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A Good Overview of Media Bias with a Few Major Flaws,
This review is from: A Slobbering Love Affair: The True (And Pathetic) Story of the Torrid Romance Between Barack Obama and the Mainstream Media (Hardcover)
While it is written from the point of view of a conservative author, this book does an excellent job of adressing a real problem that should worry every American. That problem being the growing bias existing in the media going one way or another. The Media's primary job as I have always understood it, is to act as a watchdog group for us, the simple, working men. They are supposed to use their fancy press passes and Freedom of the Press to get in to places we are not allowed to go and get the real story on our politicians. Over the past twenty years, I have watched the news across the country degenerate into their own little camps, taking sides with their political parties and thumbing their nose at their obligations to being truly fair and balanced. This book does a good job of pointing out the liberal side of this bias.
That said, the flaws of this book, in my opinion, are just that: they only really show the liberal side of that bias. The author makes his political affiliations very clear and his being a conservative will turn off many liberals that would otherwise read the book. I fear that they will discount this book out of hand and, instead, read the summary of the book - actually read that he interviewed the controversial right wing pundit, Rush Limbaugh, for example - and get so angry about these things that they never even read it. And that would be a shame, because the primary message as I see it is still valid regardless of your politics: the media is bought, whether it has been bought with cash, unjust legislation, or pretty rhetoric, and that needs to be fixed if we are ever going to start getting the real facts about our politicians again.
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Initial post: Jan 29, 2009 1:58:22 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 29, 2009 2:07:24 PM PST
A flawed review. He does understand and appreciates that the author is addressing an import subject and says he does it well. But then, he takes exception to the book because the conservative media is biased also. I don't know of any conservative media. What's he talking about? ABC, MSNBC? I live in a conservative area of the country and the media here is as left-biased as any other in the country.
He apparently wants to believe in the strawman that talk radio is somehow news media. He may believe that in which case he is merely ignorant and not a liar. He doesn't give any examples from the text, nor reference any thing less expansive than the whole text. I think he is ignorant and giving his honest review, which is a positive review. If you have to wade through the cross-currents of the review then it's flawed. But I like it anyway.
In reply to an earlier post on Jan 30, 2009 3:34:36 PM PST
Ralph Smorra says:
While there are far more liberally biased news outlets than conservatively biased, you have to admit that Fox News, WABC, and most other AM talk radio hosts are conservatively biased. I used to be a near-communist liberal, and at that point, I only noticed bias on the part of conservative outlets.
Now that I read and listen to conservative as well as liberal news and books, I am aware that the mainstream media outlets only seemed less biased because they weren't shouting down dissent, as O'reilly, and Mark Levin sometimes do. Worse, they don't allow any real, articulate dissent on their programs, so there is noone to shout down.
Fox would do well to get Noam Chomsky, and CNN/MSNBC should get Mark Levin. Right now, there is no fair and balanced news anywhere.
In reply to an earlier post on Feb 2, 2009 9:02:25 AM PST
All-Access Customer says:
There is a difference between the reportage of FOX and the commentators in the evening. The problem is that on other news stations reporters (not commentators) are biased.
In reply to an earlier post on Feb 3, 2009 7:50:33 AM PST
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Andrew K says:
No Ralph. You don't "have to admit" that Fox is biased. Fox gives equal time to liberals and conservatives and even Hillary Clinton said the coverage of her campaign on Fox was the most fair of all the other stations. Countless fairness reports have cleared Fox of this supposed bias libs constantly speak of. But libs don't use facts, they use feelings, and listen to whatever their friends tell them.
So don't be like all the other libs and spend your nights tossing and turning about outrages that don't exist.
Posted on Feb 9, 2009 9:41:19 PM PST
F. Poulos says:
Your wrong about Goldberg being a conservative.
In reply to an earlier post on Feb 15, 2009 5:08:45 PM PST
Please, if you ever watched "Hannity", you would realize he always has time for liberal guests. ABC, NBC, CBS rarely return the favor to conservatives. The "anchormen" can't just report these days. They must offer their slanted views on today's events. Pre-election news sounded mostly like an Obama commercial.
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Posted on Mar 25, 2009 4:14:53 AM PDT
Goldberg is not writing a book about "bias in the media" in general, and therefore has no obligation to talk about conservative bias. (That's for another book) He is instead writing about the slobbering media bias for Obama, which is a liberal phenomenon. The only relevant question is: "Is what Goldberg says TRUE?"
Posted on May 17, 2009 9:26:52 PM PDT
B Robert says:
Goldburg covers the supposed "right wing" bias of FOX. He gives statistics on bias, and Fox is the most centered having roughly equal positive and negative stories in Obama as well as McCain. It's the other networks that are slanted toward Obama. Read the book. Look at his evidence. It is profound.
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