The Problem Is Not The Reality Of Media Bias; The Problem Is The Fantasy Of Media Neutrality
Not a day goes by without the media plumbing new depths in their sycophantic relationship with the liberal/statist values that are destroying this country. And not a day goes by without someone indignantly pointing out some new outrageous lie peddled by the journolistic (sic) class.
This indignation is misplaced. The problem with an almost monolithically biased media is not the bias - all newspapers (for example), at all times, and in all places, have always been biased one way or another. The problem is the (fairly modern) fairy tale that is told about the news media being a value-neutral source of information.
Why is this the problem? Because it lures the 'low information' participant in political life into thinking they are being given facts from which they can draw a conclusion, rather than being pitched an argument with which they can agree or from which they can dissent.
The solution is to drive home the message that the reportage on page A5 is no different to the car advertisement on page A4 - a mixture of facts and opinion concocted and colored to drive you to a conclusion. People are quite capable of seeing through advertisements. Given permission (or warning) they will see through the rhetoric of reporters.
A key part of this solution is to stop pretending that value-free reporting is possible. When pointing out the latest lie from the New York Times, don't act shocked that they are lying. Of course they are lying. Act shocked that they are pretending to be neutral.
The most outrageous behavior to come out of the White House press corps is not the softball questions, the wholesaling peddling of the administration's talking points, or the lazy lack of curiosity. It's when Jake Tapper says he really doesn't know the political leanings of his (former) colleagues. Puh. Leeze.
We can continue to play "how would this story have looked if it was about a Republican/Democrat or Pro-Lifer/Pro-Choicer or Catholic/Muslim," we can continue to make fun of the ignorance of life as it is actually lived outside the liberal coastal enclaves, we can continue to point out the credulousness and incuriosity of the media class. But let's be clear where the outrage lies: it is not in failing to live up to the impossible standard of neutrality, it is in pretending to do so.