Conservatives watch FOX News and liberals watch MSNBC and CNN, right? And when asked, both sides will tell you their network is fair, balanced and, most importantly, reality. The ceaseless whining by those on the right about the “liberal media” is exhausting. And liberals’ preoccupation with FOX opinion is equally annoying. When will both sides realize that the mass media is, well, one big mass?
Remember those mysterious weapons of mass destruction? Whether or not they existed is still debated today. However, if you were watching FOX, CNN, or MSNBC pre-Iraq war, it seemed almost certain Saddam possessed them. The media, like the war propaganda films of old, played a vital role in rallying the support of the American people. Every time you turned on your TV, the media’s obsession with the alleged weapons was right there in your face.
Currently, the media is preoccupied with the affairs of a certain golfer. A man cheating on his wife — now that’s news. Notice both “liberal” and “conservative” networks are exhaustedly covering the irrelevant story.
So for those viewers out there loyally clinging to their network of choice, remember: When it really counts, when lives are on the line or another celebrity is caught driving drunk, even the mainstream media practices bipartisan politics.