Conservative Corner; The Media: Fair and Balanced?

The youth of today may not remember the immense credibility of real journalism. There was a time when a reporter or news anchorperson could inform the public of an event without bias, influence, or personal opinion. The times when a family can turn on the TV or the radio and listen to men like Walter Cronkite or Edward R. Murrow and trust them to tell the truth about an event or happening. Unfortunately, that is not happening today. The days of real journalism are almost all but dead.
How many times have you turned on the television or radio to hear so some idiot give his opinion of a news story? From O’Riely and Hannity on Fox News to Piers Morgan and Chris Matthews on CNN and MSNBC, the spin goes both ways. It’s a wonder we all don’t throw up. The media, unlike Fox Radio’s claim, is anything but fair and balanced.
It is well known that Fox News is moderate to right in their political and social views, while the rest of the major TV news outlets are pretty much moderate to far left. Every TV news broadcast has an agenda. I have wondered why most of the young people of today will get their “news” from Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert on Comedy Central, however, they think Fox News is a joke. Unfortunately, even the old “tried-and-true” Networks like CBS, NBC and ABC have seem fallen to the popularity of the young liberal mind set.
For some reason the news programs of today seem to have pushed aside just reporting the facts and feel compelled to bring in people who claim to be experts on a given topic and analyze the story until it turns into an unorganized shouting match. The cable news networks are especially bad at “debating” on the air.
Most every news outlet endorses a candidate during an election, however, it appears that too many of these news sources who call themselves moderates do not endorse candidates who are moderates. Today CNN, MSNBC and others like to gleefully praise the re-election of Obama and seem to go out of their way to support his policies, even if they are unconstitutional. Even the printed word has jumped aboard the liberal/Obama worship bandwagon. Both Time and Newsweek magazine has named Obama as “The Man of the Year”, and called his re-election “The Second Coming”. This was also made clear in the last political debates with the choice of moderators.
Fair and balanced news is where you chose to find it biased on your personal views, however, journalism is not. Journalism is reporting the facts and, if necessary, the unpleasant and ugly truth. Many believe that the liberal news media helped Barack Obama win the election. Not many news sources do this. The lack of reporting on the Benghazi scandal, Fast and Furious, voter fraud, The Secret Service prostitution scandal, Solyndra, the lack of positive Tea Party and 2nd Amendment coverage are clear signs that most of the media have a clear bias and far from real journalism. For more evidence of media bias you can go to, or if you have Netflix, look up the documentary, “Media Malpractice”.
I miss the days of Walter Cronkite telling me “And that’s the ways it is” and knowing that it is close to the true, like it or not. The journalists on both sides of the political and social news desks really need to step back and find the real news and not just crap they think we want or what their bosses tell us. So, the next time you turn on CNN, MSNBC or Fox News, ask yourself if it is real journalism or is some “talking head” trying to fill your ear with garbage in order to boost ratings.


About D.K. Hummel
I am a dis-placed Alaskan, Ham radio operator, Broadcaster/DJ, Seahawk fan, Alaska Aces fan, U.S. Army Vet, and a conservative; but not always in that order.

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