The Myth of the Liberal Media
One of the central tenets of contemporary political discourse is that the media are liberal. Well-paid pundits from wealthy conservative foundations and think tanks produce a steady drumbeat alleging liberal bias. What’s curious about this view is there’s virtually no evidence to support it. The media are owned by a few large corporations. They sell audiences to other large corporations who advertise. That’s the institutional structure. Thus, the real question is, Are the media free, within their corporate framework, to allow expression of opinion outside of received wisdom?
Jeff Cohen is founder of Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR), the New York-based media watch group. His columns appear on commondreams.org and other websites. He’s author of The Way Things Aren’t: Rush Limbaugh’s Reign of Error, and Wizards of Media Oz. His latest book is Cable News Confidential.