Monday, May 19, 2003

Slate Bashing, or, What Liberal Media Bias?

" is sponsored by Microsoft; their function is to tell you what's in Newsweek, the Times, and similar publications from other countries each week. "

Someone tell me who Dave Lippman is, please. I want to thank him for demonstrating that NPR is not as left wing as people say it is. On the Media, while it's not mind blowing stuff, is very interesting to listen to. Why does Lippman expect that because On the Media is NPR, it should be spewing a constant stream of fight-the-power stuff people having being pushing lately as 'Liberalism'. Please note we 'left-wingers' are not all the same, just as right wing folks aren't all carbon copies of Jerry Farwell. Here are two complaints by Mr. Lippman that really irk me,
"Looking at the growth of the internet in China (7/3), they offer  no comment on U.S. firms Yahoo and AOL as unfair competition.  That might interrupt what is essentially a pitch for free enterprise, as represented, apparently, by these two paragons of that virtue."
"A discussion of Bruce Springsteen's song about the police killing of Amadou Diallo, "41 Shots," introduces the groundless and perfectly capricious allegation that this song may be a publicity stunt, as opposed to a protest song (6/18).  This kind of belittling of serious political/cultural envelope-pushing would be expected from Paul Harvey, not from the network of the intelligentsia."
Discussing China, Lippman is adamant that OTM demonstrate its lack of Media Bias by taking aim at Yahoo and AOL, who are now both losing big market share if I recall. I mean really, what news article should be without some snipe at corporate America? Suddenly when On the Media questions an old hippy with a bad voice, Lippman squeals. Springsteen pushes an envelope? What envelope?

In short, you can't have your cake and eat it too. I'm no gigantic fan of AOL etc.. but for the love of puppies, you can't expect un-biased to mean BBC. On the other hand, it can't be Fox news either. But please, this Lippman character thinks its biased towards israel. Now that's funny


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