Fox and the New York Times are two peas
in a pod. Both are right-wing corporate media tools.
"There are definite opinion makers
among the corporate media, like The Washington Post, The New York Times
and, especially, The Wall Street Journal. Their primary target audience
is the leadership cadre of society. They speak for the ownership class
to the management class. These "newspapers" (I use the cautionary
quotation marks around the word "newspapers" because of their
predilection for uncritical amplification of official government policy
and for blatant propaganda) seek to shape the opinions of the upper
"management" echelons of society: the mid-level business executives,
professors, lawyers, judges, teachers, doctors, other regional news
editors and publishers, and government administrators. They, in turn,
are expected to disseminate these approved opinions down into society in
C. Wright Mills
the vast majority of Americans are dissatisfied with the quality
of journalism (64%),
overall satisfaction with journalism has increased to 35% in
this survey from 27% who said the same in 2007. Both traditional and new media are viewed as important for the
future of journalism - 87% believe professional journalism has a
vital role to play in journalism's future, although citizen
journalism (77%) and blogging (59%) are also seen as significant
by most Americans.
Very few Americans (1%) consider blogs their most trusted source
of news, or their primary source of news (1%).
Three in four (75%) believe the Internet has had a positive
impact on the overall quality of journalism.
69% believe media companies are becoming too large and powerful
to allow for competition,
while 17% believe they are the right size to adequately compete.
Republicans (79%) and political independents (75%) are most likely
to feel disenchanted with conventional journalism, but the online
survey found 50% of Democrats also expressed similar concerns. Those
who identify themselves as "very conservative" were among the most
dissatisfied, with 89% who view traditional journalism as out of
The “real” news is out there, but you have to put a little effort into finding it. In the mean time, take what
you see on TV, read in the papers, or hear on the radio with a grain of salt, because even when
they do tell the truth, it is highly unlikely that you’re getting the whole truth.
- Liberal Media Bias - Dismantling the Myth
by Mike Bohling
Liberal Media Bias. You’re all familiar with it. You’ve probably heard it used to describe the media and news outlets
in America hundreds, if not thousands of times. People have heard it so many times that they begin to believe it.
Right wing political pundits regularly
regurgitate the term, and their followers swallow it hook, line, and sinker
without ever questioning it’s authenticity.
I invite all who believe in the Left Wing Media Conspiracy to take an honest, unbiased look at the facts that
I am about to present, as well as my opinions on the subject. Let’s see if we can put this Liberal Media Bias idea
to bed, once and for all.
First, Some Startling Numbers According to the latest Harris Poll of 1,961 U.S. adults surveyed
online between December 8 and 14, 2005…….
Forty-one percent (41%) of U.S. adults believe that Saddam Hussein had
"strong links to Al Qaeda."
Twenty-two percent (22%) of adults believe that Saddam Hussein "helped
arm and support the hijackers who attacked the United States on September 11."
Twenty-six percent (26%) of adults believe that Iraq "had weapons of mass destruction when the U.S. invaded."
Twenty-four percent (24%) of all adults believe that "several of the hijackers who attacked the United States on September 11 were
Now I ask you, if people were being unduly influenced by the Liberally Biased Media, why would so many believe the above
absurdities? It’s scary to think that these people vote, but it explains a lot. This evidence makes it clear that a Conservatively
Biased Media, not a Liberal one, has influenced a disturbingly large
portion of Americans.
Alternative News Resource American
Bill of Rights,
Fog of war,
Impeachment is Prudent,
KBOO Labor Radio,
MLK Jr. & Labor,
Resource for Writing,
The Rule of Law,
The Wordsmith Collection:
A Magazine for Writing and Creative Arts,
Negative Campaign Tactics,
Owns the US Media,
and Why is the US Government illegally wiretapping US
"There is a clear difference between those who write the
news and those who publish it.
The owners of the
presses, wire services, magazines, newspapers, and
broadcasting stations determine what
gets published, broadcast, or delivered as news.
The vast majority of the "free press" in America have sacrificed journalistic integrity
as apologists for George Bush's backwards stumble into
neo-colonialism, occupation, and endless war.
|These groups are advocates for
media reform or media democracy:
For a dose of
pro-industry, anti-regulation perspective, check out
the following sites, some of which are funded or
supported by big media companies:
These blogs cover media reform and related issues
from various angles:
And don't forget the FCC itself, at
www.fcc.gov. Many commission documents and
resources are available, including the
commissioners' opening statements from the April 30
public hearing in Tampa, Florida.
Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting:
Some Critical Media Voices Face Censorship
is the American press? Or is it
bought and paid for?
Jefferson is probably spinning in his
"Our liberty cannot be guarded but by the freedom of the
nor that be limited without danger of losing it."
--Thomas Jefferson to John Jay, 1786.
Another great leader and president,
sure bulwark of continuing
liberty is a government
strong enough to protect
the interests of the people, and a
people strong enough and
well enough informed to maintain its
sovereign control over the government."
we must ask about the "'Fourth estate" in America.
there are more profound questions to ask about the other three
branches of government.
There are too many who are too willing to overlook the hazards we face. It is frightening to admit that
our "choices" for president have little to do with the outcome
of our elections, or our nation's
domestic and foreign agenda. It makes us feel
powerless if we admit how far down a bad road we have traveled. We may
resort to denial. Some dismiss "intellectual determinism"
out of hand, after this macroeconomic reality
has consumed the body politic. Our feeble
protestations become exercises in
is telling us what the president wants us to hear, and ignoring
Our press, rather than acting as an instrument of
has been manipulated
A vigorous free press would be questioning
corporate colonialism in Iraq,
the use of our troops as mercenaries, enforcement of closed-bid
contracts, extralegal machinations at Gitmo, "rendition" for torture,attacks
on civil rights at home, and
a multiplicity of programs
enacted behind closed doors which
civil and constitutional law.
NSA program violates Americans' rights to free speech and privacy under
the First and Fourth Amendments of the Constitution."
And when Bush doggedly
insists that failure and incompetence are the best we can do, or that
job losses and deficits are "economic
growth," a free press should not allow him to make such
We need a free press which will challenge lies and demand
advocates say journalists have a crucial role to
play in a democratic system that relies on checks and balances among the
executive, legislative and judicial branches of government.
"Well, the press is like a fourth branch of government
and what it does is that it watches the other three and makes sure that
they are not doing things that they should not do, and it exposes those
things and shares them with the people so that the public can decide if
they think something is wrong," explained Tom Rosenstiel, who directs
the Project for Excellence In Journalism in Washington. "There is a
famous analogy that the press is like a spotlight that shines light in
But in point of fact, our western media is
The media is manipulated in all manners, for example
through professional public relations (PR), and covert and overt
government propaganda which disseminates propaganda as news. What are
often deemed as credible news sources can often knowingly or unknowingly
be pushing political agendas and propaganda.
PRESS CENSORS IRAN LETTER
BIG NEWS ACROSS WORLD, BUT NOT HERE IN AMERICA
And the censorship is profound, and profoundly misunderstood.
Often, the very instruments of deception are misconstrued by the spin
machine as "librul" tools.
this misconstruction serves
to mislead the American public and much of the local presses
which depend on the corporate wire services for their basic information.
Too often our headlines are incorrect or even contradict the content being
What ingratitude on the part of Bush toward his former partners in
propaganda! … The Times’s timely self-censorship proved essential
to Bush’s re-election campaign.
Providence Journal, July 12,
By John R. MacArthur
Last month, when the White House attacked
The New York Times for revealing a secret Treasury Department
surveillance program, it was tempting to conclude that the thieves were
falling out among themselves. The Times, according to Bush and his
congressional stooges, had placed Americans in grave danger by alerting
“terrorists” that U.S. authorities were trying to track their
international money transfers.
What ingratitude on the part of Bush toward his former partners in
propaganda! After all, the collaborative scare stories transmitted from
Dick Cheney’s office and Times headquarters on Saddam Hussein’s
atomic-bomb project have arguably made the Bush presidency what it is
Indeed, one could say that Bush owes his continued occupancy of the
White House to the Gray Lady of American journalism. Above and beyond
Judith Miller’s and Howell Raines’s front-page amplifications of
administration lies about Iraqi weapons of mass destruction, The Times’s
timely self-censorship proved essential to Bush’s re-election campaign.
Had the “paper of record” recorded the existence of the National
Security Agency’s warrantless (and unconstitutional) wiretapping program
before the 2004 election — instead of sitting on the story for more than
a year — we could very well be debating President John Kerry’s
equivocations on Iraq, rather than President Bush’s incessant blather
about staying the course.
But there are worse things than a pseudo-liberal newspaper’s cooperating
with malevolent power in Washington. For example, there is The Wall
Street Journal’s alarmingly mendacious suck-up response to the
Bushwhacking of The Times. http://freepress.net/news/16488
Not only does right-wing radio overtly pollute the political landscape,
but our so-called
media, when you read between the lines, delivers the same corporate
The New York Times is characterized as a liberal voice in a wilderness of
extremism by some of the more naive on the
left, and derided as a betrayer of America by some who choose
deliberate ignorance, or corporate theatre, on the right. But,
as usual, the truth lies
somewhere in between, and it's not pretty....
The New York Times represents its owners. Their views contradict the
ideas and opinions
of the majority of their writers, but those who own the presses
control the message. Thus,
the paper is
"of two minds."
In its corporate mind, and on the front page, the paper has enabled the president and his ilk
while they put one over on
America. They helped him plunge us into war by giving credence
lies and providing cover for his alibis. When Cheney predicted
mushroom clouds on
the front page, the Times buried the finding that Saddam had no
nuclear capability in the
disinformation of the back-facing back-pages of the same issue.
Here is a more current
example from the July 17 Times:
"A shared idealism is what led many liberals to join neocons in
supporting the Iraq war"
This pretence and logical fallacy defies logic.
Many progressives did
support the attempt
to capture Osama in Afghanistan, but most saw no purpose in an
attack on the crippled
country of Iraq. And the congress did not "give" the president the authority to
He specifically violated their trust and
intent in going to war, even while inspectors insisted
that no weapons existed. The conflation of these
ideas is dishonest journalism. And it
the bias and
prejudices of the Times' owners.
and they go on to pontificate...
"Is progressive realism salable? The administration’s post-9/11 message
may be more viscerally
appealing: Rid the world of evil, and do so with bravado and
An American Foreign Policy That Both Realists and Idealists
Should Fall in Love With
By ROBERT WRIGHT
This ludicrous display of sophism may have
as easily been authored by Karl Rove. What sells
for the Times or George Bush has no relation to the issues at hand.
Our policy in regard to Iraq
is not fodder for a corporate sales meeting, nor should it be. The deliberation should
human lives and the consequences of this
arrogant abuse of power.
for whom? These imperious right-wing autocrats and pundits
need to develop some
And in the "other mind" of the Times, writers laboring under the
illusion that their ideas
can survive a constant barrage of contradiction by their editors, publisher, and
still manage to deliver some
cogent comments now and again, as in...
The Cost of Executive
"The president’s constant efforts to assert
his power to act without consent or consultation has
warped the war on terror. The unity and sense of national purpose that
followed 9/11 is gone,
replaced by suspicion and divisiveness that never needed to emerge.
The president had no need
to go it alone — everyone wanted to go with him. Both parties in
Congress were eager to show
they were tough on terrorism. But the obsession with presidential
prerogatives created fights
where no fights needed to occur and made huge messes out of programs
that could have
more efficiently within the rules. "
The Real Agenda
Much of the Bush
administration's response to
the attacks of Sept. 11 had far less to do with fighting Osama bin
Laden than with expanding presidential power.
So, the Times tries to have it both ways... and
the American public lose in this "news
delivered by corporate filter." One would
hope that while our country is
going down the tubes,
our debt skyrocketing, casualties mounting, and
chaos continuing... that these plutocrats
might pause to consider the efficacy of this tacit
support for Bush incompetence...
but I will not hold my breath.
If you buy the line that our media is "librul," I know where you can get a
deal on a bridge...
Perhaps the New York Times could try to render it "salable."
Lake Oswego, OR
Post Script: Perhaps what we all need is a timely reintroduction
to the basics
of what our first Amendment really means: We need some
to the Free Speech Clause of the First Amendment
"Congress shall make no law
respecting an establishment
of religion, or prohibiting the
free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the
press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to
petition the Government for a
redress of grievances."
Stanley Crouch: Balancing act for the press, government
Sacramento Bee, USA -
20 minutes ago
... The truer tears should have been shed for
America, which had been duped. ... it all adds up to at
this point is a belief in the freedom of the press
Local TV Is No. 1 Source of News for Americans
According to a recent Gallup Poll, local television news, once behind the national network news in national
viewership, is the source of news
that Americans most frequently use. Local newspapers rank second in
frequency of use, followed by the nightly network news and cable news
networks. Use of the Internet
for news has grown rapidly over the past
decade, but it continues to rank well behind conventional
Campaign Watchdogs Challenge Licenses of Area TV Stations
From Salem Stateman Journal, December 26, 2006 By Steve Law
Public-interest groups are challenging
the broadcast license renewals of eight Portland-Salem television stations, charging they fail to
provide enough news coverage of local elections. http://www.freepress.net/news/19992
Step Shy of Book-Burning
The White House has begun
closing the Enviromental Protection Agency's research libraries to the
public and to its own staff, cementing Bush's reputation as usher of a
new dark age.