Like beauty, media bias is in the eye of the beholder. But my honest left-leaning friends almost always acknowledge that the establishment press is one their side.
And if they don’t, I ask them to explain one-sided reports such as the AP story on poverty, the Brian Ross Tea Party slur, this implicit USA Today bias, or the Reuters report on job creation and so-called stimulus.
One of the most remarkable examples of bias in recent weeks has been the way some folks in the media have decided that just about any criticism of Obama is racist.
I addressed this argument back in 2009, looking at the kerfuffle over the “Joker” poster. I was glad I did, because the post got considerable attention at a point when the blog was new and I didn’t have many readers. But my main goal was to point out a very silly double standard.
Well, that double standard still exists, as you can see from this cartoon.
To be sure, MSNBC is an opinion network. As far as I know, they don’t pretend to do straight news. And so long as their honest about their ideological perspective, they can assert that GOPers are racist for being left-handed or being right-handed.
But this mentality also seems to exist in the supposedly neutral outlets of the establishment media. This cartoon does a good job of exposing that biased attitude, and it does so by mocking the lapdogs in the press.
Speaking of lapdogs, the second cartoon in this post gets across the same point.
For what it’s worth, I still think this post has the best cartoon on media bias.
P.S. Back in the early days of this blog, the other post that got a good bit of attention was this amusing (or tragic?) look at how Chinese students reacted with Tim “Turbotax” Geithner claimed that the White House supported a strong dollar.