“Here in Minnesota, we are experiencing a remarkable instance of how discreet liberals can be when it comes to a candidate’s personal life. Mark Dayton is running for Governor of this state, and his history of mental illness and substance abuse is hiding in plain sight–he has freely acknowledged these problems to almost-complete strangers, yet Minnesota’s reporters and editors have carefully avoided confusing the voters with information that might not reflect well on a Democrat. Somehow one senses a pattern here.”
Murdoc continues to believe that, for the most part, it’s not a “pattern” pointing toward some big Liberal conspiracy to bias the news coverage. By and large, I think it’s a product of professionals, particularly those in positions of power, of holding personal biases which cannot help but make it into the decision making about what doesn’t get covered, what does, and how it does.
Murdoc wouldn’t pretend for a moment that he’s some “fair and balanced” unbiased guy who presents things evenly and without personal opinions entering into the decisions about what to write about and how to write it. For instance, if the story on Instapundit was about a Republican politician with a shady background being covered for by the media, it’s far less likely that MO would have noted it. (Though, for the record, Murdoc’s personal bias against the news media means that they’re all in season all year round…)
Publishers, editors, and writers in the news reporting media all hold great sway over the American public. That sway has been reduced lately, but it’s still significant. When such a large percentage of those in those positions all have similar political leanings, the editorial meetings are probably quite often an echo chamber. And with relatively few options for Conservative-leaning types in the industry, a lot of them end up in the same few organizations…which then end up sounding like echo chambers on the other end of the spectrum.
Speaking of Minnesota, Murdoc knows a guy running for state rep for Fridley (District 51B). Stop by Dale Helm’s campaign page and check it out if you live in the area. Though we’ve only recently re-established contact (thanks to the magic of social networking) I knew Dale way back in the day. He’s an Eagle Scout, a National Guard vet, and Murdoc would bet he’d make a great state rep.
UPDATE: Also on the media is this:
“Once upon a time, members of the media could be counted upon to champion free expression even when nobody else would. Where the First Amendment was implicated, newspapers were willing to go to bat for everyone from neo-Nazis to Hustler magazine, and to take on powerful institutions from the Vatican to the Pentagon, often while patting themselves on the back for ’speaking truth to power.’ Yet when it comes to the Islamic question, many in the media will not even stick up for themselves. That is, to say the least, a very ominous development.”
It’s not that Murdoc is an advocate “Draw Mohammed Day” or similar crap, any more than he’s an advocate for “Piss Jesus” artwork, America-hate rhetoric, or the Alien films after the second one. But freedom of expression means freedom. It’s clear that some freedom advocates are really only advocating for some freedom and for some expressions. Namely their own.
Again, this isn’t surprising. Everyone thinks what they think because they think they’re right. The problem is when people in places of influence use their own personal opinion of what’s right to trump the law, common sense, and God-given rights.