Kinda-sorta waking up to media bias

Kinda-sorta waking up to media bias

Two quick media items, both oddly relating to Keith Olbermann and my quixotic quest to transcend partisanship.

The first is this article from the Huffington Post suggesting what we all already knew – Olbermann is no Edward R. Murrow. His trite partisanship is no better than Bill O’Reilly’s, and he’s equally vindictive (a “World’s Worst Person” segment? Really?) while claiming the moral high ground.

The author is angry with Olbermann for hatin’ on Hillary (and his melodramatic special comment was quite funny in parts). What’s sad is that infighting is the only catalyst for us to recognize favoritism. Come November, liberals will be rallying around Olbermann while conservatives do the same for O’Reilly, both groups following their leader as the sole source of accurate political judgment.

Need further proof that we can’t separate the cant from the facts? Look no further than today’s AP headline, ironically about “polarities” in politics. How about polarities in reporting? Do assertions like “feel-good, way-cool” make for objective, let alone accurate, reporting? And how about this line?

And when the campaign moves beyond Democrats, the party of diversity,
and into the general election, it’s questionable how much room is left
for such progress.

Don’t get me started. The need for this awakening to media anti-news is all the more apparent when you understand the echo chamber that exists today. Take this short entertaining tale from Glenn Beck, whom I had never seen until this clip:

First, editorials on Headline News? Second, Beck is wrong to single out liberals here – both sides are equally guilty and equally self-righteous about the other group’s biases. I feel like conservatives are usually more explicit in their bias, since their major outlets are talk-shows and opinion pieces (while most mainstream press only tacitly leans left), but neither side likes to be forthcoming. I welcome counter-arguments on this claim, though.

The point is this: America needs discourse more than it needs lower taxes or universal healthcare. Bias can be a part of discourse, so long as we call it what it is.