A reader emailed me, expressing frustration that is probably shared by millions of Americans.
... financials aside, a major problem with McClatchy and other “mainstream” news providers is their blindness to their lack of even-handed treatment of the news as it pertains to politics. What is important to most editors and “writers” (just when did reporter change to writer?), does not reflect the values of the general public! The left slant is obvious to even liberals.Are you listening, media?
In my own ongoing battle with the Sacramento Bee, I have had reporters misquote president Bush, only to tell me: “That’s what he really meant!” Still others claim to know something about science, but claim the scientific method is predicated on consensus! As a result, soldiers being shot by a mad man doesn’t get the same coverage as an anti-Semite shooting a guard, Democrats caught in trysts don’t get the same treatment as Republicans. Those who shoot in self-defense are treated as murderers and murderers are treated as victims of society.
Truth to power is a concept that doesn’t exist in any objective form. The result of this bias has resulted in a failure of confidence in the fourth estate. Revenues aside, the people served by the mainstream media no longer have much faith in what they read. Will Rodgers’ claim that all he knew was what he read in the newspapers was prophetic! Today, we have other sources to balance out what we read, resulting in a definitive understanding that the Bee and others give us only half the truth. Half the truth is, in essence, a lie!
McClatchy was a dogged, often bitter opponent of President Bush for 8 years. The Truth to Power motto almost fit, even if McClatchy's opposition to Bush was usually cantankerous and often absurd. Now that Obama is in the White House, McClatchy has stopped being a watchdog of the President, focusing its criticisms on FOX news and Republican politicians who are unfaithful. Sometimes the media functions like an arm of the Democratic party.
The Bee's cartoonist, Rex Babin, still sends most of his barbs at Republicans -- and conservatives like Carrie Prejean -- even though the national GOP is completely out of power.
I've said it before: McClatchy needs to either live up to its Truth to Power motto, or drop it.
Update: From comments, pro-Obama bias at McClatchy and across the MSM might be helping FOX and others:
McClatchy's one-sided love affair with Obama has eroded its credibility as a news source. Since it's high-up editors can't see this or won't believe it, there's not much Americans can do except choose others. Maybe that's why Fox News ratings have been skyrocketing the past year.