The MoBseen: Observations as seen through the eyes of Mark
The Liberal Press. A moniker used to describe America’s media. Media of all sorts; radio, print media, and TV and the Internet. For years I’ve wondered how this term came to describe the media and reporting in the United States.
In my mind, it flew in the face of what I saw and heard and read on a daily basis. The likes of Rush Limbaugh, Anne Coulter, Imus, Bill O’Reilly, Sean Hannity, Martha Zoller, Pat Buchanan, Laura Ingraham, Glenn Beck and a laundry list of other talk show hosts are widely syndicated, very popular and all very conservative.
Many, such as Limbaugh, Imus and Coulter, to name a few, have become media icons. Very recognizable, syndicated in dozens of cities and consequently very rich. Many of these conservative talk show hosts also write columns in major market newspapers, are guests on TV news shows, are active in the world of blogging and all have their own web sites devoted to their point of view. They all have access to worldwide media that allows them to state their point of view.
The print media is also suspect and much more conservative than they would have you believe. Major newspapers such as The Wall Street Journal (coined by some as the “War Street Journal” for its support of the Iraqi conflict), The National Review and The Washington Times all support the view from the right.
The man that owns many of the media outlets in the world, Rupert Murdoch, “is a long-time supporter of the Republican Party.” Murdoch News Corporation owns Fox News, Fox Cable Networks, Fox Sports ,ESPN Star Sports, Dow Jones, DirecTV, FSN FX, Twentieth Century Fox, New York Post HarperCollins and The Weekly Standard to name but a few in the vast portfolio of Murdoch’s conservative leaning media outlets. His empire encompasses every media available today from print to radio and TV to the Internet with MySpace.com. Murdoch’s empire is worldwide with ownership of newspapers and media outlets in Britain and Asia as well.
A search of Google looking for conservative radio talk show hosts lists “about 314,000 sites” versus “about 294,000 sites” listed as liberal. I have no problem with their right to espouse their opinions. On the contrary, I welcome differing points of view and feel we and the media should question everything.
My beef is that these conservative icons continue to harp and tell us that the media is liberal and far left leaning when nothing could be further from the truth.
Are there liberal publications? Of course! Are there liberal media icons? Yes. But ask someone to name a half dozen liberal media persons, not actors or people in the entertainment industry (Rosie O’Donnell comes to mind) but liberals that write for a major newspaper or host a radio talk show program. My guess is that they can’t name but one or two. Al Franken’s name may come up although Franken is hardly a household name like Limbaugh, Hannity or Coulter. The fact is that conservative media is far more prevalent than its liberal counterpart.
According to Media Matters For America: “Sixty percent of the nation’s daily newspapers print more conservative syndicated columnists every week than progressive syndicated columnists. Only 20 percent run more progressives than conservatives, while the remaining 20 percent are evenly balanced.”
One only has to turn on the radio here in Maryland to hear the likes of Ron Smith, Bruce Elliott and Tom Marr to get their local fix of conservative talk radio. Rush, Dr. Laura Schlessinger and Sean Hannity, to name a few, are syndicated on the big stations here in Maryland, the so-called blow-torches of Maryland radio. Even the rock stations’ hosts are more right leaning than left. Think Mickey Cucchiella of 98 Rock and Ed Norris of WHFS.
Major Internet news portals like the Drudge Report are far more conservative in their news links than they are liberal.
If the National Press was as liberal as the conservative press would have you believe then why the softball questions to our political leaders such as Bush, Cheney and Rice? Has anyone from the White House Press Corps ever asked Bush directly why there were no WMD’s found in Iraq? Why did we attack Iraq, a Country with no ties to al-Qaeda and no ties to 9-11?
I’m sure they have, their responses just don’t make it to your TV set at 7:00 PM.
My guess is that the White House Press Corp doesn’t ask the tough questions because they will be denied access to the White House and everything that assignment has to offer. Think about it, you’re a newsperson assigned to the White House Press Corp, you’re on television every night, you travel on Air Force 1, you meet heads of state and people of importance on a daily basis, the nation tunes in to hear what you have to say. A pretty sweet deal! Are you going to jeopardize all of that by asking the really tough questions that need to be asked? Of course not! You go along to get along and consequently you become a pawn of the administration.
Both sides of the aisle are guilty of manipulating the press. When the Liberal Party does it and the press capitulates they too are guilty.
The next time you here the phrase “Liberal Media” or someone tells you that the press is “too liberal”, ask yourself where you heard it. Chances are it came from a Rupert Murdoch media outlet. Rupert Murdoch … “a long-time supporter of the Republican Party…”