Thursday, September 18, 2008

The Constant Bias Of The Media

I don’t want to be accused of beating a dead horse but it has gotten to the point that it is difficult to find an article written by the Associated Press or on one of the Big Three network sites that is unbiased. So called “journalists” are now nothing more than editorialists.

The latest example is this article about by Joe Milica of the Associated Press Joe Biden’s comments on John McCain’s economic plan. Article available here

The article has the usual slant, giving one side (not McCain’s) and ignoring that Obama’s plan has come under similar attacks. So, in other words, it is routine fare for the liberal media.

There are a couple of glaring examples of out and out bias though.

First of all, there is the little matter of Joe Biden’s remark that paying taxes is patriotic. The article quoted Biden as saying this: (all emphasis mine)

"We want to take money and put it back in the pocket of middle-class people," Biden said. Of those who would pay more, he said: "It's time to be patriotic ... time to jump in, time to be part of the deal, time to help get America out of the rut."

Somehow McCain took Biden’s remark to mean that it was patriotic to raise taxes, so the article took McCain to task for his misinterpretation.

McCain misstated Biden's remark when he told supporters at a rally in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, that Biden had said "raising taxes is patriotic."

Then we have this:

In a new TV ad that repeats widely debunked claims about the Democratic tax plan, McCain's campaign charges that Obama would increase the federal government amid an economic crisis. Contending that "a big government casts a big shadow on us all," the ad features the image of a shadow slowly covering a sleeping baby as a narrator misstates the reach of the Obama tax proposal.

widely debunked claims (this is another liberal media trick, who is widely debunking McCain’s claims?)

We also have this fun part, though not quite as obvious, definitely twisting the facts.

Although McCain claims Obama would raise taxes, the independent Tax Policy Center and other groups conclude that four out of five U.S. households would receive tax cuts under Obama's proposals.

This statement is fun in that it may be both true and false at the same time. Maybe 4 out of 5 households would receive tax cuts, by their math though, 20% of the households are missing. Furthermore, Obama himself has said he would raise taxes, it is patriotic after all. Further, the author ignores the fact that not all of the mentioned 80% of households pay taxes and therefore cannot get tax cuts. The author obviously subscribes to the Democratic notion that people who do not pay taxes can still get a tax cut. Finally, the author himself quoted Biden as saying they would raise taxes. Unless I am guilty of misinterpreting this: “Of those who would pay more”.

As I said, it is nothing more than standard fair for the liberal media, that doesn’t mean it is any less tiresome and nauseating. But then again, maybe I’m just misstating the article.

Note: no horses, dead or alive, were harmed in the writing of this blog.


Pasadena Closet Conservative said...

And now they want to take over talk radio with their stupid Fairness Doctrine so they can drive it into the ground like they did Air America. Real smart cookies, those Libs!

The WordSmith from Nantucket said...

Note: no horses, dead or alive, were harmed in the writing of this blog.

Arrr, that's verily funny Gar, Where can I find a bottle o'rum, me fellow bloganeer?

MK said...

I'm expecting the bias to get worse and worse. The media will sacrifice their integrity and just about sell their mothers out to get Obama into the Whitehouse. He must not lose this one. I just hope the rest of America is onto this, otherwise you folks are going to find out what life is like under socialism where you who don't agree with the establishment have no voice, no option and no recourse.

Just so you know, in case you visit my blog and wonder why no new posts, Wordpress have put my blog on hold, apparently they are reviewing it because they are concerned by the content i have on it. Hopefully it's nothing but, i'll have to wait and see, for now i can't put any new posts which is a bummer.

DD2 aka Debonair Dude said...

You never seem to hear anything bad about Bambi do you. If he goofs up and he does it on a daily basis, there seem to always be an excuse to cover it up.
Like when he said he would sit down with ahmadinijad, that was swept away fast.....

Nancy Swider said...

The media bias will get worse, but thats just fine in my opinion because people are seeing through it. As I talk about over at my blog today, there is a severe hubris problem over at the Obama campaign. They, the media and the obama campaign, think they have this in the bag. They are blatantly cheerleading for a campaign and that will backfire. People do not trust them anymore.

Chuck said...

Pasadena, notice how they don't talk about the fairness doctrine for the print media or cable news. Personally, I don't think the fairness doctrine would pass a Supreme court 1st amendment test.

Wordsmith, didn't want any libs on my arse.

MK, sorry about your blog. Hopefully they get you back online soon.

DD2 and Nancy, I think the voters are on to the media, I think even the media is on to the media

Karen said...

I think that with all the stuff thrown at McCain/Palin and it is still virtually tied, that in itself is incredible. Optimism is the word of the day.

shoprat said...

It is patriotic to pay your fair share of a REASONABLE tax but it is very unpatriotic for one to ask others to pay higher and unreasonable taxes without a better return from the government. Taxing a person beyond a certain point should be criminal.

Chuck said...

Karen, there is strong suspicion on both sides that Obama could be overpolling. I have heard comments from Dems and GOPers that ideally, Obama needs a 5 - 8 point lead to be truly ahead

Shoprat, well put

Aurora said...

I heard a little Dem pinch of fluff throwing these media acquired stats about McCain and Obama around most authoritatively recently. I wonder how many sheeple are taking all this on board and writing it sanctimoniously into blogs all over the country? The western media has a lot to answer for in the mess our society has become. I wonder how each one of those citizens who write all that trash think they're going to pay their bills when their leftist candidates destroy the economy.