What Media Bias? Part 197

Been a while since I had one of these updates – but this is important, from Gateway Pundit:

The liberal media and conservative outlets are highlighting former CBS News reporter Sharyl Attkisson’s speculation that Media Matters for America is being paid to attack her reporting that was perceived as critical of the Obama administration. That’s a dog bites man story. Of course the Democratic Party front group is paid to attack reporters and media outlets that critically report on President Barack Obama and the Democratic Party.

What stood out in Attkisson’s comments about Media Matters, made in an interview with Brian Stelter on CNN’s Reliable Sources that was broadcast on Sunday, was the revelation that Media Matters helps produce news reports for CBS News—and given the matter of fact way Attkisson mentioned it—presumably other liberal news outlets as well.

It is widely known that Media Matters ‘works the refs’ in media–trying to spin reporters to discredit conservative media, talk radio personalities and politicians and to report favorably on Democrats…

This is not at all shocking, of course, but it is something that needs to be noted – because while we all usually just laugh at Media Matters’ absurd distortions, the plain fact of the matter is that the MSM seeks a seal of approval from Media Matters as well as other leftwing enforcers of fascist conformity.  Essentially, for an MSMer, getting the seal of approval of Media Matters  – or similar groups – is a requirement.  By checking with such groups they can ensure that their reporting and/or editorializing is in conformity with the Party Line, thus avoiding any chance of getting fired for accidentally allowing the truth to slip out.

Just be careful how you read MSM reports and remember that while they may contain facts, they are all run through what amounts to a censor’s office to ensure that nothing is reported without pushing the leftwing party line.

9 thoughts on “What Media Bias? Part 197

  1. Retired Spook April 23, 2014 / 8:36 am

    the revelation that Media Matters helps produce news reports for CBS News

    That’s not a “revelation”, that’s a reiteration.

  2. Cluster April 23, 2014 / 8:37 am

    Oh c’mon now Mark. Media Matrers is a non profit, tax exempt 501 c 3 organization and there are strict guidelines as to the amount of political activity they can be engaged in. The bulk of their activity must be charitable in nature and they are in no way allowed to influence legislation or participate in any campaign activity against any political opponents. The IRS is all over this, and has held up the approval of many organizations that would attempt to circumvent these requirements. Of course all of those pending approvals are from groups that are conservative in nature, but I am convinced that the IRS is making sure that Media Matters is in full compliance.

    (ok where is that sarcasm button)

    • M. Noonan April 23, 2014 / 12:46 pm

      Doubtless – and as MM is nothing but liberals, we know they are only hammering conservative thought because they care.

  3. Retired Spook April 24, 2014 / 8:01 am

    You know, we joke about the bias of most of the media, but, in reality, it’s nothing more than our political adversaries having 90% of the referees in their pocket. Back in 2008 Evan Thomas, the editor of NewsWeek, said on one of the Sunday talk shows that media bias was worth as much as 15 points to a Democrat candidate. That’s a huge starting hole for a GOP candidate to dig out of, and yet in 2010, the GOP picked up 63 House seats, 6 Senate seats and nearly 700 state legislature seats. So, as biased as the MSM is, it can’t make people like someone who’s not likable. It can lie about the facts of ObamaCare, but it can’t make the negative consequences real people are actually suffering from ObamaCare go away. There’s no reason this November can’t be a replay of November, 2010.

    • Cluster April 24, 2014 / 8:34 am

      I think the GOP picks up a few more seats in the House and retakes the Senate. I just hope they investigate Reid after doing so. Reid could potentially be the most corrupt Speaker of all time. We already know he is the most partisan and incompetent. But the “clerisy” (media) will assist the Democrats and they will be playing every card they can – all the equality cards, and the war on women card. It will be hard to watch for the informed voter but the conservative responsibility will be to wade through the progressive rhetorical sludge, reach out to the many people that have had second thoughts (and I know quite a few of them), and get them on board to stop this train wreck.

      • Amazona April 24, 2014 / 10:44 am

        Cluster, thanks for the new word. After looking it up, I can see how the media and the ruling elites may consider themselves “clerisy” given some of the definitions for the word: a group or class of persons enjoying superior intellectual or social or economic status,
        learned persons as a class; literati; intelligentsia

        They do consider themselves to be of a superior intellectual and social class, they do tend to have more money than most, they do have assorted letters after their names which they take to mean they are “learned” or educated. But we need to remember Thomas Sowell’s definition of intellectuals—–people who produce nothing but ideas, and they get to lay claim to the term even when none of those ideas are right. I’d say “intelligentsia” falls into that category as well.

        And it certainly is the most apt of all these definitions when we are talking about the Complicit Agenda Media and the ruling elites.

  4. Amazona April 24, 2014 / 9:23 am

    The thing is, we aren’t even talking about media which favor conservatives, just media which report what there is to report, instead of sifting through the news to omit anything that might possibly reflect badly on the Left, and paying lots of attention to anything that might damage the causes or positions of the Right.

    The threat this poses to the Left is evident in its frantic and hysterical opposition to Fox News. Fox simply presents the news, as it happens, and this freaks out the Left so much that the station has actually been named by the Speaker of the House in quite disparaging terms.

    (We do have to take into consideration the fact, proven to us over and over again, that most Lefties don’t understand that there even IS a difference between a political opinion show and actual news. So shows like Hannity are lumped in, in their minds, with the actual news. This confusion explains how and why so many of them go to sources such as Colbert and Stewart for their “news”—-they simply do not know there IS a difference, much less what that difference is.)

    But the Reids, and other minders, do know, and they are still seriously threatened by the very existence of one single objective news source in this country. Nothing could be more telling than this, about the awareness on the Left that the truth will hurt them.

    • dbschmidt April 24, 2014 / 9:37 pm

      If one honestly dissects the news from opinion then Fox has constantly shown (as rated) to be “Fair & Balanced”; however, one need look no further than the Michigan SC decision or NC’s tenure and/or voter’s rights overturn that is once again proving that equal is not equal unless Dems are more equal than everyone else.

      Sounds a great deal to me like “personal compensation” ~ you know, like buying a nice car (out of their price range) to make up for their perceived shortfalls. Big truck/Flashy car making up for a small

      • Amazona April 25, 2014 / 11:17 am

        You speak, I believe, of the oh-too-common TPS, or Teeny Peeny Syndrome, which I believe is also manifested in displays of anonymous arrogance and attack, in which the sufferer can create the illusion (in his own mind, anyway) of testosterone overload, while hiding behind avatars and flimsy pseudo-arguments and depending on petty sniping. The contrast between the illusion and reality is never obvious to the TPS sufferer, though it certainly is to observers. (tick tock tick tock, waiting for one of these trolls to play “I know what you are but what am I”..)

        You speak of various Leftist hypocrisies. How about the University of Minnesota indulging in overt racism by not only trying to keep the highest-ranking black woman ever to serve this nation out of its lecture series, but even demanding that she be arrested? While the Right is constantly accused of racism, here we have a wildly Liberal institution discriminating against this highly accomplished woman just because she is black.

        Oh, they try to hide their racism behind claims of other motivations. “The Minnesota professors say that it is in a “spirit of free expression” that they ask for the reversal of Rice’s invitation. Because nothing says free expression like shutting down someone’s lecture.”

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