The Biased News Media

Column by Scott Lazarowitz.

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Recently on the NPR show On the Media, Brooke Gladstone updated their overview on the question, “Does NPR Have a Liberal Bias?” Generally, many people believe that NPR and much of the mainstream news media are biased to the left. Among the findings from some of Gladstone’s analysts were that in some cases NPR was actually biased toward the conservative side. Go figure.
But it actually doesn’t matter whether NPR and other mainstream news sources such as PBS, CBS, NBC, ABC, Fox News, CNN, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, etc. are biased toward the left or the right, liberal or conservative. It seems to me that most of these news outlets actually are biased – toward the State and the statist point of view.
For example, whenever I tune in to Diane Rehm’s show on NPR, if she’s discussing the Obama Administration’s economic policies or the Federal Reserve’s monetary policy, she might have a “conservative” on to “balance” out the left-leaning or socialist panelists. But modern-day conservatives who use “free-market” and “tax-cutting” rhetoric are just as socialist and deferential toward the State as the left-wing economists, pundits and analysts.
As Future of Freedom Foundation President Jacob Hornberger pointed out, “Ever since the New Deal, Republicans have engaged in a charade in which they have portrayed themselves to American voters as fundamentally different from Democrats . . . . The problem is that it’s all a big fraud. After the New Deal, Republicans realized that the American people were being swept up in the statist tide that FDR had ushered in.”
So, like so many other program hosts, Rehm’s choice of “conservative” guest is really a statist conservative and certainly not a real free-market conservative.
Like ABC, Fox News and The New York Times, NPR is biased – toward the State. Many of these mainstreamers, in my view, direct their discussions and analyses under the assumption that the State is there to control the economy, “create jobs,” etc. The State’s existence is a given, and one’s attempt to challenge those assumptions seems to increasingly be an affront to the news media’s State-approved fiefdoms, it seems to me.
Now, if Rehm and other similar hosts of news and public affairs programs believe that I am wrong about that, they can very well have someone to interview or participate in a panel discussion, someone who holds a view that is not part of the mainstream deference to the State.
Yes, some of these mainstream outlets have had Congressman Ron Paul on their shows – begrudgingly – that is, those who weren’t outright ignoring him during the 2012 election season, or falsely reporting his delegate counts, or those who weren’t loath to report on the cheating that was going on against Dr. Paul.
But you see, to someone who has gone through 12-16 years of government-controlled schooling on behalf of the State, anyone who openly and directly questions the “statist quo,” as economist Warren T. Brookes called it many years ago, that is a threat to the statists’ false security and comfort provided by Big Brother government.
Pushing the anti-authority, anti-Establishment “crank” away is easier than considering his contrarian ideas or facing the truths he points out.
“Oh, there goes that crazy uncle again, giving a lot of common sense and telling facts of history again – we better lock him in the attic, because he’s going against our inculcated flat-Earth-like myths and assumptions which guide us through life, etc.”
Well, maybe I’m being a bit harsh here, but I’m sure many readers know what I’m talking about.
So, when discussing economics or monetary policy, Diane Rehm (or Christiane Amanpour, Bill O’Reilly, The New York Times as well) might consider inviting or interviewing people such as economic historians Tom Woods or Robert Higgs, and economists Robert Murphy, Robert Wenzel, or Joseph Salerno and Douglas French of the Ludwig von Mises Institute.
Tom Woods’s book on the 2008 economic crisis, Meltdown, by the way, was on The New York Times Best Seller list for ten weeks. But have Diane Rehm of Terry Gross interviewed him? I don’t think so.
They might also consider including investment broker and financial analyst Peter Schiff. Schiff was one of the few people who predicted the housing bubble burst and subsequent 2007-2008 meltdown. In this June, 2012 appearance before a House subcommittee, Schiff tries to get across the common sense view that people who can’t afford to buy a house shouldn’t buy a house, and that, instead of relying on government flood insurance subsidies, people shouldn’t have a home near flood-prone areas or areas near the ocean actually below sea level. Schiff also tries to get across the notion that the free market would actually work and actually serve the consumers, if only government bureaucrats would get out of the way and cease their harmful intrusions.
But the statists on the panel repeatedly returned to their authoritarian, paternalistic mantras of how the poor, needy and the vulnerable must be dependent on the State (regardless of how many people’s lives it has wrecked). It just seems to me that most of the folks in the mainstream media share this same point of view, unfortunately.
In this talk at the Mises Circle in Manhattan, Schiff describes how with the latest round of Quantitative Easing (QE3), the central planners in Washington are merely repeating the same destructive mistakes that led to the housing and financial crisis/economic meltdown of 2007-08. The lunatic central planners are again encouraging people to buy homes they can’t afford. These sinister bureaucrats are really leading people into more debt slavery. It is yet another example of the moral hazard of central planning and statist interventionism.
In fact, economist Walter Block prepared this article with a long list of other articles and speeches by modern, non-statist and non-authoritarian thinkers who also foresaw the 2007-2008 economic crisis and meltdown. Perhaps NPR and Diane Rehm, or Scott Pelley or Bret Baier for that matter, might consider interviewing Prof. Walter Block, no?
But are the references to actual history, and all that talk of common sense and the idea of personal responsibility, just too troubling or frightening for mainstream media program hosts and newscasters to hear? Is their bias of deference to the State so important to them that alternative, non-authoritarian views must be suppressed?
Another Example: 9/11
Another example is how many in the mainstream media dismiss as “paranoid conspiracy theorists” those who question the official 9/11 narrative. For months after the attacks of September 11, 2001, on just about every media outlet we were bombarded with news item after news item and constant discussions regarding the plane hijackings, al-Qaeda and Osama bin Laden, the Quran, the terrorists’ religious fanaticism, and the terrorist training camps and hideout caves in Afghanistan.
Then we were bombarded with the tall tales of Iraq and Saddam Hussein’s involvement in 9/11 and his WMD, etc. Only a few people dared to question the assertions of the U.S. government that were obediently repeated by most of the mainstream media.
And only a few people dared to bring up what exactly the U.S. government had been doing on those foreign lands before 9/11 that might have actually been provoking the inhabitants of those lands.
But thanks to the State-biased media that has been acting as the government’s stenographers, to this day many Americans don’t know or remember that the U.S. government started a war against Iraq in 1991, intentionally destroyed its civilian electrical, water and sewage treatment facilities, and imposed sanctions throughout the ‘90s that included deliberately preventing the Iraqis from rebuilding. Those inhumane actions caused diseases including cancer and cholera to skyrocket, and the deaths of between 500,000 and a million Iraqis by the year 2000.
By 2001 the anti-Americanism of the Middle East was widespread. But did we hear any reminders of this by the mainstream news media after 9/11? Not really.
In fact, Ron Paul predicted during the 1990s that because of what our government was doing overseas, there could very well be terrorist attacks within our shores.
Sadly, many people feel uncomfortable when it comes to exposing wrongdoing, lies, and irresponsible acts when committed by their “authority figures,” like their parents or their government rulers. So, to protect themselves emotionally from those uncomfortable or painful feelings, they choose to censor, stifle and/or ignore those who are uncovering such truths.
And we were told by the Bush Administration that the U.S. had to invade Afghanistan to capture Osama bin Laden and disrupt the al-Qaeda network. The actual truth, however, was that Bush demanded that the Afghanistan Taliban hand over bin Laden, but the Taliban insisted that Bush show evidence that bin Laden was involved in planning or directing the 9/11 attacks. Since Bush had no evidence against bin Laden – and indeed there never was any such evidence and bin Laden, while approving of the attacks after the fact, denied involvement in them – Bush’s planned war was to proceed no matter what.
But did NPR cover any of this? CBS? Did Martha Raddatz ever report these things?
Because of the mainstream news media’s bias and deference to the State, government bureaucrats and their plundering and murderous criminality get swept under the rug.
So, because of the sad state of 21st Century mainstream news media, people who actually want the truth of what’s really going on have to rely on Internet reporting and bloggers such as Washington’s Blog and James Corbett. Even progressive bloggers such as Marcy Wheeler and Glenn Greenwald have done extensive reporting, analyses and criticisms of the Left’s beloved President Barack Obama and his administration.
In this video, Corbett describes many facts regarding 9/11 in just five minutes. The video is also on this page which includes a transcript with many links to back up his assertions (link to Google cache of that, if needed).
Recently, Marine vet Brandon Raub was criminally abducted by government officials and involuntarily detained in a psychiatric ward, merely for a Facebook entry in which he openly questioned the government’s official 9/11 narrative. That link includes a video of various mental health professionals who assert that questioning the official narrative is the healthy thing to do, whereas unquestionably believing and repeating what government bureaucrats say is not particularly healthy.
While there really were terrorists who hijacked planes and crashed them into buildings, the idea that the buildings could have been pre-wired to be taken down by controlled demolition might sound absurd to those who blindly accept as proven fact information that was given to us by the government and repeated by the news media.
But I wonder if any of the mainstream news reporters have viewed or considered viewing this video by Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth, a group of over a thousand professionals, in which they explain in great detail how the cause of the World Trade Center towers’ collapse could not have been what the government has told the American people, that the news media merely repeated unquestionably.
In fact, even members of the government’s own 9/11 Commission questioned the Commission’s conclusions.
In a case similar to Marine vet Brandon Raub’s but more severe, former CIA asset Susan Lindauer was labeled by government-appointed psychiatrists as “delusional” in perhaps one of the most extreme cases of government slander and smears against a government whistleblower. Lindauer had crucial information prior to 9/11 that she gave to some U.S. government officials in her attempt to prevent 9/11, and to prevent the second Iraq invasion as well.
(Lindauer describes some of her pre-9/11 experiences here, and describes the unidentified vans repeatedly going to the WTC towers parking garage each night in the weeks prior to 9/11 here.)
But instead of taking Lindauer’s information seriously, those government bureaucrats arrested her and, thanks to the evil Patriot Act, detained her for five years without a trial. Lindauer, who insisted on having a trial, was denied a trial based on psychiatrists’ diagnoses of “delusional” behavior. While the psychiatrists’ testimony was based solely on only a few assessments of Lindauer, the judge would not consider testimony of other mental health professionals who had been treating Lindauer extensively throughout those years, and who had stated that she was not delusional.
And who was the judge in that case? Why, it was Judge Michael Mukasey, who was later appointed U.S. Attorney General under George W. Bush.
But Googling Susan Lindauer or her whole case mainly gives us articles from mainstream sources such as that reliable paper of Truth, The New York Times, as well as USA Today and others, and it’s all “delusional, delusional, delusional” regarding Susan Lindauer. It’s difficult to find information that isn’t blindly repeating the government’s conclusions.
So, once the government has labeled as “crazy” a whistleblower who had consistently brought forward reliable, substantiated facts backing up her assertions, those labels nevertheless stick. And this is particularly the case now as we witness the progressive disease and death of mainstream investigative journalism in America. Just look how they have slandered and smeared WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange and the persecuted and tortured whistleblower Bradley Manning.
Here is an interview of Susan Lindauer. Now, does she sound “irrational” or “delusional?” Hmmm?
Another 9/11 whistleblower is FBI translator Sibel Edmonds, author of Classified Woman. Edmonds’s 9/11 Commission interview was completely redacted by the Commission.
Edmonds details here how she came upon information regarding informants who told the FBI in April 2001 of plans for the 9/11 terrorist attacks, information which then higher-ups in the FBI and later the 9/11 Commission both ignored.
But have Jim Lehrer, Scott Pelley or David Gregory interviewed Edmonds? No, the mainstream media generally do not want to hear an alternative voice that is not obedient to the U.S. government, it seems to me. (Here is a recent interview of Sibel Edmonds by Lew Rockwell.)
Foreign policy analyst Justin Raimondo responds to the label of “9/11 truther” here. And if you are interested in the possible Israeli government involvement in 9/11, see this, this, and this.
And, as Washington’s Blog reported, many of the post-9/11 unconstitutional intrusions and governmental criminal activities against Americans were planned long before 9/11. But have Chris Wallace, Matt Lauer or Maureen Dowd ever reported on these matters?
So, the mainstream news media really are biased – in deference to the State, and to all its non-productive bureaucrats and their minions and flunkies. People who believe in the truth and that individual liberty and truth supersede the State – particularly those amongst the growing libertarian movement in America – are obviously different from the statist media.
As Jacob Hornberger observed, “The statist version of patriotism entails citizens who rally to their government in time of crisis. When the 9/11 attacks took place, the statist patriot did not hesitate. ‘We have been attacked,’ the statist patriot declared. ‘This is not the time to debate and discuss. We must all rally behind the president and support whatever actions he takes’ . . . . The libertarian version of patriotism is totally different. We say that genuine patriotism entails a critical analysis of government conduct, especially during crises, and a willingness to take a firm stand against the government if it is in the wrong.”


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Jim Davies's picture

Thank you Scott; a meticulous and well-deserved case built against the mainstream media.

I doubt that it's well supported, though, by one of your referees: Susan Lindauer. I followed one of your links, to where she wrote about vans that visited the WTC in the dead of night during August 2001, supposedly to deliver explosives.

Her report is hearsay (from "my high-level State Department source") and unsupported by videotape because, on her own admission, the CCTV tapes were lost. In her account, she said the vans came and went "before the most fanatic robber barons on Wall Street showed up for work."

She may not be clinically delusional, as the Feds claim - I've no way to know. But she is certainly delusional about who is robbing whom, and where.

alexeth's picture

Back between 9/11 and before Iraq, I remember the reports of CIA saying that there was NOT any WMD, and the administration "straightened" them out to agree with the political convention that there was WMD. That is what it took to start the war, the claim that it was a real threat to the US, and it was obviously fabricated. Even crazier was more recently when the CIA was blamed for misreporting the WMD's existence. They may screw a lot of stuff up, but in that case, there was no room for honesty or loyalty, both were punished. Whether CIA or the Statistics people or GAO, NPR, or whatever, they serve the state and the state's interests. The state in principle even if not the specific state of the USA.

AtlasAikido's picture

alexeth, you remind me of my dad's rolex, both are dead. I still wear it AND twice a day it is right, how "crazy" is that? But it IS most decidedly BROKEN. Pleeease with the CIA getting "screwed". The CIA is the fall guy for ONCE! Horroooors! Poor CIA, the injustice, I tell you! I will sleep, smiling tonight. Thank you!

"They screw up a lot". That implies they are right sometimes. Please tell me when they have EVER been on the side of the right/good EVER? Evil in Fact and Fiction by Ira Katz

I see no difference between the Jackals of the SS, KGB and the CIA (MI5 and 6). See Quantum of Suffering: Economic Hitmen Target Main Street by William Norman Grigg

But I do see Julian Assange (WikiLeaks), Bradley Manning, Smedley Butler and the unknown creator of BitCoin as honest to good modern day homo indomitus heroes as were William Wallace and William Tell.

Gen. Smedley Butler wrote a book titled "War Is a Racket". Here is an excerpt:
Smedley defined a racket as "something that is not what it seems to the majority of the people." War, he goes on, "is possibly the oldest, easily the most profitable, surely the most vicious" of rackets. Reference: Where Is Smedley When We Need Him?

I [Butler Shaffer] and I [AtlasAikido] watched most of this yesterday and was literally moved to tears when one of his supporters (he may be one of Manning's attorneys) spoke of coming out of the court building and observing (here I am paraphrasing) "We were met by a group of the Ron Paul people; they knew that this case is all about the freedom to speak truthfully."

alexeth's picture

The point was less about defending CIA and more about the truth (even merely the truth of what was said if not what was true) being irrelevant to forwarding state agenda (to start war). The "truth" changes back and forth, and it seems nobody is paying attention to the same headlines that anybody can read/remember. Figuring out how to prosecute the perpetrators is at best hard, but starting a war with a whole country is comparitively easy, especially if all it takes is to refer to a secret document by a secret group saying secret things which nobody is allowed to check on until the bullets start flying and the actual content can be changed after the fact if any inconveniet truth deviations pop up. Instead of trying to find this kidnapper, they could start shelling northwest denver. Same mentality.

Assange is really a troubling situation. To think that the US would even want to charge him for releasing what was given to him ticks me off. I hope he can stay out of reach. There's a tendency within USG to classify for convenience or to restrict distribution of what is embarassing rather than anything to do with security (if that were really a legitimate reason). But to threaten someone's life (through court) as they seem to be doing with Assange is crazy. The press talks about the US defending people's right to make a stupid anti-religious movie, yet will not defend anyone's right to releasing a stack of embarassing cables between diplomats. Defend fiction and jail truth? Grrr.

Another is the language changing that DA's are doing with some of these "terrorism" cases. To call a car full of propane a "weapon of mass destruction" is ridiculous. Or a pipe bomb. or whatever. They invent a new defintion so they can apply some other stupid law to go after somone (Traditionally, WMD is Nuclear/Biological/Chemical weapons, though lately they've added Radiological, which bugs me too for similar reasons). The same mentality would start accusing folks of "attempted murder" because they had a gun. Which, unfortunately, doesn't sound all that far feteched given how things are going lately.

Sorry to impersonate your dad's rolex. At least it might be a pretty piece of jewelry, though not functioning. Glad we're still able to smile occasionally about this stuff.

Thanks for the links, I'll be reading.

AtlasAikido's picture

Hi alexth,

Yes, Grigg wrote something along the same lines and tacked this at the end: "(Yes, I know — the Constitution is a snare and a delusion, but it does remain *marginally useful as standard against which to measure the government's hypocrisy*.)" and

In that regard the Internet IS already solving the information problem for those who can. And perhaps the above would be a handy signature line when taking that approach.

Thanks for the insight in that regard!

In summary my position IS, the Consequences Of Govt ARE Intended (and Foreseeable) AND Not An "Unintended Anything in between is no different than a broken watch (undercover of being correct twice a day--in appearance only--which is very CIA as is the thug-scrum of Govt agencies).

I've got to do a wash....I will respond perhaps more in depth, perhaps not.


AtlasAikido's picture

Hi alexth,

I would add that the system was designed to be BROKE! It is indeed designed to trap one into FIXING it! It is the allure of the Newtonian pulleys and all. As Lysander Spooner pointed out it either allowed what is or is unable to stop it [paraphrased].

It is where it gets ALL its power from. The coup d'etat/sleight of hand occurred a long time ago. It is running its inevitable course. 'The Bank Was Saved, and the People Were Ruined.' [Over and Over AGAIN]

And? As in literature and economics, bankruptcy (Atlas Shrugged) is the solution at this point. I have resolved to unhitch my life from the tar baby. *It was NOT YOU that was impersonating the broken watch--so nothing to be sorry about--it IS the nature of the beast*. It is the ultimate poacher. Changing one's diet, exercising and STAYING AWAY from the hospitals etc etc is what starves the cancer.

NOT Voting is another MODEL TO APPLY AND USE (MUCH better than pointing out the hypocrisy of govt). Advice to myself. I do not presume to know what is best for you/others.

Bottom-Line: Let THEM take care of themselves! Time for ME to get back to "Freedom Road" by Harold Hough.

Thank YOU alexth for helping me focus on the eye of the storm again!

Best regards


Indeed, "When the time for performance [which includes modelling] has come the time for preparation has passed". ~ Doug Casey


As to Peace and Order. It IS already maintained autonomously via natural and customary laws (what anarco-capitalism is based on [remnant]). To Doug Casey's point there IS A "LIMIT" to how long such can continue in spite of the chaos caused by "The Most Dangerous Superstition": The *belief* that SOME Govt Authority, Intervention and Prohibitions are in SOME degree GOOD and NEEDED...


KenK's picture

I have no objection to networks being as partisan or biased as they wanna be. On their own dime of course. NPR, PBS, should have been privatized a long time ago.