Admissions of Bias
"There are lots of reasons fewer people are watching network news, and one of them, I'm more convinced than ever, is that our viewers simply don't trust us. And for good reason. The old argument that the networks and other `media elites' have a liberal bias is so blatantly true that it's hardly worth discussing anymore. No, we don't sit around in dark corners and plan strategies on how we're going to slant the news. We don't have to. It comes naturally to most reporters."
-- CBS News correspondent Bernard Goldberg, February 13, 1996 Wall Street Journal op-ed.
"Everybody knows that there's a liberal, that there's a heavy liberal persuasion among correspondents."
-- Walter Cronkite at the Radio and TV Correspondents Association dinner, March 21, 1996.
"There is a liberal bias. It's demonstrable. You look at some statistics. About 85 percent of the reporters who cover the White House vote Democratic, they have for a long time. There is a, particularly at the networks, at the lower levels, among the editors and the so-called infrastructure, there is a liberal bias."
-- Newsweek Washington Bureau Chief Evan Thomas on Inside
Washington, May 12, 1996.
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