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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Of Course There is a Liberal Bias at NPR

What? Is NPR  going to have a conservative bias? Here try this one on. Liberalism (from the Latin liberalis, "of freedom")[1] is the belief in the importance of liberty and equal rights.[2] Liberals espouse a wide array of views depending on their understanding of these principles, but most liberals support such fundamental ideas as constitutions, liberal democracy, free and fair elections, human rights, capitalism, free trade, and the freedom of religion. Uh yeah. Ok. If we are going to have a National Public Radio what the hell is wrong with being for liberty, human rights, capitalism, free trade, liberal democracy, constitutions? I mean isn't that what we want our independent news organizations to be all about...the best of ourselves?

Ok Lets cut to the chase. All of our news organizations have a liberal bias. Why? Because liberalism is a free thinking agenda and you cannot go into gathering news, muckraking, investigative journalism, or just trying to gather the facts without a free and open mind. There is only one news organization that does not have a liberal bias and that is FOX. We all know this. Perfect test case for the conservative bias news organization. Fox News puts their agenda front and center and it is conservative. Billy OReilly and Sean and Glenn all are just part and parcel of Fox's agenda which is Republican, which is Conservative, and leans to the far right all the way to the Tea Party. Ok. On this we can all agree.

Now why is there only one news organization like that? Because writers or journalists are usually liberals. Writers and journalist people the news organizations. Why are writers more liberal than conservative? Because you have to be open to everything and you can't close down with absolutes. Rigidity is the backbone of conservatism. Ok. Lets try this one on. Conservatism (Latin: conservare, "to preserve")[1] is a political and social philosophy that promotes the maintenance of traditional institutions and supports, at the most, minimal and gradual change in society. Some conservatives seek to preserve things as they are, emphasizing stability and continuity, while others oppose modernism and seek a return to the way things were.

I mean do you really want Robert Siegel turning away from the men who ripped apart our economy because he wants to maintain the status quo? Not investigate corruption in government because he believes in the traditional institutions? It doesn't work. Or he wants to turn back the clock to a better time? That's Sarah Palin's agenda not a news organization. Right? What's amazing is that people try and say that a liberal bias is bad. Bad for whom? Conservatives who want to keep everything the way it is? It is the job of the journalist to question the status quo and certainly we want that from NPR  and PBS. If their mandate is to be something apart then they cannot be that by supporting the status quo. Right? That would be a conservative bias and that doesn't work now does it?

So get over it. You cannot have it both ways. You cannot be the conservative and be the cool guy. They don't go together. Remember all the squares in high school? They were squares because they supported the status quo. They became business men. The other guys, James Dean types, fought against the status quo. They became writers and journalists or rock stars. Rush Limbaugh and Lou Reed. Take a walk on the wild side doesn't mean Fox News. It might not even mean NPR. But a liberal bias? Hell yes.
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