I’m not quite sure how to proceed. The question before us is “Are the Media Liberal?” to which Mr. Alterman’s response is “Brent and Other Conservatives Do Not Understand Gay People,” which is meant to indicate, I suppose, that the media aren’t liberal.
Do you see what I mean by the noise?
Alterman takes a column I wrote criticizing the gay agenda being promoted at the New York Times and by deliberately omitting any mention of the evidence I presented — that nettlesome, bothersome evidence — he feels free to suggest I am intolerant, ignorant and, of course, a homophobe.
Last night I filed a column blasting the walking freak show known as Michael Jackson. I wonder if by this morning Mr. Alterman has accused me of bigotry.
Wednesday night I was also on CNN’s Crossfire where Tucker Carlson did the unthinkable, quoting Alterman directly: “The vast majority [of reporters] are pro-choice, pro-gun control, pro separation of church and state, pro-feminism, pro-affirmative action, and” — yes, Alterman wrote this — “supportive of gay rights.”
Using Altermanlogic we can deduce that Mr. Alterman is now an ignorant gay basher, just like me.
Having openly conceded the existence of a liberal bias, how does Alterman now deny it? He falls back to yet another wall of defense: “While I admit and agree that most elite reporters are socially liberal,” he claimed last night on national TV, “it’s not up to reporters what gets on the news.” That, he proceeded to state, is being decided by …(insert Phantom of the Opera soundtrack here) …”the owners.”
Leaving us with what? Alterman’s argument is reduced to this: There is no liberal media bias except O.K., reporters are liberal, but on social issues, not economic ones, and who cares, because it’s really “owners” who are reporting news, not reporters, don’t you know. And Bozell is a homophobe.
It’s at this point that a conservative reaches for the aspirin, his head having crashed into his keyboard as he dissolves in laughter.
— L. Brent Bozell III is president of the Media Research Center.