For decades, we have had to endure the insufferable claim that the mainstream media is nothing but a bastion of far-left Commies who want you to give all your hard-earned money to same-sex couples and “Big Government.” But if brazenly biased media coverage of this presidential election, including a complete and utter lack of fair and balanced treatment towards, say, Bernie Sanders has proved anything, it’s that the MSM is anything but liberal.
A study attempts to finally put an end to this favorite talking point with which conservatives cynically hoodwink low-information voters (previously known as morons).
According to data collected by American University, conservatives dominate the Sunday shows.
From the NY Times:
Conservative members of the current Congress have appeared more often on the network talk shows than their liberal counterparts. Senators and representatives from the conservative end of the ideological spectrum have made 57 percent of the appearances, compared with 42 percent for liberals, according to an Upshot analysis of data collected by American University.
This slightly lopsided distribution is primarily the result of three Republican senators’ frequent visits to the network shows: John McCain, Lindsey Graham and Mitch McConnell. Because of the Republican Party’s control of the House during the past three years, its leaders and committee chairmen are presented with more opportunities to discuss the latest political news.
Participants in the 2008 and 2012 presidential nominating contests also helped boost conservative representation: Paul D. Ryan, the Wisconsin congressman who was the G.O.P.’s 2012 vice-presidential nominee, made 46 appearances between early January 2009 and Aug. 3 this year.
And it’s not just conservatives who outnumber progressives on Sunday talk shows, either. Worse still, corporate media toadies like Chuck Todd of NBC’s Meet the Press oftentimes suck up to conservative guests, offering them softball questions and refusing to firmly question them again and again. For example, John McCain made 97 appearances on the Sunday shows since 2009, which was at a time when the Democrats controlled the Senate.
Mainstream media’s dirty little secret is that reporting and fact-finding has been tossed outside for profit-driven ventures. Moreover, conservative corporations now routinely advertise and sponsor the Sunday shows. The Koch brothers, for example, once ran an ad on Meet The Press.
But since facts have never gotten in the way of conservatives before, don’t expect them to suddenly stop screaming about a non-existent liberal media.
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