I don’t care what your political disposition is, if you can’t see the absolute propaganda – not even bias – but flat out propaganda, coming from many of the “old” news outlets then you’ve got a problem.
Interestingly I have seen personally that at least a portion of my “lefty” friends/colleagues have just started to see how off the charts CNN, MSNBC, and some of the other news outlets have been. That isn’t to say that their political dispositions have changed for the most part. Just that they recognize, finally, what is going on at least to some extent.
As for colleges, I don’t think that many “liberal” people really understand the extent of the brainwashing – and that is almost not hyperbole – that goes on at many of our esteemed universities. And those who do understand have probably thrown in with the Maoists anyway. But hey Patty Hearst came back to reality so maybe there’s hope for these people. But probably not.
One of the realities of politics is that small government is good for the middle class. In a small government world hard work and wise asset allocation will get one ahead. But in a big government world such pedestrian and bourgeois sentiments like “work” and “thrift” are not rewarded. The people who really “get ahead” are the people who know how to manipulate institutions (which is a kind of work I suppose). So it makes sense that statists like the state. It’s also logical that those who don’t play the statist game (or at least don’t want to) don’t like many of the institutions populated by statists.
The national survey by Pew Research Center, conducted June 8-18 among 2,504 adults, finds that partisan differences in views of the national news media, already wide, have grown even wider. Democrats’ views of the effect of the national news media have grown more positive over the past year, while Republicans remain overwhelmingly negative.
About as many Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents think the news media has a positive (44%) as negative (46%) impact on the way things are going in the country. The share of Democrats holding a positive view of the news media’s impact has increased 11 percentage points since last August (33%).
Republicans, by about eight-to-one (85% to 10%), say the news media has a negative effect. These views have changed little in the past few years.
And check this stat out.
Democrats age 50 and older are 26 percentage points more likely to say the news media is having a positive impact today than they were in 2015 (59% now, 33% then). By contrast, views among Democrats under 50 are little different today than they were in 2015; just 33% of this group currently rates the media’s impact positively.
Translation – If you still get your news from the TV networks and haven’t yet made the break, one is more likely to buy what is being sold by the “old media.” Consider that Brian Williams still has a job at NBC.
But if one gets one’s news online, with more varied offerings, even if one is “liberal” the BS is obvious.