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This week’s Media Bias Sunday Talk scoreboard! GOP 6, Democrats 2

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Tomorrow is Media Bias Sunday! Or as I like to call it, Librul Media My Ass Sunday aka John McCain/Lindsey Graham Sunday aka Sunday Talk Talk Talk Over Each Other. And I keep a running tally of all things unfair, unbalanced via the dreaded TPC Media Bias Sunday Talk scoreboard.

Wait. Where’s McCain this week? He’s M.I.A.! What? Is he napping? Screaming at kids to get off his lawn? Plotting to bomb, bomb, bomb Iran? Or Syria? Or Russia? Hiding under a rock with Li'l Lindsey? Preparing for yet another investigation into BENGHAZI!!!!!!!!! ?

Let’s take a sneak preview of what’s coming up on the Big Media Bias Sunday Talker Line-Up, per the Los Angeles Times... okay? Okay.

This is not a complete list; Lucian (@lwdgrfx) will provide that to you in a post coming your way soon. Please note: Sometimes it’s hard to tell if the lists include panel members, so bear with me if sometimes those commentators are included… or not. I try not to because panels usually include mostly Republicans, and if there are “Democrats,” they’re about as “liberal” as, well, Harold Ford.

And as you may have noticed, Fox is not included, because, well come on, what’s the point?

ABC’s “This Week” — Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel (R); Sen. Marco Rubio (R).

NBC’s “Meet the Press” — N/A

CBS’ "Face the Nation" — Rep. Mike Rogers  (R); former Defense Secretary Robert Gates (R); Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D).

CNN’s “State of the Union” — Rick Santorum (R); Rep. Michele Bachmann (R); Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D)

It’s time to do the math:

Red Rs + Red Rs, carry the pi, divided by D, times Bias, minus even-handedness… calculating…

Total: 6 Rs, 2 Ds. Please feel free to check the addition and political affiliations.

There it is: Your librul media at work.

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More proof that there is no liberal media

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It gets easier and easier to debunk that tired old label, the so-called liberal media, a favorite talking point of those on the right.. For years I've written about how the Sunday morning talk shows regularly feature more Republican guests than Democratic ones, and way more conservatives than true Progressives.

The arguments and policies of right wing conservatives are given legitimacy even when they have no credibility whatsoever. The tried-and-untrue "debate" format presents "both sides," even when one side is completely without merit (climate change ring a bell?).

During the 2012 elections, Rep. Paul Ryan came up with a laughable "budget plan" that was touted as Very Serious, and was taken Very Seriously by the so-called "news" media. Time actually gave "politically brave" Ryan credit, in print, for "hard work" and gutsiness for presenting a "roadmap" . His proposed austerity measures, cuts cuts cuts, and Kill Medicare goals were terrible ideas, but hey! At least he came up with an alternative, gushed the news dee jays. They didn't much care that his "alternative" would have driven an already struggling economy into the ground.

It is now 2014, and it's Ryan Redux time. But yay! Kudos to him! He's Very Serious!

Today I was watching MSNBC, and Tamron Hall was discussing today's job numbers and the overall economy with a guest (didn't catch his name) who said this about Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, and I quote:

He "is at least offering a plan."

WaPo:

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal announced a plan Wednesday to repeal and replace President Obama’s health-care law, an effort by the Republican to insert himself into the increasingly competitive early maneuvering for his party’s presidential nomination.

Jindal, a former state and federal health official, said his plan is one of many policy proposals he will release in coming months, making clear that he wants to be viewed as a wonky problem solver.

Hot dog! Another Very Serious Republican with a Very Serious Plan! ... that he is "at least offering." Despite its redundant absurdity. It's doomed. It's just more political theater.

But wait. You know who else is offering their own plans? Ones that are solid, ones that are genuinely Very Serious? The Progressive Caucus and the Progressive Black Caucus. You can read them here and here.

And guess who's covered those plans? Nobody! Tamron Hall sure didn't. She devoted her next segment to the mother of a pro basketball player who missed the end of her son's game because she had to leave early to get to work on time.

Instead of reporting on competing-- and compelling-- budget plans of which American voters are completely unaware, the good old liberal media gave us Basketball Mom (which would have been fine at another time, like when the economy isn't in need of some realistic, constructive fixes, f'rinstance).

Your liberal media at work. But I bet her MSNBC colleagues will give her shout-outs galore, because, my friend, my brother, she is their colleague after all.

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This week’s Media Bias Sunday Talk scoreboard! GOP 5, Democrats 3

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Tomorrow is Media Bias Sunday! Or as I like to call it, Librul Media My Ass Sunday aka John McCain/Lindsey Graham Sunday aka Sunday Talk Talk Talk Over Each Other.

Wait. Where’s McCain this week? He’s M.I.A.! What? Is he napping? Screaming at kids to get off his lawn? Plotting to bomb, bomb, bomb Iran? Or Syria? Or Russia? Hiding under a rock with Li'l Lindsey?

Let’s take a sneak preview of what’s coming up on the Big Media Bias Sunday Talker Line-Up, per the Los Angeles Times... okay? Okay.

This is not a complete list; Lucian (@lwdgrfx) will provide that to you in a post coming your way soon. Please note: Sometimes it’s hard to tell if the lists include panel members, so bear with me if sometimes those commentators are included… or not. I try not to because panels usually include mostly Republicans, and if there are “Democrats,” they’re about as “liberal” as, well, Harold Ford.

And as you may have noticed, Fox is not included, because, well come on, what’s the point?

ABC’s “This Week” — Nate Silver, FiveThirtyEight.com (?).

NBC’s “Meet the Press” — Rep. Mike Rogers (R); Michael Chertoff (R); President Jimmy Carter (D). [I usually don't add panel members, but check out the imbalance of MTP's panel this week: Andrea Mitchell; David Brooks (R); Rich Lowry (R); Mayor Michael Nutter (D)].

CBS’ "Face the Nation" — Mitt Romney (R); Sen. Richard Durbin (D); Sen. Kelly Ayotte  (R).

CNN’s “State of the Union” — Part 1, 6 am PDT: Rep. Patrick Meehan (R); Part 2, 9 am PDT: Rep. Adam B. Schiff (D)

It’s time to do the math:

Red Rs + Red Rs, carry the pi, divided by D, times Bias, minus even-handedness… calculating…

Total: 5 Rs, 3 Ds. Please feel free to check the addition and political affiliations.

There it is: Your librul media at work.

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This week’s Media Bias Sunday Talk scoreboard! GOP 5, Democrats 4

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Tomorrow is Media Bias Sunday! Or as I like to call it, Librul Media My Ass Sunday aka John McCain/Lindsey Graham Sunday aka Sunday Talk Talk Talk Over Each Other.

Sunday talk regular McCain is back, but Li'l Lindsey is nowhere to be seen. Poor John McCain, he'll have to go it alone without his BFF.

Let’s take a sneak preview of what’s coming up on the Big Sunday Talker Line-Up, per the Los Angeles Times... okay? Okay.

This is not a complete list; Lucian (@lwdgrfx) will provide that to you in a post coming your way soon. Please note: Sometimes it’s hard to tell if the lists include panel members, so bear with me if sometimes those commentators are included… or not. I try not to because panels usually include mostly Republicans, and if there are “Democrats,” they’re about as “liberal” as, well, Harold Ford.

And as you may have noticed, Fox is not included, because, well come on, what’s the point?

ABC’s “This Week” — Rep. Peter T. King (R); Sen. Christopher S. Murphy (D).

NBC’s “Meet the Press” — White House advisor Dan Pfeiffer (D); Sen. Richard J. Durbin (D); Sen. Jeff Flake (R).

CBS’ "Face the Nation" — Rep. Mike Rogers (R); Tom Donilon (D).

CNN’s “State of the Union” — Sen. John McCain (R); Reince Priebus (R).

It’s time to do the math:

Red Rs + Red Rs, carry the pi, divided by D, times Bias, minus even-handedness… calculating…

Total: 5 Rs, 4 Ds. Please feel free to check the addition and political affiliations.

There it is: Your librul media at work.

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Expert on cultural production of ignorance "watches Fox News all the time"

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One of my favorite columnists, Michael Hiltzik (scroll), along with most sane people (read: not right wing extremists), does not think ignorance is bliss. In fact, he points out how the commercialization of ignorance has not only dumbed down America, it has endangered it. Hiltzik describes how industries thrive on disseminating public misinformation while they profit off of selling harmful concepts and products, exploit a willing media, all at the expense of increasingly oblivious consumers.

He cites the work of Robert Proctor, a professor of the history of science at Stanford and "one of the world's leading experts in agnotology, a neologism signifying the study of the cultural production of ignorance."

Hiltzik's piece in the Los Angeles Times is one that should be read in its entirety, but the highlights alone will make your hair stand on end. Alcoholic beverages and/or sedatives strongly recommended prior to reading:

Robert Proctor doesn't think ignorance is bliss. He thinks that what you don't know can hurt you. And that there's more ignorance around than there used to be, and that its purveyors have gotten much better at filling our heads with nonsense. [...]

The tobacco industry was a pioneer at this. Its goal was to erode public acceptance of the scientifically proven links between smoking and disease: In the words of an internal 1969 memo legal opponents extracted from Brown & Williamson's files, "Doubt is our product." Big Tobacco's method should not be to debunk the evidence, the memo's author wrote, but to establish a "controversy."

Yes, infuriatingly, they peddle doubt and go out of their way to create controversy in order to implant big question marks in the minds of an unsuspecting, undereducated public. By inducing the media to "present both sides" when, in fact, there may not be two legitimate sides (science, anyone?), they divert focus and evade facts. For example, we've seen how they "sow doubts about the safety of childhood immunizations" (coughBachmann!cough) and deny climate change. And don't get me started on the lies about the Affordable Care Act:

When this sort of manipulation of information is done for profit, or to confound the development of beneficial public policy, it becomes a threat to health and to democratic society. [...]

And all those fabricated Obamacare horror stories wholesaled by Republican and conservative opponents of the Affordable Care Act and their aiders and abetters in the right-wing press? Their purpose is to sow doubt about the entire project of healthcare reform; if the aim were to identify specific shortcomings of the act, they'd have to accompany every story with a proposal about how to fix it.

My head couldn't stop nodding in agreement when I caught this part:

"Nonsense is nonsense, but the history of nonsense is scholarship." As part of his scholarship, Proctor says he "watches Fox News all the time."... Citing the results of a 2012 Gallup poll, Proctor asks, "If half the country thinks the Earth is 6,000 years old, how can you really develop an effective environmental policy? This sort of traditional or inertial ignorance bars us from being able to act responsibly on large social issues."

He goes on to explain how Big Tobacco exploited the tea party's obsession with what they love to call "freedom" and "choice," which of course plays into their anti-government meme, a position that consequently benefits the cigarette industry. Hiltzik emphasizes the importance of educating Americans in order to renew their trust in science. Competent journalism wouldn't hurt in that regard, now would it? He ends with this quote:

The effort needs to begin at a young age, [Proctor] says. "You really need to be teaching third-, fourth-, fifth-, sixth-graders that some people lie. And why do they lie? Because some people are greedy."

in greed we trust

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This week’s Media Bias Sunday Talk scoreboard! GOP 6, Democrats 2

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Tomorrow is Media Bias Sunday! Or as I like to call it, Librul Media My Ass Sunday aka John McCain/Lindsey Graham Sunday aka Sunday Talk Talk Talk Over Each Other.

Wait. Where’s McCain this week? He’s M.I.A.! What? Is he napping? Screaming at kids to get off his lawn? Plotting to bomb, bomb, bomb Iran? Or Syria? Or Russia? Hiding under a rock with Li'l Lindsey?

Let’s take a sneak preview of what’s coming up on the Big Sunday Talk Line-Up, per the Los Angeles Times... okay? Okay.

This is not a complete list; Lucian (@lwdgrfx) will provide that to you in a post coming your way soon. Please note: Sometimes it’s hard to tell if the lists include panel members, so bear with me if sometimes those commentators are included… or not. I try not to because panels usually include mostly Republicans, and if there are “Democrats,” they’re about as “liberal” as, well, Harold Ford.

And as you may have noticed, Fox is not included, because, well come on, what’s the point?

ABC’s “This Week” — Sen. Ted Cruz (R); Sen. Rand Paul (R); Rep. Mike Rogers (R).

NBC’s “Meet the Press” — Cardinal Timothy Dolan; former U.S. ambassador to NATO Ivo Daalder.

CBS’ "Face the Nation" — Dick Cheney (R); Rep. Paul D. Ryan (R); Former Secretary of State James A. Baker III. (R).

CNN’s “State of the Union” — Deputy national security advisor Tony Blinken (D); Lithuanian ambassador Zygimantas Pavilionis, Estonian ambassador Marina Kaljurand; Charlie Crist (D- or so he claims).

It’s time to do the math:

Red Rs + Red Rs, carry the pi, divided by D, times Bias, minus even-handedness… calculating…

Total: 6 Rs, 2 Ds. Please feel free to check the addition and political affiliations.

There it is: Your librul media at work.

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This week’s Media Bias Sunday Talk scoreboard! GOP 3, Democrats 2

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Tomorrow is Media Bias Sunday! Or as I like to call it, Librul Media My Ass Sunday aka John McCain/Lindsey Graham Sunday.

Sunday talk regular McCain is back, but Li'l Lindsey is nowhere to be seen. Poor John McCain, he'll have to go it alone without his BFF.

Let’s take a sneak preview of what’s coming up on the Big Sunday Talker Line-Up, per the Los Angeles Times... okay? Okay.

This is not a complete list; Lucian (@lwdgrfx) will provide that to you in a post coming your way soon. Please note: Sometimes it’s hard to tell if the lists include panel members, so bear with me if sometimes those commentators are included… or not. I try not to because panels usually include mostly Republicans, and if there are “Democrats,” they’re about as “liberal” as, well, Harold Ford.

And as you may have noticed, Fox is not included, because, well come on, what’s the point?

ABC’s “This Week” — George W. Bush (R) [seriously?];  Jacob Wood, Team Rubicon.

NBC’s “Meet the Press” — National security advisor Susan Rice (D).

CBS’ "Face the Nation" — Sen. John McCain (R); Bobby Jindal (R); Gov. Martin O'Malley (D).

CNN’s “State of the Union” —  Joe Morton ("Scandal").

It’s time to do the math:

Red Rs + Red Rs, carry the pi, divided by D, times Bias, minus even-handedness… calculating…

Total: 3 Rs, 2 Ds. Please feel free to check the addition and political affiliations.

There it is: Your librul media at work.

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