Glimmerjim wrote:I don't suggest that many of what you refer to as the MSN are not agenda based. I do, however, feel that Murdoch and FOX News practice this to a degree and regularity that many of the MSN's would blanch at.
While I disagree with your assessment.
Is it human nature to have an agenda? Is it human nature to see the world not as it is, but to slant it so you see it as you wish it to be? Why are double blind studies necessary? They are medical professionals. If they can't be trusted to see things clearly, who can be? That's right. NOBODY. To pretend otherwise is to be nothing more than an ignorant fool.
Fair and balanced - while obviously subjective it is not an arrogant statement of objectivity and unbiased. It is a great statement for an organization such as the Fox News Channel. You will argue they fall short. However, it is something that is more easily achieved and something that I think FNC does far better than MSNBC or CNN.
EVERYBODY is biased. Everybody has an agenda.
The left simply seems unaware that their agenda is an agenda. They simply believe it is how things are or how they should be.
If it were up to me, every single report would post their voting record online. I would want them to post their positions on all hot button issues of the day. I think it is vital to understanding where the people telling you something are coming from. By hiding this, we are deprived of a vital piece of information necessary to interpret the filtered information that we are being presented.
I try to do a very simple thing when I hear something on the news or on a talk show. I try to find a source whose agenda is undermined by the facts that I seek. If the HuffingtonPost or New York Times reports something unfavorable to the President, I am more likely to believe it is true than if I hear it on Sean Hannity. And if Chris Matthews says something unfavorable to the Republicans, am I going to accept it or do the same as if it were Sean Hannity making negative claims about the Dems? You betcha. I'm going to try and find a source that will put the most positive spin on it because that is likely the best case scenario interpretation of the facts.
Sources whose agenda and biases are well known are far more reliable sources than those who have strong, but hidden opinions. And unless you are retarded, how can you be in the news or news opinion business and not have strong opinions? It is not possible. So they all have an agenda. Why do they hide it?
A politician thinks of the next election; a statesman of the next generation. A politician looks for the success of his party; a statesman for that of the country. The statesman wished to steer, while the politician was satisfied to drift.