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MEDIA: Liberal bias led to 2011 whopper

Letter by Craig Chilton, Bonney Lake on Jan. 3, 2012 at 11:36 am with 22 Comments »
January 3, 2012 12:14 pm

Re: “Lies, damn lies and the four biggest whoppers of 2011″ (TNT, 12-27).

The journalist did not pick the whopper of the year. I believe that award should go to the mainstream media for trying to convince us that the Tea Party and the Occupy protests were similar.

The Tea Party protesters were ordinary citizens who were mostly middle-aged or older. They wanted lower taxes, limited government and less federal spending. Their protests were peaceful and had few police incidents.

The Occupy protesters were mostly young people, uninformed college students and left-wing radicals. They railed against capitalism and the wealthy 1 percent. Within weeks, hundreds were arrested on various charges, violence broke out and police security cost the taxpayers millions.

A supporting award should go to President Obama. He stated a month after the Occupy movement began that it is “not that different from some of the protests we saw coming from the Tea Party.” Really?

How could the media get this story so wrong? The reason is the vast majority of journalists are pro-Democrat, and they wanted to legitimize the Occupy protests to help Obama with his class-warfare campaign strategy. It was a futile attempt.

This just reinforces what Republicans already believe. The Republican presidential candidate has to beat Obama and the mainstream media to win the presidency.

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  1. A Chilton Classic!

    Craig rails on the media for being wrong and then says this:

    “The Occupy protesters were mostly young people, uninformed college students and left-wing radicals.”

    Craig, you’ll never get a clear view of the current events by subjecting yourself to the Faux News Propaganda Machine.

  2. Since Craig is making the old “liberal bias” claim (without substance), I’ll post this:

    “Media Matters for America, the liberal media watchdog organization, has conducted a systematic study of the commentary sections in U.S. newspapers. “The results show that in paper after paper, state after state, and region after region, conservative syndicated columnists get more space than their progressive counterparts,” they conclude. “Sixty percent of the nation’s daily newspapers print more conservative syndicated columnists every week than progressive syndicated columnists.”

  3. BlaineCGarver says:

    So what, X6? Believing ANY media outlet leads one to a bias of some kind. BTW, please acknowledge the difference between OPINION Tv, and New Broadcasting. When I watched the OWS and other events in other cities, I saw stupid kids, welfare sponges, and anarchists taking advantage of a media circus. Pooping on cars, open air sex, drugs and rock and roll, drum lines and other idiotic Hippy Stuff does not impress those that work and pay taxes. The rich could care less what you do.

  4. Blaine – you are about as good as Chilton and the “media”. I didn’t attend one OWS rally, but in your mind I did because I call Chilton on his ridiculous letter.

    At the same time, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to view the major media and see past the “take a bath, hippie”, right wing bleets.

    I won’t even try to get you to comprehend the lack of logic in saying that the OWS rallies had no effect. Just look in the mirror.

  5. truthbusterguy says:

    It’s early in 2012 but so for this letter is in the running for the “best letter of 2012″. And that’s the truth from the TBG.

    But I am afraid we have not seen anything yet. Their boys obama and inslee will need a lot of sugarcoating and bias to make these two look good. Question is, can the TNT polish a t#@d.

  6. chile74 says:

    Excellent, Craig and you are right about the Occupy group but you left out Susan Sarandon, Bill Ayers and Michael Moore – part of the 1%.

    X6 – you’re quoting a liberal media watchdog to give us an “unbiased” view of liberal bias? You have to be kidding.
    Here’s a study for you – in 2008 a survey of NBC, ABC and CBS employees showed 1,160 of them contributed $1,020,816 to the Dems and 193 contributed 142,000 to the Republicans. It doesn’t take much research to find numerous articles and surveys on liberal bias.

    Is Scott Pelley, Diane Sawyer and Brian Williams – anchors on the networks liberals X6?

    Does the TNT have more editorials by liberal or conservatives?
    How about political cartoons? More liberal? Bush was in the cartoons at least 3 out of 6 every Saturday and sometimes 5 of 6. Obama is in one at most and sometimes not at all.

  7. chile – donations by employees don’t designate the polical stand of a media source. If that were so, all major media would be conservative, as all major media is owned by conservative interests.

    Your survey of the TNT cartoons is a laugh, but thanks I needed one. All presidents get their fair share of lampooning.

    The Media Matters survey was of print sources, thus, if they are wrong, you should be able to prove it. Until then, I’ll suggest that you are shooting in the dark.

  8. Where did Pelley, Sawyer and Williams declare their political leanings?

    Let me guess. They are not conservative enough for YOU.

  9. I might add to what X6 has said and point out the Rupert Murdock (head of News corp parent of Faux news) gave over 1 million dollars to a single Republican campaign committee in 2010. That is the one he has to admit to but probably there is much more not to mention all the free air time and support he gives Republicans on Faux news every day.

  10. chile74 says:

    X6 – donations show that the vast majority of media employees are Democrats/liberals. Network Liberals don’t donate to Republicans and they don’t vote for Republicans. What they do do is slant the coverage – liberal bias. Numerous studies show journalists vote primarily for Democrats. 2005 UCLA study – “almost all major media outlets tilt to the left. Newspaper’s news pages are liberal.” As I staed X6, there are numerous studies.

    All major media are owned by corporations. They only care about making money. It is the people who work for the media outlets (predominately liberals) who slant the coverage or news.

    The news anchors are all liberals to include Katie Couric, Dan Rather and Ted Koppel. Where have you been, X6?

    There are very few conservative political cartoonists. However, the TNT could be more fair. The cartoons do play a role in politics. Wise up, X6.

  11. menopaws says:

    Ask Brian Baird about the death threats he received from those peace loving Tea Party whack jobs during the health care debate….or the two other Congressman who got spit on and had to hire security for their town hall meetings during the health care debate…….This stuff about those peace loving Tea Party types is pure fiction—they may, indeed be older, but some of them are really mean-spirited, aggressive people……….And, I might add, according to the Standard and Poors report, which you all should read, they got our credit rating downgraded after their behavior over raising the debt ceiling……I don’t think that is benign or harmless and I’d rather deal with the Occupy people than those who use their power to do harm to this country’s credit rating…..But, hey, they take their orders from Grover and Rupert………Let’s not live in fantasy land here—some of these whack jobs actually blog about harming the President.

  12. “Network Liberals don’t donate to Republicans”

    The 21 year old copy fluffer isn’t a “network liberal”. Someone thinks the only employees in the media on the on-screen talent.

    “The news anchors are all liberals to include Katie Couric, Dan Rather and Ted Koppel.”

    And they declared this when? Your personal bias is showing again.

    Read about the UCLA study and have a laugh.


    The lead paragraph – While the editorial page of The Wall Street Journal is conservative, the newspaper’s news pages are liberal, even more liberal than The New York Times. The Drudge Report may have a right-wing reputation, but it leans left. Coverage by public television and radio is conservative compared to the rest of the mainstream media. Meanwhile, almost all major media outlets tilt to the left. – is a killer.

    So much for your example of TV anchors…

  13. Groseclose was such an unbiased source for a survey, that he wrote a book to sell.


  14. Conservative complaints about supposed “bias” in the press says more about the complainers than about the media.

    Remember the leftist zealots from the 60’s? They had a black-or-white, no-middle-ground view of the world. They were convinced that everyone who wasn’t with them was the enemy. This was exemplified by Eldridge Cleaver’s famous statement, “You’re either part of the solution, or part of the problem.”

    Today’s conservative zealots have exactly the same black-or-white, no-middle-ground view of the world, equally convinced that everyone who isn’t with them is the enemy. Their attitude is exemplified by George W. Bush’s statement “You either stand with us or with the terrorists.”

    What the zealots of both sides have in common are attacks on the press. Why? Simple – because zealots think that everyone who isn’t on their side is against them, and when the press does its job and remains neutral, it isn’t on anyone’s side. So it’s seen by both sides as the enemy.

    Let’s face it, conservatives don’t really object to all bias. If they objected to all bias, they’d also express outrage at Fox News, The Wall Street Journal, or others. But do they? No.

    So the complaints of today’s conservative zealots, like their 1960’s leftist counterparts, isn’t that the press is biased against them – it’s that the press isn’t biased towards them. The sad fact is that today’s conservative zealots, like their leftists counterparts from the 60’s, LIKE bias in the press. They WANT bias in the press. They just want to make sure it’s THEIR bias in the press.

  15. Eldridge Cleaver’s famous statement, “You’re either part of the solution, or part of the problem.”

    So….when Bush said “you’re either with us or against us” that made him a 60’s leftist zealot?

  16. Eldridge Cleaver joined the LDS and became a member of the Republican Party.

  17. He was subsequently put in jail for crack cocaine and burglary….while he was a conservative Republican.

  18. “So….when Bush said “you’re either with us or against us” that made him a 60′s leftist zealot”

    No, Bush is an example of how the right-wing zealots of today have a very similar attitude and use some of the same rhetoric as the leftists zealots from the 60’s. I thought I made that pretty clear.

  19. Pacman33 says:

    “Media Matters for America, the liberal media watchdog organization, has conducted a systematic study …”
    …. which has amazingly come to a predictable determination that would be consistent with the skewed findings of a partisan organization.

    LOL. It is simply disturbing to accept the fact that someone this out of touch with reality is wandering around amongst the rest of us. One can only hope their contact with the vulnerable youth is minimal. How do you entertain a study on Partisan Media Bias conducted by ….. a self-described Partisan Biased Media Organization. Only to then, consciously determine and proclaim it to be … substance.

    I believe we might have witnessed something truly extraordinary here.

  20. beerBoy says:

    ehill – my post was intentionally absurd, meant to parody the blather about “Alinsky tactics” and other hyperventilating claims from our Savage friends who Rush to find bizarre lefty conspiracies behind anything with any amount of correlation.

  21. southsoundpatriots says:

    Beating the media is going to be tougher than beating Obama.

  22. bB,

    Sorry. One of the problems with this written medium is the inability to see tone.

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