Along with many other issues, there seems to be a problem in this country with seeing things that aren’t there, or, conversely, not seeing things that are there. For example, lots of parents see their children as lovely little perfect citizens, when in fact, they are evil hellions from beneath Satan’s doormat. Here’s an actual conversation I had with a parent whose unlovable spawn had stuck a sharp pencil into another kid’s arm while standing in a line.
Parent: “My child told me he didn’t do it.”
Me: “I SAW him do it.”
Parent: “But my child wouldn’t do something like that.”
Me: “But I SAW him DO it with my own eyes.”
Parent: “But he said he didn’t do it.”
Me: “Are you calling me a liar?”
Parent: “Of course not! But he said he didn’t do it…”
And so it goes. And also, so it goes with this perpetual blather about how biased the media is towards the left. My right-wing replacement nemesis – who is much more reasonable than my original right-wing nemesis, but you have to take ’em when you can get ’em – to this very DAY keeps telling me how biased to the left the media is. But how is it I can name off a dozen crazy righty organizations and personalities (American Heritage Institute, ALEC, Rush, Savage, Beck, Coulter, FOX Fake News, etc. etc) in the time it takes him to scratch his head and say “Rachel Maddow”? What can be more biasing than sheer weight of numbers?
While the actual, real-life “media sources” are busy stuffing our our skulls full of the Kardashians and American Idol, there are important stories languishing, stories vital to our American understanding of the world, stories vital to the preservation of what all those dozens of righties refer to as “our American way of life”. Stories that, if there actually WAS a lefty bias in the media, you would be hearing about CONSTANTLY.
For example –
1) WHY DO 20% OF AMERICANS OWN 88% OF THE NATION’S NET WORTH?
I hear crickets chirping when it comes to the illustrious left wing newshounds ferreting this one out. It certainly is a puzzler, and shouldn’t be a left- or right- puzzler either.
2) WHY IS THE US HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES SO STUPID? They have guys on the “science committee” making weird announcements about science. They voted to repeal Obamacare about 900 times, even though there isn’t a chance in hell it will be repealed. Don’t you wonder how on earth soooo many ignoramuses managed to get into such plum jobs? And they never get fired, even when they DON’T DO ANY WORK!
Here’s how: the magic of GERRYMANDERING! By creative use of great wads of money before the 2010 election, the Repubs managed to get their own guys installed in state legislatures before the census. That way, they’d be holding the reins when national congressional districts were redrawn, in order to fix them so Republicans would win a majority of districts. By pumping $30 million into state races to win the legislatures, Republicans redrew state maps in states such as Arizona, Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Texas, Florida and Ohio to place all of the Democrats into just a few districts. In this manner, Democrats win heavy in a couple districts and lose the rest. Result: In 2012, Barack Obama was elected President by nearly 3.5 million votes. In Congressional races, Democrats drew nearly 1.4 million more votes than Republicans yet Republicans won control of the House 234 seats to 201 seats.
You might be cunning as a fox, but if cunning’s all you got, you will still do a lot of stupid things. So it goes in the House, the biggest collection of obstinate yay-hoos that ever there was, still not doing the peoples’ business. So, where’s the lefty media outrage about such a blatantly criminal hijacking of our democracy?
Chirp. Chirp. Chirp.
3) The toughest nut: MEDIA CONSOLIDATION. Did you know, my fine, freedom-loving American readers, that in this land of vaunted opportunity and awesome open-mindedness, you get virtually ALL your information from a mere 6 sources? And these sources do not only control information here, but reach their pablum-coated tentacles throughout the world? Additionally, in case you didn’t know, these 6 sources could not be less interested in an informed citizenry. They are interested in perpetuating themselves (more about that here), and they are interested in MONEY. And were does quite a bit of that money come from? Well, a lot of it comes from really rich people forwarding their interests in order to make more money. And so the rich get richer, and the media gets paid handsomely for redirecting our gaze to kitties dancing in cancan lines or some third-tier celebrity getting shoved off a cruise ship in the Mediterranean, instead of reporting on – let’s say – manipulating politics through gerrymandering! Or, the incredible ratio of inequality in our own USA!
Oh, there’s lots more than this. Check it out here. And please, stop telling me about “left wing media bias”. If there actually was any, you’d be hearing about this stuff night and day. But what you are actually are hearing is …
Chirp. Chirp. Chirp.