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Bias-Basher Pet Peeves

Jay writes today “Although we conservatives whine a lot — and whine correctly — that the media are stacked against us.” Tucker Carlson joked in the current American Journalism Review something to the effect that liberals are now outdoing conservaties in “whining about media bias.”

This is a pet peeve. If “whining” is the mot juste, then don’t just use it for the media bias argument, use it for every policy argument: the Sierra Club is “whining” about the environment, the NRA is “whining” about gun control, and the Concord Coalition is “whining” about the need for higher taxes.

The reason the word “whining” sticks to the media-bias argument is that it’s seen as kvetching rather than doing — an argument that could just be as easily applied to poiltical journalism in general. But as any journalist knows, kvetching IS doing. Rush, Fox, Drudge, et al have built an alternative media based on what? “Whining,” and the audience created by objections to the evidence of liberal bias.

Tim GrahamTim Graham is Director of Media Analysis at the Media Research Center, where he began in 1989, and has served there with the exception of 2001 and 2002, when served ...

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