What Liberal Bias?

curiousmay9 sent me a link to this arti­cle this morning:
The Mighty Windbags
“Thir­ty years ago, con­ser­v­a­tives embarked on a plan to sub­vert jour­nal­ism and skew Amer­i­ca to the right. They suc­ceed­ed beyond their wildest dreams.”

I learned some­thing I did­n’t know before. Gore nev­er claimed to have invent­ed the inter­net. That was a fab­ri­ca­tion straight from the Repub­li­can party.

A young writer for Rupert Mur­doch’s neo­con­ser­v­a­tive Week­ly Stan­dard named Matt Labash—whom I hired into right-wing jour­nal­ism at The Amer­i­can Spectator—was prob­a­bly laugh­ing, too, when he was inter­viewed by Colum­bia Jour­nal­ism Review part­ner Web site JournalismJobs.com. The inter­view­er asked, “Why have con­ser­v­a­tive media out­lets like The Week­ly Stan­dard and FOX News Chan­nel become more pop­u­lar in recent years?” In his answer, Labash con­ced­ed that con­ser­v­a­tives reject in their own media the stan­dards of fair­ness, accu­ra­cy, and unbi­ased cov­er­age that they demand from the “lib­er­al media.” He unmasked the hypocrisy at the heart of these endeavors:

“Because they feed the rage. We bring pain to the lib­er­al media. I say that mock­ing­ly but it’s true some­what … While these hand-wring­ing Free­dom Forum types talk about objec­tiv­i­ty, the con­ser­v­a­tive media like to rap the lib­er­al media on the knuck­les for not being objec­tive. We’ve cre­at­ed this cot­tage indus­try in which it pays to be un-objec­tive … It’s a great way to have your cake and eat it too. Crit­i­cize oth­er peo­ple for not being objec­tive. Be as sub­jec­tive as you want. It’s a great lit­tle racket.”

Cur­rent Mood: 🙁melan­choly
Cyn is Rick's wife, Katie's Mom, and Esther & Oliver's Mémé. She's also a professional geek, avid reader, fledgling coder, enthusiastic gamer (TTRPGs), occasional singer, and devoted stitcher.
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