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Don't believe the hype

Is the circus in California another example of the “liberal” media doing everything in their power to ensure that the conservative wins?

In this case, I don’t think so. It’s a spectacle, it is ratings. While the second allegiance of the media is to the right, the first is to the ratings, which means dollars. Which is why the quality of media coverage, particularly in politics, is so bad. On the rare occasion when they aren’t skewed to the best interests of the corporations that own the media, they are pushing a conservative agenda and demonizing not only liberals, but moderates as well.

It strikes me as odd how little attention moderates get in the media, when in reality they likely make up a larger portion of the public than either leftists or rightists. I suppose that again it has to do with ratings. Centrism isn’t exciting. It doesn’t generate ad dollars. It doesn’t make ratings skyrocket. It would be honest and accurate for media to present the news from a centrist position, and would by doing so be equally fair to those on the left and the right. But it won’t make money, and I guess that’s all that really matters.

Posted by rev_matt_y at August 11, 2003 12:36 PM