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5/31/2005

Legacy Media and Bias

Liberal copycats of talk radio fail, not because they are always boring but because there is little market or even need for such a counter-establishment media. The progressive audience already finds its views embedded in a New York Times or CBS “news” story. So why turn to a redundant and less adept Al Franken, Phil Donahue or Arianna Huffington?

Yet the irony is that while our major media are considered liberal, they are hardly populist. When Dan Rather and Newsweek are exposed, they seek refuge in stuffy institutional reputations and huffy establishment protocols. Meanwhile, a million bloggers with pitchforks — derided by a former CBS executive as “guys in pajamas” — couldn't care less about degrees or titles but use their collective brainpower to poke holes in the New York-Washington gatekeepers.
victor hansen
Much the same argument can be made in Canada with our lapdog, deepest Annex media trotting out whatever the spin of the week from the Grits happens to be. the major difference being that we lack the opposition that talk radio and Fox provides in the States.