Whose Side Is The Mainstream Media On Is For The Most Part Purely A Rhetorical Question
There exists little pretense on the part of the mainstream media as to whose side it is pulling for not only in the mid-term elections, but in any election that takes place in this country from president on down to dog catcher. I tried to develop an analogy that would equate to this bias, but drew a blank. On the other hand, it would be something like a soccer referee having money on one of the teams, or a pro basketball referee like Tim Donaghy fixing the game he was reffing. Scratch that, both happened and I really didn't draw a blank.
Can The Mainstream Media Try And "Fix" An Election?
Certainly not by going to the polling places and tampering with the machines or by shoving the hanging chads back into the holes. At least not yet. But there are ways that the MSM can try by simply stuffing the channels of communication with stories that are meant to make one side look exceedingly good while trying to make the other side look as bad as possible.
It can be done by trying to make the people at a Tea Party rally look like the lunatic fringe while canonizing participants at an Obama town hall meeting. The problem for fairness is that the majority of people in this country receive whatever news they actually watch from these mainstream news sources.
These slanted stories are presented as hard news in a very polished way, so how is one watching to differentiate between fact, fiction and opinion? The answer is that they most likely can't, so it is up to the alternative media to work as hard as it can to get the "fair and balanced" story out there, helped along the way by the incompetence of the other side.
Some Examples Of Biased "News" Presentations Care Of The Media Research Center
On ABC's World News Tonight last Thursday a video created by the White House of President Obama on a call with a cancer patient who was thanking him for the Healthcare Bill was presented as news:
On Monday of this week Matt Lauer of NBC is seen urging the President to push back harder against Republican attacks:
Similar examples could recently been found on ABC's This Week with Christiane Amanpour and on CNN in an interview with Lisa Miller of Newsweek.
The most interesting thing of all, however, is an NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll that found the following despite the biased coverage of the news:
Despite the MSM trying to sway public opinion, 54% of those polled say they want to see the Obama Healthcare Bill repealed, and 42% see the Tea Party as a good thing while only 18% see it as bad.
The capper is that the statistics above were found despite the fact that 59% of those polled say that they get their information from the MSM. This seems to prove that actual governmental actions speak louder than the biased coverage and spin of the MSM.
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