FLORIDA, May 14, 2013 — What is the most detrimental aspect of media bias?
Many people happily remember the days when alphabet networks and urban newspapers dominated our country’s media structure. In terms of bias, was this really such an idyllic time? During the years ahead, can media bias be expected to worsen?
In this second part of our discussion, Brent Bozell, president of the Media Research Center, answers these pertinent questions. A syndicated columnist as well, he has established himself as one of our country’s most well-known critics of perceived leftist media bias.
Bozell also tells us about what inspired him to become a media critic and the most surprising thing that he has learned about the American media throughout his career.
Joseph F. Cotto: What would you say is the most detrimental aspect of media bias?
L. Brent Bozell III: Dishonesty. Journalists should acknowledge their personal biases and find ways to balance them. Then and only then are they striving for objectivity. Objectivity in turn should seek truth at all times. A biased journalist presenting his opinion as truth is being disingenuous. Unfortunately, so many in America are so often misled because of this.
How many Americans believe that Planned Parenthood performs mamograms and not abortions? How many voters believed Rick Santorum wanted to take away your contraceptives?
Cotto: Many people happily remember the days when alphabet networks and urban newspapers dominated our country’s media structure. In terms of bias, was this really such an idyllic time?
Bozell: No, but is sure as hell was better than this.
Cotto: During the years ahead, do you expect media bias to worsen?
Bozell: That’s a good question. In some quarters, yes. It is amazing to see the degree to which the liberal press has gone far left. There is not even a pretense of objectivity. They are now exercising the flip side of bias by commission, the bias by omission, wherein stories are simply not being reported. NBC asked Obama if he’d heard of the Dr. Gosnell murder trial. His answer could have been, “I watch NBC so I have no idea what you’re talking about.” NBC itself had refused to cover it.
On the other hand there will continue to be such a proliferation of news and information outlets, particularly through the internet, that it will be impossible to keep the lid on the news. Stories will get out, and the truth will become apparent.
Cotto: What inspired you to become a media critic?
Bozell: It became evident to me back in ‘82 that this was the weakest element of the conservative movement: the ability to confront and neutralize the leftist press.Without that ability, everything our movement advances was being compromised, with one good idea (or candidate) turned into raw sewage after going through the prism of the liberal media. It is why Ronald Reagan’s victory was so remarkable, and in the eyes of the press, shocking. He broke through the barracks.
Cotto: Throughout your career, what is the most surprising thing that you have learned about the American media?
Bozell: As silly as it sounds, it is surprising just how liberal they really are, so aggressively liberal, in fact, that they’d rather go down in flames than give any kind of voice to conservatives. They really do hate everything our movement stands for. We will have the last laugh. They will go down in flames.
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