US Media Liberally Biased

Christa - posted on 05/14/2010 ( 22 moms have responded )

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Here is more evidence that you can't trust the US mainstream media to give you a fair and balanced report.



http://lauraingraham.com/b/TV-networks-r...



May 7, 2010

TV networks rip Arizona's immigration law by a ratio of 12 to 1

Posted by Staff

When political scientists compare populism and elitism, they could certainly find a test case in the new Arizona law on immigration enforcement. While Rasmussen found 70 percent of Arizonans favored the crackdown on illegal aliens, and new national media polls found majority support as well, ABC, CBS, and NBC denounced the popular will as short-sighted and discriminatory.



From April 23 to May 3, the top three television networks offered viewers 50 stories and interview segments on their morning and evening news programs. The tone was strongly hostile to the law and promotional to the "growing storm" of left-wing protesters: 37 stories (or 74 percent) were negative, 10 were neutral, and only three were positive toward the Arizona law's passage -- 12 negative stories for every one that leaned positive. Stories were much kinder and sympathetic to illegal aliens than they were to police officers. Cops were potential abusers of power. Entering the country illegally was not an abuse of power. It was portrayed as an honorable step by the powerless.



The soundbite count was also slanted, with 92 quotes against the law and only 52 in favor. The pro-law numbers, however, included many soundbites of Arizona public officials defending themselves against liberal charges that they were racists or in favor of racial profiling...









Although I'm sure some will say this is biased, how will we ever know what the actual truth is??

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Isobel - posted on 05/15/2010

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My post said that we have been discussing the fact that this law is popular with Arizonians for a long time...we all knew those numbers, I didn't misunderstand, I think you may have.

I have told my children since they were old enough to start watching TV that it only exists for one reason...to sell you stuff. Cash is king, and whatever the advertisers want you to hear is what you will hear.

That being said, since advertisers want their message to be presented to the biggest audience possible (and they spend a LOT of money finding out what the biggest audience is), isn't it interesting that you find that the majority of stations choose to present a liberal slant? Doesn't that suggest that corporations, after doing millions of dollars of research, have found that the majority of people have some sort of liberal leanings?

Johnny - posted on 05/14/2010

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Liberally biased, not as a general rule although I do think that most media are terrible at hiding their own personal viewpoints. My experience has been that when it comes to anything that I know the real story about from experience or having been there, the media gets at least half their facts wrong. At a bare minimum. I've been quoted 3 times by newspapers (in college & once in high school) and every time it was incorrect and did not even come close to reflecting my point of view. I would agree that the media does seem to be missing the boat on this particular story though.

Surprisingly, the reports I've heard here on the CBC coming out of Arizona (done by our reporters) seem to much more accurately reflect what I am hearing here on COM from those in Arizona than what I've heard on CNN, CBS, ABC, etc. Yesterday the radio had a 1/2 hour documentary on the experiences of Arizona ranchers that was pretty interesting & enlightening. They didn't paint them out like crazy conservatives, but like frustrated good citizens.

LaCi - posted on 05/16/2010

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You shouldn't be able to endorse anyone after you abandon your elected office. That should be a rule. Or lead any "movements"

Sara - posted on 05/15/2010

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I think it's just safe to assume that absolutely NOTHING is unbiased. It's impossible. Bias is just a part of human nature, period. I'm not sure the media has never NOT been biased, and it's kind of ridiculous to expect. I know that from my perspective, I try to look at things with a critical eye. I also think there are some news sources that are more biased than others, different degrees if you will. I'm honeslty kind of sick of all this talk about liberal bias in the media...there's bias everywhere, liberal and conservative....it depends on where you live.

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I agree with you Laci, Sarah Palin should just go away! Weren't her 15 minutes up already? She needs to get her nose out of Arizona politics since she is no longer an elected politician!

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Rosie - posted on 05/16/2010

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mary, that's almost enough to get me off the bandwagon!! lol!!! not quite enough though, i think i'll just forget that i heard that.....

LaCi - posted on 05/16/2010

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Sarah Palin should just go away. I was pretty stoked when I saw Rand Paul running for something in KY, but before I even got a chance to see if he was as fantastic as his daddy was she jumped over here to endorse him and now I honestly don't give a damn about him. Way to kill my political fun, Palin. Off topic. sorry. ;D

ME - posted on 05/16/2010

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Sarah Palin has jumped on AZ's bandwagon...I'm hopeful that this will make some of the more sensible Americans who haven't thought this through completely, take a second look. SP tends to sink whatever or whoever she is supporting...so...*fingers crossed!

LaCi - posted on 05/15/2010

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Most news agencies are extremely biased. You have to take all the views and come to an opinion about it. I stick to reuters mostly, IMO its a fairly balanced source. I used to seek out underground news agencies, I avoid those now as well.

News agencies in the US aren't allowed to report on certain issues. A few years back they were going to do a report on our dairy products and hormones, antibiotics, etc. They were quickly told not to and the reporters who continued investigation were fired. Just one example. Everything is controlled, corporations stick their hands in everything. You can't speak out against large industries unless you want to go bankrupt in a long lawsuit against their lawyers and endless funding. We pretend the suppression of information in other countries is a travesty without realizing we do the same thing, its only less obvious to us.

ME - posted on 05/15/2010

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I agree, every news agency is biased in some way. They either present the facts that support the position they think is right, or they present ONLY the stories that support their point of view, or (if they're fox) they make up stories that support their agenda. I get the "news" from as many sources as possible, including the BBC, NPR, Local news, CNN and internet sources...then I go do research on my own. People who think that the news is just the news are pathetically misinformed! I almost never watch fox or msnbc because I can form my own opinions...I don't need anyone to do it for me.

Mary - posted on 05/15/2010

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I'm not sure that all the news is liberally biased, but I do think it is almost always biased to some slant, depending on the source. As long as there are humans who possess emotions writing and presenting it, I think that will always be the case.



Like Carol, any news story that I have personal knowledge of always seems to be lacking the complete story. Certain aspects that support a particular opinion seem to be emphasised, while those that detract from that view are either minimized, or absent altogether. This is not just true of political or governmental stories, but basic human interest stories as well. It seems that these days, most news stories are sensationalized with the hopes of grabbing attention, and the COMPLETE truth of any story is of secondary importance.



Perfect example...the local news here did a piece over Mother's Day about moms who have lost a child, and how difficult the day can be for some women. They included some sob story from a woman who had given birth to a stillborn at 37 weeks, and how she still grieved for her "Baby Matthew". Truly heart-wrenching stuff...except, I recognized her, and vividly remembered her delivery. She was brought in by ambo, bleeding profusely and writhing in pain - she was abrupting, and yes, the baby was already dead. Terribly sad, BUT...she was high on crack (which caused the abruption that killed her baby), and had never gotten any prenatal care. Trust me, none of that came up in that clip. Sort of changes the picture though, doesn't it?

Suzette - posted on 05/14/2010

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Carol,

That's one of the ranchers I was referring to. They weren't sure whether it was the Drug Cartel or not, at the time. There have been similar shootings that have happened much closer to my parents' place. There's ranches closer to my parents, Skeleton Canyon is only a few hours away from where they live. I'm glad that someone else has heard it, not having been there, on a different news station. Honestly, I'm a bit surprised that the truth actually reached a news station all the way in Canada though. lol. Happy that it did, but a bit surprised nonetheless.

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Are you just noticing that the media is biased? That's REALLY old news. I clearly remember song lyrics from the 70's denouncing the liberal bias of the network news.

Johnny - posted on 05/14/2010

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http://www.cbc.ca/dispatches/

Click on the mp3 version part one to hear it, or you can download the podcast to be able to fast forward to the right part. I didn't bother to listen to the whole thing from the online version before posting this, so I'm not sure if they included the interviews that were done with two other ranchers after the show. It might be on a different show so let me know and I can try to find it (I just don't want to listen to the whole thing online because my computer speakers have bad feedback)

Here's another news story on it from the Canadian Press:

http://news.sympatico.ctv.ca/World/Conte...

Christa - posted on 05/14/2010

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Carol do you have a link to your news that you were talking about? I'd like to check that out. :-)

Rosie - posted on 05/14/2010

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with the immigration issue yes it is biased. i am mostly libertarian, leaning more liberal. like i mentioned in the thread about the flooding, the media loves a good scandal, or people acting crazy. and sorry to say christa, but conservatives make that crazy news story easy most of the time, lol!

Suzette - posted on 05/14/2010

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Christa,



I stopped watching the news long ago, on any matter, because it seems that they report the negative on everything. Whether it's about the War, new bills/laws, etc. There are only certain things that get reported, or certain news stations going against one another (retarded in my opinion), that seem to be positive. I was sick of hearing the hype so I stopped watching. I get my reports from online, research what I can, and get news that way. It seems to work a lot better than watching the news as I get more positive feedback. Though, since i've become more pregnant, I don't do much of that anymore either. If I get too worked up on certain things, and I can with certain issues (lol), then I can get too stressed and it's not good for my condition. (High risk and all.)

Christa - posted on 05/14/2010

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Amie and Laura, you seem to have missed the point. I'm not discussing whether the AZ law is right or wrong. Simply that polls show that the majority are in favor of it, yet if you were to watch the main news stations you are given the impression that the majority is against it. This is not accurate representation of what's going on in our country and it’s not UNBIASED reporting.

Isobel - posted on 05/14/2010

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Interesting...where I live, I had heard those numbers LONG ago...in fact, on COM we discussed that it was popular with 70% of Arizonians. Where's the secret? I'm confused.

There are plenty of things that are popular with the masses facing difficulties that are not really good ideas.

Sharon - posted on 05/14/2010

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In regards to Arizonas' law, I already knew the news stations were reporting false numbers. Barring a few hispanics - everyone down here is looking forward to that law.

I work with several hispanic women and all of them are looking forward to this law. My immediate supervisor is white married to a hispanic, he is so fed up with illegal mexican immigrants and the border crossers he won't even speak spanish.

I haven't really trusted the news for a long time. Even if its not politically slanted for a purpose, its slanted for sensationalism. Making most of it untrustworthy.

Amie - posted on 05/14/2010

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Maybe it just proves that the country is more liberal than conservatives like to think?

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