Pat Buchanan, a former Republican candidate for president, admits that a liberal media does not exist, but every Republican uses the myth to their advantage.
Sean Hannity now substitutes the label of liberal media with "mainstream media" and uses the myth to spin his attacks on Democrats. What Hannity fails to realize is that he is now a part of the "mainstream media" by being employed with Fox News.
Furthermore, many believe the media is owned and controlled by liberals. The fact is, in this age of mega-corporations journalism is being monopolized with a diminishing number of parent corporations. Moreover, the owners and PACs of those corporations donate heavily to the Republican Party. Another false belief is that reporters are liberal and therefore, the media is liberal. To begin with, reporters have their reports edited and typically do not state their opinions. Also, it should be noted that the political beliefs of almost two-thirds of media reporters are in the center of the political spectrum. And then there is the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. The Board of the CPB is controlled by Republican consultants, conservative lobbyists and a former RNC chair.
In addition, looking at the number of conservative voices and columnists in the media today, in comparison with their liberal counterparts, the conservatives have a three-to-one advantage.
Also, as a whole, Utah has a conservative media. In Davis County for example, when a Democrat presents an issue or an agenda, the media will usually seek a Republican response. But the media will rarely seek a Democratic response for a Republican issue or agenda.
Yet with the evidence of a growing conservative media, some will continue to believe that a liberal media still exists. With that in mind, Simon and Garfunkel said it best, ". . .still a man hears what he wants to hear and disregards the rest."
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