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Published: Saturday, Nov. 17 2012 12:00 a.m. MST

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I think the "liberal" media bias is found mostly on basic television: CBS, NBC, ABC and PBS stations lean heavily left. It is true, though, that most talk radio seems to be overwhelmingly conservative, if that is the correct term for a mixture of Republican, Libertarian and Constitutionalist opinions.

Micawber may have a good point about newspapers: people choose the more conservative press more often than not when they have a choice. On basic television, channels available 'from the air" or on basic cable, there is little choice, but someone said that the networks (represented by channels two, four, five and seven) are losing much of their audience in favor of Fox News Channel when it is available. Personally I dislike the combative style of Bill O'Riley as much as the pablum dished out by CBS, NBC and ATV, but there are other views available on Fox.

At the same time the North-East and the West Coast are themselves more likely to favor the "liberal" media even when given options. The South generally is another matter and the heartlands prefer conservative views on the whole. I think a lack of diverse opinion is resented in many media outlets.

Sandy, UT

Wah, wah, wah, we hear what we want to hear. At this very moment, right leaning corporate interests are buying profitable left leaning radio stations and changing the formats. Ask the citizens of Portland and Seattle if they need more diluted sports talk. Grace, you are a victim of a oligarchical society like the rest of us.

Salt Lake City, UT

It's sad that so many people have no idea what left truly is. They see moderate and think its left.

Eric Samuelsen
Provo, UT

The biggest problem with the media is absolutely not liberal media bias, which essentially doesn't exist at all. The problem is sensationalism and foolishness. Watch CNN, and their coverage of Hurricane Sandy, which seemed mostly to consist of reporters standing foolishly outside in rotten weather to show off how rotten the weather was. And look at the stories that get completely obsessive coverage; like the bogus nonsense about the boy in the balloon.
What should have been the two biggest issues in the past political campaign. Seems to me either climate change or nuclear disarmament, right? Focus on the two issues which pose an existential threat to human life on this planet; a decaying and useless nuclear arsenal, and dangerous changes in weather. Neither got any attention at all from the media this past election. Instead what did they talk about? The Romney family dog tied to a car roof. Obama's birth certificate.
Our news isn't biased; it's trivial.

Mike Richards
South Jordan, Utah

Who asks the questions? What questions were asked about the Benghazi attack? Who asked those questions? Where was the "main stream media"?

Who asked the questions about unemployment? 100,000 more people were unemployed the week after the election than the week before the election. Who are those people. What "main stream media" asked those questions?

Millions of illegal aliens were granted "de facto" amnesty by Obama. Which "main stream media" asked him why he selectively granted "de facto" amnesty in contradiction to the oath of office that he swore before 330,000,000 Americans?

Solyndra was given "loan guarantees" by the Obama administration. Which "main stream media" asked him why those "guarantees" were given?

Why hasn't the "main stream media" asked Obama what was so important in Las Vegas that he has to go there with an Ambassador had just been killed?

Why hasn't the "main stream media" asked Obama how $60,000,000,000 to be raised by taxing the "rich guy" will bring in the $1.6 TRILLION - twenty-five times as much - that he demands Republicans give him?

LDS Liberal
Farmington, UT

I repeat --

While I watched election night coverage on FoxNews
it was always "Us", "We" and "Ours" with reference to Republicans
vs. "Them", "Their" and "Theirs" to the Democrats.

The rest of the liberal-lame-stream media just reported the facts showing no preference or bias.

I'll stay away from FoxNews - the 21st century tabloid.

Christian 24-7
Murray, UT

I agree that PBS is the most central/neutral network, which is really sad when you realize they are beholden to the hand that feeds them, the big federal government (a liberal value).

The fact is that, even being the closest to the middle, they are still left. After all, it was one of their reporters that jumped out of the "unbiased moderator role" and into the "take sides with Obama" role in the debate.

The news reporting job draws a higher percentage of liberals than are in the general population, and it shows through in their reporting. The only real balance the conservatives have is those few reporters and their network (1) who are the exception, and are to the right. They have to make their voice heard. Balance could be achieved by listening to both types of media, but most people don't bother. They find a favorite and just listen to that until they are parroting the only side they have listened to.

I dare you to listen to both sides, EQUALLY. You can pick anything from PBS to MSNBC for the left, but you have to listen to FOX to get right side view and have balance.

Hurricane, 00

I am a Mormon moderate. Watching Faux News just makes me laugh, especially when they call themselves "Fair and Balanced". What a joke! I watched Karl Rove go ballistic on election night and just cracked up. If there is any bias, it is on the Faux.

one old man
Ogden, UT

JCS says: "However, it stops short when it fails to condemn the ignorant masses who accept the biased propaganda. If we want a better country, we must have better voters. The time has come to recognize that voting should be a privilege limited to only those who demonstrate that they have the ability and the determination to be educated and informed."

It just hit me. He's RIGHT!

The fact that this nation elected President Cheney and his little buddy not once, but twice, is proof positive.

We need some kind of test to determine who has enough sense to vote.

Othello, WA

Funny how all the leftists who post on here, have judged the leftwing media to be fair and and impartial. I think the lasting and most telling sign of the Team Obama Media, was the moment in that 2nd debate when the "respected journalist/moderator" teamed up with the Anointed One, to defend and "set the record straight".

Saint George, UT

Funny how all the R's who post on here, have judged the R-wing media to be fair and balanced.
The lasting and most telling sign of the Annointed One-Team Romney Media, was the hourly/daily/weekly/monthly/yearly cheer-leading of all things R.

However, I do enjoy the R-wing media daily election post-mortem/set the record straight dialogue regarding Grover, Karl, Rush, Sean, Bill, Haley, Bobby, Ann, Laura ripping the RNC/Romney/Romney Campaign for losing an election that was a sure thing (according to R-wing pollsters/Karl etc.).

Ogden, UT

To HaHaHaHa 10:52 a.m. Nov. 18, 2012

So you're saying that Romney should have been allowed (again) to lie with impunity?

Hank Pym

re: Roland Kayser 8:01 a.m. Nov. 17, 2012

"If you get your news from TV you'll never know what's going on in this country. All TV networks are owned by corporate behemoths and tell you want their corporate masters want you to know."

Exactly. 5 corporations own a Lion's share of all media outlets.

Interestingly, Al Jazeera, S Asian, & France 24 news are quite refreshing compared to MSNBC & Fox. The periodicals Reason & Mother Jones are insightful as well.

re: John Charity Spring 8:30 a.m. Nov. 17, 2012

"Although he ignores the irrefutable fact that the mainstream media is clearly biased in favor of left-wing extremism, Roland has made a good point. The general public is to simple-minded and gullible to discern the truth or falsity of what they see on the news."

Isn't it Murdoch's outlets here in America that most of the ill-informed masses tune into?

My kudos to them for being able to tap into the limbic region of the brain using emotional wedge issues to continue their Svengali like hold on the simple minded.

Mister J
Salt Lake City, UT

per one old man (9:51 p.m. Nov. 17, 2012)...

"We need some kind of test to determine who has enough sense to vote."

I got it. If you find Foxworthy & Engvall funny, are a fan of country music, and find Glenn Beck wise then you should surrender your voting priviliges. Just my 2 cents.

We now return to your regularly scheduled chaos....

Othello, WA

@ Furry If Mr. Romney had any lies to tell, I wouldn't support that. But on the other hand, I can overlook a few, because he has a long way to go, to catch up to all the lies your guy Obama tells.

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