A term used to describe the consistent bias affecting news stories on the American television networks' news departments, CNN, major news magazines such as *Time* and *Newsweek,* and newspapers in several big American cities, especially the *New York Times.* The term 'liberal' here is used in the contemporary sense of social democracy or democratic socialism along with a selective conception of civil liberties that further the social goals of the moderate left.
Bias by these media outlets is shown in assuming in their reports the rightness of State action to force people into more egalitarian patterns of living including income and wealth redistribution, forced racial integration, egalitarian pluralism in terms of selective cultures and life-styles including perversions such as homosexuality. They also tend to be ill-informed or hostile toward traditional religion, especially Christianity.
Frequently, the leftist bias comes out in not reporting stories that fail to reinforce their point of view, such as IRS harassment of innocent people, the practical, verifiable benefits of religious belief, the decrease in poverty before The Great Society and the lack of progress after its implementation, the benefits of tax cuts and decreased regulation to the economy, Robert Putnam's study showing that greater "diversity" fosters social isolation. Questions to the president or other prominent policy makers or advisers are overwhelmingly framed in terms of why are these people not doing more to implement the News Media's agenda.
Conservative or more radical leftist positions are actively suppressed, ignored, or vilified by these major news organizations. They tend to view this informal censorship as being "responsible." They seem to view themselves as the "keeper of the flame" of democratic socialism that began in the U.S. with the New Deal and continues today through the modern Democratic Party and "progressive" politicians, judges, and celebrities. 'Progressive' in this context means greater government power to achieve as much equality of result as possible. They see conservatives and common sense, traditional Americans as crypto-Nazis. They oppose the far left due to their perception that those who are more consistent in espousing their political philosophy will discredit their more incremental approach to reach the same goals.
Those who question the existence of the liberal news media fall into the same blind-spots as reporters, anchors, and editors themselves fall into. They do not question what seems reasonable to themselves. For example, why would anyone in their right mind question the need for a minimum wage law? Well, there are two sides, at least, to this issue. For instance, higher minimum wage laws can create unemployment among the unskilled. But those with such closed minds do not even consider that there might be problems with their policy prescriptions based on what they see as an unquestionable political philosophy.
"Is the news on?"
"Yes, I am watching Pravda...errr...I am mean NBC, part of the vast liberal news media."
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