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Balance — updated

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.

Media bias

Here’s a must read update on the controversial Zogby poll that demonstrated the overwhelming bias and influence of the mainstream media.

The survey has been validated by a second survey, again demonstrating that people who were better informed voted for McCain, watched Fox over the more liberal outlets, etc.  Of course that doesn’t prove that Fox informed them better, as perhaps better informed people watch Fox.

But it demonstrated that Obama viewers were more ignorant in several key ways, and it was clearly tied to what the mainstream media reported:

  • Ignorance of basic facts such as which party currently controls Congress
  • Believing lies about Republicans
  • Unaware of the truth about Obama / Biden

Can you imagine what the election results would have been if the candidates had consistently been introduced this way?

  • Joe Biden, who dropped out of the 1988 Presidential campaign because he was caught plagiarizing . . .
  • Barack Obama, who has less experience than Governor Sarah Palin . . .
  • John McCain, who is well known for real reform and has a record of working with Democrats . . .
  • Sarah Palin, the most popular Governor in America . . .
  • Governor Sarah Palin, who has accomplished real reform and successfully fought corruption in her own party . . .
  • Governor Sarah Palin, who knows more about energy issues than all the other candidates . . .
  • Governor Sarah Palin, who has more executive experience than Barack Obama . . .
  • Governor Sarah Palin, who successfully governs a larger and more complicated state than Bill Clinton did . . .
  • Barack Obama, who was the lone vote against the Born Alive Infant Protection Act in Illinois . . .