How Bias Has Shaped Life

Posted on Mar 12 2012 - 3:00pm by Harrison

Back in the “before time” (roughly pre-October 2001 days) I would regularly watch CNN’s Headline news (apparently one of the few who did) and I was a New York Times and Newsweek subscriber.

Oh, those were the days.

Today I don’t watch CNN and haven’t picked up a copy of either the New York Times or Newsweek since I cancelled my subscription many years ago.  I never received a response to the emails I sent each organization telling them the reason for my cancellation was because of Bias.

The only news source I read back then that I still read now is the wire services on Yahoo! News and the Financial Times (great paper).

I used to get almost all of my news from my three original sources whereas today it’s mostly websites such as Investor’s Business Daily Editorials, Gateway Pundit, Newsmax, Ace of Spades, and stories linked on Twitter and Facebook.

And the blogs of those who comment here, too (of course).

And I’m not the only one, either.

The New York Times is bleeding money, Newsweek went bankrupt and was sold for $1 and CNN re-made Headline News and has been struggling to find a line-up that works.

Americans are unhappy with who is providing their news: Journolists.

People like Andrew Breitbart couldn’t have come about were it not for the Journolists because there wouldn’t have been an audience for them.

CNN viewers or New York Times readers are no different from people who prefer Ivory to Dove soap: they are brand loyal.  In fact, Americans are the most loyal consumers in the world when it comes to brands.  I’ve been buying Levis 501 jeans, Dr. Marten’s shoes, J. Peterman t-shirts, and Dove soap for more than 20 years.

Yes, that J. Peterman… from Seinfeld.  But I knew about them years before the television show.  Exhibit #1: The Thomas Jefferson shirt before it was the J. Peterman shirt.

I bring up brand loyalty because it’s not easy to get Americans to switch brands.  Just think about your own life and some of the brands you’ve been following for decades.

So to get an American to leave their brand of news there has to be some pretty spectacular screw-ups.  And yet Americans are fleeing CNN, the NY Times, and Newsweek.

Because of their…Bias.

The point is that the “alternative media” such as the Big Governments of the world or the Gateway Pundits wouldn’t have come about without technology such as the Internet and WordPress but mostly unless people were unhappy and dissatisfied with the traditional sources.

So they did it to themselves.

And judging by the robustness of the “alternative media” to change the face of politics, the Journolists are still doing it to themselves.

4 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. John Carey March 12, 2012 at 4:53 PM -

    I know I used to watch NBC all the time. Now I can’t even stomach the nightly news from them. Most of my sources are from the internet with a little Fox News on the side. Yes bias has shaped my life also and I’m better informed because of it.
    John Carey recently posted..Case of the Mundays

  2. LD Jackson March 12, 2012 at 6:41 PM -

    Great post. The point you have hit upon is a valid one. I believe many people are getting tired of seeing the evident bias and are taking action because of it. The mainstream media is suffering as a result.
    LD Jackson recently posted..Oklahoma House Approves Drug Testing For Welfare Recipients

  3. edge of the sandbox March 13, 2012 at 9:23 PM -

    You wear Docs? Gosh, you are old!
    edge of the sandbox recently posted..Housekeeping, Virtual and the Other Kind

    • Harrison March 13, 2012 at 9:26 PM -

      Maybe but my car is older than I am.