The Mainstream Media: Biased?

There has been for quite some time now, from politically conservative circles a general disgust and discontent with the mainstream media (MSM).

The MSM being major newspapers and TV networks not named FoxNews.

Conservatives have soured on ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN due to a perceived bias against conservative causes and the like.

MSM
Do I look biased to you?

I’ve asked people on the other side of the proverbial aisle about this bias and they merely chalk it up to the active imaginations of their conservative counterparts. Of course, much rougher language is hurled at those right-wing ______ (insert favorite pejorative here).

Reading Camille Paglia’s latest contribution for Salon, I realized Paglia, who is certainly not a conservative, also sees a bias. Here are the pertinent paragraphs (emphasis mine):

Whether Palin has a national future or not will depend on her willingness to hit the books at some point and absorb more information about international history and politics than she has needed to know in her role as governor. She also needs a shrewder, cooler take on the mainstream media, with its preening bullies, cackling witches, twisted cynics and pompous windbags. The Northeastern media establishment is in decline, and everyone knows it. Palin should not have gotten into a slanging match with David Letterman or anyone else who has been obsessively defaming her or her family. Let surrogates do that stuff.

The vicious double standard is pretty obvious. Only the tabloids, for example, ran the photos of a piss-drunk Chelsea Clinton, panties exposed, falling into her car outside London clubs a few years ago. If Chelsea had been the scion of Republican bigwigs, those tacky scenes would have been trumpeted from pillar to post in the U.S. as signals of parental failures or turmoil in clan Clinton. As a Democrat, I detest the partisan machinations that have become standard in Northeastern news management and that are detectable in editorial decisions at major metropolitan newspapers nationwide. It’s why I, like a host of others, have shifted my news gathering to the Web.

Is she the only non-conservative who sees it or who sees it and dares to voice their observations?

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2 Responses to The Mainstream Media: Biased?

  1. Susy says:

    The Chelsea thing is hardly enough evidence to support the claim. Come on you never heard of Jenna’s trysts outside of trying to drink at Chuys. The media generally protects presidential children from smutty reporting.

  2. Laz says:

    You’re right I never heard of Jenna’s trysts, but I did see the pictures on ABC News, ha ha

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