Virtually every person who follows current events even casually knows that the national news media has a left-wing tilt – actually more than a tilt. When it comes to putting the journalistic thumb on the partisan political scale, the elitist media is onboard with both feet.  Even some of the most liberal observers admit to the media bias.  

It has been firmly established by study-after-study.  They show that approximately 80 percent of the so-called journalists are liberal Democrats.  That figure goes even higher when you look at the east coast, bubble-encapsulated Big Seven – ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, MSNBC, New York Times and Washington Post.  That is, by far, not a complete list of the biased media.  You see others as regular panelists – including, but not limited to, The Atlantic, Associated Press, Politico, Axios, Huffington Post and on and on.  

It is an empirical fact that FOX News — despite its conservative lean — provides the most balanced reporting than either of their chief competitors, CNN  and MSNBC.  Unlike MSNBC, FOX has anchors and permanent contributors who offer the more liberal viewpoint.  It frequently provides a legitimate debate between representatives of opposing opinion.  

The FOX News ratings swamp those of CNN and MSNBC – combined.  The most hardline conservative hosts – such as Sean Hannity, Tucker Carlson and Laura Ingraham – draw a much larger audience than Rachel Maddow, Larry O’Donnell and the crew on Morning Joe.  

Despite FOX’s relative objectivity and popularity, those panels of parroting pundits on CNN and MSNBC engage in classic projection by accusing FOX of being the captive of the political right – when, in fact, they are the promotional platform for Democrats and the political left – but I repeat myself.  

Objective reporting is no longer the standard among the left-leaning press.  What passes for news is opinion, conjecture, hypothecation and, as they say, spin.  The once rare and unethical practice of single sources and unnamed sources has become standard operating procedure.  They – with malice aforethought – refuse to report facts and opinions that are not supportive of preconceived narratives as news.  Their analysis of events is uniform and consistent.  It is anti-Trump, anti-Republican, anti-conservative and contemptible of the millions of Americans who disagree with their port-side perspective.  Major portions of the east coast news industry have succumbed to propaganda as their stock-in-trade.  

While there is considerable discussion about the manifest biases of the elitist mainstream media, there seems to be less attention paid to the all-important outcome.  Are those biases tipping the political scale?   And as the headline question asks: Can Democrats win without a biased news media?  

The extent of the advantage should be recognized.  Many Americans are living with an old image of the news industry – with a bygone belief in its honesty, integrity and fairness.  The most ill-informed voters in America are those who fixate on MSNBC.  They never hear the other side of the story.  They absorb propaganda in the belief that they are getting all the news.  

Consider, for a moment, the huge advantage that provides to Democrats and left-leaning advocacy groups.  Whatever they say or claim will be given the highest credibility and most favorable spin.  Arguably, it is one of the reasons that Democrats have become so outrageous in their comments.  

Even after the Mueller Report put the lie to more than two years of claiming that President Trump criminally colluded with Russia – presented as a matter of fact – Democrats continue to press that claim and their allies in the media ignore the facts and continue to favorably report (spin) in favor of a political absurdity.  

It is entirely possible – even likely – that the constant negative spin against Trump and the Republicans was a deciding factor that handed the House over to the Democrats.  There can be no doubt that it is the strategic intent of the anti-Trump east coast media to hand the Senate and White House to the Democrats – an achievement that would seem far less likely in a political environment in which the Fourth Estate operated with the spirit, traditions and ethics of … journalism.  

So, there ‘tis.

By Larry Horist

So, there ‘tis… The opinions, perspectives and analyses of Larry Horist Larry Horist is a businessman, conservative writer and political strategist with an extensive background in economics and public policy. Clients of his consulting firm have included such conservative icons as Steve Forbes and Milton Friedman. He has served as a consultant to the Nixon White House and travelled the country as a spokesman for President Reagan’s economic reforms. He has testified as an expert witness before numerous legislative bodies, including the U. S. Congress. Horist has lectured and taught courses at numerous colleges and universities, including Harvard, Northwestern, DePaul universities, Hope College and his alma mater, Knox College. He has been a guest on hundreds of public affairs talk shows, and hosted his own program, “Chicago In Sight,” on WIND radio. Horist was a one-time candidate for mayor of Chicago and served as Executive Director of the City Club of Chicago, where he led a successful two-year campaign to save the historic Chicago Theatre from the wrecking ball. An award-winning debater, his insightful and sometimes controversial commentaries appear frequently on the editorial pages of newspapers across the nation. He is praised by readers for his style, substance and sense of humor. According to one reader, Horist is the “new Charles Krauthammer.” He is actively semi-retired in Boca Raton, Florida where he devotes his time to writing. So, there ‘tis is Horist’s signature sign off.

4 thoughts on “Can Democrats win without a biased news media?”
  1. The answer is: of course not. Often, they barely win with active biased media help.

  2. Certainly not. Fridge supporting media rants feeds the egos of themselves and their listeners. Same reason Hollywood is strongly left is so the ” stars in there own minds” feed their egos by berating none Hollywoods who actually live better, are much smarter, and are much happier. Think about it, taking off your clothing in the publics view and spouting nonsense and hate is not a sign of intelligence. It should be noted that there are a large number of very intelligent people in Hollywood. If you have heard anyone rant against close borders, abortion, free everything, and seen them near naked you should quickly cross them off your intelligent list.

  3. For many years I got my “news” from the New York Times & MSNBC (Maddow, et al). My wife would announce “your girlfriends on”as she went to bed. As a registered Dem I drank the koolade faithfully. I’m a Yale grad and retired president of a UAW Local Union. Very active for many years for Dem candidates. Live in CT. Lived in San Francisco in early sixties when it was truly beautiful. Read Herb Caen every day. Navy veteran spent 2&1/2 years in Asia. Election night 2016 was an epiphany for me when I suddenly realized the fake news was clearly bullshit and haven’t watched my “girlfriend” Rachel Maddow since then. I had become an intellectual sloth and bought the media spin uncritically even though I knew better and remembered how the press sold JFK’s Vietnam War to avoid a domino like collapse of all Asia. This was the period of McCarthyism and it was not easy to oppose any American foreign policy. Gradually the dam started to break and with the publication McNamara’s Pentagon Papers by the NYT the light was finally turned on. Too bad the light at the Times is once again turned off. Thank God for people like Tucker Carlson.

  4. No! Again, “no!” And not without foreign invaders (ineligible voters) allowed to vote. That is why Beto is procuring potential illegals to vote for him. He is campaigning in Mexico. If successful, we are doomed… our country no more.

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