Over the past few decades,
and certainly since the Nixon era, prominent conservative spokesmen and
Republican leaders (and their staunch foot-soldiers in the media)
have invented the notion of a "liberal media" in the United
States, as a means of deceiving the public and gaining political
power. Quite a few excellent books have studied and chronicled this
phenomenon, and among the most compelling are: David Brock's The
Republican Noise Machine [simply referred to as "Brock"
on this website] and Eric Alterman's What
Liberal Media (simply referred to as "Alterman"
on this website). Joe Conason and Gene Lyons' The
Hunting of the President (simply referred to as "Conason"
on this website), is another book that is of utmost importance to
understand how the media in this country works. [NOTE: I highly recommend that you purchase
and read these books].
conservatives gained more power in the American media and political
landscape, their cries of a "liberal media" seem to have
gone up rather than down. Here, I show that claims that the American
media is (overall) "liberal" are fiction.
Now, before you send me a
hundred emails with an article here and an article there supposedly
showing "liberal bias", let me define what I mean when I say
the media is not biased "liberal". I mean that:
(a) When you consider the overall behavior of the media,
it does not tilt liberal; rather, it tilts conservative.
(b) For every article you send me claiming a "liberal bias",
there exists more than one article that shows not just conservative
bias but just shoddy reporting that favors conservative positions.
Thus, the point of this website is NOT to argue that one cannot find
some liberal bias in reporting in some cases; it is to show that, by
and large, there is far more conservative bias and pro-conservative
disinformation in the media than liberal bias.
If I were to put it very
kindly, I would argue that a major fraction of the media in the United
States [and here I am excluding the overtly fraudulent conservative
media outlets] is a "he-said she-said" media that devotes
little effort to calling a spade a spade or to an independent
evaluation of supposed "facts". With such a journalistically
compromised mode of operation, when inept "he-said,
she-said" reporting meets generous amounts of fiction and
disinformation - more from Republican or Conservative
leaders or media outlets, than from Democratic or Progressive leaders
or media outlets - the result is a media that overall tilts
conservative. It is no surprise then that vast swaths of the American
electorate remain deeply misinformed about the most important things
of consequence to their lives.