I wanted to update the post below with some thoughts based on the Zogby poll and an interesting discussion I had with a liberal over the holidays. I just let him ramble with his pro-liberal, pro-Obama, anti-business rant for a while.
Instead of pointing out the flaws in his facts and logic, which history demonstrates he would have ignored, I just asked a simple question: How much conservative media do you view or listen to?
His answer? “None.” It spoke volumes, and he knew it.
I calmly pointed out what I had mentioned in the post below, namely that I consume plenty of liberal media: My Yahoo feed is from Reuters and I update it many times each day, I read the very liberal Houston Chronicle, etc.
Does that make me right? No, but it proved beyond all doubt that only one of us takes the time to listen to both sides.
That response saved me a lot of time and frustration. I hope it planted a seed with him as well. If he has any intellectual honesty he’ll realize that if he only consumes liberal media then his views are likely to mirror their output. Brainwashing and indoctrination, anyone? Any critical thinking going on?
I am always a bit amused when someone accuses me of imbalance on my political reading / viewing habits. I have heard it from strangers on this blog and from friends and relatives. But who is really unbalanced here?
I refresh my Yahoo page countless times per day and scan the news headlines and articles. The source is Reuters, hardly a conservative outlet. I read the Houston Chronicle, which leans heavily left (they are strong supporters of Planned Parenthood, for example, and their religious section has lots of fluff pieces on pro-gay theology and such). I read pro and con editorials. I also read some liberal blogs, though they are virtually indistinguishable from the MSM views – e.g., 90+% pro-legalized abortion.
So while I read plenty of conservative blogs and sites, I get plenty of balance. I am familiar with the issues on both sides.
What is ironic is that those who accuse me of imbalance rarely read anything of a conservative nature. They are just mimicking what the media tells them.
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Excellent way to make a point; love the question.
Good job Neil.
The sad fact is though, even if we tried, we couldn’t get away from the liberal media.
Ha its obvious he’s only reading the ‘say yes’stuff. Just so you’ll feel better this is why I love your blog soooo much. Town Hall dips a little to far to the right for me.
I know I sound like I liberal most of the time but I’m really a centrist. Ppl that accuse you of being unbalanced have issues with constructive criticism. Keep it up Neil. I need it if no one else does!
Thanks Barbara & Mizclark, I appreciate that!
One of the things that liberal media do that upsets me greatly are the types of “conservatives” they put on their programs. They use people who are not articulate, people that do not know their subject, whackos, and people who do not have any skill in debating. When the view put Bill OReilly on their program it was the exception. The liberals on the show were disarmed because of his knowledge of both sides of issues and his skill in debating. He has stated that liberals hate Palin simply because she is pro-life. Krauthammer is another one of my favorites.