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November 24, 1992
Of course the media were biased against Bush and Perot--they quoted them. ALAN GILBERT Hollywood
August 30, 2011 | Jonah Goldberg
When asked what posed the greatest challenge to statesmen, Harold Macmillan, the former British prime minister, responded, "Events, my dear boy, events. " That's because events tend to throw everybody off their plan. For example, Hurricane Irene ended President Obama's vacation early. And the hurricane's steady deterioration upset the plans of news producers who anticipated something more dramatic for their wall-to-wall coverage. In a similar fashion, Obama and his advisors predicted the economy would do better — much better — than it has, and those predictions were wrong.
July 16, 1990
My organization serves more people locally and across the United States than any other pro-life organization in Southern California. The series reporting on both sides of the abortion issue has really surprised me. It is good to see fair and balanced reporting back in the press. We so often complain when we read something we don't like, but seldom take the opportunity to say "thank you" when we read something we do like. KATHY HOCHDERFFER Director of Education International Life Services Inc.
May 26, 2005
Re liberal media: Anyone who thinks there is a liberal bias in the media was in a coma during the Clinton presidency. Cindy Cole Huntington Beach
November 9, 2001 | MICHAEL KINSLEY, Michael Kinsley is the editor of Microsoft's online magazine, Slate
So how come media objectivity is suddenly a bad thing? Conservative press critics are in another tizzy about objectivity and balance in American journalism. Only this time, their complaint isn't the lack of these fine qualities but that there's way too much of the stuff. They don't call it objectivity or balance; they call it neutrality. But it amounts to the same thing. It means an effort to report the facts without developing--or at least without revealing--an opinion about them.
March 16, 1994 | LYNN SMITH
As soon as the Tonya Harding-Nancy Kerrigan Skategate story broke, Jack Locke saw the possibilities. A sixth-grade English teacher in the Billerica School District north of Boston, Locke had his students collect local and national newspapers and notes from TV news coverage in four categories: stories that made Harding look guilty; the "let's give Tonya a break" stories; the "Nancy Kerrigan is a saint" stories and stories that gave a balanced approach.
Lee A. Iacocca still has the fire in his belly, the angry flame that comes from years of Japan-bashing. But now the question is, does the rest of America care anymore? Can Iacocca still sell cars by wrapping himself in the flag? That's what the Chrysler chairman intends to find out in the coming weeks.
May 29, 1993
Thank you, Claudia Puig, for the somewhat overdue look at KFI radio's shift to the far right ("KFI: Turn On, Tune In, Turn Right," May 20). Although Puig considers balance for Rush Limbaugh, she fails to follow up on the fallacious allegation that "the media" has a liberal bias. Obviously, it is possible to turn on TV, radio or to pick up a newspaper or magazine and find a "business-oriented" perspective or something that the U.S. government would like the public to believe. However, only by seeking out small-circulation "alternative" publications is it possible to find out, say, American Communist Party views on labor issues, or what our government does not want us to know.
ABC News has tried hard to use the Internet to connect with viewers--and it seems finally to have achieved that, as a partisan brawl broke out Wednesday night via the daily e-mail from "Nightline" about its broadcast coverage plans on the Supreme Court decision that ended the presidential hopes of Vice President Al Gore and ensured victory for Gov. George W. Bush.
November 6, 1992
Did The Times watch the same election as I? Almost 60% of all Americans voted against Clinton. Yet, the headline on the front page says "Clinton Rolls to Decisive Victory" and your editorial refers to a "clear mandate." This is yet more evidence of media bias. KIRK HUDSON Laguna Hills
October 3, 2004 | DAVID SHAW
WHY do so many Americans think the news media are biased? One reason, I think, is the revolving door between partisan political service and television punditry. It's difficult to turn on the TV these days and not find someone offering his expert analysis of officeholders or candidates with whom he has long been personally allied and identified.
November 26, 2003
Brian Anderson's description of a liberal media behemoth starting to crumble before conservative challenges is several years behind the times ("Culture Clash," Opinion, Nov. 23). For the last several years, the story has been of an unchallenged conservative media behemoth that liberals have barely started to chip away at. Anderson's contention that Fox News exposes viewers to conservative opinions not heard elsewhere on TV is ludicrous. David Brooks, George Will, Ann Coulter, Robert Novak, Kate O'Beirne and many others all offer conservative spins on news events on channels other than Fox News.
October 9, 2003
I used to be a big supporter of The Times, even after moving to Fresno. The content and timing of the Oct. 2-7 articles questioning Arnold Schwarzenegger's character, however, changed my opinion of the newspaper. The most gratifying aspect of Schwarzenegger's victory is seeing what little influence the smear campaign had on the voters of California. This should be a wake-up call to the editors (and the professional politicians) that we're mad as hell and not going to take it anymore.
December 22, 2002 | Neal Gabler, Neal Gabler, a senior fellow at the Norman Lear Center at USC Annenberg, is the author of "Life the Movie: How Entertainment Conquered Reality."
Say something loud enough and frequently enough and a good many people will believe it is true. For decades, conservatives have howled that most major TV news sources, including ABC, CBS, NBC and CNN, and three major U.S. newspapers, the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times and the Washington Post, have a pronounced liberal slant.
December 10, 2002
In her discussion of media bias, Norah Vincent missed the big picture ("The Unbiased Truth About Media Objectivity," Commentary, Dec. 5). Underneath the self-satisfied, elitist liberalism of the New York Times and the strident, reactionary arrogance of Fox News lies a more insidious bias. The major media have for years hidden or apologized for the true motives and tactics of American foreign policy. From Vietnam to Chile to Nicaragua to East Timor to Iraq, the deaths of civilians, the racketeering for multinational corporations, the deceit by one presidential administration after another, the flouting of international law, the support of brutal dictators, the ravaging of Third World ecologies -- all have been ignored or distorted by media that are owned and funded by corporations and, therefore, obviously protect corporate interests.
August 12, 2002 | CHRISTOPHER COLE
Times television critic Howard Rosenberg has repeatedly insisted that the media's obsessive coverage of the slayings of JonBenet Ramsey and Samantha Runnion was due in no small part to the fact that both girls were white ("When Personal Tragedy Becomes Public Spectacle," Aug. 2).
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