Friday, January 15, 2010

We are paying the price for a Weak Media

Before Kieth Olbermann came on the scene, there was virtually No Mainstream journalists who took on Rush Limbaugh, or any of the Right Wingers on Talk Radio, for which they were able to take over to a large extent. Limbaugh's "liberal hate" and his hate for professional journalism was allowed to fester throughout the entire United States. Don't get me wrong, we have always had many, many professional journalists in America, we just haven't had a lot of professional journalists with any balls.
Nothing makes me angrier than a TV or newspaper reporter making a comparison to Limbaugh with liberal leaning reporters such as Rachel Maddow or Kieth Olbermann. After over two decades of unchallenged, unreported, and non-stop propaganda coming from Conservative radio talk shows, the media has a Gall to finally come out of the woodwork to challenge people for whom are doing the very work that they should have been doing for over two decades!
Limbaugh, almost from the start of his radio career in 1984, has preached about "Liberal Media Bias" which is a fantasy of his that he was able to relay almost unchallenged. In 1988, his radio show went national, and so did his preaching.
This, among other insidious messages Rush Limbaugh spouted throughout the national airwaves took a toll on the liberal community. In 2003, a Pew Poll showed a majority of Democrats believed their was a "Liberal bias" in the mainstream media. Ironically, this was the same year that a large majority of Americans thought that Saddam Hussein perpetrated the 911 attacks.

1 comment:

  1. Great post. I don't always agree w/ Olberman's delivery, but I do agree w/ his sentiments. I am TOTALLY amazed and flummoxed at the people who take FOX "news" as the gospel. (We're talking relatives, here, too) Even CNN now makes me so mad I could scream. Rush Limbaugh is no different that Jim Bakker or some carney barker. Take the $$ and run.