The right has spent years in an effort to discredit the mainstream media by continuously calling them the liberal media. The media in turn believes that they are non-biased and in an effort to show their non-partiality they bend over backwards to give the right a pass when they have obviously distorted, hidden or lied about the issues at hand.
The evidence is overwhelming now that the media never pressed the government in the run-up to the Iraq War. Republicans in charge were mostly never challenged and when they were met with accusations of being anti-war pacifists or unpatriotic. The Republicans used this opportunity to push the limits and avoid the serious questions that we all should have been asking.
Now, the press has gradually found the testicular fortitude to put these issues in the public spotlight. The New York Times obviously put the recently leaked NIE information out in the public, and they have been continuously labeled liberal for doing this. But the point is they actually helped with bolstering the run-up to the war with Judith Miller’s non-researched propaganda from the Bush administration. Maybe the NY Times felt a little guilty for doing the wrong thing 3 years ago. Maybe they have actually grown some cajones and the White House doesn’t scare them any more.
But, not all news media matured the same. For example, as Jon Stewart pointed out Newsweek couldn’t bring itself to putting the same cover on all of the editions of their magazine this week. Three out of four of the covers featured a question about the US effort in Afghanistan. The domestic cover featured the pictures of Annie Leibovitz.
If America is truly “free” as George W Bush parades out every time he feels insecure about the publics view on the War in Iraq, then why is the liberal media like Newsweek afraid to put the facts out there in the public eye?
I’m guessing that the Conservative Extremists have been successful in the propaganda wars. They have painted the media as liberal and the media over compensate for that painting. The result is that news is presented as biased to the right in the media’s effort to over compensate, and the media continues to be painted as leaning left. The general public then creates a world view in their imagination biased to the right.
For example, in the War in Iraq the media continues to equate the War on Terror with the War in Iraq, even though they are two separate issues. But by linking these two problems the right creates an illusion that fighting the War in Iraq is needed to make us safe in America - the Neocon version of the world.
Bob Woodward is releasing his new book, "State of Denial," Monday. This book details the problems with the Bush administrations conducting of the War on Terror. But, we have had a large number of books written by White House insiders detailing the ineffective nature of the Bush administration, but none have seemed to make an impact. The right argues that anything negative is wrong, or a common mistake that anyone could have made, and the public is generally happy with this response. So, will the release of this book be any different?
Well, the Washington Post wrote a piece about the book and this liberal media outlet seems to be a bit middle of the road on the book.
But, the popular media - The Today Show, actually made an effort at assessing the Bush administration’s Iraq War. Maybe there is some hope that more people will grow cajones and tell us the truth without fear.
Don't forget what Stephen Colbert said, "Reality has a well-known liberal bias."
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