Do We Need Affirmative Action for Conservative Journalists?

NewsThere’s a new study out about diversity in America’s newsrooms.  And the bean counters aren’t happy.

According to the American Society of News Editors there has been a steady decline in the number of minority journalists in the newsroom.  About 37 percent of the U.S. population is non-white but in the newsroom minorities represent only 12.37 percent of the staff – and that’s down from 13.73 percent in 2006.

As you can see the American Society of News Editors is good with numbers.  But there’s one kind of diversity they don’t track and don’t care anything about:  Ideological diversity.

I’ve spent a good part of my life in the newsroom and I can tell you what, by now, you already know:  most journalists in most newsrooms are liberal.  Even the ones who describe themselves as moderates are really liberal.  And their ideology affects their journalism.

Decades ago when the people who run newsrooms noticed that their staffs were overwhelmingly white and male they started making changes.  No matter how fair and professional a journalist might be, a white reporter doesn’t see things the way a black journalist might.  A male editor doesn’t see things the way a female editor does.  A white reporter, especially one who doesn’t speak Spanish, can’t cover the barrio quite the same way that a Latino journalist can.

So diversity made sense.  But what we wound up with was white liberals and black liberals and Latino liberals and male liberals and female liberals in the newsroom.  And since minority groups tend to be more liberal than the general population, the more diversity that was introduced into the newsroom, the more liberal the newsroom became.  But there was precious little diversity of opinion.  And that matters too.

Journalists who cover hard news should keep their opinions to themselves.  But perspective matters. And cultural and political ideology influences journalistic perspective — how the journalist covers the news — at least as much as race and ethnicity and gender do.

A conservative journalist who is pro-life might bring some desperately needed diversity to a newsroom where just about everybody is pro-choice.  A conservative journalist probably would care more about the IRS scandal than would a liberal journalist.  Liberal journalists pretty much took their cues from President Obama and then Secretary of State Clinton and buried the story of how the disaster in Benghazi could have happened.  Conservative journalists would push harder for the truth to come out. And if there were more conservatives in America’s newsrooms the coverage of President Obama’s two runs for the White House might have looked more like real news and less like coronations.

So what to do?  How about an affirmative action program for the smallest minority in America’s newsroom:  conservative journalists.

If I were running things I’d tell all my reporters and editors to check their opinions at the door.  But I’d want them to bring their perspectives to work.  I’d want a newsroom where liberals and conservatives talk to each other – and influence each other’s thinking.  I’d want a newsroom that reflects a wide range of values in America.  I would make sure every journalist under my command understood that there’s a country between Manhattan and Malibu and that the people who live there have values too, even though they don’t comprise the so-called cultural elite.

That, I think, would make for more honest journalism; better journalism than what we have today.

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  • plsilverman

    Bernie, the man who still says that the Internet is not the new main source of news.

  • plsilverman

    Hey Bern’, another racially obsessed article. Not bad. Apparently, you think Affirmative Action was/is for African Americans only, no white women, etc. You love to mock it. Do you know what it was. I do. I worked with its’ prerequisistes in my role as Employer Advocate back East.
    Obama’s “coronation”…that’s very sarcastic….was it a “coronation” because the MSM (which ended in 1937) pushed for a Black President? Why is that a negative? See what I mean, Bern’?
    Your man the Gipper was considered greater than a King…he could walk on water…even as he sent 241 Marines into a single Beirut compound and planned trips to Nazi cemeteries. Were his inaugurations coronations to you? Esp. after he and Don Regan turned Wall Street into a giant roulette wheel?
    As much as I like Nixon, he insisted on trumpet fanfares as he entered the room.

  • BenDoubleCrossed

    What is the difference between an editorial endorsement or slanted news story and a political ad?

    “The 20th century has been characterized by three developments of great political importance: the growth of democracy; the growth of corporate power; and the growth of corporate propaganda as a means of protecting corporate power against democracy.” – From Taking the Risk Out Of Democracy by Alex Carey

    “It is normal for all large businesses to make serious efforts to influence the news, to avoid embarrassing publicity, and to maximize sympathetic public opinion and government policies. Now they own most of the news media that they wish to influence.” – from The Media Monopoly by Ben H. Bagdikian

    In the 184 year period prior to Watergate, ”We the People” had the freedom to raise and spend money to exercise our press rights, that only State approved newspaper and broadcast corporations enjoy today.

    Following reports of serious financial abuses in the 1972 Presidential campaign, Congress amended the FECA in 1974 to set limits on contributions by individuals, political parties and PACs. But politicians exempted the commercial press, because the 1st Amendment prohibits abridging their freedom of speech and the press.

    Giant media corporations are allowed to raise and spend unlimited amounts of money influencing the political process because their political communications are said to have no value.

    But, since Watergate, campaign regulations based on the definitions of expenditure and contribution restrict the speech and press rights of every U.S. Citizen political party and organization.

    The main stream media already enjoy superior means to influence politics. To level the playing field, the language of the Press Exemption must be amended to include ‘citizens and groups’ in the unregulated class.

    Currently, only State approved media corporations are exempt from campaign laws: 2 USC 431 (9) (B) (i) exempts newspaper, broadcast and magazine corporations from the definition of contribution and expenditure. Contact your Congressman and Senators and demand they modify the language of the “Press Exemption” to include citizens and groups equal rights to participate in American politics?

    Lovell v. City of Griffin SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES
    303 U.S. 444 Argued February 4, 1938 Decided March 28, 1938

    The liberty of the press is not confined to newspapers and periodicals. It necessarily embraces pamphlets and leaflets. These indeed have been historic weapons in the defense of liberty, as the pamphlets of Thomas Paine and others in our own history abundantly attest. The press in its historic connotation comprehends every sort of publication which affords a vehicle of information and opinion. What we have had recent occasion to say with respect to the vital importance of protecting this essential liberty from every sort of infringement need not be repeated.

  • MaleMatters

    Nothing is likely to change until conservatives start picketing at the front doors of liberal news offices. And keep it up ad infinitum.

    Fox News would pick up on that right away and keep running with it. Soon the evening new shows at ABC/CBS/NBC, always in a race to be second to report on things that threaten liberal views, would start giving it five-second disparaging attention to deny the bias.

    Then the pundits at MSNBC would bring it up to knock it down. But that may be all that’s needed to fire up the Tea Party masses and the fence-straddling Independents: to criticize something is to bring attention to it.

    • plsilverman

      Conservatives own most of the Liberal outlets.

      • MaleMatters

        Please supply verification of this. If it’s true — which I doubt — the conservative owners aren’t watching the shop, are they? Just think how liberal the liberal outlets must be when owned by liberals.

        • plsilverman

          I’ll do my best…it’s a belief I’ve heard repeated many times. We all should know that with Murdoch so powerful that then notion of “Lib media” is not quite the same as, say, in 1992. And since the Internet, it can be argued that the “mass media” is fairly neutral. BUT…I get your question.

  • The Mad Jewess

    Ty Mr. Goldberg for having the GUTS to state the obvious tonight on Bill O’Reilly re. b on white crimes.
    Shalom.
    PLEASE PLEASE don’t stop.
    It is an epidemic.

    • plsilverman

      obvious to who? whether or not the “mainstream media” (which ended since the Internet came about) reports on “Black on White” or “Black on Purple” crimes, take a look at numbers of Blacks and versus Whites incarcerated for the same crime. get my drift?

  • GailWehling

    For all Journalists!

  • legal eagle

    There has been a steady decline in minority employment in the news business because it doesn’t pay enough….technology has changed the business dramatically…

  • Bloviating Ignoramus

    Affirimative action for Fascist journalists. That’s a good one. It does not matter how many right wing journalists there are in mainstream media outlets. Your right wing message of hatred, greed, and stupidity will never resonate with anyone outside this Fascist Fantasyland. And right wingers would refuse such an opportunity if offered, preferring the safe haven of Fox News, as you are living proof of. If the media is biased against you, that is on you. Not the media.

    • John Daly

      lol. You can change the screen name, but not the blithering bizarreness of the man.

      • Bloviating Ignoramus

        Why don’t you shut the fuck up if you have nothing to say?

        • plsilverman

          he does not have to say anything. he writes commentaries here.

          • Drew Page

            Silverman — You and Ignoramus must be related.

          • plsilverman

            care to elaborate on that, kid? :)

          • John Daly

            You don’t know what being related means?

        • John Daly

          You first.

          • Bloviating Ignoramus

            Never. Like I told you before, you write bullshit I will be up your ass like a hemorrhoid.

          • John Daly

            So many places to go with this one… Nah, too easy.

            Try and have a relaxing weekend, man. You clearly need one.

          • Bloviating Ignoramus

            I always do bro. Abusing you Fascists is very relaxing, especially because your responses are always so lame. You have a relaxing weekend as well, doing obscene things to farm animals or whatever it is you right wingers do for kicks.

    • Randy Rightwinger

      your name is fitting.

      • Bloviating Ignoramus

        So is yours

    • Snellville bob

      These guys all seem to have read the same textbook. It all sounds the same.

      • John Daly

        Not quite a textbook. Just MSNBC.

        • Bloviating Ignoramus

          And you? What orifice do you pull your talking points out of?

        • plsilverman

          MSNBC does not have a Bill Sammon to write memos dictated by Murdoch and Ailes, meant to be repeated into oblivion. In fact, they have excellent copy…and shocker…it’s actually humourous. They treat MIchael Steele and other Conservatives royally. You mean, you watch Maddow and laugh? Chris Hayes. they are fine. Yes, they like Obama. They are a FAIR BALANCE to that journalistic disaster called Fox (opinion hosts) – Hannity, O’Reilly, the lead dude at 5pm..Gutfeld, Ingraham…yeah, all Rhodes scholars at Fox.

          • John Daly

            lol. It’s always entertaining to watch someone try and convince people that fire isn’t hot and ice isn’t cold. What an interesting little world you’ve created for yourself.

          • plsilverman

            “lol”..yes, very original. yet another personal attack, devoid of substance. please do not initiate any more posts in my direction. I know you find it funny, but I do not: harassment over this medium is fairly serious.

    • Drew Page

      Man, did you ever pick the right name, Bloviating Ignoramus, you got that right.

    • The Mad Jewess

      Maybe you should just put stars on our arms, start screaming “RIGHT WING, RIGHT WING” just like the Nazis did in germany to the Jews. ‘JUDEN, JUDEN’

      YOU are the fascist.

  • jondaris

    Thinking conservative opinions are stupid and asinine does not equal intolerance. Grow up, morons.

    • Swampfox1965

      Look in the mirror, Moron.

      • jondaris

        No, really, I think this is the difference between conservatives and liberals. Conservatives get all butthurt when people disagree with them. They take it personally. Liberals look at issues, conservatives look at a worldview that you either agree with or you don’t. That’s why conservatism is imploding — you take any disagreement within your own ranks as heresy. Think taxes are too high but immigration reform is necessary? Off with your fucking head,

        You guys are committing suicide, and I’m laughing as you do.

        • Swampfox1965

          Liberals have gone to great lengths to re-define the word “tolerance.” It was, back in the day, “live and let live.” If someone wanted to live outside the norm, so be it.
          Not so today.
          Liberal tolerance demands that everyone accept, endorse and embrace any activity in which someone wants to engage. Everyone’s view is okay — except a Christian’s, of course — and if anyone dares to disagree with someone else’s view he is anathema.
          To liberals there are no absolutes. They have neither compass nor rudder. They just go along doing what they feel is right for them today; and tomorrow may be different. The result of such idiocy is chaos, and that’s where we’re headed in this country.

          • jondaris

            spampfox, your view is insane. To start with, I know no liberals who think Christianity is “anathetma” Your moronic and amorilc view of what liberlals belieive is franky insane. We believe that God tasks us with caring for the poor and underprivileged, that being loving and humane is our duty as Christians, and that caring for the poor and not being resentful towards homosexuals is what Christ asked of us. We think the message of Jesus was, at its core, “don’t be a motherfucking asshole.”

          • Swampfox1965

            Your childish language and your notions about “our duty as Christians” are indications you have neither knowledge nor respect for our Sovereign God, Jesus Christ, or the Holy Scriptures.
            Pity.

          • jondaris

            Conservative Christian is an oxymoron.

          • Swampfox1965

            As is intelligent liberal.

          • Swampfox1965

            I think it’s time to tune you out, Jon. In this battle of wits with you, I feel like I’m dueling with an unarmed man.

          • Drew Page

            You and Bloviating Ignoramus like dropping the F-bomb here, don’t you? I guess you think obscenity proves your point. You and the Ignoramus (I love his choice of name) are proving to be intemperate fools, incapable of showing the tolerance you demand from everyone else.

          • jondaris

            You fucking morons totally don’t get the concept of tolerance. We don’t demand tolerance of every idiotic notion that penetrates your pea sized conservative brain, we demand tolerance things that people have no control over, like race or sexuality. Being stupid is a choice you made for yourself.

          • John Daly

            Gotta love that the guy preaching about tolerance is calling those who disagree with him “f*cking morons”. lol.

          • jondaris

            This reply is, not to put too fine a point on it, inane. Tolerance has nothing to do with embracing a dissenting view, and even less to do with Christianity. Seriously, you people’s butthurt is incredible.

        • John Daly

          Lol. Conservatives aren’t the ones calling anyone who doesn’t agree with them a racist, Jon.

        • EddieD_Boston

          What day is it in your little world?

        • plsilverman

          yes, the New John Birch Society at the Capitol is very impressive.

    • John Daly

      And this in reply to what? It certainly had nothing to do with the column.

    • plsilverman

      Conservative is cool. John Birch ain’t.

  • ERVING SWARTZ

    GREAT WORDS OF WISDOM. THANKS, I LIKE SEEING YOU ON O’RIELLY.
    HOW COME MOST OF ALL MY JEWISH FRIENDS VOTED FOR OBAMA. HE HATES ISRAEL, DON’T THEY KNOW THIS.

    • Redlight2

      Great question about the Jewish vote. The Jews are not stupid but maybe a lack of common sense?

      • legal eagle

        Thanks for the anti-Semitic feedback….

        • Redlight2

          Do you have a better answer?

        • Drew Page

          He said “maybe” Jews lack common sense. Getting a little sensitive, eagle?

  • Bloviating Ignoramus

    You had a job with CBS. You quit and went to Fox.

    • John Daly

      ???

  • slogin

    It’s disgusting, most if not as much as 75% of the news media is far left. Will we ever see a change, not until Americans start getting educated. That might never happen.

    • Swampfox1965

      With the ultra-liberal teachers unions controlling public education you are quite correct it will never happen.

  • Shane

    Yes, liberals love diverstiy, except for diverstiy of opinion. If you disagree with a liberal they wiil call you all kinds of names with racist being their number one attack word.

    • Drew Page

      Ironic, isn’t it? Liberals preach tolerance, but can’t tolerate anyone who disagree with them. The preach “embracing diversity” except diversity of opinion.. It must have been a liberal that came up with the slogan “Support mental health, or I’ll kill you.”

      • jondaris

        Tolerating stupidity does not equate with tolerating opinions. Not to be rude, but grow the fuck up.

        • John Daly

          Really? Which form of tolerance is calling someone a ‘racist’ because they don’t agree with you?

        • EddieD_Boston

          You’re making a fool of yourself. Pretty smug for a 13 y/o who’s mommy didn’t let him out of the house after the streetlights went on. You don’t get it. Not even a little.

  • Frank A Mangano

    Your comments come as a complete honest reporter. Thank You

  • Kevin

    Bernie, It’s not fair all those talented people get to play professional sports and I don’t. We need diversity in the NFL, NBA, NHL and MLB for talentless people like me.

    Organizations do better when everyone is working toward the same goals with complementary talents. News organizations do not have the goal of presenting diverse ideas. They have the goal of narrowing the product to meet very narrow viewpoints, why, I have no idea. But I do have an inkling that nothing screws up the works in a mainstream news organization like a conservative viewpoint. Their organizational dynamics are built around limiting ideas. The irony is that other organizations which would benefit from being able to do that, are barred, in part by exposure brought by news organizations over perceived discriminatory behaviors to achieve the very same goal.

    • paperpushermj

      “But I do have an inkling that nothing screws up the works in a mainstream news organization like a conservative viewpoint. Their organizational dynamics are built around limiting ideas”.

      .________________________________.

      Thanks for Repeating the Lefts stereotype of the Right.

      • legal eagle

        “You do have an inkling”? Typical right wing comment….no facts, just inklings….

        • paperpushermj

          Oh enlightened one my comment is below the line. Look before you write please.

        • Drew Page

          You want facts? It is a fact that the majority of news reporters and those who write the copy for the network newsreaders are liberal. It’s a fact that the editorial staffs at the Washington Post, N.Y. Times and L.A. Times are liberal.

          • John Daly

            >> You want facts?

            No… He really doesn’t.

      • legal eagle

        I stand corrected ..

        • paperpushermj

          Then you stand as a Man…Thank You

    • plsilverman

      ya mean in that area of enterprise which includes many minorities there MUST BE anti-white sentiments in the hiring process?

      • Kevin

        No, I mean liberal fascism has supplanted talent as the standard of the hiring process. But then again fascism and useful idiots have always been tools of the left.

  • plsilverman

    aw, cute…yet another racially charged post by BG…who does not know what Affirmative Action was and is, to this day.

    • EddieD_Boston

      Affirmative Action was to give Africa-Americans a chance to break into the mainstream after years of systematic discrimination, which everyone understands was wrong. But why does a Haitian count as a black guy? His ancestors weren’t slaves in Alabama.

      See how twisted it has become?

      • plsilverman

        you got a stat on the perc. of African Americans with “slavery” ancestors? you mean if someone in the USA was denied entrance to a high school or college or to a Union, etc., in the past, but had no ancestry as I said, then they are not victims of systematic discrimination?

        • stmichrick

          the point is you cannot assume they were rejected because of race. Soon this kind of discrimination will be so impossible to accuse because of mixed race that race hustlers like Sharpton will be out of work. They already have no credibility!

        • EddieD_Boston

          Maybe I’m stupid but have Haitians suffered systematic discrimination like African-Americans have historically?

          • plsilverman

            ofcourse if they lived/visited here esp. before 1964.

    • Jeff Webb

      “aw, cute…yet another racially charged post by BG…”

      Translation: “Waaaah! (sob) Why can’t I get you conservatives to shut up?”

      • legal eagle

        Conservatives have been whining about the liberal media for 40 years…..They keep complaining of a problem that doesn’t exist except in their own minds…..There is plenty of right wing media…but whining like babies will always fill several hours a day on Fox News…

        • Drew Page

          ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, MSNBC vs Fox News, proof positive that there are plenty of right wing media. When Fox talks about all those pesky little things like the Fast & Furious debacle and cover up; the dismissal of voter intimidation charges against the Black Panthers and Obama’s claim of “executive privilege” for not releasing e-mails between himself and Eric Holder on the subject; the Benghazi massacre and no attempt to save those murdered; the IRS targeting of conservative groups and individuals, and the director of the tax exempt division claiming innocence of wrong doing then diving for cover under the Fifth amendment; and the Justice Department’s seizure of phone records of the AP, its reporters and Fox News Washington D.C. bureau chief, James Rosen and Holder’s lying to Congress about his involvement; and the NSA’s recording and storing phone records and e-mail correspondence of millions of law abiding Americans, without just cause, probable cause, or approval of a judge — you call it whining. And what were the other networks covering? The shooting death of a black kid in Florida by a “light skinned” (read white) man claiming self-defense. Now on any given weekend in Chicago there are at least 6 or 7 murders of black kids and the same is true of most other large cities like L.A. NYC, Philadelphia, Newark, Houston and Atlanta. But since the majority of these killings are minority on minority, the main stream media doesn’t give a damn. But if a white person kills a person of color (black or brown) then it’s a national headline with endless commentary from the race baiters Sharpton, Jackson and the Congressional black caucus.

          Of course the other networks think these things that Fox “whines” about are better left unsaid. Maybe you do too.

          • legal eagle

            CBS, NBC and ABC have a limited amount of news on air nationally…That is why cable news exists….CNN covered , in full, all of the stories plus real economic news.
            Fox covers few stories because people like yourself only care about scandal….Even Fox’s financial reports are right wing whining about the economy…except when a Republican is President…

      • John Daly

        I love this little routine:

        1. Someone from this site writes a thought-provoking piece that in some way refers to race.
        2. Silverman blindly proclaims the piece to be “racially charged” because he’s too cowardly to just come out and say “racist” (which is his default belief for any right-leaning thinker).
        3. He then spends the next 24 hours on Twitter, literally begging guys like Al Sharpton and Chris Matthews (you know, people who are genuinely ‘racially-charged’ to their very core) to attack the person who wrote the column.
        4. He gets ignored by them, so he waits for the next column and the cycle begins again.

        Phil, we REALLY need to find you a different hobby, man. Seriously. Life’s too short to be wasting time on this stuff.

        • legal eagle

          And your routine is to assert that right wing fantasy that the only racism that exists in America is minority racism towards whites…According right wing dogma, the day the Civil Rights Act was signed by LBJ, white racism ceased to exist…

          • John Daly

            And that is an utter lie, which you recklessly threw out, only because you feel the need to instinctively support your like-minded cohorts.

            Never have I said or even implied that racism only exists in the form of minority racism against whites. It doesn’t.

            I’ve also never said or implied that racism ceased to exist once the Civil Rights Act was signed. Of course it didn’t.

            Both are straw-man claims shamelessly fabricated by you, and both demonstrate that you’re an intellectual lightweight.

            Grow up, kid.

          • Bloviating Ignoramus

            ” The New York Times and the far left want to break down the white christian male power structure”. – Bill O’Reilly 5/30/2007.

            “White establishment is now the minority” O’Reilly 11/6/2012

            That’s right you right wingers are racist. Yeah you may be tolerant of minorities, you may even be highly complimentary of a few. But when the Rich White Christian power structure is threatened then they have gone too far. You stereotype Latins are stupid and produce Heritage Foundation “scholarship” to back it up. You stereotype Muslims are terrorists. Even your support of Israel is for the wrong reasons, unconditional support of Israel (white) vs Palestinians (non-white).

          • John Daly

            Well, I guess you can’t argue that logic, folks!

            A couple of out-of-context quotes from a guy actual “right-wingers” don’t even like – quotes that aren’t even racist – and there’s your proof that “the right” is racist.

            Make sense, everyone? Bob Beckel better watch out for his job.

          • Bloviating Ignoramus

            Anyone who thinks those quotes are not racist is a racist. Out of context? They are widely available on the internet for anyone to put back into context. Yeah it is kind of amusing the growing sentiment in this Fascist Fantasyland that O’Reilly is no longer right wing enough.

          • John Daly

            << Anyone who disagrees with me is a racist.

            Fixed it for you. Now it says what you really meant.

          • Bloviating Ignoramus

            What I meant is what I said bro.

        • plsilverman

          then why do you insist on wasting the time of so many people?>>by the way, I am no coward and I can guarantee if I quite accidentally crossed your path somewhere you would never call me a coward to my face..something tells me that
          I don’t spend more than 50 seconds a week on Twitter…but I have pointed out racially charged pieces on BG’s site…this site is preoccupied with race, esp. the bloggers. I don’t “blindly” do anything, pal. here’s my e-mail address:
          beauzee@gmail.com
          we can correspond non-publicly from now on.

          • John Daly

            Oh… Did I strike a nerve with you, Silverman?

            Do you mean to tell me that the guy who’s been portraying us all as a bunch of racists for probably over a year now can’t take being called out as a coward? That’s truly heartbreaking.

            Phil, WE’RE not the ones preoccupied with race. The very people you admit to idolizing, including Chris Matthews and Al Sharpton… THEY are one ones preoccupied with race. It’s absolutely stunning that you don’t recognize that.

            And most of the columns on this site that have anything to do with race are about bringing attention to how shamelessly some people (including your heroes at MSNBC, and quite frankly you) play the race card to stifle debate, and in doing so, trivialize ACTUAL racism.

            Pointing out unjust racial defamation isn’t “racially charged”. The news outlet you choose to watch every night is where to go for that.

            And no… I’m not going to become your pen-pal.

    • Neal

      Affirmative Action…by its nature was and is discriminatory.

      • plsilverman

        no..you are wrong…it was very simply, in 1967, an effort to ask employers to cast the widest possible recruitment net. in 1971, when it was not working as well it could have, “quotas” came in..and stayed. I worked in gov’t at that time (1975 – )

        • stmichrick

          affirmative action today is nothing more than retribution…it’s one thing to recruit in minority precincts, another to ignore qualifications just to make a number. Why no affirmative action in the NBA?

          • plsilverman

            if you are talking about “quotas”, ok. Re. sports…what R U talking about? Why would a team reject a great player in favor of very good player of a “targeted” ethnicity?

          • stmichrick

            You make my point! Teams don’t reject great players; which is why companies should not favor skin shades or colleges ‘balance’ educational opportunities.

  • Larry blaspheming liberalism

    Not just a problem with journalism — it’s a problem with academia. Liberals in both places suffer from the delusion (or is it an article of faith?) that “liberals can look at issues with an open mind, but conservatives can’t.” The only reason some people are liberals is because their liberalism hasn’t been challenged. Leftist professors will say, “I’m going to challenge everything you have ever learned” — but when the class is over, does he bring someone in to challenge everything that he just taught?

    Liberalism is a cult, believing that “only a bigot would even think of questioning it.” Just like the “anti-bullying” seminars held in schools, where the “facilitator” divides the class into two groups: those who agree with the Politically Correct view and the “bullies.” Lotsa luck getting the Big Media to expose that fraud.

    • plsilverman

      sure, let’s go to schools only that Pat Roberson approves of. By the way, the Koch Bros. have given tons of cash to many higher learning institutes to change the curriculum. you saying the boys failed?

  • Iklwa

    Good luck with that “wish list” Bernie!

    I notice you no longer work for one of those liberal press organizations.

    Besides, wasn’t it you who said “Fish don’t know he’s wet.”?

    As long as change is to be left to the liberal leadership of those newsrooms the only change will be a drift further left.

    I’m already placing bets on Hillary.

    All I can say is: Thank God for Fox News!

    • plsilverman

      right, Fox…24/7 Despise Obama newz..read THE FOX EFFECT and watch the DVD, OUTFOXED!

      • Iklwa

        Oh yes!

        Producing and watching a DVD makes it all true.

        I suggest you pull off the road and put out your hair (which is obviously on fire).

        I notice that you failed to debate any of the facts presented in Bernie’s post.

        To deny that liberalism runs rampant within the majority of news organizations would be ludicrous.

        Their own internal polls and campaign contributions show the facts.

        I find it interesting that a supposedly educated person such as yourself would devote and hour and a half to watching a propaganda DVD probably suggested by a communist college professor and you wouldn’t consider devoting the same amount of time to watching the dreaded channel yourself.

        I would suggest you start with one hour a day of The Factor for five days and then get back to me.

        I promise I won’t tell your friends what you’re doing.

        • plsilverman

          you’re right, OUTFOXED! is 100% made up. So is TJHE FOX EFFECT and THE NEW HATE. all propaganda. unlike books by Coulter and O’Reilly. >>>by the way, I did not cite “facts” by BG because his understanding of Affirmative Action is so slight. I actually worked with that program, officially, for decades.

          yes, I watched The Factor every single nite it was on, for about 12 years, as I’ve written here many times. Guess what, I actually bought his books. Did you?
          I know that what is left of the “network news”/ MSM is pro-Obama, pro-Left. I also know that the internet is basically politically neutral. I also know that Limbaugh, Beck, Levin, Dr. Savage, Ingraham, Coulter, Drudge, Gaffney, Alex Jones, Jerome Corsi dominate RADIO. They are even more partisan than ABC, NBC, CBS news. By the way, you know anyone who gets his/her news from Meet The Press or Sunday Edition?

          • EddieD_Boston

            Talk radio isn’t news. They’re talk shows. They’re entertainment. They’re also honest. Rush tells you he’s a conservative republican. The MSM insults my intelligence claiming to be news. They’re cheerleaders for liberalism. They masquerade as journalists. They’re a pathetic joke.

        • John Daly

          Makes me wonder what he must believe after reading the National Enquirer. ;)

      • EddieD_Boston

        You obviously don’t watch Fox and are showing your complete ignorance. Seriously, watch Fox instead of reading about it the HuffPo and you’ll understand how clueless you are. Shepard Smith isn’t a conservative. Neither is Bret Baier. If you watched Fox for one night you’d know that. You’re pretty smug.

        • plsilverman

          Bret Baier is conservative. Shep Smith is not an opinion host. But sorry to disappoint you, pal, I watched Fox as my PRIMARY news source from 1996 to about 2008. On 01-20-09 they shifted into Vilify Obama 24-7 news. yes, they have a decent balance of Libs & Conservs. But the Libs are there for window dressing. I don’t recall, prior to 2009 and beyond, Fox putting out so many untruths, esp. from people like O’Reilly. He says that Obama was to spend 1,000,000,000 dollars a day in India; that the President of Egypt had 71 billion $$$$; that the head of the IRS visited 1600 157 times when it was ELEVEN. Hannity saying that 51% of taxpayers pay NO TAX.
          Read THE FOX EFFECT and watch the docu. OUTFOXED!

          • John Daly

            Shep Smith is far more opinionated on-air than Bret Baier is. It’s not even close. Try watching their shows some time.

          • legal eagle

            Bret Baier is balanced? He does stories with a right wing tilt then hosts a right wing panel to beat up on Obama….By the way I notice Charlie Krauthammer’s hair and eyebrows keep getting darker…isn’t all the t hair dye dangerous?

          • John Daly

            Not sure you actually read what I wrote there, legal. Try again.

            And in case you hadn’t noticed, dye-jobs and and cable-news personalities go together like peanut-butter and jelly.

          • legal eagle

            When I watch Shep Smith I hear little if any “political opinion” and little if any of the faux Fox debating….
            I agree with you about dye jobs but I always laugh to see how much they use on Krauthammer….It’s like plastic surgery..when you can tell it happened it’s probably overdone…LOL

          • John Daly

            >> When I watch Shep Smith I hear little if any “political opinion”

            Then you don’t actually watch Shep Smith.

          • legal eagle

            No I don’t watch it a lot….When I want to see the news I go online or to CNN….When I want to watch the circus I turn on Fox News…When I want to be informed and entertained I watch Chris Mathews…I can walk and chew gum….LOL

          • John Daly

            Well there you go. You admit that you have no idea what you’re talking about, so stop making things up.

          • John Daly

            Well there you go. You admit that you have no idea what you’re talking about, so stop making things up.

          • EddieD_Boston

            You’re wrong about Baier. He’s pretty middle-of-the-road. Maybe you should watch.

            Right-wing panel? You mean right-wingers like Juan Williams? Kirsten Powers? A.D. Stoddard? Again, maybe you should actually watch.

          • legal eagle

            always 2 Conservatives to 1 “Liberal”… This is the Fox formula…..

          • EddieD_Boston

            Right. As opposed to 3 liberals and 0 conservatives everywhere else. Try actually thinking next time.

          • legal eagle

            Sam e old whining….I point out a fact…you justify it by pointing elsewhere….Cant you ever simply agree with a fact?

          • legal eagle

            When Baier interviews Republicans they are permitted to finish a sentence. When he’s interviewing a Dem he interrupts, cross examines and gets aggressive…Friendly witness vs. hostile witness….He’s as neutral as Roger Ailes permits him to be…

          • John Daly

            Nope. Legal, you have an irritating habit of stating things as facts that you’re really just guessing about. You do it in practically every post. Educate yourself on the things you comment about and people will start taking you more seriously.

          • John Daly

            Nope. Legal, you have an irritating habit of stating things as facts that you’re really just guessing about. You do it in practically every post. Educate yourself on the things you comment about and people will start taking you more seriously.

          • stmichrick

            Mr Ssilverman; you practically admit that Fox is the only news outfit with any kind of balance! The others don’t acknowledge other viewpoints. That is what fair and balanced means. I realize that hearing conservative views may be shocking to you but Fox is where you can hear it.

          • EddieD_Boston

            Fox has pointed out Obama’s many failing (he is a failure). It’s called journalism. Fox leaves the blind hero-worship to the children.

      • Jeff Webb

        Awww, still upset that ONE network doesn’t give Obama preferential treatment?

        • plsilverman

          no…not a matter of preference…they simply vilify mindlessly 24-7.

          • Jeff Webb

            Wow, it’s actually not enough for you that only the MAJORITY, but not 100%, of the viewing public watches networks that coddle Obama. You have no idea just how lucky you are.

          • John Daly

            Silverman takes a “kneel before Zod” approach to media fairness.

          • John Daly

            Silverman takes a “kneel before Zod” approach to media fairness.

  • kayakbob

    Here is one problem with your thinking Bernie: I’ve known a lot of educated, professional people that do not know the difference between their ‘opinion’ and their ‘perspective’.

    Although my next point is not a ‘problem’ with your thoughts or words, it is one of the big problems with moving your If-I-were-running-things plan forward. When pressed on this situation, I suspect most editors would reply, “Well, gee. There are now so many outlets (read:one) for other ‘perspectives’ (read: Fox News) why worry about it?.”

    Of course, all that does is exacerbate what we already have now – liberal news and conservative news. Although it is sure convenient for the editors of newsrooms, it isn’t good for the country.

  • John Davidson

    To many news outlets are constrained by the Federal justice system which as we now know, favors the expansion of central powers.

    • plsilverman

      Limbaugh, Newscorp, Jones, Corsi, Beck…constrained? ha!

  • Mike Daugherty

    As usual Bernie hit the nail on the head. A balanced presentation of the day’s events would have far reaching effects in my opinion. Instead of getting a steady diet of left leaning slants I would love to see an evenhanded perspective. This would have unexpected ramifications with not only the voting public but with our politicians as well. Will this ever change? I sincerely doubt it.

  • profchuck

    In an ideal world a journalist would be an honest broker of information. It used to be that if you could determine a reporters personal ideology from their writings they were a poor reporter. That has changed. I have a personal friend that is a journalism professor at a major university. He is also a conservative or at least a libertarian. He told me that many of his students want a career in journalism because they “want to make the world a better place”. I find that frightening because it reveals the presence of an ideological agenda that they will incorporate into their journalistic activity. Being an honest reporter is hard because it requires objectivity and when you are a true believer in a cause objectivity is no longer an option. I don’t see a solution to this problem because almost everyone is passionate about something and cannot view those issues “dispassionately”. If they had the integrity to admit their bias that would be a good start but they must accept the fact of their bias to do that.

  • Ksp48

    Half the population is Conservative and 1% of the journalists are.

    • nickshaw

      Weird that, huh?
      Maybe conservatives don’t care for a profession that constantly has to BS people?
      I wonder what the ratio is among lawyers? ;-)

    • plsilverman

      99% of news outlets are owned by Conservatives.

      • Paula

        Stats please

        • John Daly

          Shhhh. You’ll screw up his narrative.

          • Patrick H.

            He must think that if you own a corporation, you’re automatically a conservative.

          • John Daly

            Believe it or not, a lot of lefties think precisely that.

          • EddieD_Boston

            And they’re all idiots.

          • Paula

            :-)

      • Jeff Webb

        “99% of news outlets are owned by Conservatives.”

        Straw man. The majority of the newscast-watching & newspaper-reading public is reached by liberal reporters managed by liberal division/branch heads. Ever read any of Bernie’s books?

        • legal eagle

          and Bernie Goldberg is the authority on all media? Bernie is entitled to his opinion …what newspaper did he ever work for?

          • John Daly

            << and Bernie Goldberg is the authority on all media?

            lol. How about doing a little research of the man? It will save you some embarrassment.

          • legal eagle

            I am quite aware of Bernie and his background. I am stating that he has, like all of us, experience in specific news organizations and not in others….He is staying an opinion regarding political bias, not a fact…

          • John Daly

            What news organizations do you have experience with, Legal?

          • legal eagle

            My background is legal….I don’t opine about every court in America, about every law firm in America or about every legislature in America….My point is that Bernie has no newspaper background and I respect his opinion about CBS and HBO…

      • EddieD_Boston

        How do you know that? Seems like a foolish comment seeing how corporations are owned by 1,000s of stockholders and not a person, conservative or otherwise. Lemme guess…a liberal arts major right?

      • Stimpy

        CBS? NBC? NY Times? Time magazine, Left coast rags, east coast rags? You’ve got to kidding, right?

        • plsilverman

          not as good as Limbaugh, Drudge, Ingraham, The American Rifleman, Jerome Corsi, Alex Jones, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Times, you’re right.

          • stmichrick

            …and before these voices were heard, there was nothing but truth from journalism, right?

      • Patrick H.

        Then how did Dan Rather, Katie Couric, or Meredith Viera (who marched in an anti-war demonstration and said “The Iraq War was based on lies), people who conservatives trust as much as they do Obama (they don’t) ever made it at CBS and NBC respectively?

      • stmichrick

        How silly. The owners only care about ROI. The news producers and writers are 90+ Lib.

  • nickshaw

    So, it’s newsrooms that are decidedly mostly liberal, that extoll the virtues of diversity that turn out to be among the least diverse of organizations?
    Imagine that.
    You’d think they were a Skeeter re-election team or something!
    As to more conservative reporters / journalists, despite the decline in readership or viewership of blatantly liberal concerns, the few in the audience that would complain and threaten to pull their subscriptions because of any conservative take on the news of the day scares the be-jeesus out of them.
    They can’t afford to lose what audience they have and there’s no way in the world that management will tap into the lucrative conservative market because…well… they just won’t.

  • joepotato

    I don’t know about journalists, but we might need AA for white crackers…

    • Ted Crawford

      What I find most curious about that is the historic fact that “Journalists” are only a tiny fraction of those employed in Fascist regimes! These Regimes usually have a single “newspaper”, “TV News Station” or “Radio News Station”! Some of the more risque might have two; One reports “Today was partly cloudy” while the other reports ” Today was partily sunny” Neither of which had actually looked outside! Ergo: a large portion of these “Journalists(?)” will be unemployeed if they are successful in their endeavors!

      • plsilverman

        Glenn Beck would have made it outside radio…

        • legal eagle

          You are correct….Beck would have made it as a used car salesman..LOL

          • plsilverman

            well, he failed as a dee-jay…and playing Moses in Israel recently.

    • plsilverman

      fascist? because Bush and Cheney slept thru 9-11 warnings and gave us the Patriot Act?

      • Jeff Webb

        “because Bush and Cheney slept thru 9-11 warnings…”

        I’ve seen you post this talking point before, and you’re either projecting Obama’s Benghazi failure, or simply being ignorant.

        Tell you what, start applying the same standard to Obama as you have President Bush, and then you just might get it.

        • plsilverman

          I guess they DID NOT sleep thru the 08-06-01 warning because Liberals are bigger hypocrites than Conservatives.

  • Bob Olden

    Not only are today’s journalists predominantly liberal, they are also predominantly cowards. They are smart enough to see that there is an agenda at work, suppressing some news items, inflating things that are inconsequential and diverting attention from issues that should be addressed. They see how text is edited, like the Benghazi narrative, to blur the facts of the story. Yet they have no backbone to blow the whistle. If they did, we would have enough Andrew Breitbarts to right the journalistic ship.

    • Wheels55

      News is a business with employees. Those employees want to do well enough to not only stay employed but to rise in stature. Sadly, It will not change. It would be better to outlaw the use of the word “News” and replace it with PFO (partially factual opinion).

    • legal eagle

      Your differentiating news and opinion……Ever see anything on Fox News about positive economic news? Ever hear anything on Beck, Limbaugh etc. about rising home prices? Right wing media is predominantly negative because it’s audience is older and negative ala Archie Bunker..

      • Patrick H.

        Beck and Limbaugh are commentators, not journalists. You miss the distinction. I didn’t see any left wing media say anything positive during the Bush adminstration

  • Brian_Bayless

    When it comes to news today, I see some alarming trends. First, is throwing out every story, no matter how accurate, out there the quickest so they wont be behind. The Sandy Hook shooting was covered with all sorts of inaccuracies being tossed out at a rapid-fire face. Second, and the cable news channels are the most guilty of this, is presenting opinion as news. A lot of people want to watch these channels to hear people mirror their own opinions. Some of these viewers do not want to hear intelligent discussion. These channels know that and the viewers start believing everything they hear. The quality of news in this country is awful. I hear reports on special interests that I know a lot about and I watch the National news completely get it wrong.

    • Patrick H.

      Well, that’s way journalists rate below used car salesmen. The thing that I think we need to be careful though is we need to distinguish between news programs and commentary programs.

      Case in point, when people criticize Fox for being biased, they use O’ Reilly and Hannity as examples. They aren’t journalists, but commentators, so their programs are not supposed to be news programs, but opinion programs. So criticize Fox all you like, but don’t use commentary programs to make your case, just like you wouldn’t use the Wall Street Journal’s editorial page to criticize its news coverage.

      • legal eagle

        You must be living in fantasy world…The only person on Fox News that reports the “news” is Shep Smith…Are you telling me that Greta, Megyn Kelly, Fox and Friends, huckleberry Finn etc, are news?

        • Patrick H.

          Fox& Friends, no, they aren’t news. They are morning shows like the Today Show, Good America, and CBS This Morning. I’ll tell you what the news shows are

          America’s Newsroom

          Happening Now

          America Live

          Studio B

          Special Report

          Fox Report

          America’s News Headquarters

          Why I made that statement legal eagle was to point out the fact that if liberals are going to criticize Fox for having biased news, they need to know what’s intended to be news programs and what’s not. The ones I’ve listed are news programs, the rest of the line up isn’t.

          • John Daly

            It always gives me a chuckle when people point to Fox & Friends as a hard-news show so they can proclaim bias. That show is essentially the same thing as The View.

          • legal eagle

            So you agree that everything after 5 PM is propaganda as is Fox and Friends….

          • John Daly

            Propaganda? They’re commentary and analysis shows.

          • legal eagle

            It’s Roger Ailes version of GOP TV…It’s repeating GOP talking points followed by fake debate….By the way, what ever happened to the massive IRS scandal?

          • John Daly

            And let me guess: When you watch MSNBC, you probably don’t think they’re DNC TV, do you?

  • Darren Perkins

    News organizations run from the top down and the top has no interest in opinion diversity. Fox only gives lip service to opinion diversity before shouting down the opposing opinion. Newsroom is really a misnomer anymore as these ‘news’ rooms all have an agenda. Infotainment centers is closer to the truth as ‘news’ competes for ratings with other forms of entertainment by embracing a particular side in interpreting the ‘news’.

    • Wheels55

      I have noticed that too. Typically it isn’t what they say, it’s what they don’t say. I guess it is human nature to want to influence others. But we all were conditioned years ago to think of news organizations as unbiased. Boy were we taken for a media ride!

    • profchuck

      Fox actually tries to be “Fair and Balanced”. They don’t always succeed but they do make the attempt and sometimes they actually pull it off. can that be said of any of the other news outlets?

      • plsilverman

        fox gave up fair & balanced on 01-20-09. MSNBC, yes, is now fair and balanced: watch their fair treatment of Michael Steele, Buchanan, Coulter, and the dude who ran McCain’s campaign. you think O’Reilly is fair with opposing views? Hannity? never.

        • Jeff Webb

          You’re a liberal, and as Bernie has very correctly pointed out, liberals don’t see their bias. You think Maddow and Schultz are mainstream?

          I don’t need to ask you about Matthews–you already think so much like him I sometimes wonder if you ARE him.

          • John Daly

            That’s not a bad theory, actually. lol.

          • plsilverman

            I watch him about 30 seconds a month..but I’d rather think like him than Allan West, who you think like.
            I go along with a lot of Liberal ideas but I am pro-Life and pro-Israel and think Nixon and Bush I were great/near-great Presidents.
            your post has no substance – as usual, at least with me…you just call names and use generalization…I don’t care for your sarcasm…as it looks impossible to “block” you I ask you once again to quit initiating posts to me.
            “liberals don’t see their bias”. how many hard right Conservatives do, in your opinion?

          • Jeff Webb

            “your post has no substance – as usual, at least with me…you just call
            names and use generalization…”
            It’s understandable, you reacting like this. It’s hard to recognize the fallacy of your claim about MSNBC being pointed out when you’re busy looking for a reason to cry “racially-charged”.

            “I don’t care for your sarcasm…as it looks impossible to “block” you I ask you once again to quit initiating
            posts to me.”
            Look, I understand–you don’t like being contradicted, and you don’t like conservatives speaking out in general (hence all the attempts to bully others with false bigotry accusations). Now you understand: others are just as free to react and respond to your comments as you are to post them. While you don’t care for my sarcasm, I don’t care for your flippant, simplistic pokes at conservatives, but I’m not so arrogant and intolerant that I’d feel entitled to others’ silence.

            “‘liberals don’t see their bias’. how many hard right Conservatives do, in your opinion?”
            Whether or not conservatives do doesn’t change the fact that liberals DON’T. You distracting on purpose?

          • plsilverman

            ya think, pal, you’re being just a tad *defensive* about the RACIALLYCHARGED contents of this site. This site is absolutely racially obsessed. “bully”? I get called a toad and I’m supposed to sit back and smile. look at your post above…substance? ha! ya gotta be kidding. you should be ashamed of yourself as a pundit. you wanna discuss facts? no you don’t. I WELCOME criticism, if it’s civilized..I’m easy. you come off like one angry, yes pompous, faultfinding ideologue.
            I am more conservative than you might think. I agree with a lot of Conservatism – I was a registered Republican for years and years. I have 9 books by Nixon. I like Bush I, also. What’s going on, pal? chill.

        • profchuck

          O’Reilly is anti big government because he in convinced that big government without big waste and corruption is impossible. Recent events with NSA and the IRS make that abundantly clear. Hannity is a Constitutional conservative and makes no bones about the fact. He firmly believes that going against the Constitution is a form of treason. Both men are opinion mongers and make no claim to being journalists. Any broadcast network that employs the likes of Beckel, Juan Williams, Alan Colmes and others like them cannot be regarded as completely biased against airing the liberal point of view. Is there anyone in MSM or MSNBC that is as far right as those folks are far left? I don’t think so.

  • Cardet

    To challenge each others views and idea makes everyone better, but since liberals can’t really defend thier positions in a coherent way they demonize, shout down or exclude conservative thought. So sad for this country. Thanks Bernie for your always great insight.

    • Johnconrad

      Liberalism is their religion

      • plsilverman

        With the Tea Party, we have the GOP new religion (aka the New John Birch Society).

        • Stimpy

          How about the new fiscal responsibility, don’t spend us into oblivion party? Oh that would offend your liberal sensibilities that we could and should legislate and spend away all poverty and not-niceness, of course as defined by bleeding heart liberals.

  • seriouslysickntired

    Bernie, as usual your perspective is spot on. Thanks for putting it out there. Now if only the MSM would listen.

    • BernieGoldberg

      Too bad the MSM doesn’t listen — they ignore good advice at their own peril. Thanks for the comment.

      • Johnconrad

        When you’re holding on to your political beliefs as articles of religious faith, it’s how you behave. Those who disagree aren’t merely “wrongheaded”, they’re considered evil.

        • plsilverman

          esp. the ever-popular religious Right.

    • plsilverman

      MSM ended with the internet.

      • John Daly

        lol.

  • Brian Fr Langley

    Alas, the credential granting journalism institutions of higher learning have long been completely infiltrated by far left educators. Students who don’t regurgitate their teachings will either fail their classes, or be ridiculed into submission.

    • plsilverman

      on the east and west coasts…by the way, the Kochs pour millions $$$ into higher education in their quest to return us to John Birch.

      • Brian Fr Langley

        Return us to John Birch??? You mean a time when nearly 50% of American children were NOT abandoned by their fathers? When 100’s of thousands of children were NOT aborted by their mothers? When a man’s word was his bond? When children (who weren’t abandoned or aborted) could always expect a higher standard of living than their parents? Yeh, those really were the bad old days all right, thank goodness they’re over?

        • John Daly

          Take it easy on him, Brian. It’s in his contact to write “John Birch” in at least three posts per day on this website. It doesn’t have to make any sense. He just hast to write it.