This is part 2 in a 5 part series about why we would rather follow then lead in the debate for our country's future...(part 1 Part 1 The Intro to our Demise found here http://thecontemporaryconservative.blogspot.com/2009/11/guiding-light-or-golden-calf-why-we.html)
Here are some examples of bias in the media from the Business &; Media Institute http://http://www.businessandmedia.org/ and how to glean the truth from even these slanted reports:
This is an example of how to use a slanted poll to foster an agenda…
So what do we need to do? Always view the news and people claiming to be experts with skepticism and validate everything you here, from the water cooler, radio, cable and network television all the way down to the local news with multiple sources before we actually believe it is true…anything else is just perpetuating the problem. And yes, in writing this I’m sure you all can see my own bias so it looks like you all have some research to do the verify if there even IS bias in the media.The poll was a joint effort of Time magazine and the Rockefeller Foundation, an organization Stengel characterized as “on a mission themselves to help the American worker and find out about the economy.”,,, There is an “appetite of the American electorate for the federal government to take action,” Stengel said. “There’s 85 or 88 percent of people support public works projects.”…The interview touched on several aspects of the poll, including the finding that 85 percent of respondents believe the country is on the wrong track economically. That statistic is covered in the current issue of Time…A few questions included in the poll that were not discussed on the show may have led Stengel to his “big government” conclusion:Obviously, the way the questions are worded in the poll if you answered in the negative it shows a socialistic view when other polls show that most in America don’t have that view, they’re just answering the question as asked.
- “Are state and local governments helping you a great deal in achieving economic security, helping somewhat, hurting somewhat, hurting a great deal, or not having much effect one way or another?”
- “How much are each of the following a part of achieving the American dream in your mind?” Respondents were asked to rate a group of statements, including the following:
- “Being economically secure and not having to worry about being able to afford things.”
- “Having the time to enjoy the good things in life without having to work too many hours.”
- “Being able to feed myself and my family.”
- “Reducing the effects of global warming.”
- “Do you agree or disagree with this statement? ‘The social contract of the 20th century has been broken and needs to be rewritten to reflect the current realities of life today.
Below is an example of omission from Newsbusters
Below is inserting a theory or opinion as fact when it really isn’t
- Media's Pro-Choice Darling Called Humans 'Ecotumors'. To liberal media outlets, Warren Hern, one of the few late-term abortion providers in the country, has been worthy of praise as a doctor who boldly stands up for his beliefs in the face of intimidation — a lonely humanitarian braving violent death for the sake of his patients. That's the picture painted by TV and other media. What's missing from the portrait is Hern's belief that humans are "malignant ecotumors," his refusal to be called an abortionist, and his strident denunciations of the pro-life movement.
- From Media Research Center - The Left's Climategate: A Scandal for Journalism, Too
- MRC’s Free Market Project found that between January 1993 and October 1997 — a period leading up to the Kyoto conference that December — just 5% of global warming stories on the ABC, CBS, CNN and NBC evening newscasts mentioned the arguments of skeptical scientists, and 85% of stories did not even acknowledge the existence of scientific skeptics.