“Conservatives are trying so hard to highlight controversies, no matter how trivial, we have forgotten the basics of reporting: W5 + H, as I learned in grade school, also known as who, what, where, when, why, and how...There are scandals to uncover and there are outrageous stories to be outraged over, but I would submit conservatives are spending a lot more time trying to find things to be outraged over than reporting the news and basic facts online from a conservative perspective. ”—RedState’s Erick Erickson, making a frank but much-needed plea to his colleagues on the right. While Erickson still sees a liberal bias in the media, he doesn’t think conservative journalists are attempting to overcome it the right way: “There is an institutional media bias against the right, but we must also honestly acknowledge that conservatives have also screamed ‘Wolf’ these past few years more often than there was one. Conservatives must start telling stories, not just producing white papers and peddling daily outrage.” A lot of conservative outfits will probably be upset at Erickson’s manifesto, but those are probably the ones that need to hear it the most (we’re looking at you, Daily Caller). The whole post is worth giving a read. source
ARE LEFT AND RIGHT EQUALLY EXTREME?
Google the terms and you’ll see alot of people saying that “left and right” are equally extreme. This is a false equivalency which serves as cover for lazy thinking or intimidated journalists. Mainstream journalists in particular believe they are being “fair and balanced” when they criticize “both sides” equally.
FOX News, of course, feels no such obligation. As for the mainstream media, what if “both sides” are not equally extreme?
After 9/11, left-wing conspiracy theories claimed the Bush administration staged the attacks. Not a single Democratic office holder - and no Democrat in Congress — lent their voice to this charge. Nor did any “liberal” pundit on MSNBC. They did not want to be associated with the slander and paranoia of the extreme left.
Not so for Republicans and FOX, both of whom publicly endorsed right-wing conspiracy theories about the President’s religion, patriotism and especially his citizenship. Even in the Congress, Republicans had no problem associating their party with the slander and paranoia of the extreme right. In fact, they saw it as a political asset.
Republicans are anti-government — their platform of tax cuts for the rich and deregulation for business makes it easy to raise big-time corporate money. Democrats have a much harder sell with their belief that government can restrain corporate profit to protect the environment or make the economy more just.
Republicans have a 24/7 partisan media machine openly trying to bring down the President. Incessant complaints about “liberal media” aside, there is no equivalent to FOX News on the left. None. (When FOX has regular contributors as liberal as Pat Buchanan and Joe Scarborough are conservative — name one who is — we can talk about MSNBC.)
Republicans claim the mantle of “faith” and “family” and presume to pronounce God’s judgment on those whose politics, patriotism or lifestyle they don’t like. Democrats do not indulge in this radical form of partisan idolatry.
Yes, there are radicals on both sides. But that’s where the similarities end.