The Media Double Standard strikes again. Journalism in America is approaching its last gasp. Journalists are no longer journalists, they’re advocates for a political position. Let me be clear about this. Columnists and commentators are not a part of this rant. However, I do have a problems with so called “journalists” and the media outlets that allow them to report their slanted views as news. It’s not news, it’s opinion and in some cases bad opinion.
Last Friday, 12 people were killed and 58 were wounded in a movie theater in Aurora Colorado by a crazed, heavily armed gunman. On Friday morning, Brian Ross, the chief investigative correspondent for ABS News, reported on Good Morning America that a Jim Holmes of Aurora, Colorado was a member of the Colorado Tea Party.
If a conservative commentator or writer said that the shooter had been connected to the Occupy movement, the media storm would be a wonder to behold. Epithets would be hurled, resignations would be demanded and federal investigations would be asked for. Yet, in the wake of Ross’ egregious remark that smeared millions of Americans by association, Ross remains employed by ABC News. He wasn’t even suspended.
The American media outlets have grown so big and so powerful that they can say just about anything and not have to apologize for it. This includes Fox News, which is reasonably fair, with commentators from both sides of the political spectrum.
Let’s take a look at some of the recent instances of biased reported by the liberal media outlets. Many times, the reporting is subtle with the use of incendiary phrases and descriptions. It requires a fine sense of discrimination to read a newspaper like The Washington Post or The New York Times. Watching ABC, NBC, CBS, MSNBC or CNN can be an excruciating experience.
Let’s look at a report that ABC News aired on Mitt Romney’s foreign investments. In a report worthy of Pulitzer Prize consideration (not) Brian Ross and Megan Chuchmuch reported that, get this, Mitt Romney was a rich guy with investments in Grand Cayman. The horror!
“Mitt Romney has millions of dollars of his personal wealth in investment funds set up in the Cayman Islands, a notorious Caribbean tax haven. A spokesperson for the Romney campaign says Romney follows all tax laws and he would pay the same in taxes regardless of where the funds are based. …Romney has as much as $8 million invested in at least 12 funds listed on a Cayman Islands registry.”
So where’s the story? The fact is that there isn’t a story, only a feeble attempt to besmirch the reputation of a successful businessman. not only did they write a story about nothing, they also quoted two left-wingers, Jack Blum and Rebecca Wilson, and failed to give the other side even an inch of column space. Here is commentary from the conservative side.
Everyday the liberal media puts forward “news” reports that they believe are fair and balanced. Yet, you wonder if they’re listening to their own reports. Some are so slanted that you wonder if people believe them. Perhaps, their viewers or readers are so inured to this type of media bias that they just take it in as truth and move on.
If you’re wondering why Brian Ross hasn’t been fired or at least suspended, you need to understand that his bosses see nothing wrong with this type of reporting. After all, they’ve been doing it this way for a long time.