So it’s been a fairly hectic week around here for me, which means that I’m just now getting through some of the backlog of posts on blogs and news sites that I usually read. In doing so, I came across an article at the Washington Post which I hadn’t seen or even heard of previously, and it made me reflect yet again on a theme I’ve returned to often on this blog: the supposed “liberal bias” of the media.
Quick, what are the big stories of the past week, off the top of your head? If you follow politics, the stories would probably be the enormous earthquake in Japan (and attendant potential nuclear disaster), followed by the ongoing Wisconsin union-busting effort by new governor Scott Walker. But somewhere in that list would be the resignation of two of the top officials of NPR (the executive director Vivian Schiller, and one of the lead fundraisers/salespeople, Ron Schiller – no relation to Vivian) in the wake of a “sting” operation by political hack/hitman and Andrew Breitbart protégé James O’Keefe.
And – very likely – nowhere in that list would be the story of the New Hampshire House Speaker’s attempt to eliminate the right of college-age students to vote in the state, because (according to the Speaker, Mr. O’Brien) students vote liberal/Democratic because they are “foolish” and “vote their feelings.” The structural reasons why the O’Keefe story is center-stage, competing for air time and column-inches with astonishingly significant world/national news like the Japan and Wisconsin stories, while the New Hampshire story goes almost completely under the radar is yet another example of now NOT-liberal your national political media are.