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    Why do I harp on the bias in the media?

    This is a question I'm asked often by people I know, as well as by people on the internet. It is difficult to put into words that don't take me 15 minutes to explain, so this is why I posted the words of someone else, who has put it into terms better that I ever could have.

    This was a response to a discussion about how the MSM ignores most good economic news, and seems to always focus on negative reports about the economy. This isn't the complete reason I have become such a media watchdog, but it covers a good portion of it:

    It is not just the economy. A large percentage of Democrats think that Bush somehow blew up the WTC. A larger number hate Bush more than the terrorists, as AP, Reuters and CNN root them on with staged and phony stuff. The NYT thinks sedition in the pursuit of electoral victory is a high virtue. Republicans are stealing elections while Democrats are valiantly defending voting rights?

    If the MSM is willing to suppress the Clinton rape - as too old - while spending thousands of hours on 40 year old Bush dental records, they are quite willing to sell the Joe Wilson: "Bush lied" line. Nobody actually in Iraq, or on the ground in Katrina, thinks that the coverage of those events was remotely truthful.

    The problem is that these lefties think they are doing the public good. So what if they twist things a little? The Democrats are right damn it and we are both noble. Once this point has been reached, when it is in "the best interests of the country" to shade things a little, the danger point has been crossed. Lately it has been getting worse.

    And so it was once, when a lowly journalist came to power. His first and best tool was to conscript his brethren in the press, radio and films to help him with his brand of politics. Skilled in demagoguery and misinformation, he was eventually invited into power on a flood of public fear and dissatisfaction that he, and his friends, had created.

    Mussolini's fascism was brought in to counter his socialist and monarchist straw men, and once he was in it was too late. Hitler would later use his tactics with the press as a model.

    Remember that both Hitler and Mussolini were brought into power to the joy of most and on the wings of the propaganda the press was only too willing to help them sell.


    Posted by: robert

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    Re: Why do I harp on the bias in the media?

    So... if the 'Bias' favors your point of view, is that okay? And, how do you as individual interpret 'bias' as, in regard to the thinking and desires of another.
    Isn't it remarkable that, considering the several billion of us is living, existing on one big solitary rock, at one time, we actually get along marevelously. Although, if we each, as individuals, would shed some of the selfishness and self-aggrandizing attitudes borne within ourselves and were more willing to beharmonious and see the other person point of view, we could certainly do better. For that matter, we must... but we still have a great deal of evolving to do. As I keep seeing the image of the Apes flayling away at the obleisk in the film 2001.
    NO, none of us can have things totally our way. And there are truly DISTINCT right, true and proper ways. But it takes being considerate and beneficient IN one's nature and the willingness to comprimise.
    We all should have learned this as we grew away from childhood and took on the adult mantle. Meaning maturity and therefore strength and well-founded content of character.
    :)

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    Re: Why do I harp on the bias in the media?

    It is easy to see bias (and rightfully so) in both directions. I also feel the media gets too involved in one side or the other and fails to present the entire truth to the american public.

    I have to disagree we billions get along marvelously. I can recall being called a traitor when Bush was pushing for the war in Iraq and I was standing in a protest line. Here, a Vietnam era vet, being called a traitor, because I could NOT see that an invasion of Iraq was to prevent a man who could not strike the US, as a preemptive action. It was not to prevent him from attacking us, but for the oil of that country and the protection of an ally. Who in my mind I have doubts about anyway.

    It was not harmonious when my parents were run off the road because they had an anti-war bumper sticker on their car, then call dirty names. I have never seen the american people so nasty as when the Bush administration came into office and since that time. I was never so embarrassed to be an American as I have been the last 8 years. The administration itself has been hateful and disrespectful of other countries leaders in voicing there beliefs and their stand against our actions.

    But no one of the winning side took a stand when the rights of the people of florida were violated in elections, instead, they were made fun of, some saying, "if they are so old they cant read a ballot, they shouldnt be allowed to vote." Very considerate and compassionate of others I must say.

    No, not one of us can have everything totally our way, but each and everyone of us, MUST (or lose everything) defend the rights of all, and that includes the truthful dissemation of news in its intirety. No partial quotes, without the context. The media should be totally unbiased and supply the citizens with all the truth, not just part of it.

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    Re: Why do I harp on the bias in the media?

    Why do I harp on the bias in the media?
    The question is why you give Faux a pass when it comes to being bias as well?

    Right I know, I know, they have been proven to be less bias because they a more even distribution of right/left leaning think tank statistics, of their 20 minutes of actual news Brit Humes delivers out of a self proclaimed 24-7 cable "news" channel, in comparison too the 20 minutes ABC, CBS, and NBC give among the rest of their "entertainment" programming, on a daily basis??

    What about their 23 hours and 40 minutes of bias so-called news reporting, the rest of the day?? Fair and balanced like a drunk trying to walk a line in a sobriety test?? "What line"?

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    Re: Why do I harp on the bias in the media?

    Quote Originally Posted by Grim17
    This is a question I'm asked often by people I know, as well as by people on the internet. It is difficult to put into words that don't take me 15 minutes to explain, so this is why I posted the words of someone else, who has put it into terms better that I ever could have.

    This was a response to a discussion about how the MSM ignores most good economic news, and seems to always focus on negative reports about the economy. This isn't the complete reason I have become such a media watchdog, but it covers a good portion of it:

    It is not just the economy. A large percentage of Democrats think that Bush somehow blew up the WTC. A larger number hate Bush more than the terrorists, as AP, Reuters and CNN root them on with staged and phony stuff. The NYT thinks sedition in the pursuit of electoral victory is a high virtue. Republicans are stealing elections while Democrats are valiantly defending voting rights?

    If the MSM is willing to suppress the Clinton rape - as too old - while spending thousands of hours on 40 year old Bush dental records, they are quite willing to sell the Joe Wilson: "Bush lied" line. Nobody actually in Iraq, or on the ground in Katrina, thinks that the coverage of those events was remotely truthful.

    The problem is that these lefties think they are doing the public good. So what if they twist things a little? The Democrats are right damn it and we are both noble. Once this point has been reached, when it is in "the best interests of the country" to shade things a little, the danger point has been crossed. Lately it has been getting worse.

    And so it was once, when a lowly journalist came to power. His first and best tool was to conscript his brethren in the press, radio and films to help him with his brand of politics. Skilled in demagoguery and misinformation, he was eventually invited into power on a flood of public fear and dissatisfaction that he, and his friends, had created.

    Mussolini's fascism was brought in to counter his socialist and monarchist straw men, and once he was in it was too late. Hitler would later use his tactics with the press as a model.

    Remember that both Hitler and Mussolini were brought into power to the joy of most and on the wings of the propaganda the press was only too willing to help them sell.


    Posted by: robert
    interesting...i have seen thigns that show katrina was nowhere near what was shown on the news as well...it was way worse.
    not sure what that has to do with politics though. what does a "media bias" have to do with whether or not Bush responded to katrina well enough or fast enough? either he did or he didnt.

    the fact that the first paragraph starts out with "a large number of democrats hate bush more than terrorists, and cnn roots them on with phony footage" makes me think one thing.
    JUST ANOTHER BULLSHI.T ARTICLE.
    cmon grim, how can you take seriously somethign that states???? its absolutely pathetic..seriously..its freaking pathetic for someone to say that.

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    Re: Why do I harp on the bias in the media?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tediel
    The media should be totally unbiased and supply the citizens with all the truth, not just part of it.
    "the media" is a business....like any other business, they act however they feel will make them a lot of money via incerased ratings.

    no one passed a law that said "the media" needs to be fair and balanced, and even if they themselves say they are, its up to you and me to hear and see what they have to say and decide whether or not you beleive on your own.

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