REFLECTIONS

Posted on January 27, 2013

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MEDIA BIAS ON THE RIGHT

Even though I am no expert in political science or American history, I took several university courses plus I’ve spent many years as a journalist reading and studying both subjects.

I read letters and editorials daily in several papers from people who espouse the political talking points that are supposedly conservative: the stimulus failed; climate change is a hoax; Obamacare must  be repealed; abortion must be halted in all situations; etc. I have always made a point of listening to various opinions and watching all news outlets to form my own opinion.

For the previous three weeks, I immersed myself exclusively in the world of right-wing opinion. Fox News nightly, Rush Limbaugh and Sean Harinity on radio, the Drudge Report and Wall Street Journal. It’s very seductive, indeed, to be told repeatedly that all other news channels are liberal and therefore evil, that national prize-winning publications are in Obama’s pocket, that (to use Limbaugh’s own words) “the magic negro” is taking our nation to chaos and that American values are crumbling before our very eyes.

It can be mesmerizing if you really believe you are being duped by everything and everyone else. And there are many people who believe everything they are told by the right.

No wonder our nation is divided, but fortunately the American majority can reason and see the truth.

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