The Media’s Unwritten Rule For Political Scandals
In an opinion article for National Review Online, L. Brent Bozell of the Media Research Center says the “mainstream” media have an unwritten rule for covering scandals: hide Democrat problems and showcase Republican ones.
“It is a commitment to abide by the rules of journalism with one party and then a deliberate attempt to protect the other, even if it means violating the most basic rules of news reporting,” Bozell writes.
He also provided outrageous examples of media bias that favored liberals and attacked conservatives:
“On March 10, 2008, news broke that New York governor Eliot Spitzer had been linked to a prostitution ring. It took NBC News four nights to acknowledge Spitzer’s party affiliation. In its first two days of coverage, Matt Lauer’s Today show ran 18 segments on the scandal and never once identified him as a Democrat.But what happens when a Republican elected official is linked to a prostitute? In July 2007, Senator David Vitter of Louisiana was revealed as a client in the phone records of the so-called D.C. Madam. Every broadcast network ran stories on the scandal and every story underscored that Vitter was a Republican.”
But Bozell isn’t telling conservatives anything we don’t know. He’s just offering up proof that media bias exists and that, most of the time, it minimizes Democrat scandals and highlights Republican ones.
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