First of all, just because the actual reporters themselves are liberal doesn't mean that the networks are or that what they portray is. With broadcast journalism, which unfortunately is the most frequent source of American news as newspapers die off (you can just watch as even major newspapers like the new york times struggle to stay afloat) the networks decides the content and frequently the reporters just read off of their cue cards. As to the networks, its hard not to suspect some ulterior motives when news networks like nbc are owned by general electric, one of the largest weaponry manufacturers. Clear Channel Communications is constantly coming under criticism for censoring negative comments about the current administration, and particularly george bush, and for having the only station which refused to play an anti-war commercial paid for by cindy sheehan. Perhaps the large number of conservative talk show hosts has more to do with the fact that clear channel owns 1,100 radio stations, not to mention 11 xm stations and over 30 television stations. And I don't feel I even need to go into Rupert Murdoch, a staunch conservative and head of news corporation who appears to want to control all sources of media in our country, which I'm sure just means much less biased coverage.... Yeah.... He owns fox news, the new york post, and is in the process of buying dow jones and thus the wall street journal. Ultimately though I don't think the problem is as much one between a conservative or liberal bias as with a corporate one. As all of the news in our country is becoming more centralized within a the hands of a few major corporations it only makes sense that diversity in journalism would disappear and be replaced by the subtle, and sometimes not so subtle, promotion of their agendas. As for Don Imus, I think what he said was obnoxious and idiotic but if people like Rush Limbaugh and Neal Boortz are going to be allowed to say all of the racist and inconsiderate things they say to replace real news with sensationalism, then there is certainly no precedent for firing Imus. Regardless our constitution guarantees people to be as tasteless as they want as long as they don't infringe upon the rights of others.
Anyone that calls our education system liberal has obviously never been in a public school or picked up a public school textbook. Calling this country akin to the soviet union may be paranoid, but so are all of these conservative conspiracy theories. When will the human race learn to see people as people, instead of political parties or ethnic groups? A community of people needs reform, which is not being aptly provided. Another segment of the government has made a tragic mistake, probably also related to a lack of resources and education. Instead of twisting it to fit our political agendas, why not acknowledge what is blatantly stated. The government in Atlanta needs reform and to reassess its priorities.
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