Tag: liberal media bias

Don’t Cry for Me, Caitlyn Jenner: ESPN and Media Comeuppance

 

ESPN has announced a massive round of layoffs today – over 100 people, many of them on-air talent – as the most expensive channel on cable television struggles to balance the books amid exploding sports licensing fees and plummeting cable subscriber numbers. But Outkick the Coverage (via National Review) notes that ESPN’s pronounced Leftward political lean may have played a large part in its current problems, too:

Middle America wants to pop a beer and listen to sports talk, they don’t want to be lectured about why Caitlyn Jenner is a hero, Michael Sam is the new Jackie Robinson of sports, and Colin Kaepernick is the Rosa Parks of football. ESPN made the mistake of trying to make liberal social media losers happy and as a result lost millions of viewers.

Of course, the Lefty commenters on Deadspin.com – a site that has its own ESPN-like Leftward tilt – see things very differently:

Liberal Media Summed Up in One Sentence

 

An article in today’s Washington Post about President Trump’s Florida rally quotes a supporter on one of the administration’s early moves to preserve jobs in the mining sector:

Several people said they would have liked to see more coverage of a measure that Trump signed Thursday that rolled back a last-minute Obama regulation that would have restricted coal mines from dumping debris in nearby streams. At the signing, Trump was joined by coal miners in hard hats.

The Limits of Media Bias

 

hillary_clinton_donald_trumpThis election has me thinking about Media Bias and the limits and strength of that bias. I can’t imagine the media being more in the bag for Hillary Clinton and more hostile to Donald Trump than they are now. Well, I take that back; I could imagine it. I have to watch the BBC and the only thing they report is perceived verbal gaffes by Trump or his surrogates and never mention Hillary’s email or health problems. From watching the BBC alone you would think that Hillary was in a coma somewhere and Trump went around only saying dumb things when he is not admitting that Obama was born in the US.

Which brings me to the limits of media bias. It seems the media operate with certain constraints that limit the effectiveness of their bias and these constraints are found in their the nature of their business and the nature of their audience. I also think this election campaign has revealed to us some of the strengths of media bias, basically when the bias is the most powerful, and also revealed a real weakness that we might exploit in the future.

Wherever we stand on Trump, we are still all Conservatives and we will be dealing with media bias far into the future. The better we understand the phenomena, the easier it will be to overcome. Let’s get to looking to the limits. When a person becomes defined in the public mind, media bias has limited effect on changing that perception.