|NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell|
The Tribune also runs a series of stories on the Illinois pension crisis, highlighting abuses of double dipping in the system. The stories reek of bias against the pension systems. After the series, the Tribune runs editorials demanding pension reform and calling for retired public employees to give up their cost of living adjustments or their medical insurance. The Trib's editorial bias against pensions, teachers, and public education moved onto the front page into what should be non-biased news stories.
|Channel 7's Mike Adamle|
WGN Radio always leads its sportscasts off with a Cubs or Blackhawks story because both teams' radio broadcasts are on the station.
|NBC Nightly News Anchor Brian Williams|
Wow! The journalism that Ray Vanderburg, Reef Waldrep, and some guy named Larry (I can't remember his last name, but he DID give me a "D" in Public Relations.) taught me at Western Illinois University seems to have gone by the wayside. There is no attempt to judge stories for news value any longer. The Cubs get the top slot because WGN carries the games, no matter what the White Sox or Bears do. The Tribune is anti-union so the heck with what the Bears players say about Roger Goodell.
Brian Williams makes no effort to be non-biased in his questioning of Rick Perry. Williams lets it be known that he is against capital punishment, and damn it, Perry better be against it too. Did we ever know the politics of Chet Huntley, David Brinkley, Walter Cronkite, Edward R. Murrow, or Howard K. Smith when they were on the air?
I don't think I did!
And now every night when I see Williams sitting behind the same anchor desk where Tom Brokaw used to sit, I wonder if the news that night will be filtered through Williams' liberal bias.
|Fox News' Roger Ailes|
Fox News is worse. Under one time Republican campaign manager Roger Ailes, Fox makes a habit of airing the conservative side of each issue and leaving the other side unspoken. Sean Hannity's interview of George Zimmerman, who is accused of killing Black teenager Travon Martin in Florida told America where Fox News stood. Hannity kissed Zimmerman's butt for the entire interview.
Voters have a harder time making up their minds who to vote for because the media outlets that should be weighing candidates' positions on key issues are too busy spinning the news to promote the candidates of their choice.
Our local radio station, WSPY-FM in Plano, sent its news director, Ryan Morton, to the Republican National Convention last summer. For the entire week, Morton sent back puff piece interviews of local Kendall County Republicans giving their take on the convention. When I sent Morton a message on Facebook telling him how I was looking forward to his coverage of the Democratic Convention the next week, he sent me a message back telling me he wasn't going to Charlotte.
I told him that WSPY's news coverage was the best argument I'd seen for the reinstatement of the equal time rule which used to force radio and television stations to air opposing views. I never thought I'd want the equal time rule back (It was a pain in the rear dealing with it), but after listening to Morton, Williams, Hannity, and O'Donnell, I'm not so sure any more.
The station I used to work for in Galesburg, WGIL-AM, runs Glenn Beck in the morning, Rush Limbaugh in the afternoon, and Dennis Miller at night--all conservative commentators. And now WGIL owner John Pritchard is running for mayor of Galesburg. I guess we know where he stands politically!
Will journalism in America ever return to its glory days? Could there be a Woodward and Berstein today?
The answer, my friends, is blowing in the wind!