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"Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard." — Henry Louis Mencken (1880-1956)

Sunday, December 03, 2006

We have met the enemy, and he is a friend of the "M(isleading)ainstream Media"

Read this article by Boston Herald columnist Jules Crittenden:

The AP, of course, has been delivering unbalanced reports about U.S. national politics for some time, as when President Bush, whom AP reporters despise, is barely allowed to state his case on an issue before his critics are given twice as much space to pummel him. The AP, once a just-the-facts news delivery service, has lost its rudder. It has become a partisan, anti-American news agency that seeks to undercut a wartime president and American soldiers in the field. It is providing fraudulent, shoddy goods. It doesn’t even recognize it has a problem.

And, buy this book (or beg your library to get it -- the price is pretty high):

BLACKSBURG, VA., November 30, 2006 -- Jim A. Kuypers, assistant professor of communication in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences at Virginia Tech, reveals a disturbing world of media bias in his new book Bush's War: Media Bias and Justifications for War in a Terrorist Age (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc. 2006).

Convincingly and without resorting to partisan politics, Kuypers strongly illustrates in eight chapters “how the press failed America in its coverage on the War on Terror.” In each comparison, Kuypers “detected massive bias on the part of the press.” In fact, Kuypers calls the mainstream news media an “anti-democratic institution” in the conclusion.

Media bias is corrupting our society. Foolish people like this "Young Democrat" actually believe the balderdash published by organizations like the Associated Press.

Most of us have little ability to counter the poisonous effects of media bias, but we can do some good by encouraging people like Professor Kuypers to publish credible criticisms. I know, it costs money to encourage him and others to fight the good fight; but what else can you do?


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