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February 21, 2005

More Visceral MSM Bias Exposed

Bill Keller, New York Times executive editor reportedly had a few words about bloggers and the new media (HT: Drudge):

[Keller] noted that, according to a recent opinion poll, the public’s trust in journalists is at its lowest point in decades. He attributed this in part to the increasingly polarized nature of the American public, who look to the press for support of their viewpoints.

“At the moment,” he said, “the major press is under attack from ideologues on the right and left.”

Keller revealed the hopelessness of his position with the following words as characterized by the Columbia Spectator reporter:
Keller also sees “blogging,” or online writing that blurs news and commentary, as a mixed blessing. While he celebrated the blogger’s ability to uncover breaking news, he noted that a blog’s inherent bias might be detrimental to the reader. “A blog is still a view of the world through a pinhole,” he said, noting that it can sometimes fall as low as being a “one man [censored].”
Rather than point the finger at biased bloggers for masquerading as journalists, perhaps the MSM elite should remove their veils from behind which they pedal their bias that masquerades as objectivity.

Keller's remarks remind of a line from the CBS report explaining what went wrong with Rathergate:

The combination of a new 60 Minutes Wednesday management team, great deference given to a highly respected producer and the network’s news anchor, competitive pressures, and a zealous belief in the truth of the segment seem to have led many to disregard some fundamental journalistic principles. (emphasis added)
The fact that the CBS report could not determine political motivation for airing the segment, is proof enough to me of the extent to which the MSM is viscerally biased.

My previous post on visceral bias and the MSM can be read here.

Posted by Rick at February 21, 2005 08:04 PM

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Rick, the underlying problem here (and I want to get into this further on a later date) is that the blogsophere has been good at outing dumb media folks, but what becomes of the blogosphere when the MSM cleans up its act? You have to think that one day that will happen. Where will that leave us?

Posted by: Matt at February 21, 2005 10:30 PM

"what becomes of the blogosphere when the MSM cleans up its act"

There will be an increasing tendency by the MSM to bring bloggers into the fold (editors and talk show pundits) they will also send more reporters to cover the blogosphere (and even have them blog more themselves).

Hugh Hewitt will be one of the first to "sell out" so to speak. He's spoken and blogged on many occassions that he would like to see a weekend news hosted by a prominent blogger, featuring a panel of bloggers.

Then bloggers will have to check the sell outs :-)

Posted by: Rick Brady at February 21, 2005 10:43 PM

Rick - The MSM has been narrow minded and bigoted for 60 years. Everyone with an open mind suspected this but Rathergate proved it. Eason just added mor proof of MSM bigotry. They will die before they "clean up their act". The fact that Turner's folk forced Eason out after only 3 weeks of heat (none coming from the "MSM") indicates theat the MSM is in fact no longer "mainstream" and the fact that they continue to smear America with lies shows they do not care.

Posted by: Rod Stanton at February 22, 2005 06:53 AM

And I thought I was cynical.

Posted by: Matt at February 22, 2005 12:37 PM