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Bias: A CBS Insider Exposes How the Media Distort the News Paperback – July 21, 2014
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"This insider’s account of Mr. Goldberg’s career at CBS is filled with so many stories of repulsive elitism and prejudice on the part of his peers that it elevates Bias to must-read status. . . . His case is airtight."
The Wall Street Journal
"The allegation of liberal bias in the media is not a new one. However, in this book the allegation is made not by a conservative but by a reporter for CBS Newsan oldfashioned liberal who has seen the bias firsthand. Bernard Goldberg has written a courageous book and told a story that needed to be told."
William J. Bennett
From the Publisher
IN HIS NEARLY thirty years at CBS News, Emmy Award- winner Bernard Goldberg earned a reputation as one of the preeminent reporters in the television news business. When he looked at his own industry, however, he saw that the media far too often ignored their primary mission: objective, disinterested reporting. Again and again he saw that they slanted the news to the left. For years Goldberg appealed to reporters, producers, and network executives for more balanced reporting, but no one listened. The liberal bias continued. Now, in Bias, he blows the whistle on the news business, showing exactly how the media slant their coverage while insisting that they're just reporting the facts. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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God bless Bernie Goldberg for having the balls and the chutzpah to write this OutSTANding book. A longtime veteran of the mainstream candidate (who "never voted for a Republican for president in my life!") with the courage and audacity to admit--and expose--what his fellow MSM types were to loath to admit: that, yes Virginia, the MSM *is* liberally biased, no matter how much they try to deny it.
Of course, Mr. Goldberg's colleagues (especially "The Dan," i.e. Dan Rather), in the words of Jack Nicholson as Col. Nathan Jessup in "A Few Good Men," "CAN'T HANDLE THE TRUTH," and therefore tried to make a pariah out of the author.
RANDOM STREAM OF CONSCIOUSNESS NOTES AND OBSERVATIONS (and noteworthy passeges):
--Dan Rather as Mafia capo, nice.
--Steve Forbes' flat tax one-sided coverage
--"Far-fetched? Just think back to that famous observation by the New Yorker’s otherwise brilliant film critic Pauline Kael, who in 1972 couldn’t figure out how Richard Nixon had won the presidency. 'I can’t believe it!' she said. 'I don’t know a single person who voted for him!' Nixon carried forty-nine states to McGovern’s one, for God’s sake—and she wasn’t kidding!"
--"These are people who love to take on politicians and businessmen and lawyers and Christians and the military and athletes and all sorts of other Americans, yet when one of their own writes an opinion piece about American Journalism, then you’ve crossed the line . . . because taking on the media is like raping their wives and kidnapping their kids!"
--1989, CNN reporter inflates the homeless number from 462,000 to THREE MILLION!!! And other MSM journalists inflated the number even more from there!!
--"And we live by the journalist/ social worker motto: Afflict the comfortable and comfort the afflicted." A-HA, just what one of my fellow Daily Trojan student newspaper colleagues had repeatedly told me during our undergrad days at USC!!
--Matt Lauer reference!
--Gil Garcetti; wow, what a slimy bloodsucker!
--"If arrogance were a crime, there wouldn’t be enough jail cells in the entire United States to hold all the people in TV news." Haha, zing!
--"The ship be sinking....The sky's the limit," haha, zing.
--"Only in the fickle world of television news can someone who has disappeared without a trace disappear a second time." Oh, snap.
--"According to the media elites’ rule-book, when liberals rant it’s called free speech; when conservatives rant it’s called incitement to terrorism."
--Great points about the Dan's (and liberals' in general) infatuation with Fidel Castro.
--"'You have to understand that Dan Rather is Richard Nixon,' Jon told me. 'If he sees you as an enemy even for a second, you’re an enemy for life. And like Nixon, Rather must destroy his enemies.'"
What rescued the book from 2-stardom for me was Goldberg's argument that his former friends engage in coloring the news without vindictiveness, necessarily, but simply because everyone who surrounds them has the same views they do. Hence, they see the left as mainstream. It makes me feel a bit less paranoid to hear someone from "within" assure me that they're not just playing "how can we slant the news this time" backstage.
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