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  • Dar 2012/08/07 11:55:12
    Yes. Reporters personal biases substantially and noticeably affect news cover...
    Dar
    +9
    Biased...glaringly so.

    I thought after all this time and the fact that Obama has failed as a President in so many ways...at least some of the MSM would have pulled their heads out of their butts. Apparently most of them like it there.

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  • JimTheGeek 2012/10/08 15:45:08
    No. This is a common misconception used to discredit media sources.
    JimTheGeek
    One can find biased reporting on both sides of any issue.
  • pdt_ski 2012/09/17 01:23:05
    Yes. Reporters personal biases substantially and noticeably affect news cover...
    pdt_ski
    Journalism majors are taught to be "objective" but then are fed courses on relativism and subjectivism and everything has some subjective aspect and spin. It has always been true that there is some inherent bias in a person's perspective but that observation is trite. At least in the past, as biased as they were (well, not about politics), they attempted to be unbiased or they would take an accusation that they were biased more seriously. That doesn't mean they weren't heavily biased in the past; they just seem worse now.
  • Libertys Martyr 2012/09/15 07:09:02
    Yes. Reporters personal biases substantially and noticeably affect news cover...
    Libertys Martyr
    Bias and not in the sense of against or for any particular political party. But bias AGAINST you and I for starters, bias against the truth in general and bias FOR the central bankers, war profiteers, big-pharma, wall street, big agriculture, and all their elitists friends.
  • Windy Liberty... 2012/09/15 16:28:41
    Windy
    +2
    You forgot to add bias in favor of authoritarianism. The MSM is authoritarian, plain and simple.
  • Frannin 2012/09/14 21:00:59
    No. This is a common misconception used to discredit media sources.
    Frannin
    +1
    You might think so lately but it is not true. For instance, one minute the news says
    Mitt is "for" a cause. Next day, the news reports that Mitt is "against" the same
    cause. This is honestly NOT the media but is actually Mitt's constant waffling.
  • flrdsgns 2012/09/14 07:41:28
  • Thomas ... flrdsgns 2012/09/14 16:49:15
    Thomas G Towns
    +2
    You have been boondoggled, bamboozled hoodwinked and lied to, You are hopenotized and can't think clearly.Wake up kid the media is in the pocket of the Chicago Machine. Axelrod owns the biggest ad agency in Chicago he knows how to trigger the 14 year old mentality like yours. hopenotized blindo
  • flrdsgns Thomas ... 2012/09/14 16:51:07
    flrdsgns
    +1
    and you think Dennis Prager is the answer? Uneducated people such as yourself is why America is failing.
  • Thomas ... flrdsgns 2012/09/14 21:28:49
  • flrdsgns Thomas ... 2012/09/14 23:47:57
    flrdsgns
    +2
    A degree from Prager University won't even get you an interview with a potential employer. About as useless as that phony University that fat old preacher, Jerry Falwell started
  • amoobrasil Thomas ... 2012/09/15 01:08:06
    amoobrasil
    +2
    Two questions:

    1) Why do you think that 90% of Romney's support is white?
    2) Why are so many so-called "conservatives" so angered when someone asked them for credible facts and data, and why do their statements consist of hateful insults and and name-calling in lieu of informed discourse?
  • amoobrasil Thomas ... 2012/09/15 01:05:37 (edited)
    amoobrasil
    +1
    Pubescent insults and ungrounded assertions are not convincing. They reflect badly only who those who make them.

    Please do not take me wrong: I am not saying that you are pubescent. I have friends and acquaintances who are generous, bright, cultured people--until they turn to politics. The transformation is Jekyll and Hyde. Yet we get along and mostly avoid that which is most likely to separate us.

    God commands us to love especially people we do not like. We love our children, but we do not always like them. Pray for those who anger you; I do, and it works.
  • Thomas ... amoobrasil 2012/09/18 00:04:07
    Thomas G Towns
    Factual accounts of psychotic megalomaniacs should be shown in every school in the world with that of Hitler, Napoleon,Alexander the Great,Castro,Che,Obama You know who they are Mohammad falls right in to this crowd.So do the blasphemes spewing Imans that have misinterpreted the teaching of a mad man. I have done business with many Muslims and to the man was a lying cheating s.o.bs.Their condescending snobbish attitude was disarming but now I have no truck with them and wish all the hell in the world on them.
    jihadist muzpawn
  • OpinionPrick 2012/09/14 00:41:19
    Yes. Reporters personal biases substantially and noticeably affect news cover...
    OpinionPrick
    +1
    Duh, the media is ALL bias.
  • Windy Opinion... 2012/09/15 16:31:50
    Windy
    +1
    Actually if what the media reports isn't intended as a distraction it is pure propaganda and indoctrination.
  • amoobrasil Windy 2012/09/16 15:14:16
    amoobrasil
    That tends to be true, of no news source more than Fox News. What can we expect of sources owned or controlled by the trans-national corporations that own them?
  • amoobrasil Opinion... 2012/09/16 15:16:27
    amoobrasil
    The commercial, for-profit media are--especially Fox "News", which fought for and won the First Amendment to "lie and distort" in reporting the news when it appealed a firing case to a court in Florida (2003). After all, the commercial media must turn a profit, and they are accountable for what they say to the behemoths that own and control them.
  • Elaine Magliacane 2012/09/13 18:08:58
    Yes. Reporters personal biases substantially and noticeably affect news cover...
    Elaine Magliacane
    Blatant bias...witnessed by an open mic... with NPR and ABC among others planning how to "GET" Romney yesterday.... keep it up folks... it just makes us MORE DETERMINED... to elect Romney and put YOU and the companies that hire you OUT OF BUSINESS.
    OMGBO
  • Windy Elaine ... 2012/09/15 16:34:06 (edited)
    Windy
    +1
    That's what they did to Ron Paul, difference is, Ron Paul was an honest, ethical man and candidate, Romney is not and they can bash him all they want. I just wish they'd bash Obama, too, because he is Romney's equal in badness.
  • amoobrasil Windy 2012/09/16 15:20:14
    amoobrasil
    Most Libertarians I know are more open to fact and reason. Your statement about bashing candidates of whom you do not approve betrays a lust for bias--toward Ron Paul.
  • amoobrasil Elaine ... 2012/09/16 15:18:49
    amoobrasil
    You are too paranoid. If you wish to go from misinformed to better informed, eschew Fox "News"--unless you really want a source that lies to you. (Fox fought for and won the First Amendment to "lie and distort" in reporting the news when it appealed a firing case to a court in Florida--2003). After all, the commercial media must turn a profit, and they are accountable for what they say to the behemoths that own and control them.

    NPR is reliable in what it reports, but it is cowed by its corporate "sponsors".
  • DefendnProtect 2012/09/13 17:44:00
    Yes. Reporters personal biases substantially and noticeably affect news cover...
    DefendnProtect
    +2
    It's also quite naive to think your own side of MSM is unbiased.

    msm brainwashing
  • t.eliot, topbard 2012/09/13 17:31:47
    Undecided
    t.eliot, topbard
    +3
    Media are dominated by, guess what? CORPORATIONS. Therefore they have an agenda based on support for the corporatist state so of course they have that bias. To claim that they somehow have a "liberal" bias is patently absurd. Non-corporate, independent media, such as Democracy Now!, In These Times, The Nation and The Progressive have an unashamedly liberal bias as they should.
  • Elaine ... t.eliot... 2012/09/13 18:10:17
    Elaine Magliacane
    +2
    Blind.... how BLIND can you be?
  • amoobrasil Elaine ... 2012/09/15 01:10:01
    amoobrasil
    +1
    Empty, uninformed insult. Why bother?
  • amoobrasil Elaine ... 2012/09/16 15:21:09
    amoobrasil
    +1
    If you have nothing to say beyond this empty, uninformed insult, please delete the post.
  • LeroyRogers 2012/09/13 17:16:21
    Yes. Reporters personal biases substantially and noticeably affect news cover...
    LeroyRogers
    +1
    DO YOU REMEMBER JANUARY 3, 2007? This can be a real eye opener.



    This tells the storyof why Bush looked so bad at the end of his term.
    Don’t just skim over this. It’s not very long. Read it slowly and let it sink in. If in doubt, check it out!

    The day the Democrats took over was not January 22, 2009. It was actually January 3,2007. The Democrats took over the House of Representatives and the Senate at the very start of the 110th Congress. The Democrat Party controlled a majority in both chambers for the first time since the end of the 103rd Congress in 1995.


    For those who are listening to the liberals propagating the fallacy that everything is “Bush's fault,” think about this:
    January 3rd, 2007, was the day the Democrats took over the Senate and the Congress.
    At the time:
    The DOW Jones closed at 12,621.77
    The GDP for the previous quarter was 3.5%
    The unemployment rate was 4.6%
    George Bush's economic policies SET A RECORD of 52 CONSECUTIVE MONTHS of JOB GROWTH
    Remember the day...

    January 3rd, 2007, was the day that Barney Frank took over the House Financial Services Committee and Chris Dodd took over the Senate Banking Committee.
    The economic meltdown that happened 15 months later was in what part of the economy?
    BANKING AND FINANCIAL SERVICES!

    Congress added to t...
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    DO YOU REMEMBER JANUARY 3, 2007? This can be a real eye opener.



    This tells the storyof why Bush looked so bad at the end of his term.
    Don’t just skim over this. It’s not very long. Read it slowly and let it sink in. If in doubt, check it out!

    The day the Democrats took over was not January 22, 2009. It was actually January 3,2007. The Democrats took over the House of Representatives and the Senate at the very start of the 110th Congress. The Democrat Party controlled a majority in both chambers for the first time since the end of the 103rd Congress in 1995.


    For those who are listening to the liberals propagating the fallacy that everything is “Bush's fault,” think about this:
    January 3rd, 2007, was the day the Democrats took over the Senate and the Congress.
    At the time:
    The DOW Jones closed at 12,621.77
    The GDP for the previous quarter was 3.5%
    The unemployment rate was 4.6%
    George Bush's economic policies SET A RECORD of 52 CONSECUTIVE MONTHS of JOB GROWTH
    Remember the day...

    January 3rd, 2007, was the day that Barney Frank took over the House Financial Services Committee and Chris Dodd took over the Senate Banking Committee.
    The economic meltdown that happened 15 months later was in what part of the economy?
    BANKING AND FINANCIAL SERVICES!

    Congress added to this CRISIS by (among MANY other things) dumping 5-6 TRILLION dollars of toxic loans on the economy from YOUR Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac FIASCOES!
    Bush asked Congress 17 TIMES to stop Fannie & Freddie - starting in 2001 –because it was financially risky for the US economy.

    And who took the THIRD highest pay-off from Fannie Mae AND Freddie Mac? OBAMA!
    And who fought against reform of Fannie and Freddie? OBAMA and the Democrat Congress.

    So when someone tries to blame Bush,
    REMEMBER JANUARY 3rd, 2007.... THE DAY THE DEMOCRATS TOOK OVER!

    Budgets do not come from the White House. They come from Congress, and the party that controlled Congress since January 2007 is the Democrat Party.Furthermore, the Democrats controlled the budget process for 2008 & 2009 as well as 2010 & 2011.
    In that first year, they had to contend with George Bush, which caused them to compromise on spending, when Bush somewhat belatedly got tough on spending increases.
    For 2009 though, Nancy Pelosi & Harry Reid bypassed George Bush entirely, passing continuing resolutions to keep government running until Barack Obama could take office. At that time, they passed a massive omnibus spending bill to complete the 2009 budgets.
    And where was Barack Obama during this time? He was a member of that very Congress that passed all of these massive spending bills, and he signed the omnibus bill as President to complete 2009.

    If the Democrats inherited any deficit, it was the 2007 deficit, the last of the Republican budgets. That deficit was the lowest in five years, and the fourth straight decline in deficit spending. After that, Democrats in Congress took control of spending, and that includes Barack Obama, who voted for the budgets.
    If Obama inherited anything, he inherited it from himself.

    In a nutshell, what Obama is saying is I inherited a deficit that I voted for and then I approved expanding that deficit four-fold since January 20, 2009.
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  • joseph kay 2012/09/13 17:14:29
    Yes. Reporters personal biases substantially and noticeably affect news cover...
    joseph kay
    The Main Stream media should be able to tell the truth with having favorite party liberals to hide their lies .
  • Ukie 2012/09/13 16:22:21
    Yes. Reporters personal biases substantially and noticeably affect news cover...
    Ukie
    +2
    With the LSM there is no such thing as honest journalism. They are a dishonour to a once proud profession!! lsm honest journalism dishonour proud profession liberal media bias no integrity liberal media bias no integrity liberal media bias no integrity
  • Magus BN-0 2012/09/13 15:44:07
    Yes. Reporters personal biases substantially and noticeably affect news cover...
    Magus BN-0
    +1
    Yes, the majority of the media has a conservative bias.
  • Elaine ... Magus BN-0 2012/09/13 18:12:20
    Elaine Magliacane
    +1
    ON what planet? Thanks for playing.
  • Christopher Kirchen 2012/09/13 15:37:00
    Yes. Reporters personal biases substantially and noticeably affect news cover...
    Christopher Kirchen
    DUH! With the exception of Fox News the media has always had a liberal bias, and Fox has a conservative one.
  • Windy Christo... 2012/09/15 16:36:58
    Windy
    +1
    ALL the media has the same bias, pro-authoritarian and anti-libertarian.
  • Christo... Windy 2012/09/15 16:39:30
    Christopher Kirchen
    Care to elaborate?
  • Windy Christo... 2012/09/15 16:50:20
    Windy
    I thought it was pretty damn clear, no elaboration needed.
  • Christo... Windy 2012/09/15 16:53:01
    Christopher Kirchen
    So you can't refute me.
  • Windy Christo... 2012/09/16 08:14:02
    Windy
    Refute you in what? That there is a liberal bias in evey channel except FOX which has a conservative bias?

    That liberal/conservative dichotomy is illusion, intended to keep people divided along those lines while the totalitarian state is built around us, relatively unnoticed.

    If you really pay attention, you can clearly see the media ALWAYS comes down on the side of more intrusive, more restrictive of freedom government actions, regardless if you are viewing CNN, NPR, FOX or NBC. And the entertainment media promotes the police state, showing cops (in both fictional and reality based shows) violating people's rights left and right while the viewers are encouraged to cheer those tactics to "get the bad guys". Trouble is those tactics are used on innocent (of any real crimes as in a violation of another's rights) people more often than real criminals
  • amoobrasil Windy 2012/09/16 15:28:46
    amoobrasil
    The commercial, for-profit media trends toward protection of their corporate owners. Surprised? I hope not. This is especially true of Fox "News".
  • amoobrasil Windy 2012/09/16 15:27:35
    amoobrasil
    If you are not accountable for your postings, please delete them. As Christo...points out, your flat, ungrounded statement free of factual support is meaningless--minus the rudeness, of course.
  • amoobrasil Christo... 2012/09/16 15:26:15
    amoobrasil
    Fox "News" has a corporatist bias, not a "conservative" one. Before the Nixon Southern Strategy turned the word "conservative" into a person who opposes policies issuing from the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (equal rights in the workplace, affirmative action, voting rights for minorities on a plane with that of other voters, etc.), it was a respectable, NON-IDEOLOGICAL adjective describing a person who looked upon policy-making with an eye to respect our best traditions and values--change, yes, but change in keeping with our best ideals and change with the least possibility of unintended consequences.

    I am one of those true conservatives--progressive conservative, à la Teddy Roosevelt (without the racism of that epoch).
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