Eat At Joes

Just a regular Joe who is angry that the USA, the country he loves, is being corrupted and damaged from within and trying to tell his fellow Americans the other half of the story that they don’t get on the TV News.

Location: Chicago, Illinois, United States

Monday, April 18, 2005

Proof Of the Media's Hard Right Bias

David Sirota has another good post here. Here is the text:

There's been a lot of debate over whether the media is "liberal" or "conservative." But as I saw this week's cover of Time Magazine, I realized just how ridiculous it is for there to even be a debate.

The cover trumpets right-wing crazy person Ann Coulter. This is a woman who advocating blowing up the New York Times offices and claimed Vietnam war hero/triple amputee Max Cleland didn't deserve to be honored for his losing his limbs on the battlefield.

In a vacuum, you can certainly argue that its fine for a magazine to explore the ramifications of Coulter on America's culture. But this isn't a vacuum. When was the last time you saw someone of equal (if not more) importance on the left promoted on the cover of America's mainstream magazines?

Take, for instance, Noam Chomsky. You can disagree with Chomsky's positions all you want - and that's fine. But the point is that most people would classify Chomsky as far to the left as Coulter is to the right. Yet, the nobel prize winning author is rarely ever seen in the mainstream media, much less on the covers of its most prominent magazines. His best-selling books and political work is considered an afterthought, while Coulter's is treated as serious and important material to be promoted and publicized.

Or, just look at the news talk shows. You see pundits from the conservative Weekly Standard or New Republic on as regular recurring guests. Yet, only once in a while do you see someone from the Nation Magazine on, despite it having a far wider circulation than these other magazines.

So the next time someone tells you that the media is "liberal," don't get mad. Instead, feel sorry for them because the facts are so clear and so overwhelming to the contrary that the only explanation for their ignorance is that they've been completely brainwashed.


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