Further to concerns we raise about the bias of the media, this article in the Wall St Journal today is timely.
It’s written by a previous President of CBS News, and although it refers to the US scene, it is just as applicable here.
Here’s some key statements:
* “The highly influential daily newspapers in New York, Washington, Los Angeles and Boston are now decidedly liberal. On the home screen, the three broadcast network divisions still have their liberal tilt. Two of the three leading cable news sources are unrelentingly liberal”
* “To many US journalists, objectivity, balance and fairness — once the gold standard of reporting — are not mandatory..”
* “The media’s protective coverage of the sexual-assault allegation against Biden is perhaps a clear and concerning preview to how his presidency would be covered.”
* “It would be delightful if a publisher, an editor, a reporter, would just say: Yes, I am left of centre! I’m proud of it. I think our reporting is accurate. It best serves the public. And the credibility of the media. So there!”
And the best statement
* “Journalism affects social cohesion. Convinced of its role and its legitimacy, however, the media doesn’t seem to much care.”
And democracy also suffers – when we’re told what to think.