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Thursday, February 16, 2006

Liberal Media - Hell!

Over on Salon, Peter Daou shreds the myth of the 'liberal media'. And he's providing examples of how the media really has a Right-Wing bias, choosing words to soft-pedal the bad news for the administration, removing things from on-line postings, etc. For example:
++ ISSUE: Cheney shooting incident --- NARRATIVE: Bush strong, Dems weak --- EXAMPLE: CNN's Bruce Morton used the VP's shooting to repeat the tired GOP spin that Republicans are tougher than Democrats, and specifically tougher than war hero John Kerry. Morton commented that Bush and Cheney are avid hunters, and contrasted the observation with 2004 Bush campaign talking points by saying Sen. John Kerry "spent time posing with guns" two years ago, and that "voters probably saw more of him pursuing exotic sports, windsurfing and so on." The truth is Kerry has been hunting since the age of 12. As Media Matters points out, "Morton's jab echoed language Cheney used during the 2004 campaign to attack Kerry as effete and elitist."

++ ISSUE: Cheney shooting incident --- NARRATIVE: Bush and Cheney are infallible --- EXAMPLE: Jane Hamsher notes that CBS News ran a provocative news item on Monday, explaining that "Texas authorities are complaining that the Secret Service barred them from speaking to Cheney after the incident." For reasons that are still unexplained, CBS has scrubbed the report from its website without explanation.

As I recall, it was Lyndon Johnson's administration who first labeled the media 'left-wing' and 'liberal', because the anti-war movement was strong and got coverage. America didn't like the Viet Nam fiasco and the newspapers and TV reported that. (Yes, kiddies, there was once a time without the internet....) And Johnson's administration labeled them all as 'liberals' because they opposed the Viet Nam war.

The label has stuck, although modern right-wing whack jobs no longer even know what "liberal" really means. One of them wrote my local paper last week complaining about the "liberal fascists". Um, the Fascists were and are in favor of total control of the state and it's citizens by the government. To them you're no more than a tool of production to be used for the benefit of the state (which is thedictator and totalitarian government in power). So how can you have a "liberal fascist"? Correct answer - NOT POSSIBLE. The first word implies freedoms, the second implies totalitarianism - polar opposites.

So, check it out. Then find your own examples of the Right-wing Bias, and link them here. I will periodically collect and post them, and you and your friends can find some more and link them on that post, and so on. Let's become warriors against the right-wing bias in the MSM, and expose their Bush suck-up reporting.

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