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Of all the true things we all already know, the one that sticks out the most in political discussions is, there ain't no such thing as a liberal media.  Or, at least, not in the way that wingnuts and corporatists mean it.  There is no deep, liberal conspiracy to control the tone and the content of mainstream news, and anyone who paid the slightest attention to world events would know it.

Corporations control all major media outlets,and those corporations are owned and operated by an interconnected web of wealthy, generally conservative elites.  Like all corporate assets, news and information programming on every single major outlet is only used to advance the interests of those corporations, even if only by not covering negative stories about their parent companies.  Fox News is the most obvious purveyor of soft peddled corporate shilling when News Corp routinely tramples the laws of every country in which they operate, but even "librul" MSNBC got caught carrying parent company GE's water when it came to light that they're the world's biggest tax dodger.

As the core principle of liberalism is equality and cooperative society, the very idea of a liberal media bias is absolutely inane.  Corporations simply could not conduct their affairs in line with progressivism, both because the culture of corporatists would rebel at the notion, and because corporations are bound to operate at all times with the profit motive firmly fixed in view.  A corporate media that really acted like liberal entity would, in most cases, be in violation of corporate law, and likely would face a shareholder revolt.

So, as if it weren't already an open secret, the mainstream media is nowhere near the liberal institution comic book bad guy Roger Ailes has maintained it was since Nixon was POTUS.  Duh.  But if one were disposed to believe that the mainstream media were a bastion of liberalism and a willing coconspirator to defame conservatism and advance the liberal agenda, maybe the cautionary tale of Governor Rick Perry might change your thinking.

I submit to you a simple hypothesis:  If the mainstream media were complicit in a liberal conspiracy to advance Democratic policies and further the careers of Democratic politicians, then none of the following stories about Rick Perry would have seen the light.

Rick Perry: Evolution is 'theory' with 'gaps' - USA Today

Perry criticizes government while Texas job growth benefits from it - The Washington Post

Perry once invested in company that profited from porn - McClatchy (via Miami Herald)

How much does it worry you if both Michele Bachmann and Rick Perry have ties to Dominionism? - CNN

I say that the standard to which we would hold a liberal mainstream media is one in which every story would aid Democratic politics.  If our media were pushing President Obama's reelection, those stories would be bundled up and handed off to Organizing for America as oppo for the General.  They certainly wouldn't be airing this stuff in the Primaries, where they could be used by Perry's Republican rivals to defeat him.

I say this because I'm absolutely salivating at the idea of a Obama/Perry matchup.  This country has all but forgotten the 8-year trainwreck of the Bush Administration, but one whiff of Perry's paleoconservativism, crony capitalism, kooky religion, anti-woman, anti-gay, anti-anyone who can't donate to his campaign, and America might very well wake right the hell up again.

Now, I'm no fan of President Obama's.  He's a Republican from where I stand.  But considering the alternative, I want him in that White House for another term, and I'll do everything I can to make sure that happens (short of voting for him again; it's a matter of principle).  Now, if I were the media, and I were as liberal as, you know, I am, then the "whatever I can do" part of reelecting President Obama would include saving the juicy stuff for the president to hammer Perry with.  Between the two viable candidates, Perry is by far the weaker candidate than Romney, despite the national aversion to the Latter-Day Saints.  I think if the media were liberal, they'd stretch out Rick Perry's honeymoon, which lasted a whopping two days, until at least after he'd cinched up the Republican nomination.

At least, that's what I'd do.

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  •  Tip Jar (5+ / 0-)

    "Any of you other goat motherfuckers want to put a hoof on my bridge?" -- Stephen Colbert, 8/1/2011

    by Fed up Fed on Sat Aug 20, 2011 at 02:43:41 PM PDT

  •  The perception.... (1+ / 0-)
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    Gooserock

    ...of liberalism in media is based on what? Dopey Pop Stars with causes? Sappy sitcoms with Very Special Episodes with Politically Correct learnin'?

    "If this Studebaker had anymore Atomic Space-Age Style, you'd have to be an astronaut with a geiger counter!"

    by Stude Dude on Sat Aug 20, 2011 at 03:22:03 PM PDT

    •  You know, I have no idea where this comes from (0+ / 0-)

      I know that Roger Ailes got traction with the Nixon Administration pushing the idea, and I know that the idea is older than that.  Perhaps it dates to when Edward R. Murrow beat the shit out of McCarthy on live television.

      "Any of you other goat motherfuckers want to put a hoof on my bridge?" -- Stephen Colbert, 8/1/2011

      by Fed up Fed on Sat Aug 20, 2011 at 03:30:43 PM PDT

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    •  They Were Liberal in the 50's-60's, As Was (3+ / 0-)
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      oldcrow, bluestatedem84, kurt

      all of society compared to the John Birchers and rich aristocratic types.

      There was no mainstream forum for the anti-promote-general-welfare, rabid rightwing.

      That's why it took them so long with a very formal program beginning in the mid 60's to slowly become a force before taking over the Republican Party, and finally the United States.

      They mobilized evangelicals to be conservatives and activist, and that got them a first off-mainstream channel to scores of millions in the form of radio and televangelism. They also pioneered database driven direct mail so they could get out their message through a second non mainstream channel.

      It took them 15 years to become a visible force, but that was sheer luck in the person of Ronald Reagan for a Presidential candidate. It probably would've taken them 20-25 years otherwise.

      So by 15 years or so the corporatists were on board and with Reagan deregulation were able to begin buying up the public square and transforming mainstream media into the organ of conservatism.

      But they haven't been liberal since the early 80's --there's no mechanism. There are no important liberal sponsors to pay for a liberal media.

      We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

      by Gooserock on Sat Aug 20, 2011 at 05:59:47 PM PDT

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  •  OTOH.... (5+ / 0-)

    Let's get seven Conservative pundits together on a morning gab show to complain about how Liberal the media that is stifling their voices are.

    "If this Studebaker had anymore Atomic Space-Age Style, you'd have to be an astronaut with a geiger counter!"

    by Stude Dude on Sat Aug 20, 2011 at 03:30:14 PM PDT

    •  We've Had That For Over a Generation, and (2+ / 0-)
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      Fed up Fed, kurt

      as you can see in where we are today, it worked brilliantly for the right. The audience agreed the onair conservatives that the liberal media were keeping the conservatives off the air.

      You can hear this being said right now on 10 radio stations at once anywhere within 100 miles of an urban area.

      We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

      by Gooserock on Sat Aug 20, 2011 at 06:01:52 PM PDT

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  •  I'm Still A Fan Of This President..... (4+ / 0-)

    but not of the MSM.  There is no such thing as the liberal media......it's just something else Republicans have made up.  

    If only...there was a liberal media.  

  •  Any story not saying Cons=Perfect proves liberal (2+ / 0-)
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    bias, doncha know?  The Perry headlines you cite just prove how liberal the media is b/c they're 'attacking' a con by telling 'supposed truth', which of course is really just 'liberal lies', cause everyone knows cons don't lie so you gonna believe? Perry or your lying eyes?

    1984 was a manual for thug utopia after all, wasn't it?

  •  It was interesting how very quickly (2+ / 0-)
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    Fed up Fed, amk for obama

    the knives appeared for Perry. Makes me wonder just what is the fear motivating this. Does Ricky know too little or too much?  

    "George RR Martin is not your bitch" ~~ Neil Gaiman

    by tardis10 on Sat Aug 20, 2011 at 04:05:32 PM PDT

    •  I think the calculus (1+ / 0-)
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      I've done in anticipating a matchup between Obama the professor and Perry the goofball is the same calculus the Republican establishment has done.  I think they know that there's trouble when the Governor of Texas loses his own state in the General.  Obama against Perry could very well be a 50 state sweep, given Perry's real record rather than the weak web of lies he's been weaving for 20-odd years.

      "Any of you other goat motherfuckers want to put a hoof on my bridge?" -- Stephen Colbert, 8/1/2011

      by Fed up Fed on Sat Aug 20, 2011 at 04:07:53 PM PDT

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      •  Mostly agree, but is just a big loss (2+ / 0-)
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        enough to fuel this? I figure they expect a re-elected Obama,so why not let Perry run? Most likely you are right and they see him as too brand-damaging. But I wonder if they fear his running and the scrutiny it brings even more? Or possibly they fear him winning most of all. Unreliable unhinged lunatics aren't good for business.

        "George RR Martin is not your bitch" ~~ Neil Gaiman

        by tardis10 on Sat Aug 20, 2011 at 04:33:01 PM PDT

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        •  I'd imagine some things might come (2+ / 0-)
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          out that the establishment would rather keep under the rug.  You could have a point there.  But I suspect we'll never know, because Perry's getting his ass handed to him right now, and a huge portion of the beating is coming from the right.  I have a funny feeling he won't make it all the way to the General.  Or if he does, he's going to be a joke by then.

          "Any of you other goat motherfuckers want to put a hoof on my bridge?" -- Stephen Colbert, 8/1/2011

          by Fed up Fed on Sat Aug 20, 2011 at 04:46:09 PM PDT

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  •  "short of voting for him again" (0+ / 0-)

    What does that mean?

    Every day's another chance to stick it to the man. - dls

    by The Raven on Sat Aug 20, 2011 at 04:33:49 PM PDT

    •  That's what it means (0+ / 0-)

      I'm not voting for the guy who engaged in Federal employee bashing because he thought it would give him leverage with the Republicans.  The day he decided he was going to freeze my pay for political gain was the day he lost my vote.

      "Any of you other goat motherfuckers want to put a hoof on my bridge?" -- Stephen Colbert, 8/1/2011

      by Fed up Fed on Sat Aug 20, 2011 at 04:44:05 PM PDT

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      •  as opposed to rethugs' wholesale lay-offs? (0+ / 0-)

        You need to retune perspective about your job. Or you might lose both.

        One bitter fact is two bit hacks populate the third rate fourth estate who are truly the fifth columnists. So, how did Obama piss you off today ?
        Call the media when they Lie

        by amk for obama on Sat Aug 20, 2011 at 05:02:42 PM PDT

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        •  Ack (0+ / 0-)

          Republicans ALWAYS GROW GOVERNMENT.  I'm MORE secure under a Republican president, not less.  And yet, I want President Obama to get his second term, even as his OMB puts out memos to all Executive Branch Agencies that they want a plan to cut 10 percent of the Federal workforce in the next 5 years.  It's not me that would be worse off if the Republicans won the White House, it would be the poor and working class who would suffer.  So why don't you just go ahead and concentrate on your own job.  I've had one since I was 12, and I'm in no danger of losing the one I havee.

          "Any of you other goat motherfuckers want to put a hoof on my bridge?" -- Stephen Colbert, 8/1/2011

          by Fed up Fed on Sat Aug 20, 2011 at 05:59:54 PM PDT

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      •  Then you're on the wrong site (0+ / 0-)

        You have no purpose in being at DKos if you want to elect republicans to office.

        Every day's another chance to stick it to the man. - dls

        by The Raven on Sat Aug 20, 2011 at 10:48:14 PM PDT

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        •  ...really? (1+ / 0-)
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          First, I never said anything about electing Republicans.  You really need to engage your reading comprehension.

          Second, you're like the fourth person in two days to make dumb blanket statements about the futility of non-Democrat purists attending Daily Kos.  Kind of an odd reelection strategy, don't you think?

          See, I'm an actual liberal.  Not a pragmatist, not a fake-ass progressive, but a liberal.  I've earned the right to wave this flag.  I'm a Gulf War Veteran suffering from Gulf War Syndrome, a political junky, a professional Federal healthcare policy wonk, and a proud American.  You really don't think the Daily Kos has room for someone like me?  I suspect that most likely disqualifies you more than it does me.

          "Any of you other goat motherfuckers want to put a hoof on my bridge?" -- Stephen Colbert, 8/1/2011

          by Fed up Fed on Sun Aug 21, 2011 at 12:05:20 AM PDT

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          •  Read the FAQ (0+ / 0-)

            The purpose of this website is to elect more and better Democrats.

            It is not a soapbox on which to proclaim that you won't be voting for the Democratic candidate for president.

            Every day's another chance to stick it to the man. - dls

            by The Raven on Sun Aug 21, 2011 at 05:52:47 AM PDT

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            •  Yeah, I did read the FAQ (0+ / 0-)
              Who posts here?

              The quick answer is "anyone who wants to". There are a wide variety of people writing diaries and comments on dkos. They include elected politicians, candidates hoping to become elected politicians, experts in a range of fields, and active bloggers from around the net. The vast majority of writers, however, are ordinary citizens interested in talking about and participating in the political process. The majority of people posting here fall on the liberal side of the US political spectrum, however people of conservative views are welcome to come and debate. If you are polite, you will be treated politely. Unfortunately, there are some people who post comments or diaries with the sole purpose of provoking others. These people are called trolls. Some tips and techniques for dealing with trolls are described below.

              Note that there is no purity test, no Dem membership card required.  I can be "interested in talking about and participating in the political process," and apparently that's all the cover Kos charges for entry.  So since the people who own the site don't mind that I'm not a Democrat and that I'm occasionally pissed off at Democrats, who are you?

              Anyways, whatever.  It was like one line among many, and it wasn't even the point of the diary.  In fact, this diary was about how I wanted Obama to get another term of office, so I think you've WAY overblown the fact that I'm not a fan of his.

              "Any of you other goat motherfuckers want to put a hoof on my bridge?" -- Stephen Colbert, 8/1/2011

              by Fed up Fed on Sun Aug 21, 2011 at 08:41:10 AM PDT

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  •  Minor Quibble: (2+ / 0-)
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    "I say that the standard to which we would hold a liberal mainstream media is one in which every story would aid Democratic politics."

    This presupposes that the current Democratic Party is reliably liberal, a point I'd take issue with.  For an actual liberal press I'd like to set the bar higher.

    Otherwise I agree, there is no mainstream liberal press.  All the talk of liberal media bias is just Orwellian doublespeak designed to deceive and confuse.

    •  Yeah, I had my qualms when I wrote that (1+ / 0-)
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      tardis10

      But it sort of is part of the meme.  In the mouths of people who purvey this nonsense, liberal and Democrat are interchangeable.  Part and parcel to the whole "facts have a liberal bias" thing, be my guess.

      "Any of you other goat motherfuckers want to put a hoof on my bridge?" -- Stephen Colbert, 8/1/2011

      by Fed up Fed on Sat Aug 20, 2011 at 04:53:24 PM PDT

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      •  The Problem (2+ / 0-)
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        The Problem is larger than the media I'm afraid, it's emblematic and a outgrowth of the prevalent perception that steering between the Center-right Democratic mainstream and the batshit crazy Tea Party Right drives you into anything approaching objective territory, that if you don't overtly offend the Tea Partiers you've achieved something like balanced reportage.

        The Democrats have aided and abetted this perception by following the constantly Rightward shifting goalposts and letting the putative ideological center migrate into the fringes of the John Birch Society-Koch brothers' land of wingnut extremism.  The damage from the cynical and unprincipled triangulation tactics of the Democrats now permeates the entire culture and that damage won't be easily undone.

  •  Stephen Colbert said it best: (2+ / 0-)
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    Fed up Fed, tardis10

    "Reality has a well known liberal bias."

    May you live in interesting times--Chinese curse

    by oldcrow on Sat Aug 20, 2011 at 07:13:24 PM PDT

  •  It is. That is why we launched (1+ / 0-)
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    Fed up Fed

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