Letter – Seeing through the bias of mediaSometimes the best way to question whether the media is biased is to see how certain stories are reported.
To the editor:
Sometimes the best way to question whether the media is biased is to see how certain stories are reported.
Take the Tea Parties on April 15. I watched how it was covered on MSNBC, where some of the remarks made by these non-biased newsmen had to be bleeped due to profanity and theories as to how the tea parties were all sponsored by big business, etc; ABC, where the size of the crowds was under-reported; CNN, where a reporter interrupted the man she was interviewing several times and even started to argue with his answers and where Anderson Cooper made a very vulgar comment while joking with a liberal guest.
Here is a fact many may not know: Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are paying bonuses of $210 million to many of their officers and executives. These two government-sponsored entities were at the heart of the sub-prime scandal and collapse of the housing market, and a few billion dollars were injected to bail them out. We have been told these are “retention bonuses,” which should sound very familiar since the ones paid at AIG were also retention bonuses.
Both sets of bonuses were approved by Congress and the Treasury Department. One difference – when it was AIG, Barney Frank, our president and the media were calling for these evil people to return their $165 million in bonuses. They were asking the CEO of AIG to “name names” and there were stories in the media for weeks. With Fannie and Freddie, nothing from our leaders or the mainstream media.
We can debate the bias of the media, but it does appear that the people that watch and read the news have spoken as to how they feel about what is being reported or broadcast and how it is being done.