Sunday, June 03, 2012

There is no “liberal media” (yet again)

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Debunking the lie of the “liberal media” once more, this time courtesy of the Pew Research Center’s acclaimed Project for Excellence in Journalism:

The results are undeniable: The U.S.’s 24-hour cable news cycle has consistently covered President Obama in a much harsher light since the beginning of the race last year, whereas it’s been practically glowing over Mitt Romney. And given how the Pew Research Center is widely renown across the spectrum for its nonpartisan and objective approach, when it finds a lack of evidence to support a notion of bias, it’s usually a safe bet that that said bias is, in fact, nonexistent.

Once again, there is no “liberal media”, nor has there ever been. There are only reporters (as separate from commentators) who convey actual facts and sniff out misinformation (albeit with varying levels of competence). The fact that most of the manure clogging up political discourse these days comes from the Right is neither a liberal fantasy, nor indicative of the media’s imaginary penchant for propagating conservative martyrdom. Of course, those who kvetch about the “liberal media” are generally the sort who think the President is a far-Left socialist and that any positive coverage of him, no matter how trite or mundane, is too much positive coverage, so they’ve already made quite clear their aversion to anything resembling facts, evidence and reality itself.

As usual, Stephen Colbert said it best: “We know that polls are just a collection of statistics that reflect what people are thinking in ‘reality’. And reality has a well-known liberal bias.

(via Political Irony)