"Of Course It Is"
By Ed Driscoll · September 26, 2006 05:39 PM · Oh, That Liberal Media!
John Podhoretz writes, "Mainstream Media Biased? Noooo"!
Linda Greenhouse of the New York Times — the paper of record's beat reporter on the Supreme Court — just gave a talk at Harvard in which she basically said, "Hello. My name is Linda, and I make The Nation look like the John Birch Society." Every single time anyone tells you the New York Times isn't a left-wing organ from its news columns to its wedding pages, just send him this link.Or just send him to the Times itself.
Update: In a post titled, "MSM: The Mask Is Off", Hugh Hewitt links to the Greenhouse admissions, and combines them with recent quotes by Thomas Edsall, who recently retired from the Washington Post, and Jonathan Alter of Newsweek.
As I wrote a few years ago in Tech Central Station, as far as I'm concerned, the mask started coming off with HBO (nee-CBS) insider Bernard Goldberg's Bias and Arrogance books, along with the simultaneous rise of the Blogosphere and its fact-checking skills. But Daniel Okrent's NYT op-ed (linked to above), RatherGate, the clampdown on the Swift Vets, Evan Thomas of Newsweek's 15-point spread, and a dozen other examples wrapped up the case definitively by the end of the 2004 election, which is why I don't post quite as many "See? See!" sorts of media bias posts as I did a few years ago. That case has been made, and those few liberal journalists who still claim that their profession is overwhelmingly "objective" are the ones with huge blinders on, still living in the pre-Blogosphere era of monopoly media. Or as Newsweek's Howard Fineman wrote in January of 2005:
A political party is dying before our eyes — and I don't mean the Democrats. I'm talking about the "mainstream media," which is being destroyed by the opposition (or worse, the casual disdain) of George Bush's Republican Party; by competition from other news outlets (led by the internet and Fox's canny Roger Ailes); and by its own fraying journalistic standards.But I'm always happy to see further proof admitted by those liberals within the elite media as well.
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