Is there a written rule anywhere that the owner of a media company is not allowed to express a bias — whatever that might be — as one of the perks and rights of ownership?
On CNN there is exactly that sentiment. And perk.
What is that perk?
That the only bias other news media outlets are apparently allowed to express are those expressly broadcast every day by CNN.
If you think otherwise, you are tampering with freedom of the press.
Last month, Sinclair Broadcast Group made dozens of anchors on its affiliates read a script on the air.
It included a warning about fake news, a promise to report fairly and accurately, and a request that viewers go to the station’s website and comment “if you believe our coverage is unfair.”
President Trump jumped on the bandwagon after the Sinclair messaging was denounced by some media mavens as insidious and others as pro-Trump propaganda.
The extent to which Sinclair’s messaging has attracted the ire of the liberal media and press is ironic and the conspiracy against Sinclair’s messaging by the liberal media is predictable.
As a Sinclair vice-president said yesterday as reported in the New York Times,
We aren’t sure of the motivation for the criticism, but find it curious that we would be attacked for asking our news people to remind their audiences that unsubstantiated stories exist on social media, which result in an ill-informed public with potentially dangerous consequences.
The outcry against Sinclair’s owners expressing themselves as Rupert Murdoch tends to do, or as the New York Times likes to do, or as do television stations across the land connected with NBC, CBS and ABC who all use the same lingua franca, shows how pathetic and ridiculous our media have become.
Unless we all speak the same language, those of us who speak another language are guilty of a crime for speaking and thinking that way.
Unless the news is reported with a liberal accent and bent, it is not the news.
Unless all television news reports conform to one identity and express themselves in one way, the same way, there is guilt associated with the broadcast.
“And that’s the way it is,” as Walter Cronkite used to say at the end of each broadcast.
Can you imagine what he’d think after watching an hour of CNN? (The irony is, we know.)