"The Media is Liberal" Should Be a Compliment to Liberals
by Craig Burton
I keep hearing conversations wherein a conservative person states
disdainfully that the media is liberal, and a liberal person responds back that this is
not true. They argue vigorously about it.
I listen and smile. I
think they're each defending the wrong side of the debate.
If there is a lull in the conversation (there usually is not), I sometimes
interject a soft-spoken question: "When
you say that the media is "liberal", to whom are you comparing the media?"
The conservative responds along the following line of logic: "The media is more liberal than Joe Average.
And thus the media tries to influence the 'average' Joe's thinking with their
"So," I restate his position, "you believe that the media -- folks with
advanced college degrees who have been studying and discussing the world's
events for decades -- are more liberal than Joe Average, with his 100
I.Q., high school education. A guy who works very hard, so hard that he
probably doesn't have time
"Yes, that's the problem! Joe is being bamboozled. The
masses are led like sheep by the liberal media."
scratch my chin, "if Joe is NOT more LIBERAL, than it must be because he
isn't listening carefully to the opinions of the
better-educated people who have studied the data. Why do you suppose that
doesn't listen to these better educated, liberal people? Oh, yeah, right--he's too busy."
If people ask me
whether I think the media is liberal, I say that the more educated and the
better informed one becomes about all sides of any issue, the more they
will have compassion and understanding for all sides. In most cultures,
this compassion gets a person labeled as a liberal. So, I suspect the
better-educated media will always be more liberal than Joe Average.
If the well-educated folks who study the world the most ever become
the people with the most
conservative opinions, I'll give that point of view greater credence.