In RealClearPolitics, David Mastio writes that it’s impossible for the media not to have an axe to grind when they cover environmental topics:
Next time you read a magazine cover story like the one Time just published (“Be Worried. Be VERY Worried. Polar Ice Caps Are Melting … More And More Land Is Being Devastated … Rising Waters Are Drowning Low-Lying Communities… The climate is crashing, and global warming is to blame”) you should remember one little fact: U.S. media companies, including Time Warner, donate more to the environmental movement than any other industry. Companies like The New York Times, Gannett, Tribune, ABC, CBS and NBC have donated more than a half-billion worth of ad space since the 1990s to raise money for some of the nation’s most extreme environmental groups. And yes, that was billion with a B.To put that number in perspective, America’s media companies donate more to environmental groups every year than the much-feared Olin Foundation’s spent annually in its effort to build the institutional foundation of the conservative movement.
Brent Baker finds a new twist on the Couric story: Her replacement is an anti-war protester:
On the Monday, August 30, 2004 edition of the ABC daytime show [Meredith Vieira] quad-hosts, The View, the former CBS 60 Minutes reporter told viewers that she attended the Sunday anti-Bush protest held in New York City on the day before the Republican convention opened, insisting: “I didn’t go anti-Bush or pro-Kerry. I’m still so upset about this war and I’m so proud I live in a country where you can protest.” She showed a photo of herself marching with her pre-teen daughter and her husband, Richard, who was the senior political producer at CBS News for most of the 1980s. Behind her in the photo: A protest sign featuring a “W” with a slash through it.Earlier in 2004, she declared of the Iraq war: “Everything’s been built on lies. Everything! I mean the entire pre-text for war.” And, with war impending in March of 2003, Vieira argued that anti-war protests “should be consistent and repeated every day, I believe.”
As I’ve written before, I’m happy to see this sort of stuff come out. Everyone has biases–it’s only the MSM that works so diligently to pretend they don’t exist.Another Update: “Apparently, when you’re as big as the Ad Council, you start to think that a ‘great dialogue’ is a one-way street“.