Claiming liberal media bias is a cliché and comes across as hackneyed to me whenever I hear it. Yet everyone knows it’s true, except liberals themselves, and it has pernicious and profound implications for the health of the Republic. One very obvious example in the news right now is what happened in Benghazi where a US Ambassador was killed. Congressional hearings investigating this debacle are going on, and the story promises to have implications for the 2016 presidential race. But you wouldn’t know that from the mainstream media. Peter Wehner at Commentary puts it this way in a devastating piece about the egregious nature of bias in modern journalism:
I can promise you that if the details of the Benghazi story were identical but it had happened in the Bush, Reagan, or Nixon administration, there would be a fierce, relentless, around-the-clock investigation led by the major media outlets. There would be a gleam in the eye of every political reporter who lives in the Acela Corridor. Journalists would be eager to afflict the comfortable, speak truth to power, hold politicians accountable, and seek to wipe misconduct from the face of the political earth. Every managing editor would want to emulate Ben Bradley; every reporter would want to be Woodward and Bernstein.
It would be a feeding frenzy in the name of Truth, Justice, and the American Way.
But not in this case. Not with the Obama administration. Not with Hillary Clinton. Because many in the elite media have a narrative–the truth about what happened about Benghazi doesn’t really matter–and they’re sticking to it. Some reporters may go through the motions now and again, but that’s all. There’s no driving ambition to get to the bottom of this story. They would really rather not know. And the fact that they would really rather not know tells you a very great deal of what’s wrong with American journalism today. Elite journalists are as infected by ideology and motivated reasoning–in this case, by motivated reporting–as members of the DNC or the Obama White House. But at least those being paid by the DNC and the White House don’t pretend to be objective.
This is why the conservative counter culture I wrote about recently is so important. We need more young conservative journalists who in the current context would really be willing to speak truth to power. This is why the work of someone like John J. Miller, of National Review and Hillsdale College, is so important. He started the Student Free Press Association whose mission is a perfect conservative counter culture model:
SFPA is run by veteran journalists for the benefit of beginning journalists. We identify and support college students who seek to improve campus journalism, explore careers in the media, and commit themselves to the principles of a free society.
It’s all about numbers people. Currently liberals have the numbers in professions of cultural influence, but the insurgency has begun!