Shortly after Bush was re-elected, the left, in an effort to fix what they viewed was an imbalance in the viewpoints espoused in talk radio, proposed a revival of the Fairness Doctrine. Republicans, holding a majority in the Congress, opposed, and the legislation never got to the floor. Since then, we've experienced first hand the decidedly leftist-oriented, pro-Obama coverage of 2008, and 2012 election cycles. We've been able to contrast the fawning and adoring media during the Obama presidency against a backdrop of a hostile and confrontational media during the Bush administration. It's time conservatives ask if in fact the left was right on this one, and whether it's time to bring back the Fairness Doctrine.
This is about much more than mere balance on talk radio. In newsrooms and television studios across America, there is a serious diversity problem in which one strand of thought dominates and dissent is ridiculed, cast out, and crushed. News coverage, in its content, selection and even in its very premises, serves to perpetuate one view., and entertainment venues follow suit. It's hard to find even one form of media, or even one venue, that isn't rife with left wing talking points and premises.
My leftist friends will say that I'm blaming Romney's loss on the media, when Romney was just a loser. Romney most assuredly was a loser, as he lost. However, it's indisputable that left wing bias not only exists but is pervasive - prominent liberals even admit as much from time to time, The problem, as a 2008 Pew poll found, was that liberals in journalism are vastly over-represented, as compared to liberals as a percentage of our general populace. This lack of diversity and balance in our media has an effect on the populace, who are continuously exposed to an onslaught of one-sided liberal thought, and shielded from stories that might conflict with the liberal media narrative.
The leftists will claim that "Faux" News and the WSJ are Republican-leaning outlets, that if bias did exist, it doesn't make a tangible difference, and besides, all is fair in love and war. But that's not true. Fox News and The Wall Street Journal go out of their way to host liberals in virtually every discussion on the issues, and are much more balanced than MSNBC (or NBC even) is partisan. Taken together and adding the few boutique conservative magazines (The Weekly Standard, et alia) still pales in comparison to the massive liberal media complex. To quote the great Victor David Hanson:
When you tally together the cultural influence of The NY Times, The Washington Post, NPR, PBS, CBS, ABC, and NBC, and then consider the slant of a USA Today or People magazine, it all adds up. Worse perhaps are the biases of AP, Reuters, Bloomberg News, Google, Yahoo, and the other wire services that feed supposedly neutrally reported news to local affiliates that ensure their prejudices are aired as disinterested information.
I'd say it's even worse than that; from television shows as innocuous as Good Morning America (co-anchored by former Clinton alum George Stephanopolous), children's films like The Lorax, or even coverage of a Climate Change fundraiser in your local penny saver, bias is pervasive. And it does matter: the results of this imbalance can be observed in Obama's re-election on issues of abortion rights amid record unemployment and a workforce that's smaller than at any time in the last 30 years, and even though Romney wasn't running on making changes to settled law. It's safe to say that if George W Bush had presided over 7.9 percent unemployment on election day, the results of his re-election campaign would not have been the same (Unemployment during the 2004 election was only 5.4 percent - Geoge H. W. Bush lost re-election with unemployment at 7.4 percent).