I'd like to thank the outgoing New York Times White House correspondent, Elisabeth Bumiller, for confirming my beliefs.
Wednesday, June 07, 2006 :::
Oops, wrong link. This is the one I meant (though the following excerpt is a quote of this):
White House reporters are ideological.So reporters' main bias is in favor of drama and sensationalism, and their residual liberal bias isn't even visible, let alone deliberate. It derives not from active agenda-driving, but from living in the upper class of a big city. From not knowing anyone who voted for Nixon.
Most reporters I know are not passionately political, left or right. Our real ideology is a love of conflict, meaning that we have a bias for stories about, yes, personality feuds, but also about disputes over policy. In the White House, as in conversations over the backyard fence, what goes wrong is news.
Labels: media distortion
::: posted by Steven at 12:14 AM