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Are the Media Biased?
Last Featured: 12/6/2004

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Conservatives decry the influence of what they view as “the liberal media” -- network television, public broadcasting, and big-market newspapers that are, in their eyes, pushing a decidedly left-wing agenda. Liberals scoff at the notion that Fox News is anywhere near fair and balanced and commercial radio giant Clear Channel has, in some recent programming, all but eliminated the bar that separates news from editorial opinion. At a time in which the tuned-in public turns from Bill O’Reilly’s “No Spin Zone” to Michael Moore’s Bush-bashing documentary, are the media losing their hallowed place as providers of unbiased news and information?

Victor Navasky is publisher and editorial director for The Nation and Director of the George Delacorte Center for Magazine Journalism at Columbia University. He recently served as a fellow at the Institute of Politics at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government and a senior fellow at the Freedom Forum Media Studies Center at Columbia University. A former editor at The New York Times Magazine, Navasky is the author of Naming Names, which won an American Book Award. He was also a Guggenheim Fellow, a visiting scholar at the Russell Sage Foundation and Ferris Visiting Professor of Journalism at Princeton.

Roger Aronoff is Executive Secretary for Accuracy in Media and producer of a new documentary, Confronting Iraq. Aronoff has produced and written several documentaries including The Clinton Legacy and TWA 800: The Search for the Truth, which won the top prize in investigative journalism at the 2002 WorldFest. In addition to his work at AIM, Aronoff has produced live shows and news magazines for Judicial Watch and the Free Congress Foundation. He has worked as a freelance journalist in South Africa, a columnist for the Jewish Herald Voice, and as a producer of syndicated radio and TV musical/variety programs.

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"The press is no substitute for institutions. It is like the beam of a searchlight that moves restlessly about bringing one episode and then another out of darkness into vision. Men cannot do the work of the world by this light alone. They cannot govern society by episodes, incidents, eruptions. It is only when they work by a steady light of their own that the press, when it is turned upon them, reveals a situation intelligible enough for a popular decision."

— Walter Lipman

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