The "Elite" media
is even further to the left than I realized!
by Mark Neckameyer
September 27, 2004
Letter to the editor.
This Sunday's LA Times is a
clear example of the extreme liberal/left bias of the "elite
My wife and I are regular "Sitnews" readers.
We are real fans of the Alaskan west coast having first vacationed
there on a cruise ship for our honeymoon. Now we visit
every chance we get; to fish and to get away from the hot Southern
California summers for a week or so just about every year.
I can't tell you how cool it feels to see that beautiful, cool
illustration you feature on your front page when we are experiencing
one of our late summer 100 degree, desert Santa Ana winds.
We get your news on the Internet and love the way you
update throughout the day. Reading a newspaper that comes
once a day, printed at night and delivered in the morning containing
virtually yesterday's news seems so old fashioned to us.
I am a pretty busy person with classes after work and I do some
volunteer work as well. I hear so much about the leftist
bias of the so called elite media but I don't really see it much
myself as I watch Fox Cable News, don't see the network TV news
shows often and of course I get my news from you and others on-line,
not from the supposedly liberal leaning New York Times or the
Los Angeles Times. The LA Times is our local paper
here in Irvine, California. After today, I understand how
left that bias really is.
I was looking for something to read to make time go by faster
this morning while riding the exercise bike at my gym and so
picked up a few sections of the Los Angeles Times apparently
finished and discarded by an earlier exerciser. The Sunday
Times "Opinion" section was a real shocker, an eye
opener. Here are examples; Three stories appear on
the front page of the Opinion section with headlines. The
story which begins on the left column is entitled "Pouty
White People" written by Gregory Rodriguez who is described
as a "Senior fellow at the New America Foundation". His
hypothesis is that Californians, including newspaper columnists
in California, have become grumpy and pessimistic because
Caucasians, who still earn more than other races per capita,
have become a minority race and do not like minority status.
Mr. Rodriguez writes that taxpayers, significantly Caucasian
tax payers, will no longer fund projects to improve the lot of
other races due to something he calls "Anglo Pessimism".
The largest article on the front page of the Opinion Section
is entitled "America the Conservative by a Harvard professor
who is also a director at the Kennedy School of Government.
The sub-headline states that Europe has moved into the 21st Century
but we remain locked in the 18th Century and the article is illustrated
with a color rendering of modern European flags contrasted with
a US flag circa 1776. The gist of the article is that our
military is too big, our welfare state too small and our separation
of powers doctrine, especially our Supreme Court are obsolete.
The third front page article of the Opinion section has a London
byline, written by Carlos Fuentes who they say has also written
a book called "Contra Bush". It is called
"You Scare Us, Bush is Giving Latin America the Willies"
... No description is needed for this article!
Other articles inside this part of the Sunday Times include;
"On the Environment, the US is the Rogue Nation" and
"Bush or Kerry, Who's Really Osama's Boy", by very
liberal commentator Mike Kinsley (Guess which one he picks?!)
and "Blogging Sells and Sells Out!" which blames on
line writers for causing some of poor CBS' problems. Even
the letters to the editor section has a big headline over it
reading "Extent of Iraq Democracy is Debatable".
When I was in college many moons ago during the Cold War, I think
it was in Freshman Political Science class, one of our assignments
was for a semester to regularly read Pravada, the USSR's daily
newspaper. The professor wanted us to see how ridiculous
was the propaganda put out by the Soviet State. Nothing
in Pravda that I read in the 1960s contained more anti American
sentiment than what I read in the Los Angels Times Opinion section
this morning. Not only are these columns and the entire
section of the newspaper acutely slanted and one sided but
they espouse a philosophy so extreme that anybody who truly believed
what they say would have to agree that we live in a really
awful state and country. There is no way I could read
this kind of thing over breakfast and not become furious.
Do normal people really believe the United States and California
are that terrible? I still cannot believe that the Los
Angeles Times publishes this garbage.
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