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Dogma At Eleven
Investor's Business Daily

As printed in the January 3, 2002 edition


Editorial in Investor's Business Daily

Media Bias: Perhaps no institution needs a New Year's resolution more than the elite press. Last year was again marked by its leftward bias.

The Media Research Center, the watchdog of the dominant media, has published its 14th annual "Awards for the Year's Worst Reporting." It is a useful and humorous reminder of the media's insularity and ideological arrogance.

To take a few examples, ABC News President David Westin receives the group's award for "Swiss Press Corps Award for Remaining Neutral in War Coverage." Westin achieved this honor by refusing to make a judgment about Sept. 11 before an audience at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

"The Pentagon as a legitimate target? I actually don't have an opinion on that, and it's important I not have an opinion on that as I sit here in my capacity right now," said Westin.

"I can say the Pentagon got hit, I can say this is what their position is, this is what our position is, but for me to take a position this was right or wrong, I mean, that's perhaps for me in my private life, perhaps it's for me dealing with my loved ones, perhaps it's for my minister at church. But as a journalist I feel strongly that's something that I should not be taking a position on. I'm supposed to figure out what is and what is not, not what ought to be."

ABC and Westin were forced in the ensuing furor to recant his remarks. But they are emblematic of the dogma of the church of the media. Journalism (with all its slanting to the left) first, country second. Moreover, God and faith don't even make most journalists' lists.

MRC gives its "Media Hero Award" to ABC's Carole Simpson for bubbling ecstatic about Hillary Clinton's future: "Just wait. You ain't seen nothin' yet."

Newsweek's Jonathan Alter earns a gentleman's second in this category for placing the Soviet Union's last Communist ruler Mikhail Gorbachev in the pantheon of greatness: "He's only the most important political leader alive in the world today, historically speaking. . If I look back over my lifetime, who is the the world leader who changed things the most, and I don't actually think it is a close call."

Eleanor Clift, who yields to no one in her commitment to liberal reporting, also gets her due, winning MRC's "Pushing Bush to the Left Award." Her apocalyptic description of the Bush administration - "Arsenic in the water. Starting up the Cold War. Make as much carbon dioxide as you like. . Bush has set himself up as a huge target" - netted her this award.

The prescient political mind Roger Ebert also gets a mention in this category for panning Bush as a foreign policy boob: "No wonder he wants to break the missile treaty, alienate NATO, ignore global warming and reinstall Russia and China as enemies." Ted Turner merits MRC's "Politics of Meaninglessness Award for the Silliest Analysis" for his "witticism" to Christian colleagues at CNN on Ash Wednesday: "What are you, a bunch of Jesus freaks? You ought to be working for Fox."

Needless to say, the MRC's list reveals the gulf between the elite media and ordinary Americans. Small wonder it's the only institution whose public approval ratings have not improved in the wake of Sept. 11. Still, we hope that the media use 2002 to make some progress in closing that gulf.

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