Monday, October 27, 2008

Why I Don't Like To Watch The Evening News

If I ever have a heart attack, the chances are it will occur between 6:30 and 7 p.m. on a weeknight. It is during that 30-minute time period that my blood pressure is consistently elevated to dangerous levels. We no longer have evening news - we only get evening commentaries from the liberal left. No longer is there even an attempt made at objectivity. The blatant campaigning that the majority of news outlets have done for Obama has, I fear, forever damaged the Fourth Estate.

Newspapers across the country are seeing subscription rates continue to decline. To be fair, this is in part due to the increased availability of "know-it-now" news via the Internet. However, newspapers have always had as their strength local coverage, but even that is not holding sway over readers any longer. My local paper is incredibly one-sided on their editorial page and in their coverage of issues. I canceled my subscription because I refused to help their advertising rates by increasing their subscription base. I would rather pay more for a single copy of the paper when I buy it than support their editorial board in any way. I am not alone in this.

Thankfully, there may be a few honest reporters left. Here's one at ABC News who recognizes the blatant bias .


Jon said...

That link is very interesting. I find irony in the fact that, by his own definition, that piece must be inherently biased. Thus, as an objective observer, it is imperative to critically view that piece.

As such, the one thing that I would immediately question is that his idea that the so-called liberal media is advocating a government that would inherently bring power back to the traditional media. I think that's a bit of a stretch, and it feels conspiracy-theory-ish.

On the other hand, he brings up some really good points: who is the real Barack Obama? It also questions my own opinions: am I shaping my own opinions, or am I letting the media shape my opinion for me? Hopefully the former, though I worry that often it may be the latter.

Finally, I find it rather humorous that the article ends with this quote: "This is the opinion of the columnist and in no way reflects the opinion of ABC News." (emphasis added)

Alisa said...

The infamous "Fairness" amendment is already being bandied about by the Dems so it's no stretch at all that the liberal left is intolerant of opposing views having an outlet in media sources!