Political bias is destroying people’s faith in journalism
Growing up we were schooled early on political bias. This was before Fox News, and the WSJ was about the only outlet that bordered on 'mainstream" that wasn't "left leaning". The National Review was of course fringe. So the whole awakening to the media bias thing isn't really surprising to us. The mistrust has always been there, it's just that the bias is so obvious at this point that people who weren't looking for it can't help but notice it.
It is a fact that the vast majority of journalists in this country are registered Democrats. The colleges we come from are similarly dominated by one political ideology. This matters today because the reporting has become so one-sided. As we try to figure out why people have lost faith in our profession, let’s start by being honest about who we are.
I would feel the same way if the media were tilted in the opposite direction. It is the one-sided nature of this fight that disturbs me. Is that what the founding fathers had in mind when they wrote the first amendment?
We dismiss conservative media outlets for their political bias, but we don’t hold liberal media outlets to the same standard. Many journalists who claim to be objective have publicly taken a political stand, saying the urgency of the time justifies a departure from journalistic standards. Yet they ask us to believe their reporting is still unbiased?
The "urgency of the times" bit is disingenuous at best. Obama was a threat to the country in many respects, and sought to undermine the country in many respects as I remember all too well. But most of the media weren't so concerned with "the times" back then. Even as Obama went after noncompliant journalists and government whistleblowers