Thursday, April 14, 2005
Middle of the Road
The Commando has graciously extended this invitation to me in spite of the fact that I am a liberal and tend to disagree with most if not all of his stated positions. For example, I don’t believe the San Antonio Express-News, or the media in general, is biased.
I am a journalist by trade - although I do not work for the Express-News - and can say based on my 15 years of experience in the business that if the media has any bias at all it is a bias in favor of making money. Newspapers are for-profit business operations, after all, and it doesn’t make economic sense for them to consistently take positions that isolate them from large segments of their communities. The pejorative term MSM (mainstream media) that the right has lately embraced is more accurate than they realize because the media strives to be in the mainstream or the middle of the road where it can attract more readers and thus generate more advertising revenue.
I will be pointing out examples this week of this tendency of newspapers to avoid the ideological extremes and to stay safely mired in the deepest part of the stream. Stay tuned.
Kudos to Commando for allowing you to guest post despite your very different viewpoint. I'm impressed, really.