For a long time, I’ve been meaning to vent some frustration about bias in the media, but it seems like such a tired, old horse to beat that I frankly don’t want to bore my beloved readers with it. Honestly, I find liberal media bias so transparently obvious that to write about it would be an unnecessary and long-winded essay that would be altogether trite. Fortunately, however, better writers than I have tackled this subject. Taking another link from Soundfury (might as well if it’s good, right?), I point you too Orson Scott Card’s guest column over at OpinionJournal.
Card says there’s a bias to be found at Fox News, and I would completely agree. However, Card defends this bias:
When a nation is at war–which on 9/11 we finally realized that we are–we don’t want to hear the news from neutral parties. We want the news to be accurate, yes–and Fox has had its share of painfully accurate scoops that nobody wanted to hear, but which we needed to know. But when a negative story comes out, we want the people telling us the news to say it with regret. And when America wins, we want our news media to tell us with excitement and happiness.
In other words, we want to hear the truth from a friend.
What makes the liberal bias in the mainstream media so pernicious is that they deny that they’re biased and insist that their twisted version of events is “reality,” and anyone who disagrees with them is either mentally or morally suspect. In other words, they’re fanatics. And, like all good fanatics, they’re utterly convinced that they’re in sole possession of virtue and truth.
I’m not sure I would so harshly characterize the mainstream media (though I have met individual liberals who deserve the harshness), but I think Card hits the nail on the head: the real problem with bias in the mainstream media is that it is an unconfessed bias. That is what really bothers me. After all, avoiding all bias is nearly impossible, but to try to ignore it or deny it is irresponsible and arrogant.
A personal note: Orson Scott Card is one of my favorite science-fiction writers. He wrote one of the few books I’ve read twice: Ender’s Game