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Media's role

  • Oct. 2nd, 2008 at 11:55 AM
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Hey, all, Melissa here.

Something a little self-indulgent today, since as a reporter, I'm obviously concerned with the way audiences view our role.

Have fun watching the debate tonight! Look forward to hearing what you think on that tomorrow....

Do you trust the media and their covering of the election? Do you think there is a liberal bias? Is it a problem for commentators (and bloggers...) to have a bias? What should the media be doing differently?

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millenium_king wrote:
Oct. 2nd, 2008 09:33 pm (UTC)
Take a poll on how many news anchors and reporters are Democrats and tell me with a straight face they are "fair and balanced" or anything but liberal.
manatees wrote:
Oct. 2nd, 2008 09:42 pm (UTC)
Have you seen Fox News lately?
lakadyn wrote:
Oct. 3rd, 2008 07:35 am (UTC)
My thoughts exactly. "Fair and Balanced"? yeah right!! "False and Deranged" is more like it.
hoppytoad79 wrote:
Oct. 2nd, 2008 09:48 pm (UTC)
The American media is biased. How much and in which direction can vary from station to station. Fox News is the epitome of biased, unbalanced reporting. Adding insult to injury is how dumbed down and fluffy the 'news' they report is made. I have no doubt those higher up lean on the reporters to say what they want the public to hear. When I want news I can trust, I go to the BBC.
millenium_king wrote:
Oct. 3rd, 2008 07:05 pm (UTC)
Hahahaha - the BBC? You have got to be kidding me! They are the worst!

Anyway, despite everyone's opposition to Fox News - it is the only conservative (or at least, non liberal) news outlet on television. And it hasn't been around that long. Prior to FOX, the only news you could get was from a liberal slant. That continues to be true today in the paper media (newspapers etc.).
hoppytoad79 wrote:
Oct. 4th, 2008 02:32 am (UTC)
The BBC is the worst? No, that would be Fox News. Yes, it may be the first with a conservative slant but all that means is it's at least as biased as network news. I have a very low opinion of and regard for the overwhelming majority of the American media, be it radio, television, or print. The BBC is a far sight better than American media.
valknott wrote:
Oct. 3rd, 2008 12:02 am (UTC)
You're making an assumption that if someone identifies with a particular party they can't be objective. You're making another assumption that Democrat = liberal. And what does "liberal" mean anyway?

Too many unjustified assumptions. Liberal bias in the mainstream media is a myth.
millenium_king wrote:
Oct. 3rd, 2008 07:31 pm (UTC)
And what does "liberal" mean anyway?

If you don't know what liberal means, you are on the wrong discussion board.
valknott wrote:
Oct. 3rd, 2008 08:01 pm (UTC)
If you knew anything about political history, you would know that the term "liberal" has been used in many different contexts over the years to denote many different political philosophies and perspectives. Today it's used by wingnuts as a simple generalized pejorative and I doubt they even understand what the term means that they are flinging around.
millenium_king wrote:
Oct. 3rd, 2008 09:38 pm (UTC)
If you knew anything about political history, you would know that the term "liberal" has been used in many different contexts over the years...

No kidding, really? However, since I assume we are not talking about the definition of "liberal" from 1856 or something, I imagine we can define a "liberal" as a person who is:

Socially Liberal: Pro gay-rights, pro-choice etc. But also pro-politically correct speach, pro-affirmative action etc.

Fiscally Liberal: Pro government aid to the underprivleged, pro progressive tax system, pro interventionist economic policy etc.

In general, the definition of "liberal" in today's world goes hand in hand with "socialist." Do we really have to have a semantics discussion here?
lurkitty wrote:
Oct. 4th, 2008 01:03 pm (UTC)
I have to laugh at the way righties use the term "socialist". Under a Republican regime, at the urging of a Republican President, we just socialized the largest amount of corporate debt ever. We just socialized the banking industry. Oh, and Godwin notwithstanding, Nazi is short for (the German equivalent of National Socialism.
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