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jeff jacoby

Mainstream media needs to accept, own its liberal bias

Wrapping up two years as public editor of The New York Times, veteran journalist Arthur Brisbane last week reflected on the liberal slant that often pervades the news coverage of what is still the most influential brand in American newspapers.

“The hive on Eighth Avenue,” he wrote, referring to the Times’s headquarters, “is powerfully shaped by a culture of like minds — a phenomenon, I believe, that is more easily recognized from without than from within.” He credited the papers’ editors and reporters with trying to enforce “fairness and balance” in their presidential campaign coverage. But by and large, what appears in the Times “virtually bleeds” with “political and cultural progressivism.” The result is that “developments like the Occupy movement and gay marriage seem almost to erupt in the Times . . . more like causes than news subjects.” (The Boston Globe is owned by The New York Times Company.)

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