Advice to liberal media: Embrace your bias to stay in business

Thursday, May 28, 2020
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Steve Jordahl (OneNewsNow.com)

media news industry (illustration)A former mainstream media executive has made an astonishing admission, but few think it will make a difference.

Van Gordon Sauter was the president of CBS News for part of the 1980s and saw firsthand the liberal bias in his industry. In a Wall Street Journal editorial this week, he admits that it's a problem, and in fact the liberal media may have passed the point of no return – its "tipping point," in his words.

"The highly influential daily newspapers in New York Washington, Los Angeles and Boston are now decidedly liberal," Sauter writes. "… The three broadcast network divisions still have their liberal tilt. [And] two of the three leading cable news sources are unrelentingly liberal in their fear and loathing of President Trump."

Curtis Houck of Media Research Center says it's good to hear what every conservative media watchdog already knows.

Houck

"It's like the first step of any recovery/rehab – admitting that you have a problem, admitting who you are, coming clean about who you are," he shares. "But … the problem becomes what, then, are you going to do about it?"

In his editorial, Sauter argues it would be "commercially unviable" for the "liberal leaning" media to return to presenting a balanced viewpoint – so his solution is for those outlets to proudly embrace their bias. That, he says, will somehow bring their reporting back to some sense of fairness and balance – although he's a little light on exactly how that would work.

Houck agrees with one thing, though: mainstream media has passed its tipping point and is unlikely to ever recover.

"It's really difficult to think about – it is; it's uncomfortable," he admits to OneNewsNow. "But I think the great answer is the fact that [now] we have the Internet. We have so many different options now that I think really lends itself to the way forward."

He adds, though, that the Internet is both a blessing and a curse for the news media.

"News consumption in America is far more difficult than maybe a few decades ago," says Houck. "That's kind of the downside to the Internet age. But the great news is that with media bias we are able to kind of go past that and go around them."

Sauter also wrote that while the supposedly neutral new outlets have "long been creeping leftward," their dislike of President Donald Trump has "accelerated the pace."

"To many journalists, objectivity, balance and fairness – once the gold standard of reporting – are not mandatory in a divided political era and in a country they believe to be severely flawed," he added. "That assumption folds neatly into their assessment of the president."

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