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    Media Bias

    Hey there -

    In another thread. MountainMan posted the following assessment of media outlets and their "lean."

    • Breitbart: Right
    • Mother Jones: Extreme left
    • FOX: Neutral
    • CNN: Extreme left
    • WSJ: Left
    • BBC: Left



    I am curious to know how others would complete this list. Do you agree with MM's description? If not, which ones would you change?
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    I would make WSJ as business friendly and socially left.
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    In the interest of full disclosure (and since carpe apparently isn't inclined to show his own hand), here's how carpe ranks them:

    Quote Originally Posted by carpedm9587 View Post
    Breitbart (far right) and Mother Jones (far left) I don't waste time on. Fox (right) and CNN (left) I am wary of but read/use. WSJ and BBC are go-to sources. I'm sure you get the idea.
    Agree or disagree, it doesn't really matter. He claims that this isn't based on his own opinion to which I replied:

    Quote Originally Posted by Mountain Man View Post
    Of course it is. How we rank various media sources on a "left to right" scale reveals nothing more than how we stand in relation to them. Just because you've been able to find other sources that happen to agree with you doesn't prove anything one way or the other because I could easily do the same. So what? Neither of us is being objective here, but only one of us has enough honesty and self-awareness to admit it.
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    I only get CNN and BBC from that list and agree with MM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by carpedm9587 View Post
    Hey there -

    In another thread. MountainMan posted the following assessment of media outlets and their "lean."

    I am curious to know how others would complete this list. Do you agree with MM's description? If not, which ones would you change?
    I'd change them this way:

    • Breitbart: Right
    • Mother Jones: Far Left?
    • FOX: Right
    • CNN: Left
    • WSJ: Center?
    • BBC: Globalist Left
    • Reuters: Slightly Left
    • Associated Press: Slightly Left
    • CBS: Left
    • ABC: Left
    • NBC: Left
    • MSNBC: Far Left



    I am less concerned about which direction they lean than I am about their honesty and accuracy. I wouldn't trust any of them on the face of their reporting and would double-triple check a story.

    Sharyl Attkisson used to work for CBS and said that a change came over that news network (and others as well) somewhere around 2014 where they stopped questioning a lot of information they receive and simply started publishing it. Reporters never question a "scientist" anymore and hold them in godlike reverence for accuracy and truth - even though the scientists will often admit they are fallible (I see a lot of that here as well. "A scientist said this! It must be true! Don't doubt it or you are a denier!"). And certain Washington DC government officials are never questioned on accuracy because of the influence they wield.

    Anyway, I think the best process is to read a story from at least 3 sources, if possible.

    https://sharylattkisson.com/2020/01/...on-speaks-out/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Esther View Post
    I only get CNN and BBC from that list and agree with MM.
    Since you are on the Internet, I assume you get most of your news from the printed word. Correct? Television news from any source is never going to compare.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ronson View Post
    Sharyl Attkisson used to work for CBS and said that a change came over that news network (and others as well) somewhere around 2014 where they stopped questioning a lot of information they receive and simply started publishing it.
    CNN's Jeff Zucker recently defended his networks less than stellar track record saying, "We are not investigators. We are journalists, and our role is to report the facts as we know them, which is exactly what we did."

    But isn't it supposed to be a journalist's job to investigate and ensure that the "facts as we know them" are actually correct?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mountain Man View Post
    CNN's Jeff Zucker recently defended his networks less than stellar track record saying, "We are not investigators. We are journalists, and our role is to report the facts as we know them, which is exactly what we did."

    But isn't it supposed to be a journalist's job to investigate and ensure that the "facts as we know them" are actually correct?
    I was a small-town newspaper reporter in the early 2000s. When I first started working there, I got excited about official press releases from local, state and federal government. They were written like newspaper stories and could easily slide right onto print (of course, that's what the anonymous authors wanted). I tried to put a couple into the paper and my editor shot me down. He said if I wanted to publish a story based on a press release, fine. But I was (1) required to investigate it and make sure it was accurate, and (2) find opposing voices and print both sides.

    IMO, printing a press release without investigation is lazy. That was my motivation.

    I assume Jeff Zucker is defending laziness - so long as the story coincides with his belief system. If such a story did not, then I'm guessing they would investigate.

    The lesson of Dan Rather should be remembered too; that these left-leaning "journalists" will be quickly thrown under the bus if they embarrass their bosses - no matter what the story is.

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    Clarification: Are we including editorial content or simply hard news reporting?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mountain Man View Post
    In the interest of full disclosure (and since carpe apparently isn't inclined to show his own hand), here's how carpe ranks them:

    Agree or disagree, it doesn't really matter. He claims that this isn't based on his own opinion to which I replied:
    So for those reading this thread, what I actually said was:

    Except, MM, my list is not based on my own opinion - specifically because I am concerned about my own bias. It is based on the combination of my reading experience and the assessments of multiple independent sources, including at least one socially driven source.


    MM has removed the context of the first part from the clarification of the second. I plead guilty to leaving "only" out of the first part, but presumed the second part would clarify.

    And to short circuit what is likely to be the response (because it was in the other thread), I didn't select the independent sources because they "aligned with my bias." I looked for bias assessment sites online, specifically looking to include an aggregator and one that is socially driven, hoping to cast as wide a net as possible. I actually don't agree with some of their assessments, but I accept the "average" of these sources (including my own assessment) as "as close to unbiased as I am likely to get." As I said in a previous post, bias can be mitigated - it can never be completely eliminated.

    The quote about the ranking I offered is accurate for the sites listed.
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