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Could Al Franken and his left-wing cronies possibly be right? Is liberal media bias just a myth propagated by conservatives, and have the mainstream media actually swung to the right?
In the new book Weapons of Mass Distortion, L. Brent Bozell III—founder and president of the Media Research Center, America’s largest and most respected media watchdog organization—presents the definitive account of how liberal bias in the news industry is alive and well.
But here’s the thing: The liberal media are headed for a downfall. Bozell demonstrates how their monopoly on information is at last coming to an end, in large part because journalists continue to deny the bias that infects their news coverage. His unrivaled expertise allows him to show readers exactly how the media landscape is changing—and to expose the even bigger changes that are coming.
Marshaling an astonishing amount of evidence, Bozell documents exactly how the news media deliberately attempt to set the national agenda through their slanted coverage. In the process he destroys the arguments that Franken and many other left-wing commentators have put forward regarding media bias.
Weapons of Mass Distortion also reveals:
• How the liberal media’s slanted coverage of President George W. Bush will play a huge role in the 2004 elections
• Why liberals’ claims about the influence of Fox News and the “conservative media” are wrong—and deliberately misleading
• How the mainstream press has waged war on the war on terrorism
• Never-before-told stories of how leading journalists, behind the scenes, betray the liberal bias they so forcefully deny in public—incidents that Bozell has witnessed firsthand
• How the same journalists who condemn the Right for “hate speech” regularly launch (and get away with) vicious personal attacks on conservatives
• Clear evidence that the major news outlets are hemorrhaging viewers, readers, and listeners precisely because of their liberal bias
By dominating the news media for so long, liberals have been able to control what we see and hear. But as Bozell makes clear, the Left will lose that control soon enough.
A political talk-show circuit regular, Bozell runs the Media Research Center, an organization that has published several books documenting liberal media bias. In his first solo effort, Bozell richly and selectively documents examples of liberal influence in America's newsrooms. There's little doubt that a good deal of what Bozell identifies does exist there are plenty of examples of "liberal hate" that went unnoticed and undenounced in the press (e.g., the New Yorker's Seymour Hersh stating, "We have an attorney general that is, I don't know, how would you describe him, demented?") but his thesis nearly requires that he present a partial picture. Bozell enlists right-tilting Bernard Goldberg as rhetorical ally and labels Eric Alterman and his ilk as "liberal media deniers." Many similar books are rife with contradiction, and Bozell's is no exception (which isn't to imply that left-leaning books are any fairer). Thus Bozell mocks Newsweek as a left-wing rag akin to the Nation until he approvingly quotes Newsweek pundit Howard Fineman when it suits him. Readers may come away thinking there's too much bias in both directions. Bozell's book is music to conservative ears and may even open some liberals' eyes assuming they'll deign to read it.