Just my opinion ...
When I hear people complain about bias in the news media, I can't help but laugh. Grave concern about this "problem" is endemic among BOTH my Conservative, and my Liberal friends.
Just one little complication to the argument ...
When it comes to news (especially as it relates to politics), "Bias" is pretty much in the eye of the beholder.
- If a news story agrees with your opinion, or supports your candidate, it's judged to be "fair".
- If on the other hand, a news story is critical of your views, and/or supports the views of those you disagree with, it's quite obviously "biased".
The really funny thing is; in today's day and age, when you sit down at your computer, turn on the tv, or even head over to the town bookstore, you're almost guaranteed to find hundreds, if not thousands, of stories and articles of BOTH the "fair", and the "biased" variety.
Media bias may have been a valid concern back in the 70s or even the early 80s, when there were only a couple of TV channels, and no Internet to offer variety from the news and opinion in the local paper. But in 2008, no matter what your political persuasion or interest advocacy, you are almost guaranteed to be able to find ample media sources that support and lend credence to ideas and opinions that you already hold.
Here's the real kicker for me; the next time you hear someone complain about media bias, check this out ...
- You will almost Never hear someone complain that they themselves feel uninformed because the media is too biased.
- The concern is almost Always that other people (who are obviously less savvy) may in some way be influenced by the biased media ... and thus form views and opinions that are "wrong".
That should tell you all you need to know about whether this a Real issue or not.
Just my opinion of course,