Generally speaking, conservative critics want the news media to be fact-based and refrain from skewing their coverage to favor the left. Liberal media critics want the media to throw out such old-fashioned ideas, and focus only on the “correct” side of a debate, so audiences aren’t confused by facts or opinions that might lead them to a “wrong” conclusion.
So when liberals fail to win a policy argument, it’s an opportunity to shame their allies in the media for not being aggressive enough in going after the other side. A prime example came 20 years ago, when lefties blasted the press as either weak or corrupt because they did not prevent the Bush administration from launching the war in Iraq. It’s become an enduring myth amongst liberals — and one that an honest review of news coverage would quickly debunk. Even as the bombs began to fall, a March 22, […]