang went to the Esplanade. Brought lunch and dinner and had a ball.

Ducky's here said...

Trader Rick, what was on your menu? The medallions of pork tartare with the sun dried mayonnaise?

Hope you ate up.

Ducky's here said...

Most of the outlets were less liberal than Lieberman but more liberal than former Sen. John Breaux, D-La.

Less liberal than Lieberman. That's generally called conservative.

Breaux is nothing but an oil and gas industry pimp. You can be centrist and be left of Breaux.

Not a very convincing study although I was struck that it admits that the big right wing bogey man, PBS is centrist.

Can't say much for the study.

Trader Rick said...

OH, BOY! Looks like we have another anonymous ultra liberal troll coming to the aid of 'jim'. Can't wait to refute his arguments if he ever comes up with one!

Mark, you must really get under these guys skins!!!

BTW, Mark, have you caught on to the scifi TV series "Falling Skies"? Really UGLY SLITHERING ALIENS WITH CRAB MOUTHS that have taken over Massachusetes and are capturing children and turning them into zombies and the patriots on motorcycles with automatic weapons and their hot girlfriends that are fighting them and their robots--
(actually better than it sounds...)

If you think of these aliens as liberal democrats, it's a really insightful program.

Ducky's here said...

Yeah Rick, I think Mark has already censored a few of my comments (apologies if he did not).

I regularly get thrown off right wing blogs although I do not resort to name calling, just laugh at statements like "most liberals aren't capable of objectivity".

I am waiting for a comment on my contention that Lieberman and Breaux aren't liberal. It's very difficult to get the fringe right to enter into discussion.

Jim said...

Hey Ducky! You never know what you're going to get from Dick except it won't be an argument or a fact.

And apparently he doesn't know what "anonymous" means.

Ducky's here said...

Well, Jim. don't be too hard on him.

He's down there in Florida listening to "Margaritaville" on a tape loop while he dreams that he saved us from the crack Aghan spec-ops night dropping and putting botulism in our Wheaties.

Mark said...

"I am waiting for a comment on my contention that Lieberman and Breaux aren't liberal. It's very difficult to get the fringe right to enter into discussion."

I don't know Breaux. Lieberman is Conservative in some ways and Liberal in more. He is as close to the true definition of "moderate" as a politician can be, I think, but still, more left than right.

Duck Breath, who said this is a discussion? I write my thoughts and invite readers to comment. If a discussion ensues or if it doesn't, I don't really care. If I want a discussion, I'll type something like, "What do you think?"

I rarely discuss. I make my points and then call you an idiot if you disagree, because I, as a Conservative, am smarter than any Liberal. Conservatives are, by and large, smarter than any Liberals, regardless of their level of education.

If you want to argue, go back to AOW's or Geeez's blog.

Mark said...

I am right. You are wrong. End of discussion.

Ducky's here said...

I tried arguing at z's. I'm banned.

Right now she's waxing eloquent on the Anthony case.

Smarter than any Liberal? Fascinating.

You must prefer Bachmann over Palin because she's the intellectual one.

Trader Rick said...

Aren't these trolls a hoot?

Mark said...

I think it's sad, Rick.

These guys are so stubbornly dedicated to Liberalism that they, like my nephew, can't see what's happening right under their noses.

What's obvious to actual thinking people is obtuse to the lemming mentality Liberals.


Jim said...

"These guys are so stubbornly dedicated to Liberalism"

I don't think so. At least I know that I'm not. Liberalism or being liberal does not dictate what I think or what I believe in or favor. I believe in what I think is right and what I think makes sense-what's logical. If that corresponds to "liberal", fine. It's not imprortant to me. You on the other hand have to have an enemy that you can demonize and dehumanize so that you can hate them and call them names.

Unlike you, I'm not an ideologue. I'm not blinded by the right.

Half the country thinks differently from you on most topics. They don't hate you.

Trader Rick said...

The proudly anonymous "I hate Logic and reason!" troll "jim" said:

"You ... have to have an enemy that you can demonize and dehumanize so that you can hate them and call them names."

That statement is patently absurd. Patriotic Americans who love their country and want the best for it's citizens would be much, much,much happier if they didn't have to fight all the evil and treason that abounds in today's toxic venemous ultra liberal society.