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Media Bias - A Definition



In politics, conservatives often deal with an overwhelming liberal bias within the "mainstream media." This is typically just referred to as media bias. Media bias does not refer to the political punditry class, as political affiliations are usually known and the commentary is intended as opinion-oriented. Media bias not refer to media figures such as Rachel Maddow, Bill O'Reilly, and Al Sharpton who are expected to give political viewpoints. But would apply to journalists such as Dan Rather, Bob Schieffer, and Wolf Blitzer who portray themselves as unbiased.

Media bias refers to the allegedly objective journalists in print and media who intentionally - and sometimes unintentionally - report or cover stories in a way favorable to Democrats and liberals and unfavorable to Republicans and conservatives.

Examples of media bias are endless. Barack Obama received free passes in both the 2008 and 2012 presidential races as the media was primarily interested in highlighting the historic nature of Obama's campaign. While Sarah Palin was heavily criticized by the media as lacking the experience to be Vice-President, the question was never a major issue with the decidedly less-experienced Obama. In 2012, the media turned every statement by Mitt Romney (in context or otherwise) into stories that lasted weeks, while at the same time refusing to cover the Fast and Furious scandal or the Benghazi attacks with seriousness.

While VP Joe Biden could barely take the stage without making an hysterical gaffe during his tenure, his sanity or competence was never questioned in the way that Dan Quayle's was for once adding an "e" at the end of "potato" during a spelling bee. That the card was given to Quayle by the school with the incorrect spelling and that Quayle had questioned the spelling on the card is the part of the story the the media always enjoys ignoring.

While Democrats regularly get softball question and answer sessions from "serious" journalists, conservatives are usually left answering absurd questions based on absurd assumptions. When a shooter shot congresswoman Gabby Giffords of Arizona, the media had absolutely no problem claiming Sarah Palin was to blame because she once had a map on her website that had used a "target" on it to imply that it was going to be a competitive congressional race.

The problem with media bias is that the journalist and media personalities are claiming to be unbiased, fair, and objective but typically end up delivering one-sided viewpoints disguised as fact. Many Americans will not look deeper into every issue presented by the media, instead taking the stories at face value. Any information that might dispel the media bias myths has to be actively sought.

Pronunciation: me-di-a bīəs
Also Known As: Mainstream Media; Lamestream media (Sarah Palin); Dinosaur Media (Laura Ingraham)
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"In a free country, people depend on the media for their information about government and other powerful institutions. If the press sounds the alarm about some danger, people have to pay attention. But if they have lost confidence in the press – because of its biases – then there’s a good chance we’ll ignore the warning. And that could be dangerous." - Bernard Goldberg on Media Bias

"'60 Minutes' used to be synonymous with 'gotcha,' and it certainly was when it broke the Abu Ghraib story to hurt Bush in 2004, and when Dan Rather flaunted fake Texas Air National Guard documents to hurt Bush months later. In the 2008 election cycle, “60 Minutes” asked John McCain why he would 'let the Wall Street executives sail away on their yachts and leave this [bailout] on the American taxpayer?' They hammered Romney about avoiding military service – and his five sons avoiding military service. Kroft has never asked Obama about his failure to serve in the military, and he certainly never asked about whether he had premarital sex with his wife – which Mike Wallace threw at Romney." - Brent Bozell

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