Sorry for the length I have been stewing and reading.
Perceived bias? Let's see Bush was vilified for a hurricane and the failure of FEMA. FEMA and the Obama administration was a dismal failure in Sandy and what do we hear? Crickets.... Benghazi is a coverup that goes far beyond Watergate what is the coverage? Silence.... A patroit in Pakistan is being tortured for helping us get Bin Laden, what do we hear ..... silence. And then there is the whole rich v poor nonsense. We have to penalize the rich to save the country. Even though raising taxes will not fix anything, only cutting ridiculous spending and waste will resolve the issue. The media seems completely in the tank for the liberals on that one. As a side note, you do realize that the income I earn has nothing to do with what someone else can earn if they get off their dead, lazy butt. Nothing.... Do I need to bring up the budget deficit and the huge implications....nothing meaningful or truthful from the media. We are now discovering huge negative impacts that the Healthcare will create, what is the story in most of the media? I just sat through an hour presentation on impacts...I wonder how we will survive, there was no media present.
I know most of you are young-uns, but I seem to remember Bush being crucified when gas prices approached 3.00 a gallon...what do we hear today when gas prices are over $3.00?
Then there is the whole election campaign. Completely false and biased coverage? Can I mention again that the President, flew to a campaign stop while our guys were being murdered in Benghazi. Does that seem irresponsible for the "commander and chief"
Bias.... it is way beyond bias. I have been personally impacted by a media that completely spins what I say in meetings to create a an interesting tail, which bears little resemblance to the truth.
And let me make one last point which may highlight a point on bias....it is interesting that one of the first topics that is discussed on a topic of ethics in the media is misquoting. Hello, misquoting is expected, by politicians and anyone having anything to do with the media. Where are the real ethics issues, like a media that refuses to do any indepth, or medium depth, or even a shallow depth story that is accurate? There is a complete breakdown in the media.. I see no one pursueing fact based journalism... I will point to the real story behind government waste. It is very easy to discover government waste if a "journalist" would make the least effort. I could show you millions upon millions of dollars of government waste. Come to a NOACA meeting some time. Sit in a comissioner meeting and look at the complete nonsense that are Federal mandates and grants. So you know I am balanced in my view, I will point to the republican side of the aisle. Ask about the real story behind an Attorney General that pushed to have a law passed to outlaw internet cafes. Ask yourself the question, why would the focus be on these little businesses, when the big dogs are making billions? There is a back story that would curl your hair. No one has the energy or "ethics" do try and find the real story. Journalist today have their agenda and every story is a way to build a case in support of that agenda.
In todays world we havef th Daily Kos or Moveon.org and MSNBC... Ethics...and Journalism are not two words that should not be used in the same sentence talking about these guys.
Do I sound a bit cynical and/or frustrated? Perhaps it is because the fantasy that I used to believe in that honesty, morality, and honor were ideals that rose above petty ideology. I believed that all a journalist cared about facts and truth setting aside their own bias. I have discovered NOT so. Too bad ... can we bring Cronkite back? Let's have a real conversation about ethics and not this soft and feely nonsense about misquoting or quote approval. That is not about ethics so much as it is about taking good notes. Which seem to be a lost art.