Sunday, October 24, 2004

DON'T JUST ASSUME WE HAVE A "LIBERAL MEDIA" BECAUSE YOU HEAR THAT TERM SO OFTEN...

I'm really getting obsessive about some of this political stuff as the election approaches. Aieee!!! Anyway, you should be glad I have OCD because if I didn't I might not have provided all these links to good articles which help to explode the "liberal media" myth. There is good "talking points" information to be found here. Enjoy! Read! Study! Have constructive conversations with all your GOP friends!

http://gadflyer.com/ammodump/?AmmoDumpID=4 This one has four common conservative "liberal media" arguments... you know, the usual old statements you've heard so many times: "All reporters are liberals", "Journalists try to get Democrats elected", "Conservatives get shut out of the media", and "The media accept liberalism as the norm, but see conservatism as aberrant". These arguments are incorrect, and the article points out WHY. Take some time to study this one.

http://www.huppi.com/kangaroo/L-liberalmedia.htm This is a nice article which begins like this: "Conservatives often promote the myth that the U.S. media are liberal. This myth serves several purposes: it raises public skepticism about liberal news stories, hides conservative bias when it appears, and goads the media to the right. GOP strategist William Kristol also reveals another reason: "I admit it: the liberal media were never that powerful, and the whole thing was often used as an excuse by conservatives for conservative failures." Read it all... it gets better!

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6435.htm This is actually a 60-minute movie that starts playing when you go to the site. It features Noam Chomsky and other intellectual types. I don't know when I will have time to sit and watch the whole thing. The first few minutes did look pretty promising, though.

http://www.spiritone.com/~gdy52150/lm.htm An excellent collection of links!

http://www.democraticunderground.com/articles/02/07/12_mrc.html Article about how the "liberal media" is a fictitious enemy created by the conservatives.

http://www.liberalslant.com/ A nice website with links to good articles.

http://pearlyabraham.tripod.com/htmls/myth-media.html Nice site, into which the site administrator has put a lot of work.

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2004/09/26/INGAG8T2FR1.DTL Article explores CBS and NY Times apologies (how the Dan Rather apology got more attention than the NY Times apology... the Times flat-out said it was duped, although it used the more decorous phrase "taken in" by the rhetoric leading up to the Iraq war). Interesting.

http://archives.cnn.com/2002/ALLPOLITICS/02/21/column.billpress/ Bill Press attacks Bernard Goldberg's book "Bias", explaining why most of it is fallacious.

http://archives.cnn.com/2002/ALLPOLITICS/02/21/column.billpress/ Another nice one that's critical of Goldberg and of the "liberal media" myth in general.

http://www.counterpunch.org/chuckmanmedia.html Points out a number of items that make the myth seem preposterous at best.

http://www.commondreams.org/views/061900-101.htm More on Goldberg, and about how numbers can be cooked to "prove" the myth.

http://www.opednews.com/holhut_072804_outfoxed.htm The film "Outfoxed" (about how fair and balanced FOX really isn't) and how FOX and the myth are related.

http://www.dailyhowler.com/h030402_1.shtml Ever heard of the Media Research Center? It's a very "unbiased" conservative group. Read about it here!

http://www.westernherald.com/vnews/display.v/ART/2002/02/21/3c75883ed6cf7?in_archive=1 This article explores the ways in which our media is driven by not much other than profit. If this is true, how can it be liberal?

http://www.inthesetimes.com/site/main/article/798/ Interesting article about media coverage during the days after Reagan's death. Reader comments included.

2 Comments:

Blogger Jericho Brown said...

You've got some great links here, snave. Thank God for OCD (my wife says I have it,too), because it's those obsessive, never-resting people that are going to make the difference in this election. Kerry WILL win. Can't you feel it? BTW, I'm going to post a permanent link to your blog on mine. DO the same for me, aight?

6:00 AM  
Blogger Lizzy said...

I'd have to agree. Sometimes having OCD can be very helpful!

9:28 AM  

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