Thursday, May 26, 2005

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"Liberal Media" is a myth

"Liberal Media" is a myth

May 26, 2005

By Richard Kuper

The Op Ed Page

It's time, once and for all, to end the fallacious term "Liberal Media" when describing the US Press.

If the US Press was truly a "Liberal Media" then:

1. The story about the Downing Street Memo would have been a PAGE 1 story in every leading Newspaper. It would have been the LEAD STORY on every major broadcast station. It would be the number one topic on every talk radio program. And the majority of talk radio would be "Liberal." Clearly none of this has yet occurred, and the story was reported on PAGE 1 in the British Newspapers on May 1, 2005.

2. The many impeachable offenses by the President, Vice President, and others in the administration would be headline news. Not one headline is about any of them. Not one lead story on the evening news is about them. Not even Woodward or Bernstein are doing the kind of investigation they did to report Watergate. We have Iraq-gate and Oil-gate and Halliburton-gate and on and on.

3. The many, many voting irregularities in the 2004 election would have been Page 1 news and the lead story on the evening news every day and night. Reporters would have done in-depth investigations. The detailed report on this subject presented by some in Congress would have received widespread press.

4. Monica-gate would never have happened. That's right, if this were truly a "Liberal Media" the story would have never come to light.

"Liberal Media" is a myth.