We have all seen the blatant irresponsible bias of the Mainstream Media when reporting on virtually every aspect of any political issue… We see it in the MSM reports from Iraq, and the War on Terror when body counts of Iraqis killed by terrorists make front Page headlines, while any reports of of the successes in rooting out the terrorists get buried if printed at all. We saw the blatant bias in the reports from the conflict between Israel and Hizbollah in Lebanon… Complete with doctored photographic evidence. We have seen the media criticize the Administration for insisting on a Multi-lateral approach when dealing with North Korea and Iran, and at the same time Criticize the Administration for unilateral actions in Iraq (despite the fact the coalition that did go into Iraq comprised of over 40 nations). We’ve seen the Media’s liberal bias when reporting on our own domestic political issues as well.. Here are some examples from the Media Research Center:

Spurred by a passionate public outcry against the tide of illegal immigration, on December 16, 2005, the House of Representatives passed a bill to curb the flow of illegal aliens and give the federal government more responsibility for detaining and deporting them. On that night, ABC, CBS, and NBC didn’t cover the vote. But when left-wing advocacy groups for illegal aliens organized large protests against the House bill in the spring, as the Senate considered its own immigration bill, the networks suddenly, fervently discovered the issue and gave the advocacy groups not a mere soapbox in the park, but a three-network rollout of free air time. Protest coverage, often one-sided, stood in stark contrast to polling data showing that a stricter approach to illegal immigration was broadly popular in the country.

To determine the tone and balance of network coverage of illegal aliens, MRC analysts evaluated every ABC, CBS, and NBC morning, evening, and magazine show news segment on the immigration debate from the outbreak of protest coverage on March 24, 2006 through May 31, 2006. In 309 stories, analysts found the following trends emerged:

  • While they celebrated “massive” immigration protests with “huge” crowds, the broadcast networks largely avoided scientific polling data that showed the protesters were in an overwhelming minority. The USA Today-Gallup poll asked whether illegal immigration is “out of control” or “not out of control.” Fully 81 percent said “out of control.” Fox News asked how serious illegal immigration was as a problem: 60 percent said very serious, 30 percent said somewhat serious. That’s 90 percent. These polls were never cited by ABC, CBS, or NBC. In contrast to hundreds of words emphasizing a huge “wave” of “pro-immigrant” activism, the networks aired only 16 mentions of nationwide polls on immigration that considered the opinion of non-protesters. Two of them were CBS polls emphasizing support for a “guest worker” program after a long list of conditions.
  • Advocates of opening a wider path to citizenship were almost twice as likely to speak in news stories as advocates of stricter immigration control. Advocates for amnesty and guest-worker programs drew 504 soundbites in the study period, compared to just 257 for tighter border control. (Sixty-nine soundbites were neutral). On the days of pro-illegal-alien rallies, their critics nearly disappeared from the screen. For instance, on the night of April 10, the soundbite count on the three evening newscasts and ABC’s Nightline was 43 to 2 in favor of the protesters. When the debate shifted to Capitol Hill in May, coverage grew more balanced.
  • While conservative labels were common, liberal labels were rarely or never used.In the study period, reporters referred to “conservatives” or “conservative” groups 89 times, most intensely during legislative debate in May, when President Bush was presented as having to “appease” his “conservative” base. NBC’s Matt Lauer even referred to Bush’s base as the “far right.” By contrast, the “liberal” label was used only three times – all of them by ABC. CBS and NBC never used the word, even as hard-left protest organizers described the House bill on public radio as full of “horrendous and macabre clauses, fascist clauses.”
  • While protests centered on underlining the vital role illegal aliens play in the American economy, the burdens of illegal immigration in added government costs or crime were barely covered. While the networks poured out their air time to the sympathetic stories of hard-working immigrant families, only six out of 309 stories mentioned studies that illegal aliens cost more to governments than they provide in tax dollars. Only six stories gave a mention to the problem of the cost or threat of criminal aliens.

The media plays a critical role in our society, provideing all of us with information that we use in developing our opinions on issues. When the media is biased in its reporting of events or issues and present reports that cast one side as “good” and the other as “bad”, what is presented is not News but opinion. For a full understanding of any issue the full story must be reported without bias or casting either side in the issue as “good” or “bad”.  Only then can the consumers of that information truly arrive at an informed on whatever the issue is. That is not happening in todays media, not in Iraq, and not here at home.

Other CAII Posts:

Take Back Georgia With Monday MADNESS! 

Red Hot Cuppa Politics With Obrador Calls On Supporters Not To Recognize Calderon Government

DeMediacratic Nation with Where in the World is Elvira Arellano Today?

Others Blogging:

California Conservative, Michelle Malkin

**This was a production of The Coalition Against Illegal Immigration (CAII). If you would like to participate, please go to the above link to learn more. Afterwards, email the coalition and let me know at what level you would like to participate.**

   

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