Friday, July 25, 2008

Giving the Candidates Equal Time

In the spirit of countering the alleged liberal media bias:

I wonder how many of those pill bottles are Viagra?

Rhetorical question, if the media is so biased to the left, why is it that the most well-known blowhards on the air, with the largest claimed audiences, are almost universally far right wing xenophobic fear-mongers and/or racists (Rush, O'Reilly, Hannity)? They're every bit as much "media", and yet they're the ones whining the most about perceived bias.

No, the only bias there is in the media is a bias against hate-filled vitriolic bile.

Enough ranting for now -- just wanted to give the other extreme their alloted time, and such...


Easycure said...

Nice generality that all conservatives are xenophobic racists. That's rich.

A cartoon on one magazine does not balance out the ENTIRE media.

So you just keep pretending: Sure, no bias.

Oh, and check this out:

An analysis of federal records shows that the amount of money journalists contributed so far this election cycle favors Democrats by a 15:1 ratio over Republicans, with $225,563 going to Democrats, only $16,298 to Republicans .

Two-hundred thirty-five journalists donated to Democrats, just 20 gave to Republicans — a margin greater than 10-to-1. An even greater disparity, 20-to-1, exists between the number of journalists who donated to Barack Obama and John McCain.

Oh no, journalists don't have a vested interest in promoting one candidate. No bias there.

Mondogarage said...

I'm not generalizing Republicans as xenophobic racists. I am labeling Rush, Hannity, and O'Reilly as such, and their own words and deeds in the past have demonstrated as such.

If you'll read the post, you'll see I saved that description for the hateful breed who tend to poison the airwaves. I know plenty of people who lean to the right who are nowhere as extreme as those three. I also know quite a few who are ignorant enough to continue to insist that Barack Obama is a Muslim. Oddly enough, these are usually the same who like to keep bringing up Obama having gone to Rev. Jeremiah Wright's church for 20 years, and are so paranoid and fearful of a black Democrat winning the presidency that they can't even see in the cognitive disconnect in raving about Wright and calling Obama a Muslim.

As for your link, that's 1) a hell of a small sample size in terms of , and 2) completely ignores contributions to 527 organizations that are not the direct campaign funds of the candidates.

Conservative contributions to 527b's far outnumber contributions to candidates (because it's so much more fun to swiftboat someone than it is to have to contribute in a more regulated manner).

That study would carry a lot more weight if it included, oh, say....the newspaper staffs of all the daily papers in the 50 largest media markets. It's ironic that it includes the Washington Post, and not the Washington Times. Or that it includes the NY Times but not the Wall Street Journal, which leans appreciably to the right.

That "analysis" fails every basic test of sampling, sorry.

And all the cartoons on magazines do not balance out crap like Limbaugh calling military members against the Iraq invasion "phony soldiers", particularly when he lacked the balls to ever serve in uniform himself.

All the cartoons on magazines do not balance out crap like Rush actually calling for riots and burning at the Democratic convention.

Or, are you suggesting that Limbaugh, O'Reilly, Ann Coulter (who continues to say that Jews are flawed because they aren't Christians) and Hannity are actually fair and balanced? Yeah...