Saturday, July 04, 2009

Liberal Bias in the Media, Part CXXVII

Three good pieces came across our desk this week. We wouldn't normally comment, but these three, taken together, justify a post.

Doug Ross continues to raise the bar for the rest of us bloggers (Damn him!) with his recent post: Jennifer Loven of the AP: Barack Obama's Personal Publicist. A LONG list of headlines with the unmistakable liberal bias.

I'd call Jennifer Loven of the AP a useless sycophant and a slavish mistress of the Obama administration, but that would understate her remarkable lack of journalistic ethics. She is, to be sure, a publicist disguised as an objective reporter.


James Taranto, of WSJ Best of the Web fame, also detects a shift in AP reporting:

Have you noticed a change in the economic news over the past year or so? It's a deliberately ambiguous question: The actual news has gotten worse, but the coverage of it has changed in tone. Today, reporters are eagerly looking for the light at the end of the tunnel. A year ago, and for a long time before that, they couldn't wait to get into the tunnel.

What changed? Yeah, like you need to ask. It has been fascinating, though, to observe the way reporters have tried to make bad news look like good. We noted a prime example last month: a dispatch by Jeannine Aversa of the Associated Press titled "US Loses Just 345,000 Jobs in May, Raising Hopes".

And forwarded to us by's field operative "Dale", Cliff Kincaid at Accuracy in Media writes earlier this month about the effort to fund media with tax dollars rather than have them compete in a commercial environment where they must deliver value or die... The Plan for Government-Funded Socialist Media.

Meanwhile, the Ford Foundation is a major underwriter of the Center for Social Media of American University, a project headed by left-wing activist Patricia Aufderheide, who says that "Taxpayer funds are crucial..." to creating new "public media." This group got money under a $50 million Ford Foundation program to create and strengthen "public media."

This is the direction many of the "progressive" groups are going. In fact, a socialist-oriented "media reform" group with ties to the Obama Administration has called for new federal programs and the spending of tens of billions of dollars to keep journalists employed at liberal media outlets and to put them to work in new "public media."

The group, which calls itself Free Press, is urging "an alternative media infrastructure, one that is insulated from the commercial pressures that brought us to our current crisis."

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