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How You Can Help Eliminate Media Bias

Some steps you can take to help ensure the news is really fit to print.

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Christian Toto

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October 14, 2009 - 12:05 am
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The New York Times and press outlets which hang on the Old Gray Lady’s every syllable have proven unwilling to report some news painting the Obama administration in an unflattering light.

Consider Van Jones and Acorn’s “pimp” scandal exhibits Y and Z.

The evidence of liberal media bias, by this point, is too overwhelming to deny. CNN went so far as to “fact-check” a Saturday Night Live skit which dared to taunt President Barack Obama.

If it were a court case — the public versus the MSM — the defendant would settle out of court. Gladly.

Some MSM outlets will never acknowledge their biases. Consider the pathetic defenses raised by New York Times managing editor Jill Abramson over the paper’s Van Jones coverage — or lack thereof.

“We were understaffed that weekend,” she said.

It’s not hard to imagine both liberal and conservative news consumers spitting out their coffee after reading Washington Post TV critic Tom Shales’ curious defense of confessed child rapist Roman Polanski during an online chat:

There is, apparently, more to this crime than it would seem, and it may sound like a hollow defense, but in Hollywood I am not sure a 13-year-old is really a 13-year-old.

So what’s next? The battle lines in exposing media bias are drawn. It’s the MSM vs. talk radio, portions of the web, Fox News, and the Washington Times (to which I contribute occasionally as a features reporter).

The problem is clear. The solution? Far less so.

Here are some practical steps the public can take to keep up the battle against biased media:

1. Pen a letter to the editor. Yes, it sounds old-fashioned, but letter pages still go out of their way to present both sides of many stories. It’s one of the few media templates that are worth keeping as newspapers head toward a 21st century reboot. There’s a chance your local paper will print your letter, and an even better bet that someone of importance will at least give it a look.

2. Cancel your subscription. This is the most basic way to fight back against media outlets that refuse to be impartial. Write a civil letter to end your subscription, telling the recipient exactly why you’ll be spending your media dollars elsewhere. If the letter doesn’t have an impact, your cancellation will.

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