Tuesday, January 04, 2005
What Liberal Media?
The central argument is that the much ballyhooed "Liberal Media" is practically non-existant. Oh, there are plenty of people talking about the "Liberal Media" but even the most casual examination of the stories covered and their content shows the fallacy of this perspective. The problem is that the narrow, conservative bias of the mass media means that when someone actually brings in even vaguely liberal opinions, they are seen as almost incredibly radical. The spectrum of accepted views and solutions is generally to the right of center politically. The national dialogue consequentially is stunted.
One interesting thing I found out (and have always suspected) was that the "qualifications" for being a pundit have almost nothing to do with journalism or expertise in policy. Anyway, I'd recommend this book if you have an interest in understanding how opinion is shaped by our media. I found it very readable.