What Liberal Media?

What Liberal Media?

The Truth About Bias and the News

Book - 2003
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The question of whose interests the media protects--and how--has achieved holy-grail-like significance. Is media bias keeping us from getting the whole story? If so, who is at fault? Is it the liberals who are purported to be running the newsrooms, television and radio stations of this country, duping an unsuspecting public into mistaking their party line for news? Or is it the conservatives who have identified media bias as a reliably inflammatory rallying cry around which to consolidate their political base as they cynically "work the refs?" The media has become so pervasive in our lives that regardless of exactly where on the ideological fence you sit, the question of media bias has become all but unavoidable.Most of the criticism (and anger) has so far emanated from the political Right, which has offered us the rather unconvincing argument that a systematic Left bias is destroying the quality of news and debate in our country today. Journalist and historian Eric Alterman begs to differ. What Liberal Media? confronts the question of liberal bias and, in so doing, provides a sharp and utterly convincing assessment of the realities of political bias in the news. In distinct contrast to the conclusions reached by Ann Coulter, Bernard Goldberg, Sean Hannity, and Bill O'Reilly, Alterman finds the media to be, on the whole, far more conservative than liberal, though it is possible to find evidence for both views. The fact that conservatives howl so much louder and more effectively than liberals is one significant reason that big media is always on its guard for "liberal" bias but gives conservative bias a free pass. After reading What Liberal Media? you will understand that the real news story of recent years is not whether this newspaper, or that news anchor, is biased but rather to what extent the entire news industry is organized to communicate conservative views and push our politics to the right--regardless of how "liberal" any given reporter may be.
Publisher: New York : Basic Books, c2003.
ISBN: 9780465001767
0465001769
Characteristics: xiv, 322 p. ;,24 cm.

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DebAK Mar 29, 2016

TcclUser, as a good liberal you forget you do the same thing. So, it is only wrong when someone else does it, right?

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TcclUser
Mar 20, 2016

LoL.... you know you've got a winner when you see lots of one star reviews by grumpy conservatives decrying something as "liberal propaganda".

So yeah... read this book if for no other reason than to see what's got them so unhappy . If these conservatives can't control all the media then they will do their best to discourage anything that doesn't fit their political narrative. Jokes on you GOP !!!

These same people give 5 stars to Ann Coulter, Sean Hannity, G. Gordon Liddy, Glen Beck and claim they are prophets of " The Real Truth"...lol.

LRS1969 Nov 23, 2015

Very good points in dismantling an intentional myth.

The vast majority of the media is conservative with some moderates and liberal media decidedly bringing up the rear.

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StarGladiator
Apr 05, 2014

This book would be best read at the same time one read's Jane Mayer's outstanding book, Dark Money - - they are really synergistically entwined.
An event not covered in the book, but validates it perfectly, was the dual instances of a national march which took place during the Bush Administration, each time when warrantless wiretapping was front page news, and each time knocking it off the front page.
I'm referring to the two immigration marches which were organized by Spanish-language radio stations, which were owned by the Blackstone Group [founded by Peter G. Peterson and Stephan Schwartzman - - with Rockefeller money; Peterson a Rockefeller protege, Schwartzman inducted into Yale's Skull & Bones by upperclassman, George W. Bush].

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