Jonathan Schwarz at MoJo Blog looks at a new educational video at the Newseum in Washington, DC. The video — part of an exhibit funded by $10 million from Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. — alleges liberal bias in the media by interviewing Accuracy in Media’s Cliff Kincaid, NBC News anchor Brian Williams, journalist Clarence Page, Fox anchor Brit Hume, and Fox contributor Juan Williams. Schwarz writes:
At seven minutes long, the video is like cable news in general: unbelievably superficial. It shows snippets from Bill Clinton’s angry response to questions on 9/11 from Fox’s Chris Wallace in 2006, and George H.W. Bush’s angry response to questions on the Iran-Contra scandal from CBS’ Dan Rather in 1988. Then it describes a 2006 Gallup poll in which 44% of Americans called the media “too liberal,” while 19% found it “too conservative.” Hume tells us that those who think journalists are liberals are “by and large correct,” while Brian Williams explains that until recently “conservative America” had nowhere to go for its news.
So the message, while shallow, is clear: the media is liberal, and any critique that it may have a corporate or conservative bias is so ridiculous it doesn’t even need to be voiced.