The Main Stream Media: Hoist By Their Own Petard
by Melvyn_Fein
 Social Commentary
January 09, 2012 10:04 AM | 1336 views | 1 1 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

The New York Times is in trouble.  Many of its employees are claiming that their employer is not treating them fairly.  A newspaper that has been a champion of social justice for others is thus being accused of violating the tenets of social justice at home.

I am reminded of the sad plight of Newsweek Magazine.  It too has been undone, at least in part, by its single-minded, often hypocritical, advocacy of liberal causes.  But let me explain what I mean.

Many decades ago, not long after I graduated from college, I began subscribing to Newsweek.  I was then a liberal, but even after I migrated to the conservative side, I kept up my subscription.  Keeping abreast of liberal opinion was useful in helping me develop my own outlook.

But in time, Newsweek became ever more left wing.  Instead of simulating an aura of balance, it wore its biases on its sleeve.  A conventional wisdom feature that habitually awarded liberal causes an up-arrow, while simultaneously being uniformly negative regarding conservative achievements, particularly annoyed me.

In due course, I felt that my intelligence and integrity were being insulted.  As a result, I sent the editors a letter to complain of their egregious favoritism.  To this, I received no response.  About a year later I sent off another missive, with the same result.

Not long after this I decided that I was no longer learning anything from the magazine.  Its attitudes were so predictable that I could see them coming without having to read them.  I, therefore, ended my subscription, but accompanied my departure with a letter of explanation.

The only reply to this that I received was several years of correspondence begging me to rejoin the Newsweek family.  Needless to say, I did not.

But I must not have been alone.  Where once the magazine had been hugely influential, it descended into an also-ran status.  The numbers of subscribers dramatically declined and the journal’s profitability went with them.

So what did the editors learn from this experience?  Apparently nothing.  They were obviously not paying attention.  Accordingly, their editorial biases became ever more flagrant and their authority continued to erode.

This, however, seems to be the fate of the liberal media in general.  While part of the problem is attributable to technological shifts, i.e., the advent of the Internet, much of this damage is self-inflicted.  Liberals refuse to learn.  Even going out of business does not seem to alter their course.

True-believers, such as those at Newsweek or the New York Times, do not change their minds.  This is because facts have nothing to do with their convictions.  Fortunately for the rest of us, the effect has been institutional suicide.  But just how far this trend will go, only time will tell.

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Kevin Foley
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January 09, 2012
Any coverage that offers a look at all sides of an issue is branded automatically by conservatives as "liberal." What conservatives seem to want is news coverage that affirms and/or reinforces their own beliefs and biases. This is why Fox News has been so successful.

The "fair and balanced" network is really nothing more than the communications arm of the conservative wing of the GOP. And I'm not talking about the opinion shows on Fox, I'm talking about their "straight news" division, which routinely distorts facts to promote its agenda.

Yes, liberal spin occasionally creeps into MSM stories, but nothing on the scope and scale seen on Fox News.
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