Date registered: Sep 2004
Vehicle: 2014 E250 Bluetec 4-Matic, 1983 240D 4-Speed
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I find the overall discussion relatively pointless.
As for integrity and setting the bar as high as it can go, that standard should be imposed on politicians. We don't select reporters. We select newspapers and tv news shows. These establishments exist, especially today, to make money. They are private enterprises organized to serve their shareholders. I am more concerned about who owns all of them, or will shortly, than I am about the reporters giving away some of their earnings to political causes.
We do elect politicians. They should be scrutinized and held to meet standards of personal integrity.
As for bias, well, your whole discussion depends on a rubber yardstick to determine what is "right leaning" and what is "left leaning." The rubber yardstick makes the whole discussion nonsense. Like the question of what newspaper you read has an effect on whether you vote "left" or "right." How about if you are liberal you don't find you enjoy reading stories in the papers that make "liberal" sound like a sissy or, worse. Or if you are not a liberal you might not find a paper or news show that makes people with your opinion out to be Nazis so entertaining or enlightening?
There is also another underlying flaw to all this media bias whimpering. The word bias has a negative connotation. It is defined as "a personal and sometimes unreasoned judgement, prejudice.." in the on-line Miriam Webster's dictionary.
In this left vs. right world there is some preconceived notion that there is a natural order of things where half the time the left is correct and half the time the right is correct on an issue. I find that concept unsupported in nature. I also find the Constitution itself, in the terms of the discussion, a far left leaning document. It presumes the government, if left to its own devices, will screw the citizens and needs to be held in check, firmly, and formally. So, being an American and swearing allegiance to the Constitution is "biased" in and of itself.
I find the whole discussion unscientific, regardless of what prestigious institutions have participated in the duping of who ever paid for those studies, Bot. Even my dog rezeroes his nose by licking it when he thinks he might have caught the scent of something before he begins the chase, and takes a second or third sniff. Jim