Liberal Media Bias?
There is a new study put out by UCLA claiming to prove that there is indeed a liberal media bias.
"But the study is flawed," so says Franken sock-puppet David Brock of Media Matters, a left wing smear site.
Below is a head line from Brock's most recent posting:
Former fellows at conservative think tanks issued flawed UCLA-led study on media's "liberal bias"
I only bring this up because it is so funny to read someone like Brock, who also consults with and advises Al Franken, talk about media bias or studies which prove such.
In Pants on Fire, I spend three chapters proving the bias including a section that quotes directly from Daniel Okrent, the former NY Times public editor who not only acknowledges liberal bias at his paper, but gives numerous examples, including his papers cheerleading role on the gay marriage issue.
In his Lying Liar book, Franken's main piece of evidence to disprove the "liberal media bias" claim is a study from the Pew Charitable Trusts which, according to Franken, showed that Al Gore (the liberal) received much more negative media coverage that George Bush (the conservative) during the 2000 election. Hence, no liberal media bias. The problem is, or shall I say THE TRUTH is, that the Pew study didn't cover the campaign, just the debate performances. And as most people remember, Bush whooped Gore in the debates, not to mention Gore's boorish behavior- sighing into his microphone when Bush was speaking, or in the 2nd debate when Gore walked over to his "space."
Franken also frequently cites the University of Maryland PIPA study which according to Franken states that Fox News misleads its viewers. In my book, Pants on Fire, I include a press release from PIPA stating explicitly that their study, (contrary to the left wing spin) in no way proves Fox News bias or misleading its viewers...
There is plenty more on this subject and without sounding like I'm trying to push my own book, it does make a great Christmas, Hannukah, or Kwanzaa gift.