Our Advocacy-Obsessed Apparatchik MSM
While grizzled old vets such as Dan Rather and Andrea Mitchell might not ever publicly confess to knowing how to define their ideology, a few more examples such as these just might lead a cynical person to conclude -- as difficult and as shocking as it might seem -- that the media might just ever-so-slightly lean a miniscule, infinitesimal amount to the left.
There are of course countless more additional examples than our handful above, where the media long ago concluded that simply reporting straight news was much less satisfying than serving the cause of the good and righteous left. (Feel free to explore the topic further in the comments.)
Or to put it another way, replace the word "student" with "viewer" from this quote from William F. Buckley's 1959 book Up From Liberalism, as posted today by Stacy McCain, and it neatly sums up the MSM's goals:
In the hands of a skillful indoctrinator, the average student not only thinks what the indoctrinator wants him to think . . . but is altogether positive that he has arrived at his position by independent intellectual exertion. This man is outraged by the suggestion that he is the flesh-and-blood tribute to the success of his indoctrinators.
Fortunately, as a new video from Canada's Sun TV explores, it's still possible to punch back twice as hard against such tactics. As the Instaprofessor writes, linking to the same column by Byron York that inspired Peter Wehner's post at Commentary, "Don’t be surprised, journalists, if many Americans view you as the enemy as a result. Don’t blame them. You’ve taken sides. When you act as agents for the apparat, don’t be shocked when people think of you as apparatchiks.”