All about bias

In our opinion section today, we ran a piece on alleged liberal bias in the media. Naturally, Readers by a wide margin thought that there is bias. No surprise there.
We are in a conservative area and many like to see their views reinforced. They see bias in what really is objective reporting. Look, if we were in San Francisco or Greenwich Village, readers likely would see a conservaive bias. That said, it is the right that does the most whiny _ and whiny it is _ about so-called bias in the media. The curious thing is that they embrace the facets of the media that happily proclaim their conservative bias _ talk radio and Fox News. And that proves my point, some folk just want their own views  reinforced and have no interest in hearing about the other side. So, they see talk radio and Fox as the standard and the more objective media as biased. They’re not bad people, you know. It’s just human nature.

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About fsnowflack
Fred Snowflack was editorial page editor and a political columnist for the Daily Record of Morristown for almost 12 years. He has won numerous awards for editorial and column writing from the New Jersey Press Association and has written a blog on county and state politics for the last three years. He lives in Ledgewood in Morris County.

19 Responses to All about bias

  1. howard appelt says:

    you should invite a fair and balanced opinion. It is that simple.

  2. Don’t follow your point, we allow all opinions here; makes no difference how fair and balanced they are or not

  3. Bob Grant says:

    Fred,

    I am still wondering what the purpose of this so-called “survey” was. It certainly was crafted in such a fashion as to pre-ordain the results and therefore render itself useless. Who’s brainchild was this waste of space?

  4. P says:

    It lets the MSM build a stereotypical strawman that Fred can then write a piece about, telling all, and stretching credulity, that he and the press are not really liberals and conservatives are just a bunch of one-size-fits-all whiners. Mission Accomplished.

    P.S. Fred complains that conservatives only want to hear their own views reinforced. The fact that they read the DR kind of refutes that argument.

  5. Yes, P, it’s all a Commie plot. 🙂

  6. P says:

    You’re not a Commie Fred, just left of center.

  7. god Reagan says:

    It’s always Clinton or Obama’s fault.
    My son George is always without blame.

  8. Ted says:

    P, Most intelligent folk are left of center.

  9. Ted says:

    Well, William F Buckley was an intelligent conservative. He kinda made you wish he were liberal. But now we’re stuck with “Ditto” and “Becker” Heads

  10. Ted makes a good point about Buckley; I’d put George Will in that category as well — And yes, it’s quite a drop off from those men to morons like Beck and Hannity.

  11. P says:

    Beck and Hannity aren’t Conservatives, they are TV/Radio personalities with products to sell.

    Ted – hope you aren’t including yourself in the group of “intelligent” people who are left of center. If so, I’d like to suggest a recount! 😉

  12. seekntruth says:

    but still nowhere near the drop from Murrow to his self-proclaimed descendant Olbermann.

    and, to the same point, I’m pretty sure that Hannity and Beck wouldn’t compare themselves to Buckley.

    Oh right, this post was about refuting the alleged liberal bias in media. ‘Morons’ must be some objective journalistic term I’m not familiar with.

  13. Ted says:

    I forgot to mention Hannity; he’s simply a “wing nut”. P is correct, they’re all media personalities with products to sell. It’s called promotional programming. The problem is that people who should know better are not only buying their products, they’re buying thier ideology and hype.

  14. god Reagan says:

    “ideology and hype.”

    Trust me. I’m an actor/soap salesman and play leader of the free world on TV

  15. Edward France says:

    Sad to say that so much of the press is on the left. What does that mean? The average taxpayer does not get the whole story, both sides or all of the facts. I read newspapers. And it amazes me how left leaning they are. Sad indeed.

  16. Ed:
    It’s time to play a game — give one or two examples of DR reporting being left-leaning.

  17. Edward France says:

    Very easy fred. Most if the stuff that is written by laura Bruno over the years. When she was covering Morristown full time I used to ask her how her reporting could be so one sided. When one day she told me where she went to college and then “bingo!” Your paper these days does less and less local and Morris county stories. Can I put in an application to write for your paper? I would give your readers great history and behind the scenes stuff. I would also be canid and honest. If you would let me cover the county seat everybody would learn something. How about it? What would you have to lose ? I would also not be left leaning.

  18. ED:
    You are losing the game. The question was to give one or two specific examples of DR reporting being left-leaning, You did not do that. Try again.

  19. seekntruth says:

    Fred, you’re the one playing the game. First you need to differentiate between reporting and opinion. Unfortunately the line has blurred so much that it is difficult to find the difference between the two. You’ve continued that blurring in this post alone by starting with the issue of reporting bias in the media and then listing opinion people on the right as examples of conservative bias. To further compound the blurring, you then come back and ask for citations of bias in DR reporting.

    I have no issue with you or any media outlet having an opinion or political leaning as long as it is kept to the opinion/editorial pages. The problem with the reporting side is not in how it is covered but what and when it is covered.

    For example, the John Edwards affair was known as early as August 2007 but when did the mainstream media start covering it? Something like December 2008 I think. Compare that to the Mark Sanford affair, they were on it within hours. Or what about Katrina vs Oil Spill coverage? Within 4 days the lack of response by Bush was the storyline – it took until day 40 for people to start wondering about Obama. How about the ACORN scandal? A group aligned with the Democratic Party that receives large amounts of federal tax money was shown to be engaged in illegal activities. Do you think that received adequate coverage from anyone other than FOX?

    Perhaps the most striking difference in coverage is the vetting of Obama as a presidential candidate (or lack thereof) vs the coverage of Palin as vice-presidential nominee. There are too many examples to cite but I suggest that if the media had put as much scrutiny on Obama as they have Palin, he wouldn’t have made it out of the primaries.

    I don’t know what else to say Fred other than the bias does exist and you’ll lose credibility by denying it.

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