In a report on AOL News this morning I came across a remarkable claim made by the AOL News journalist. The article was entitled Stewart-Colbert Rally Induces Media Navel Gazing. Clever. The article discusses how it seems media can longer remain neutral in political reporting and specifically about the Stewart-Colbert rally and media members attending said rally.
It discusses how NPR has banned its employees from attending in the wake of the Juan Williams firing. It says the Post will allow employees to attend but not participate. Then the article gets to, what is for me, the meat:
“Thus sparked a heated ethical debate about the conduct of media members. Should they be banned from participating in events that express an opinion, or should they — following the lead of bloggers and conservative Fox News Channel — abandon what some consider an outdated and impossible principle of pretending to have no bias?” (my emphasis)Excuse me? Follow the lead of “conservative Fox News Channel?” Did I read that correctly?
Follow the lead of “conservative Fox News Channel”? Like MSNBC’c clear neutral position with their “Lean Forward” logo in the top right corner of the screen? The “lean forward” deal is their supporting progressives “leaning” the nation and their agenda, in what they consider to be a “forward” direction. Like that totally non-biased position, ya mean? Oh, now I understand.
Like NPR’s clear non-leftward bias? Is this the same non-leftward bias demonstrated – or not I guess – by CBS, NBC, ABC, Public Television, Media Matters, Politico and all the rest? That one? Ya mean like how Newsweek, the NY Times, LA Times, Washington Post, etc., rock ribbed bastions of liberalism all, like them, are totally journalistic and not biased at all?
The article highlights the opinion of media watchdog Jim Naureckas, from Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting, who offers “I think viewers and listeners and readers would be better off knowing where a reporter is coming from.” Ahhh, Jim, lemme hook ya up here Bro. Lean in close and read my lips…. We already know “Where a reporter is coming from,” there Slick. It’s not difficult for us to figure it out. The difficulty seems to be in the reporter being honest, as well as challenging the honesty of those with a leftward bias acknowledging their favored news source is in fact biased.
I mean “MSNBC” and the “Lean Forward” logo is what? And in an effort at full disclosure, it seems Fox is now countering the MSNBC “Lean Forward” noise with something I saw last evening. They were flashing some logo in a commercial for their own network that seemingly mocks MSNBC’s with their “Move Forward.” I am not a fan of this effort by Fox, just for the record.
In a great turn of events, Obama has endorsed the Stewart-Colbert rally, claiming he is “amused” by this weekend’s events. And let’s recall Obama suggested folks get their news from the Huffington Post, where he implied he gets his news. Yeah right! The same Huffington Post that has leased $250K worth of buses to bus idiots….er, I mean attendees, to the Stewart-Colbert event in DC this weekend? That Huff Po? Clearly the Huff Po isn’t biased at all. Glad Barack gets his news from such a stellar source.
So as traditional media sinks like a bag of rocks into an abyss, and as Fox News continues to skyrocket in viewership and being the most trusted source for news in the nation, we need media telling us how they might want to review their own editorial positions and how they are presented? This is a joke, right?