The Liberal Press?
The mainstream media tend towards liberalism. I think it’s true and rather easy to detect. When I reference media bias, I’m talking about how they report the news. News, not opinion. The sexy thing these days is to opine — subtly and sometimes not so subtly —by interjecting snarky comments, alter intonation or making tell-tale facial expressions while reporting the news. Other methods are to use pejorative adjectives when they are not appropriate and harassing an interviewee by asking a closed question — one that requires a simple yes or no answer — in different iterations until getting the answer that cosigns the ‘opinion’ of the interviewer. These antics to not achieve journalisms moral imperative, which is to ultimately uncover the truth.
It’s easy for Democrats to poo-poo complaints from members of the Republican Party — and it’s numerous derivatives — that the media are, by nature, ‘Leftist’ in their agenda and slant news reporting accordingly. But it doesn’t take deep inspection — only courage and fair-mindedness — to realize the accusation is valid.
This is not to say that there aren’t media outlets that counterpunch the ‘Left’ jabs of the mainstream media — Fox News and Brietbart come readily to mind in being the most notable in this regard but there are others, especially on AM and subscription radio as well as online— but they, obstensibly, were spawned in direct response to the ‘Liberal media’ complaint of Conservatives and there many factions.
What I have observed in media is a moving away from the neutrality that should be the lynchpin of solid, objective reporting. Reliable journalism demands that news editors be ever vigilant to make sure their reporters are ‘staying out of the story’ by not demonstrating even a semblance of bias in their reporting. News people should regard this as gospel and be constantly aware of the human tendency to editorialize when doing straight news.
For instance, is a reporter who says, ‘The president continues to flip-flop on various issues …’ as opposed to ‘The president continues to change his policy on various issues ….’ being neutral about the president’s actions or is he or she expressing an opinion about the president’s changes of mind? Does the term ‘flip-flop’ express a personal (and perjorative) point of view in a way that the word ‘change’ does not?
Increasingly, there is a penchant by news persons to ask questions that ‘lead’ to a response that agrees with their point of view. For instance, is ‘Were the president’s tweets an attempt to sway public opinion about James Comey’s recollection of their discussions’ a leading question whereas ‘What do you think of the president’s tweets about James Comey’ is not?
A shout out to the news media: Report the news, and let the chips of what opinion the public forms fall where they may.
For the record, I am a Democrat.