The Left Always Wants Control of the Media

This is from POWERLINE:

…continuing…

As I noted earlier this week, I give Kerry credit for this much. I think that the Kerry Solution represents a truth generally applicable to the Age of Obama. We would all be happier not knowing what is going on. Indeed, many of our fellow citizens live by the Kerry Solution with no effort at all. I wonder how many of the journalists who applauded Kerry (and their colleagues elsewhere) already live by it as well.

[….]

When it comes to Kerry himself, we should probably add the Bellow Proviso: “A great deal of intelligence can be invested in ignorance when the need for illusion is deep.”

(More on the end quotes author, Saul Bellow, HERE.)

Fox News — Democrats Fav of Big 3 (plus: Drudge Report Leans Left)

I was in a conversation with a younger person when they said that Fox News was biased. I mentioned that when you remove the “opinion pages” from Fox, they are slightly biased to the right… as much as CNN (once their “opinion pages” are removed) is biased to the left.

No kidding, twice they mentioned Sean Hannity, and I pointed out these were the opinion pages… then they f-i-n-a-l-l-y started tracking with me. I then mentioned that what they said is like someone coming up to me and telling me “the New York Times opinion pages lean left.” Or, “the Wall Street journal opinion pages lean right.” …

Bias - CBS NBC MSNBC FOX Media

Fox News: Enraging Liberals for 10 Years (L.A. Times):

….What explains all this hysteria? Success, of course.

The propaganda charge is unfair, at least when it comes to the network’s presentation of news. In the 2004 presidential race, Fox pollsters consistently underestimated President Bush’s support. In its final preelection poll, Fox had Kerry winning by a couple of points, one of the only polls to show the Democrat on top. I’m not sure a right-wing fifth column would do that.

A recent comprehensive study by UCLA political scientist Tim Groseclose and University of Missouri-Columbia economics professor Jeffrey Milyo found Brit Hume’s “Special Report” — Fox’s most straightforward news show — more centrist than any of the three major networks’ evening newscasts, all of which leaned left.

The program is a model of smart news television….

Book: Liberal Media Distorts News Bias: Drudge, Fox look more conservative against mainstream’s liberal bent (US News and World Report):

…In a crushing body blow to the pushers of the so-called “Fox Effect,” which claims the conservative media is dragging the left into the center, UCLA political science professor Tim Groseclose in Left Turn claims that “all” mainstream news outlets have a liberal bias in their reporting that makes even moderate organizations appear out of the mainstream and decidedly right-wing to news consumers who are influenced by the slant. [Read Fox’s Huckabee slams MSNBC’s Matthews, Scarborough over bias.]

“Fox News is clearly more conservative than ABC, CBS, CNN, NBC and National Public Radio. Some will conclude that ‘therefore, this means that Fox News has a conservative bias,'” he writes in an advance copy provided to Washington Whispers. “Instead, maybe it is centrist, and possibly even left-leaning, while all the others are far left. It’s like concluding that six-three is short just because it is short compared to professional basketball players.”

What’s more, he says, “this point illustrates a common misconception about the Drudge Report. According to my analysis, the Drudge Report is approximately the most fair, balanced, and centrist news outlet in the United States. Yet, the overwhelming majority of media commentators claim that it has a conservative bias. The problem, I believe, is that such commentators mistake relative bias for absolute bias. Yes, the Drudge Report is more conservative than the average U.S. news outlet. But it is a logical mistake to use that to infer that it is based on an absolute scale.”

And in further analysis sure to enrage critics of conservative media, Groseclose determines that Drudge, on a conservative to liberal scale of 0-100, with 50 being centrist, actually leans a bit left of center with a score of 60.4. The reason: Drudge mostly links to the sites of the mainstream media, with just a few written by Matt Drudge himself. “Since these links come from a broad mix of media outlets, and since the news in general is left-leaning, it should not be surprising that the slant quotient of the Drudge Report leans left,” he writes. [Read Poll: Fox, O’Reilly most trusted news sources.]…

Video Description:

UCLA Professor Tim Grosclose has a new book out Left Turn: How Liberal Media Bias Distorts the American Mind. In his book, he outlines what conservatives have known for years, that the mainstream media has turned more and more leftist which in turn promulgates, influences, rewords, redefines, and imposes leftist doctrine.

From the book:

Using objective, social-scientific methods, the filtering prevents us from seeing the world as it actually is. Instead, we see only a distorted version of it. It is as if we see the world through a glass—a glass that magnifies the facts that liberals want us to see and shrinks the facts that conservatives want us to see….

That bias makes us more liberal, which makes us less able to detect the bias, which allows the media to get away with more bias, which makes us even more liberal.

At the 2:37 mark of the above video, there is a distinction made between news versus opinion shows on Fox. When I defend the “fair-and-balanced” aspect of Fox News it is the equal number of left/right guests on shows dealing more with raw news. Here is a Pew Study that makes the same point:

Pew Study Finds MSNBC the Most Opinionated Cable News Channel By Far

A full 85% of the Comcast-owned network’s coverage can be classified as opinion or commentary rather than straight news, according to the authors of the Pew Research Center’s annual State of the News Media report.

CNN and Fox News Channel, meanwhile, fall much closer to a 50/50 distribution, with Fox News skewing somewhat more heavily toward opinion. Here are the breakdowns

Fox News CNN FAir

When professor Groseclose and other people rate and discuss the left/right bias… they are looking at the news reporting — NOT shows like Sean Hannity. And this fairness is why more Democrats trust Fox News than other cable networks.

Most Americans perceive partiality in the news media and more believe Fox News is the most trusted for accurate reporting among the major television news organizations, according to a recent poll by the Robert Morris University Polling Institute.

Fox CNN MSNBC Democrats Republicans

The poll surveyed 1,004 people nationwide with proportional contributions from each state via an online survey held May 6-13. Of those surveyed, 31.8 percent identified themselves as Democrats and 25.7 percent as Republicans.

When asked which television news stations they considered biased, 37.1 percent said MSNBC and 36.6 percent said CNN. Fox News was first with 47.8 percent.

However, Fox News was also considered the most honest network: 18.4 percent of respondents said it was the most trustworthy. MSNBC was the least-trusted network, clocking in at 4.4 percent, and CNN was declared trustworthy by 14.1 percent of respondents….

  • Robert Morris University Polling Institute Powered by Trib Total Media (2014)

According to a recent poll, likely voters get their political news primarily from cable television. Among cable channels, 42 percent, a plurality, watch Fox News for its political coverage. Only 12 percent said they watched MSNBC. What’s more, most likely voters don’t like or have never heard of MSNBC’s prime time talent.

The poll, conducted by Politico and George Washington University, used a sample split evenly between political parties – even slightly favoring Democrats in some areas: 41 percent of respondents identified as Republicans, while 42 percent said they were Democrats. Forty-four percent said they usually vote for Republicans, while 46 percent answered Democrats. Forty-eight percent voted for Obama, while only 45 percent voted for McCain.

Even among this group, Fox News is by far the most popular cable outlet. CNN comes in at second, with 30 percent. A sorry MSNBC brings up the rear…

  • Politico and George Washington University (2010) (via NewsBusters)

(The graphic is from Pew Poll [2008])

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So, Democrats and Independents trust and watch Fox more — or at more of an even split — than they do most other networks (not all) . I only post this here to make a point that I am challenged with often about… so to reference this one post. (The above and below graphics come from some Fox having the best election coverage, HERE.)

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More People Watched Jon Scott On FOXNEWS Than Our President Speaking-The White House Must Be Writhing!

FoxNews continually trounce the competition. But this is just another slap in the face of the lame-stream media:

The ratings are in for Barack Obama’s televised town hall meeting on CNBC Monday, and they’re pretty dismal.

In fact, far more people watched the Fox News Channel’s “Happening Now” with Jon Scott and Jenna Lee airing at the same time than tuned in to see what the President had to say.

[….]

Chris Ariens of TVNewser reported the numbers Tuesday:

The hour drew 625,000 Total Viewers airing live at NoonET — more than 450,000 viewers behind #1 FNC (1.08M) in the hour, but ahead of CNN (436K) and MSNBC (217K). The re-air on MSNBC at 3pmET drew 369,000 viewers.

…(read more)…

If you notice the last paragraph/stat, even reruns of O’Reilly beat Maddow. Too funny! (Times are in eastern):

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Morning programs (6:00AM-9:00AM) P2+ (25-54) (35-64)

  1. FOX & Friends- 892,000 viewers (284,000) (466,000)
  2. American Morning- 263,000 viewers (113,000) (157,000)
  3. Morning Joe- 394,000 viewers (121,000) (197,000)
  4. Squawk Box- 144,000 viewers (47,000) (83,000)
  5. Morning Express w/ Meade- 275,000 viewers (156,000) (182,000)

5PM – P2+ (25-54) (35-64)

  1. Glenn Beck – 2,195,000 viewers (524,000) (1,010,000)
  2. Situation Room—507,000 viewers (90,000) (163,000)
  3. Hardball w/ C. Matthews – 614,000 viewers (144,000) (287,000)
  4. Fast Money – 245,000 viewers (69,000) (127,000)
  5. Showbiz Tonight — 144,000 viewers (a scratch w/ 44,000) (56,000)

6PM – P2+ (25-54) (35-64)

  1. Special Report w/ Bret Baier – 2,086,000 viewers (370,000) (798,000)
  2. Situation Room—420,000 viewers (76,000) (146,000)
  3. Ed Show —751,000 viewers (203,000) (385,000)
  4. Mad Money — 141,000 viewers (a scratch w/ 50,000) (89,000)
  5. Prime News – 230,000 viewers (85,000) (126,000)

7PM – P2+ (25-54) (35-64)

  1. The Fox Report w/ Shep – 1,867,000 viewers (343,000) (754,000)
  2. John King USA – 338,000 viewers (102,000) (153,000)
  3. Hardball w/ C. Matthews – 710,000 viewers (228,000) (395,000)
  4. Kudlow Report– 201,000 viewers (a scratch w/42,000) (110,000)
  5. Issues – 325,000 viewers (125,000) (193,000)

8PM – P2+ (25-54) (35-64)

  1. The O’Reilly Factor– 2,856,000 viewers (660,000) (1,311,000)
  2. Rick’s List –365,000 viewers (140,000) (174,000)
  3. Countdown w/ K. Olbermann – 1,071,000 viewers (277,000) (559,000)
  4. Investing In America– 278,000 viewers (107,000) (157,000)
  5. Nancy Grace – 382,000 viewers (127,000) (187,000)

9 PM – P2+ (25-54) (35-64)

  1. Hannity– 1,860,000 viewers (457,000) (896,000)
  2. Larry King Live —564,000 viewers (173,000) (207,000)
  3. Rachel Maddow Show —914,000 viewers (278,000) (464,000)
  4. Bio: Rachel Ray –188,000 viewers (72,000) (110,000)
  5. Joy Behar – 289,000 viewers (56,000) (137,000)

10 PM P2+ (25-54) (35-64)

  1. On the Record w/ Greta—1,341,000 viewers (327,000) (611,000)
  2. Anderson Cooper 360 — 610,000 viewers (196,000) (260,000)
  3. Countdown w/ K. Olbermann – 689,000 viewers (231,000) (323,000)
  4. American Greed – 191,000 viewers (119,000) (136,000)
  5. Nancy Grace –280,000 viewers (117,000) (156,000)

11 PM P2+ (25-54) (35-64)

  1. The O’Reilly Factor– 1,114,000 viewers (342,000) (636,000)
  2. Anderson Cooper 360 – 390,000 viewers (146,000) (178,000)
  3. Rachel Maddow Show —439,000 viewers (158,000) (244,000)
  4. Mad Money – a scratch w/82,000 viewers (a scratch w/24,000) (a scratch w/45,000)
  5. Showbiz Tonight– 268,000 viewers (127,000) (170,000)

WHY the mass appeal of FOXNEWS? Here is one example, the 2008 elections:

Percentages of Bias

Here the media really – truly shows its colors:

Obama, Democrats got 88 percent of 2008 contributions by TV network execs, writers, reporters

Senior executives, on-air personalities, producers, reporters, editors, writers and other self-identifying employees of ABC, CBS and NBC contributed more than $1 million to Democratic candidates and campaign committees in 2008, according to an analysis by The Examiner of data compiled by the Center for Responsive Politics.

The Democratic total of $1,020,816 was given by 1,160 employees of the three major broadcast television networks, with an average contribution of $880.

By contrast, only 193 of the employees contributed to Republican candidates and campaign committees, for a total of $142,863. The average Republican contribution was $744.

[….]

The data on contributions by broadcast network employees was compiled by CRP at the request of The Examiner and included all 2008 contributions by individuals who identified their employer as one of the three networks or subsidiaries. The data does not include contributions by employees of the three networks who did not identify their employer.

The CRP is the organization behind OpenSecrets.org, the web site that for more than a decade has put campaign finance data within reach of anybody with an Internet connection.

President Obama received 710 such contributions worth a total of $461,898, for an average contribution of $651 from the network employees. Republican presidential nominee Sen. John McCain received only 39 contributions totaling $26,926, for an average donation of $709….

…(read more)…

Besieged Gaza

All these photos come from Tom Gross’s Mideast Dispatch Archive, and the article portion is from Arutz Sheva:

Bargain Prices for ‘Zionist’ Clothes in New Gaza Luxury Mall

…While Hamas continues to complain that Gaza lacks building materials, a luxury mall in Gaza City held its grand opening over the weekend. Among the goods on sale are Israeli men’s clothing, and items from Turkey, France, and the United States.

Photojournalist Tom Gross, who publicized photos from Saturday’s event on his website, noted that the opening coincided with a visit to Gaza from European Union foreign policy director Catherine Ashton. “The BBC and other media have featured extensive reports all day long on what they term the dire economic situation in Gaza; why are they not mentioning the new shopping mall that opened there yesterday?” Gross asked.

Pictures of the new mall were featured on the Palestinian Authority Safa website and by the Associated Press.

A variety of stores sell cosmetics, clothing, office supplies, toys, shoes, appliances and more. The mall boasts air conditioning and a delivery service.

Hamas has often accused Israel of creating a “siege” by keeping its border crossings to Gaza closed. According to Hamas, Gaza lacks electricity and building supplies…

…(read more)…

Here are the photos:

The Left’s Use of the Race Card – Um, 32 Black Republicans Are Running for Office?

I hate to point out the obvious, but if you want to see racism, go to Obama’s old church where Hitler’esque type books are sold in their book store, here is just a couple comparisons from some books sold in Obama’s church’s book store for twenty the twenty years he attended:

The personification of the devil as the symbol of all evil assumes the living shape of the Jew.

Adolf Hitler – Mein Kampf

Compare this to:

The goal of black theology is the destruction of everything white, so that blacks can be liberated from alien gods.

A Black Theology of Liberation, James Cone, p.62

White religionists are not capable of perceiving the blackness of God, because their satanic whiteness is a denial of the very essence of divinity. That is why whites are finding and will continue to find the black experience a disturbing reality.

A Black Theology of Liberation, James Cone, p.64

Again:

­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­I believe that I am acting in accordance with the will of the Almighty Creator: by defending myself against the Jew, I am fighting for the work of the Lord.

Adolf Hitler – Mein Kampf

Compared to:

There is no place in black theology for a colorless God in a society where human beings suffer precisely because of their color. The black theologian must reject any conception of God which stifles black self-determination by picturing God as a God of all peoples.

A Black Theology of Liberation, James Cone, p.63

Christianity is not alien to Black Power, Christianity is Black Power.

Black Theology & Black Power, James Cone, p.38

In contrast to this racist view of God, black theology proclaims God’s blackness. Those who want to know who God is and what God is doing must know who black persons are and what they are doing.

A Black Theology of Liberation, James Cone, p.65

Lastly:

The [Nazi party] should not become a constable of public opinion, but must dominate it. It must not become a servant of the masses, but their master!

Adolf Hitler – Mein Kampf

Compared to:

These new theologians of the “Third World” argue that Christians [liberation theology accepting Christians] should not shun violence but should initiate it…

Black Theology & Black Power, James Cone, p.32

It is important to make a further distinction here among black hatred, black racism, and Black Power. Black hatred is the black man’s strong aversion to white society. No black man living in white America can escape it.

Black Theology & Black Power, James Cone, p.14

It is this fact that makes all white churches anti-Christian in their essence. To be Christian is to be one of those whom God has chosen. God has chosen black people!

Black Theology & Black Power, James Cone, p.151

It [black liberation theology] is dangerous because the true prophet of the gospel of God must become both “anti-Christian” and “unpatriotic.”…. Because whiteness by its very nature is against blackness, the black prophet is a prophet of national doom. He proclaims the end of the “American Way,”…

A Black Theology of Liberation, James Cone, p.55-56

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