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Bias and Arrogance April 2, 2006

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If you are interested in learning more about the media, we highly recommend two books by Bernard Goldberg. They are Bias: A CBS Insider Exposes How the Media Distort the News and Arrogance: Rescuing America from the Media Elite.

Bernard Goldberg, who worked at CBS news, wrote an editorial in 1996 for the Wall Street Journal about media bias at CBS news. The editorial ruffled a few feathers at the network, and Goldberg became a persona non grata at CBS. In 2002, Bias (a book Goldberg wrote documenting cases of media bias) made it onto the New York Times best seller list. In an editorial about the book, the Wall Street Journal summarized one of Goldberg's arguments:

"He explains matters like the strange way anchors have of identifying conservatives as such but not those on the other side of the political spectrum. And so CBS identifies the famously radical feminist and leftist Catharine MacKinnon as a 'noted law professor' while Phyllis Schlafly is a 'conservative spokeswoman.' Rush Limbaugh is the 'conservative radio talk show host' but Rosie O'Donnell, who (while hosting a fund-raiser for Hillary Clinton) referred to Mayor Rudolph Giuliani as 'New York's village idiot,' is not described as the liberal TV talk show host. What this says, Mr. Goldberg notes, is that conservatives require identification because–in the world view that prevails at the networks–they are outside the mainstream."

In Bias, Goldberg notes that Dan Rather called the New York Times editorial page "middle of the road" but readily labeled the Wall Street Journal as conservative. Here are his comments on the New York Times:

"This is a newspaper that consistently editorializes in favor of affirmative action, of all sorts of abortion rights, of strict gun-control laws, and is against the death penalty. The editorials are well written and well reasoned. But they do represent liberal points of view….And Dan Rather calls its editorial page 'middle of the road.' This is the essence of the problem. To Dan Rather and to a lot of other powerful members of the chattering class, that which is right of center is conservative. That which is left of center is middle of the road. No wonder they can't recognize their own bias."

Goldberg's books are available at Amazon.com:

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