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Tuesday, October 19, 2004

"Why not create a news organization that isn't liberal but credible?"

These are the words of Jon Stewart in an interview following his appearance on CNN's Crossfire. It got me thinking though...

When do you actually trust the ideas that are presented to you by the news media?

I find the most credible ideas are when the pundits are critical of those on their own side. An example, was after the first presidential debate when conservative pundits such as Robert Novak and Pat Buchanan were critical of their man, George W. Bush.

That is just one example. I have not had much time to really research this idea, but it is true, after each debate I turned to MSNBC and Fox News to see what they were saying. If it wasn't totally complimentary of the president, I knew that Kerry had done well.

This was also very evident after the final debate. My hypothesis was that if George W. Bush had won the debate then the media focus would have been on his great performance.
It was obvious that George W. had not won the debate when the media focus became John Kerry's lesbian remark. The right wanted to divert the attention away from the real issues and save face for the president.

The media bought into the shock value of Kerry's statement, ignoring the fact that the gay community found it inoffensive. Another example of the media's bias towards the shocking story as opposed to a worthwhile story that contributes to society.

These were my thoughts after reading Jon Stewart's comments, now we just need to figure out how to establish a credible news channel. There will always be personal bias, but that should not get in the way of the right of the people to form their own opinion. The way this will be best be attained is through objective reporting. You must separate your personal bias from the story you are covering. Hopefully, this will some day be the case in our media.

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