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What Liberal Media?: The Truth About Bias and the News Hardcover – Bargain Price, February 5, 2003
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He doesn't refute or even examine the conservative point that talk radio thrives simply because conservative ideas weren't getting play anywhere else. Alterman is also troubled that more TV pundits are conservative, and though I can name more conservative pundits too, Alterman goes further. He also lists Democratic pundits like Morton Kondracke and Christopher Mathews as conservatives. Cokie Roberts, the daughter of a Democratic House member, is a conservative. He even suggests that David Broder is a conservative.
He quotes Broder quite thoroughly praising Reagan's approach while criticizing Clinton's. What he doesn't address is Broder's almost religious faith in the Federal Government and politicians to solve people's problems. I remember reading Broder's criticism of term limits. Broder couldn't imagine how anything would get done in Washington without a permanent political class to run things.
But Broder criticized Clinton for his methods and that makes Broder conservative. He doesn't imagine that liberals like Broder were frustrated that an engaging President missed an opportunity to promote liberalism, because of his own character flaws. It's the same reason Broder might like Reagan's style, wishing a liberal could turn up with such good political instincts.Read more ›
Alterman examines charges of liberal bias in the media in two ways. First, he looks at charges of liberal bias in specific media. For instance, he examines television, print journalists, radio and the Internet, and contemporary intellectual life. In all these, with varying degrees, he finds instead of a liberal bias, a very strong conservative bias, especially in newspapers, radio, and television. He then goes on to examine charges of liberal bias in covering a variety of topics. He discusses charges of social and economic bias, before going go to analyze the media's coverage of the Clinton administration, the 2000 election, the Florida recount, and George W. Bush.
One of the more surprising things that Alterman shows is the fact that a large number of conservative members of the media understand that the myth of the liberal media is utterly false. He also shows many of the reasons the Right has been so successful in promulgating this myth. One reason is clearly the conservative tilt of many of the media moguls.Read more ›
Alterman explains and documents the forces which prevent any significant degree of progressivism from appearing in the overwhelming majority of newspapers, magazines, and radio and television broadcasts. He finds only two liberal radio talk show hosts, both on one small station in California late at night and thru the wee hours of the morning. I remember three liberal talk show hosts in New York City, Fred Gale, Alex Bennett, and the gretest talk show host of all, Malachy McCourt, all of whom were forced off the air by a steady barrage of conservative complaints and threats to boycott advertisers. (Read more in Malachy's book Singing My Him Song)
Many conservative reviewers fault Alterman for using anecdotal evidence; they (perhaps intentionally) miss the point. Yes, he provides a leaven of anecdotal evidence, which he uses to illustrate points he has made and to make for easier reading; nothing but facts and analysis thereof can be terminally boring, and Alterman does not bore, nor should he!Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent book. performs as advertised. Very pleased with purchase.Published 14 months ago by Kepps
Almost every week I hear complaints about the "liberal media" and their "left-wing propaganda", but can anybody seriously point out examples of this mythical "liberal media" and... Read morePublished on August 1, 2012 by Stephen C. Coyle
Lest anyone might be tempted to get this book ($3 will do the trick) please be informed that the book is old and was not relevant when it was new. Read morePublished on June 25, 2012 by Gary M. Hetrick
The Tea Party GOP encourages their supporters to create negative reviews of books they find threatening and don't like. Read morePublished on September 15, 2011 by Fred Bichl
If anyone reads this book and then does real homework; that is, checking various sources to compare what is in the book with what various outsides sources say, it would be easy to... Read morePublished on September 4, 2011 by John Lyman
What you need to keep firmly in mind when reading this is that the author is a strident liberal, so his frame of reference for his subject matter is already skewed. Read morePublished on June 16, 2011 by alon
As someone who considers himself conservative I try to always keep an open mind and try to hear the other side as much as I can. Read morePublished on May 29, 2011 by connie davis
Let's face it--while individual reporters may be liberal, the media at large has so completely bought into the myth of the "liberal media" that they take great pains to give equal... Read morePublished on March 16, 2011 by Russell Burlingame
Bravo! Someone has the courage to stand up and say that black is black amidst all the conservative pundits who tell us otherwise. Read morePublished on November 17, 2010 by SPF