The so-called Liberal Media

By Tim Wayne  

Jamison Foser of Media Matters has a fantastic summation of the lack of balance in the media that is a must read this morning.  (Found it via Christie Hardin Smith on FDL, by way of Atrios, and I'm most grateful.  It is a wonderfully put together read and set of links.)  Here is a portion that needs further emphasis:

It's easy enough to look past the obvious, if unintentional, double standard. After all, if the public isn't well-served by the sort of inane, substance-free mockery and derision to which the media have subjected progressives in recent years, such treatment of conservatives would merely even the score, not necessarily constitute a move toward more responsible treatment of serious issues. So we might see the lack of sophomoric taunting as a positive.

That would be a mistake. The political media aren't becoming more responsible; they're simply continuing to direct their scorn at Democrats and progressives. Just this week, media have hyped purported Democratic disarray while downplaying or ignoring altogether GOP infighting; falsely suggested that Nancy Pelosi is as unpopular as President Bush; asserted that Democrats — who do not yet actually control Congress and won't until next year — are "starting to feel some of the pressure" of catching Osama bin Laden without explaining how Bush and the GOP let him get away; and suggested that Nancy Pelosi, who hasn't even become speaker of the House yet, is already "damaged goods." Meanwhile, Trent Lott, who has as good a claim on being "damaged goods" as anyone, is the beneficiary of a media whitewash of his history of associating himself with racist organizations and ideas. Fox News, not typically known for subtlety or for downplaying controversy, told viewers that Lott "ran into a little bit of difficulty, but now he's making a comeback." Yes, that unpleasantness about his suggestion that America would be better off had a segregationist been elected president is behind him, and Lott is now ready, we presume, to act as a uniter, not a divider. Right.

Go and read the entire, glorious essay. Jamison is a treasure, and this is one of his best in a string of great ones this year.  After you read it, you'll need a laugh — because it's incredibly frustrating to see the entire media imbalance spew laid out in meticulous detail and then not be peeved — so I'm including a link to Bob Geiger's round-up of the best in editorial cartoons.  Some great ones this morning.

What can we do about the media issue?  Short of continuing to call them on bullshit and pressuring them at every opportunity where it is needed, I'm stumped.  Maybe we should throw a soiree with some cocktail weenies…now that's an attention grabber, I hear.

(this post ripped off entirely).

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2 Comments

  1. Posted November 19, 2006 at 7:29 am | Permalink

    LOL. This is the same media that helped the democrats demonize republicans for the last six years, and as a result, win this election. LOL.

  2. Posted November 20, 2006 at 10:24 am | Permalink

    If you turn on the teevee on any given Sunday, you are far, far more
    likely to see some right-winger bloviating and obfuscating than his
    liberal counterpart (and I say "his" because it's also almost always a dude, not a chick). Here's some numbers and a study for you (and spare me the "oh, that Media Matters is librul and their statistics can't be trusted"—the fact is, this is a count, not a sample, and anyone can count. You and I could count and we would each come up with the same numbers). This is just one example. The ongoing narratives have been anti-liberal for a while now, getting moreso with each passing year, as conservatives "work the ref" of the media.