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How Network News Helped Bring About the Crash

July 17th, 2011 - 12:00 am

Look.  The chief political correspondent of ABC News is George Stephanopoulos, a former Democrat operative who says Barack Obama’s Mr. Bean presidency is going “remarkably well.” NBC anchorman Brian Williams once implied Jimmy Carter was the greatest American president of all time and suggested the founding fathers were essentially terrorists.  And CBS has just replaced the leftist Katie Couric with Ted Baxter lookalike Scott Pelley, who once called Mahmoud Ahmadinejad “incorruptible” and compared global warming skeptics to holocaust deniers.

These are not fair brokers of information — and I’m willing to bet that none of them steps out from behind the camera to find a phalanx of conservative staff members waiting to question their assumptions or challenge their “facts.”  No, they work in an echo chamber of agreement where opinions are more likely to become radicalized and important stories that challenge leftist assumptions simply become invisible.  For the reasons given above, this echo chamber is partially to blame for our current economic troubles, and is currently contributing to future woes by skewing the story of the debt ceiling negotiations against Republicans rather than telling it from both sides.

All it would take to reform a news industry that is collapsing under the weight of its own bias would be for them to change hiring practices and work to bring in new voices and new minds.  There are plenty of brilliant right wing writers and reporters out there.  Hire some of them.

For the good of the country and for the sake of the truth, the mainstream news media needs to reform.

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