May 27, 2006

Media Matters

The defining issue of our time is not the Iraq war. It is not the "global war on terror." It is not our inability (or unwillingness) to ensure that all Americans have access to affordable health care. Nor is it immigration, outsourcing, or growing income inequity. It is not education, it is not global warming, and it is not Social Security.

The defining issue of our time is the media.

The dominant political force of our time is not Karl Rove or the Christian Right or Bill Clinton. It is not the ruthlessness or the tactical and strategic superiority of the Republicans, and it is not your favorite theory about what is wrong with the Democrats.

The dominant political force of our time is the media.
Jamison Foser at Media Matters. Read the rest here.


At 5/30/2006 2:32 PM, Blogger DookOfURL said...

Paladin here, but that name was taken on blogger, plus my next 5 choices, so I'll now be known as DookOfURL, for better or worse.

Dope, I don't expect you to agree with me here, because you're a partisan, just as Foser is a partisan, but I have had an interest in media criticism for some time, and my readings have led me to the conclusion that the press is biased against those they do not like (and for those they DO like) and against facts and information that do not conform with their worldview (sometimes known as master narrative).

Years ago, I bought into the theory that the press had a liberal bias. I do believe that the national press is overwhelmingly liberal (and studies have proven this), but I'm not sure this applies to our local press. In any event, the local press is not what Foser is writing about.

Several years ago (I wish I could find the article!) I read a blog post from some lefty (like Conason or Alterman) who said the press was biased against Al Gore in the '00 election. What a joke, I thought, but when I read the article, I realized that the press didn't like Gore then and tailored their reporting in the negative: invented the internet, love canal, Naomi Wolf's earth tones, etc. We got precious little about George Bush in '00. This changed in '04 when the press beat the drums about how George Bush went AWOL, but took John Kerry at his word that he was a war hero and denounced the Swift Boat Veterans without even looking into their claims (plus discounting and covering up his Winter Soldier era when he charged his fellow vets with war atrocities (himself included, but never reported in the press).

so I understand why some on the left want to play the victim and claim that the press has a conservative bias----I don't believe it. The national press is biased against those they don't like and information that doesn't fit their master narrative.

At 5/30/2006 2:44 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Gotta run, and can't respond to your comment right now.

But bummer about not being able to retain the old moniker, but the new one? Genius. Very clever!


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