|Who's more biased, CBS or FOX? Certainly, were that question asked of 1000 politically
active Americans, the answer would be far from unanimous. In the aftermath of the Rathergate investigation,
that very debate is raging around the blogosphere, including in the comment sections of this website.
Conservatives scoff at the inquiry's conclusion that it was "myopic zeal" and not blatant partisanship
that motivated Rather and his cronies to air the irresponsible story on Bush's military service.
Contrarily, liberals say myopic zeal is exactly the reason the story aired. They point to money and
ratings as motivating factors; then they invariably point to Fox News as a true example of bias in the media.
So why is it that we can't agree on where the bias lives? The answer lies in the shade of the shades
we wear. Each of us, regardless of our philosophical leaning, perceives the world around us according to
our personal bias. We perceive the media in the same way. Look at it this way. Let's say
there is a room with two red walls and two blue walls. If I walk into the room with with blue shades on,
the blue walls will appear perfectly neutral. At the same time, the red walls will be starkly different
through my eyes. The opposite, of course, is true if the shades I wear are red.
It used to confound me how most liberals cannot see the obvious bias at CBS, NBC, ABC, or CNN - until I
understood that they are simply seeing and hearing what falls in line with their own bias. They're
looking at the blue walls with their blue shades on. Likewise, it may very well be that the objective
reporting I get from Fox News is really just news slanted to my liking. Honestly, I don't know whether
Fox News is truly conservatively biased or not and to what degree. They seem to me to do a pretty good
job of upholding their motto, "We report, you decide." Of course, that could just be the red shades I
wear. One thing I do know for sure, the liberal bias of the others is no longer veiled. More and
more Americans are seeing that bunch in their true color - a very deep blue indeed.
posted by Scott Elliott at 1:30am 01/13/05 ::