Conservatives have long argued that much of the mainstream media is hopelessly biased against them.
Until recently, however, most journalists have at least attempted to hide their political prejudices.
As recent remarks from personalities on CNN, MSNBC, and other outlets have revealed, those days are now over.
According to Fox News:
Figures on liberal media networks CNN, NBC and MSNBC have pushed the narrative that Republicans do not deserve equal coverage alongside their Democratic counterparts, often claiming Republicans stand for anti-Democratic values and are more likely to push falsehoods.
On MSNBC’s “The ReidOut” Monday night, Joy Reid and her guest, left-wing political analyst Mathew Dowd, suggested the media were too neutral in their reporting on the Republican Party, and thus needed to ramp up the hostility. She added that both sides were “not the same,” and also urged fellow reporters to “tell voters” the GOP was a “threat” to freedom.
She wondered to Dowd how the media could “get out” of this “‘both sides’ trajectory,” to which he advised the media to act as though they were living in a society that wasn’t free and treat Republicans accordingly.
CNN’s Brian Stelter and Don Lemon have made similarly divisive statements in recent weeks.
Right-wing Twitter users are well aware of the media’s antipathy toward them.
First 3 images: what @TheAtlantic said when Trump announced that the US/Saudi partnership must continue despite the murder of Jamal Khashoggi
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) June 13, 2022
So, there’s no liberal media bias… According to the biased liberal media.
— Proud Elephant 🇺🇸 (@ProudElephantUS) June 17, 2022
Example 2,863,984,657 of the extreme media bias against conservatives. https://t.co/U0Ygs8DYs5
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) December 10, 2020
Perhaps the clearest evidence of deep seated bias can be found in a recent survey.
As Pew Research reported:
Still, there is no consensus that opposing views always warrant equal coverage. What historically may have been considered a standard norm of journalism (and even a requirement for broadcast stations in their election coverage) seems, in today’s political environment, to be facing a reevaluation as heated debate ensues around the issue of “bothsidesism” – whether news outlets should be committed to always giving equal attention to all sides of an issue.
A chart showing that Just over half of journalists think every side does not always deserve equal coverage
A little over half of journalists surveyed (55%) say that in reporting the news, every side does not always deserve equal coverage, greater than the share who say journalists should always strive to give every side equal coverage (44%).
Here’s a clip of NBC’s Lester Holt saying the quiet part out loud last year: