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Liberal Media Bias is Alive, Well and Very Real

| by Suzanne Venker
Recently I was discussing media bias with my socially liberal but fiscally conservative friend. She's your average college-educated, middle-class busy mom of three who's politically aware but not knee-deep in specifics.

When I told her I didn't want my children growing up under the liberal umbrella of our public schools, she conceded she doesn't like this either. But then this caveat: "I don't want them growing up with conservative bias either. I want them to make up their own minds about what to think."

This conversation stuck with me, as I realized something about everyday Americans (like my friend) who are too busy with their daily lives to be concerned with media bias: they're confused.

Conservative bias is not the opposite of liberal bias (though, I admit, this is a perfectly intelligent assumption). Liberal bias exists for one reason: The overwhelming majority of Americans in power -- college professors, the media, and Hollywood -- are liberal-minded folks and believe being liberal is the good way, the right way, the only way, to be.

As a result, they refuse to acknowledge the conservative mindset -- depsite the fact that most people between New York and CA (where most of the media and Hollywood folks reside) consider themselves traditional Americans. To those in power, traditional-minded Americans need to be enlightened to the inner workings of the liberal mind.

The indoctrination begins in college, particularly for those who attend schools on either coast, as I did. I was considered the "conservative" girl from the Midwest when I attended Boston University, where most of my friends hailed from the East Coast. I remember thinking even then how crazy this seemed -- since I am not, and wasn't then, that conservative in my beliefs.

It was only compared to modern liberals that I appeared this way. One year I didn't attend a pro-choice rally in Washington D.C. with my friends, for example. I might as well have been a pariah! Funny thing was, I am not (and wasn't then) staunchly pro-life; I'm just not a "ban together with other people to fight for my rights" kind of gal. But this didn't matter. The fact that I wasn't staunchly pro-choice was enough to marginalize me.

After college the indoctrination continues every time you turn on your television or read a magazine. Whether you're watching Lifetime television for women, reading women's magazines, or trying to catch the news, you're bombarded with liberals. You can't escape them. Unfortunately, to the average American who's too busy to pay attention, this all smacks of paranoia.

It is not paranoia.

To see the bias clearly, you have to pay very close attention and take the time to study the messages sent to you every day through the idiot box. Because, trust me, that's what the folks in media are banking on: that you're too busy to realize you're being indoctrinated. Even worse, as Bernard Goldberg points out in "Bias," the folks in the media don't even know they're biased. Their arrogance is so severe they truly, honestly believe the liberal view of the world is the only view of the world.