Media bias doesn’t have to be a bad thing

The headline of the opinion piece read, ‘Is media coverage of Trump too negative? You’re asking the wrong question.’ Surprisingly the writer of the opinion piece has no problem with unbalanced negative reporting and his article doesn’t tell the reader what question we should be asking. He simply accuses President Trump of playing the victim card and muses unsympathetically that his coverage by the MSM has always been negative. The writer’s bias is very obvious.

…But that’s nothing new. Last month, a Harvard study reported that in Trump’s first 100 days, about 80 per cent of mainstream press coverage reflected negatively on the new president. And the sheer amount of negative news was unprecedented.

Conservative media were quick to laud the study, labelling it proof of liberal media bias – and even better from their point of view, emanating from a cultural-elite bastion like Harvard.

…Looked at through this lens, Trump’s press coverage has been a political nightmare.

Isn’t that terribly unfair?

Here’s my carefully nuanced answer: Hell no.

As a blog, we have been accused of bias which is a charge we have never disagreed with. We wear our bias on our sleeve. Perhaps the media both new and old should stop pretending that they are balanced and be upfront about whether they are liberal/left or conservative/right in their thinking. That way to gain a balanced view a reader can read what the  Clinton News Network (CNN) has to say about Trump and can then read the same story over on Breitbart.

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