Bias

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Media bias occurs when the media (individually or collectively) reports something that is inaccurate or one-sided because of ideology, political favoritism, reliance on limited (not treating both sides equally), or other factors. Bias can show up in coverage (or lack thereof) or in the content and analysis of stories. Watchdog groups and initiatives exist on the left and right to track and combat media bias.


Mark Halperin, ABC News (2004) - Bush Memo

Halperin, Mark, ABC News (2004). Admitted bias. He wrote a memo to news staff telling them to hold George Bush to a stricter standard than John Kerry: “Kerry distorts, takes out of context, and makes] mistakes all the time, but these are not central to his efforts to win. We have a responsibility to hold both sides accountable to the public interest, but that doesn’t mean we reflexively and artificially hold both sides ‘equally’ accountable when the facts don’t warrant that.”

Houston Chronicle, Light Rail Controversy (2002)

Houston Chronicle, Light Rail Controversy (2002). Admitted bias. An internal memo outlined how the paper would promote the light rail project in Houston and do research into Tom Delay and other light rail opponents. That would be creating the news rather than reporting it.


ABC News for Obama Healthcare

ABC to Turn Over Programming to White House NoisyRoom.net, June 16, 2009

Uncontrolled Presidential Power is Inherently Totalitarian in Nature… NoisyRoom.net, June 16, 2009

ABC News a/k/a OBC News Family Security Matters, June 18, 2009

Exclusive: ABC News Guzzles White House Kool-Aid – Film At 11 Family Security Matters, June 18, 2009

ABC's Diane Sawyer: 'We don't do infomercials' The Loft, June 22, 2009

San Francisco protest against ABC on June 24 Bookworm Room, June 22, 2009

ABC: Town Hall Wrath at ObamaCare 'Appears to Be Orchestrated' NewBusters, Aug. 05, 2009

Links

The San Francisco Chronicle blindly passes along protest canards Bookworm Room, Aug. 06, 2009

Think Progress, MSNBC 'Manufacture' a Story With Putative Smoking Gun 'Mob' Memo The Weekly Standard, Mary Katharine Ham, Aug. 06, 2009

The Gangs of D.C. The Washington Post, Aug. 09, 2009

Of Course CBS Knew Bush Volunteered to Fly Combat Missions in Vietnam Lorie Byrd, Wizbang, Aug. 26, 2009

MSNBC's David Shuster Insists He's Biased... 'In Favor of FACTS' NewsBusters, September 10, 2009

Mere Rhetoric damned with faint praise at the New York Times Bookworm Room, September 15, 2009

Another Distortion and Attempt to Defend ACORN by Attacking the Messenger Lorie Byrd, Wizbang, September 17, 2009

Patriots' newest target: Obama 'Minion Media' WorldNetDaily, September 17, 2009

Media Matters dishonest editing in support of their “smear” argument exposed Ed Morrissey, Hot Air, September 19, 2009

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