It’s Like This By Bob Palmer

Media bias

Some of you need to grow up.

Every time you don’t like what you read or see, you began babbling about how the national media has a conspiracy against your side.

Just because a story doesn’t favor your team, doesn’t make it untrue or not a valid story. Take the women who claim Donald Trump groped them. (Or as Henny Youngman would add, “Please.”)

It is quite possible some, if not all, lie. If five women claim a presidential candidate groped them, you have to print or air that story, even if you have your doubts. If you spike the story, you favor the other side.

If you think the media favors Democrats, you should recall the Gennifer Flowers story that pointed the finger at Bill Clinton.

The rule in most newsrooms is: First – do we have a credible source giving us this information we can attribute it to; Second – do we know the story is false. If we know it is false, then we don’t print. We don’t have to know beyond all doubt it is true.

Sometimes you get in trouble, even when you follow the rules as Dan Rather did in 2004 with the phony Killian letter. Rather’s problem was he told the 60-Minute audience CBS had verified letters anyone who had owned an IBM Selectrict could tell at a glance were bogus.

Rather paid for his sins with his career.

We should also note how adept campaign media teams are at using the media’s rules to get their stories in print and on air. They do not hesitate, either, to be more creative than the truth would allow.

Another favorite chorus from both the left and right is “you won’t see this in the “mainstream media.”

Well, there is a reason for that. I estimate 80 to 90 percent of the material on internet blogs is the by-product of a West Texas feedlot operation. These bloggers don’t have to follow the rules and can seize on any pretext, or none, for their copy.

I grant you e-media does occasionally get to a story first. If it has merit, the story will be picked up by the main stream. We tend to forget, however, the number of Chicken Little pieces bloggers spit out.

The job of a reader is no easier than that of an editor. Let me urge you to question everything…

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