By: David Hernandez
SPECIAL TO HORIZONS
I respectfully take great exception to Tyler Brown’s Nov. 9 article regarding media bias. Mr. Brown is guilty of exactly what he is railing against—media bias.
Fox News is biased toward the right? Everyone knows this. However, it is truly stunning that, in an article about media bias, Mr. Brown makes no mention of ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, MSNBC, CNBC, most newspapers, etc., etc., etc. being biased towards the left.
Consider the following revelations/facts that betray an overwhelming media bias:
Recent WikiLeaks releases have betrayed stunning unethical behavior in the form of collusion with the liberal media and the Clinton Campaign to advance a liberal narrative. CNN contacted the Clinton campaign requesting questions to ask Republican candidates.
CNBC’s John Harwood contacted John Podesta (Clinton’s campaign chair) regarding what questions he should ask Jeb Bush in an upcoming interview.
WikiLeaks also revealed how Clinton staffer Donna Brazile obtained from CNN and passed on some of the Trump/Clinton Town Hall debate questions ahead of time.
Earlier this year, an NBC reporter was caught on a hot mic feeding a Clinton aide with questions just prior to an interview. There are multiple instances of reporters requesting approval from the Clinton campaign prior to publishing stories.
WikiLeaks also exposed how dozens of journalists from every major news organization OTHER than Fox News was invited to a nice dinner at John Podesta’s house. And found out all this not from an ethical, self-reporting CNN, NBC, MSNBC.
We found it out from hackers. Either Mr. Brown was unaware of this rampant bias, or he chose to overlook it due to his own bias.
Multiple studies show the CNN/MSNBC/ABC/CBS/NBC coverage of both party conventions was significantly biased in favor of the Democrats across numerous metrics.
In a stunning post-election admission, the New York Times admitted it had not reported about the elections “honestly” and was “rededicating” itself to honest reporting. At least they admitted it, albeit AFTER the election.
According to a recent Center for Public Integrity analysis, over 96% of donations from those identifying to be “…journalists, reporters, news editors or television news anchors” donated to Hillary Clinton. I repeat…over 96%.
These would include journalists like George Stephanopoulos from ABC, who donated $75,000 to the Clinton Foundation.
Judy Woodruff of PBS also donated to the Clinton Foundation, and then failed to question Clinton about newsworthy subpoenas to the Clinton Foundation during a Democratic debate that very day.
It is considered unethical for journalists to be donating to political candidates they are covering. Most voters are not so naïve as to believe that journalists who so overwhelming donate to one side of the aisle will be objective.
Mr. Brown provided flawed “empirical data” in the form of polls to back up his claim. Empirical data is important in trying to prove a point, but polls are not truly “empirical”–they can be manipulated in a desired direction simply by the questions a poll asks, or by oversampling.
An ABC News poll prior to the election showed Clinton with a 12% lead, but did not disclose that Democrats were oversampled by 9%. There are multiple examples of this, and even WikiLeaks releases showing Democrat staffers requesting oversampling “…to maximize what we get out of our media polling.”
Manipulating polls is a common political tactic to dissuade a political opponent’s supporters from voting.
If Mr. Brown wants to cite polls, there are several he could have mentioned. A very telling poll was the September 2016 Gallup poll showing that “Americans’ trust and confidence in the mass media “…to report the news fully, accurately and fairly” has dropped to its lowest level in Gallup polling history,” with only 32% saying they have “…a great deal or fair amount of trust in the media.”
Gallup also reported that voters perceived the media to be in favor of Clinton by 52% vs. 8% for Trump. While polls are not necessarily trustworthy, if you’re going to cite polls, be balanced. Otherwise, you display bias.
One need only watch the election night coverage on MSNBC, CNN, etc. and observe the on-camera spontaneous reactions of the anchors when Trump won the election—their left-leaning bias was evident for all to see.
Even fact-checking organizations are suspect these days. Mr. Brown cites Politifact, which has been documented by U.S. News and World Report (itself left-leaning) to display a liberal bias.
Media bias is everywhere. To merely pick on Fox News and cite cherry-picked data betrays a bias perhaps Mr. Brown does not even realize he displays. A more balanced, objective analysis is in order.