In a blog post on Thursday, Bill Maher pondered whether Fox News knows what “media bias” means. Pointing to FoxNews.com’s “BIAS ALERT,” Maher argued that organization has no real grasp of the concept. They just don’t like people who disagree.
“Liberal media bias” is “one drum the right wing likes to bang,” Maher writes, noting, for example, if “Sarah Palin says something stupid and it gets reported, it’s not because Sarah Palin said something stupid.” It’s because of the bias.
And so, the website labels posts with “BIAS ALERT.” Maher’s example was a post about Andrew Sullivan, which was titled, “BIAS ALERT: Pundit Warns Of Romney’s ‘Global War.'”
“Andrew Sullivan is not a fan of Mitt Romney,” Maher writes. “But how is this evidence of media bias?”
Andrew Sullivan is not a reporter. He’s a blogger and columnist. He’s not held to some standard where he’s not allowed to be partisan, or to express his personal views. That’s what he does. It’s like saying Charles Krauthammer is biased. The bit might as well be called “PEOPLE WHO SAY THINGS WE DON’T LIKE.”
But alas, there’s the silver lining:
This is almost sort of refreshing. Because it means that 95% of the time we have to sit through some wingnut screeching about liberal media bias, they don’t actually understand who is actually bound to a standard of journalism (journalists) and who isn’t (everyone else). They’re just upset that people exist outside their bubble and they don’t believe the same things they do.
Read the full post over at Maher’s blog.
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