Monday, January 24, 2005

Media Partisanship

I just wanted to note that we ought to try to distinguish between media bias and media partisanship. Media bias is the term we should use when news coverage is slanted as a result of the honest perceptions of the overwhelmingly liberal press. Partisanship is what we saw for the last year from a press which was trying to win an election for their candidate.

Media bias is a problem. Partisanship, such as what we saw from CBS, is a much bigger problem. The Prowler at the American Spectator had a quote a few years back from a retired Democrat (unnamed), who laughed and said that Republicans would be a lot angrier about media bias than they already are, if they only knew how closely Democrats and the news media coordinated the news coverage.

I'll have some examples of this kind of partisanship later this morning.


Blogger Dana said...

Given youe differentiation between bias and partisanship, I'd say that we should always be using the latter in describing most of the mainstream media. Can you think of a time in recent years that CNN, the big three networks, or the NYT hasn't been actively campaigning for democrats?

2:20 PM, January 25, 2005  

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