October 3, 2004 |
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 |
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 |
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).