Even today obstinate,
lumbering, big-media dinosaurs inhabit and roam the vast
terrain of Paleolithic journalism. Theirs is a
rapidly dying breed, having succumbed to stubbornly
self-inflicted wounds of poorly camouflaged liberal bias
all this, lending credence within conservative circles to
the popular "pea-brain" hypothesis.
Among the future-fossils are
nearly all major print publications and broadcast news
networks, to include: the New York Times (all the
news that's fit to slant), the LA Times (Arnold
Schwarzenegger will grope your Aunt), the Washington
Compost, CNN and forget me not to throw in
.... the pitifully dwindling regal "big three" NBC,
CBS, and ABC (Sorry, just read Green Eggs
and Ham to my three-year-old).
Through the process of
journalistic evolution, ancestors of the big media
dinosaur slithered to land long ago from the deep
primordial sludge of liberal ideology. The following
are among the more prominently evolved species:
of, or relating to leftist
class of clever, ancient, cold-blooded reptilians with
sharp teeth and little regard for objectivity; carnivore
- primary food source: conservative Republican
presidents [syn: Document-Daddy-Dan]
large, North American
herbivorous dinosaur hailing from the Dakotas, noted for
slanted, partisan, slurred speech pattern; lives in
denial (not the river) of own liberal bias [syn:
Conservatives have been
grumbling for decades about the "liberal mainstream
media". Through both act and omission, the media's
reporting on the events of our day, arbitrarily deemed
newsworthy by the New York Times, enters our homes
through the prism of a demonstrably
It would seem that most in
the press report the news in a manner intended to impress
both one another, and other likeminded cultural elites.
They clearly strive for the coveted "attaboy" from within
their tightly knit fringe fraternity They're one big
slaphappy family not a single red-state redneck among
With a nepotistic pat on the
back here, and a self-aggrandizing Pulitzer there, these
dyed-in-the-wool liberals do their thing, perhaps naively
buying into the fiction that they truly are "objective".
But, as they report, that dyed wool begins to bleed a
pinko shade of blue-state blue, irreparably staining the
story, and further damaging their credibility as an
un-biased news source. They report They decide.
With his number-one best
Bias, Bernard Goldberg, a
insider with nearly 30 years experience as a
correspondent, caused a firestorm of controversy
(particularly within the mainstream media) when he exposed
the liberal man behind the objective mask.
It was the first time a
relatively prominent media insider had broken ranks in
such a fashion. Goldberg provided the world with a
consolidated collection of his own personal experiences,
and testimonials from his former colleagues, offering
irrefutable evidence of left-wing media bias. Many
of those experiences involved Goldberg's friend and
colleague, Dan Rather. For the aforementioned
grumbling conservatives, it was nice to be proven right.
Goldberg's book helped to
make permanent within popular lexicon, the term "liberal
media bias". He was branded a traitor, and
blacklisted from traditional journalism. The media
loves a whistle-blower, so long as they're not targeted by
Just prior to last year's
Presidential election, Bernie was vindicated.
Rather-Gate the forged Bush National Guard documents
you remember the
scandal CBS ran with an old recycled story that was
to prove President Bush had been derelict in duty relative
to his Air National Guard service some thirty years ago
.... and, by God, they had the documentary evidence to
Only problem .... the story
wasn't true. Rather relied on forged documents that,
if vetted by a public school third grader with just below
average intelligence, would have been discounted and
discarded, thereby killing the story.
Oh, but how they wanted it
so! Would, that it could have been true! CBS
News and Dan Rather could taste a John Kerry victory.
A few enterprising
web-bloggers determined within hours of the dinosaurs'
airing of the doomed story, that the documents were
With the benefit of
hindsight, no doubt Danny boy would prefer that he'd
stuffed the forged documents in his pants (a la Sandy
Berger), taken them with him on his morning constitutional
to the little-anchor's-room, and made more appropriate use
of the paper upon which the crude fraud was crafted.
But, to his retrospective chagrin, such was not the case.
There was an
investigation four lower level CBS News lackey
scapegoats were fired and thrown to the rabid conservative
wolves Rather suddenly decided it was time to retire.
"Liberal bias" will now and forever be affixed as the
centerpiece of his legacy, and the reality of that same
bias in the larger media is both verified and permanently
Enter the new media the
Fox News Channel, talk radio, Internet web-bloggers.
It's a beautiful thing to watch the free market at work.
Good old fashion capitalism has broken-up the longstanding
"But what about journalistic
integrity? What about accountability?" the dinosaurs
groan this from the same media moguls who, for so very
long, had their way with the truth in a vacuum entirely
devoid of accountability. Finally, people are
pointing out that the emperor has no clothes (Chris
Matthews, for the love of all things sacred, put some on!)
But, as with every vacuum,
something must fill the void. The new media has
stepped up to the plate it's their turn to take a swing.
The Fox News Channel
arrived on the scene with a revolutionary new media
concept "fair and balanced" reporting. In contrast
to the dinosaurs, Fox presents both sides of an issue
"We report, you decide." They've taken off like
gangbusters and lead the pack, having lapped the other
cable-news networks several times over.
Not unlike the dinosaurs,
talk radio King Rush Limbaugh and his heir-apparent Sean
Hannity are biased (from a conservative perspective of
course). The difference is that they don't claim to
be anything but. Full disclosure enables their
listeners to consider the words they hear, weigh those
words against the speaker's admitted bias and to then
decide for themselves what is, or is not credible
there's your accountability.
Web-bloggers and other
pajama pundits also share accountability. Oh, sure
they can publish anything on the Internet but for
every falsehood, there are a hundred fellow web-bloggers
eager to point it out. In fact, it's the
web-bloggers of late who have, in large part, been
responsible for holding the mainstream media's feet to the
fire. As singer/songwriter Johnny Lang put it ....
"it's been a long time coming."
So, as the big-media
dinosaurs die off one by one the catastrophic meteor to
blame for their impending extinction is their own damning
construct their transparent liberal bias. That
bias is now, and will continue to be the fossil fuel
driving tomorrow's new media a new media whose long
awaited arrival, and much needed influence has already