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MEDIA BIAS

Reader comment on item: Reflections on Obama's Inauguration
in response to reader comment: Amazement

Submitted by DANIEL REDMOND (United States), Jan 24, 2010 at 15:09

Is there a media bias in favor of the "universalist, anti-particularist, totalitarian side of the political spectrum"? Well, it depends on which media outlet you are looking at. Certainly Fox News is biased in favor of the GOP and the conservative point of view. Similarly, the popular website Town Hall is the exclusive domain of conservative writers.

Meanwhile the "mainstream media" [ie: the New York Times and most network news broadcasts] remains decidedly liberal in perspective and steadfastly cling to many outdated social engineering concepts left over from the 1960s, like Affirmative Action and enforced "diversity." There is plenty of "media" to go around for everyone and people tend to tune into what they already agree with for reinforcement of their existing beliefs. Totalitarianism morphs into many forms and the phenomenon is itself essentially apolitical in nature. Its methods can be utilized by would-be tyrants of all political stripes. Certainly the radical left wishes to impose its will on the rest of us whether we like it or not.

Similarly, Rush Limbaugh and his followers are adamant in their belief that absolutely nothing liberals say or do is ever worth agreeing with. Washington, D.C. was once described as being "thirty square miles surrounded by reality" and it has become painfully obvious that ninety percent of the energies of our elected officials sent to our nation's capitol is spent on trying to prove that "the other side" is wrong. That relentless internal bickering may be the single greatest threat to our survival as a nation.

As Abe Lincoln said, "A house divided cannot stand...." I've not heard Obama proclaim that he was unaware of the intransigence of the conflict between Israel and the Arab world. They've been fighting for decades and it is difficult to believe that anyone could be unaware of that basic reality. If he was, then shame on him. He should have known better. - DANIEL REDMOND

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