Wednesday, March 14, 2007

This is Conservative Media Fairness.

Brent Bozell leads the Media Research Center. That group purports to be a media watchdog with the intention of pointing out instances of media bias against Conservatives.

I came across his site today while searching for the documents on the fired prosecutors, in relation to a post I'll have later. A cursory look at today's offering by Brent Bozell at Media Matters serves to prove the absolute dearth of logic in use at that organization.

Today's article by Bozell rehashes a Conservative talking point which has been entirely debunked. The title of Bozell's hit piece says it all: "Bush’s Eight Vs. Clinton’s 93". Bozell then commences with the canard that the 8 prosecutors fired on Dec. 7 pale in comparison with the clean sweep dismissal of all the prosecutors which happened when Clinton took office in 1993. (Which also happened when Bush took office in 2001, and happens as a matter of course when any President intitially takes office.)

I'm not going to waste my precious typing skill rebutting that logic. Rather it is for us to consider what this says about the honesty and worthiness of Brent Bozell's media watchdog group in the first place. They are up in arms that the media are not reporting a wrong headed and illogical right wing talking point. Media Matters is so biased that they demand the media report conservative untruth or be called to account by Bozell et al for not being fair! They provide a telling commentary on their own bias, not on the medias.

Sadly, I'm certain there are a few hundred koolaid drinking followers of Bozell who will read that story and feel outraged by this supposedly obvious example of media bias against conservatives. It really has come to the point that being fair means reporting the facts which provide the liberal viewpoint, and fiction, which are provided by the right wing talking points.

among other things, bozell heads the entirely bogus "cybercast news service" (cns), which was responsible for this piece of fetid garbage in early 2006...
A Cybercast News Service investigation . . . reveals that one of Murtha's former Democratic congressional colleagues and a fellow decorated Vietnam veteran, Don Bailey of Pennsylvania, alleges that Murtha admitted during an emotional conversation on the floor of the U.S. House in the early 1980s that he did not deserve his Purple Hearts.


"Pretending to be a big war hero and boasting about having medals is a slap in the face to our veterans who were seriously wounded or killed in action," [World War II Navy veteran Harry M.] Fox was quoted as telling the Uniontown Herald-Standard in the newspaper's Nov. 1, 1996 edition. "He campaigned as a war hero and I've never seen any documentation that he earned any of these honors," Fox reportedly stated.
this is cns' self-serving and completely misleading self-description...
The Cybercast News Service was launched on June 16, 1998 as a news source for individuals, news organizations and broadcasters who put a higher premium on balance than spin and seek news that’s ignored or under-reported as a result of media bias by omission.

Study after study by the Media Research Center, the parent organization of, clearly demonstrate a liberal bias in many news outlets – bias by commission and bias by omission – that results in a frequent double-standard in editorial decisions on what constitutes "news."

In response to these shortcomings, MRC Chairman L. Brent Bozell III founded in an effort to provide an alternative news source that would cover stories that are subject to the bias of omission and report on other news subject to bias by commission.
a little bit more on mr. bozell...
Mr. Bozell is Executive Director of the Conservative Victory Committee (CVC), an independent multi-candidate political action committee that has helped elect dozens of conservative candidates over the past ten years. He was National Finance Chairman for the 1992 Buchanan for President campaign, and Finance Director and later President of the former National Conservative Political Action Committee (NCPAC). He currently belongs to the Council for National Policy (CNP).
bozell is so far off the rails he doesn't even get invited to display his talents as a fox pundit... nonetheless, you're right... there are people out there reading, listening, and absorbing this trash...
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