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Peggy Noonan, So How Come You Are So Sure About Leftist Media Bias?

12/11/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

I was recently sent an article from the Wall Street Journal, the bastion of the centrist press, written by that centrist reporter, Peggy Noonan. This quote was taken from that article.

"The press knows who the press is for, and it isn't generally the one to the right."

I have been functioning in the business of television for almost 50 years. I have worked for Columbia Pictures twice, CBS, Polygram, and MGM/UA, all one time each, and for the last decade I have been a consultant for a variety of media companies.


My major "news" experience came during my three years at CBS in the late sixties when they were under threat by that great centrist and supporter of an unencumbered and free media, Richard Nixon.

My question today is the same as it was then; if you report something unfavorable about a Republican administration or candidate, does that make you a liberal?

I am and have been an observer of the "media" business, and would comment with a certain amount of credibility that the television and cable concentration have been brought to you by those wonderful Presidents who are and were primarily concerned that the "big guys", who controlled a good deal of it, had the opportunity to control even more. Look at GE, Redstone, Disney, and Murdoch. How sad! Yes, both Bill Clinton, and George Bush were perpetrators.

Broadcast and Cable media in our country would be much better than it is today had the "regulators" listened to Nancy Reagan's admonition of "just say no" to the media giants when they wanted to get bigger.

I expect it would be reasonable to call me "a left of center" person, yet I am far from the raging liberal that I was in my teens. I have observed during my half century in the Broadcast and Production parts of the media and come to a series of conclusions that I am absolutely in no position to prove.

I would, if I had the opportunity, ask a few questions of Ms. Noonan.

Peggy:

Would you say the programming of the Fox News Channel which attracts an audience of more than one million three hundred thousand people during prime time is presented by "liberals or conservatives?"

Would you say that the programming of the CNN which attracts an audience of more than eight hundred thousand people during prime time is presented by "liberals or conservatives?"

Would you say that the programming of MSNBC which attracts an audience of more than five hundred thousand people during prime time is presented by "liberals or conservatives?"

Conventional wisdom will tell you that Fox is certainly to the right; CNN is primarily to the left of center, while MSNBC is most certainly to the left.

More people are exposed to right wing radio than liberal radio. Look at the politics of most of the owners.

I would honestly say that the media is biased. But Ms. Noonan, in which way is it primarily biased?

What exactly do you mean when you speak of "media bias to the left?" Does your comment represent anything other than "conventional wisdom"?

Your article said: "The press knows who the press is for, and it isn't generally the one to the right."

You went on to say: "This has been true all my life. What has also been true is that the Republican had to get around it with the truth of his stands, the force of his arguments, the un-ignorability of his words, and the power of his presence. You have to go over the head of the interpreters and gently seize the country by its lapels."

Is there stuff that you read and see that causes you to come to this conclusion or is it possible that it reflects your interpersonal relationships with the members of the media?

Ms Noonan, do you have a bias issue with the television broadcast networks news presentations? What they cover is hardly worthy of the name "news" in any event.

Newspapers exist in another world for me and I cannot comment on them except to say that the New York Times that I read on line, is editorially to the left and the Wall Street Journal that I read in the bathroom, is certainly to the right.

Conventional wisdom vilifies the media.

I love using un-provable generalities; you appear to love using them as well.

Norman Horowitz
Just a run of the mill Democrat.